Caribbean: the 15 most Caribbean islands beautiful

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Martí Micolau

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They identify with the term "Caribbean" all the countries and islands bathed by the Caribbean Sea although they belong to different nations. The Caribbean region is divided into three macro-areas: the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles and the Bahama Islands, which include almost 1.300 islands for 34 different states.

The Caribbean is synonymous with palm trees, beaches of very fine ivory sand and crystal clear water; popular tourist destination for any lover of travel and the sea. Anyone who dreams of visiting such a paradise, and if you are reading this article, you are probably well-intentioned to become one of the lucky few who can boast of having enjoyed such wonders firsthand. But which are the most beautiful islands? Here is the ranking of the best destinations for the beauty of their beaches and seabeds.

15 - Barbados

Barbados is the optimal solution for an adrenaline-filled holiday and adventure Huge expanses of natural parks are ideal for exploration, lively waters perfect for surfing and then the capital, Bridgetown: the largest city on the island and the center of its culture. Bridgetown offers a vibrant atmosphere, including street vendors, shopping complexes and clubs where you can party all night ...
Se love nightlife few are the best places.

  • Strengths: Shopping, nightlife, sports
  • Ideal time for a visit: February / April
  • starting from € 626,88 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1.552,00 per person -

14 - Jamaica

Great food and great flavors, music, love of life and rhythm in the DNA, in one word: Jamaica. The perfect choice if you want to experience a holiday to the fullest, between colors, fun and strong emotions. From beautiful beaches to Blue Mountain National Park, where there are waterfalls and paths that seem to come out of a tropical dream. Another note of merit is the large golf camps, if you love this sport you will be delighted to play here.

  • Strengths: Cuisine, nightlife, culture
  • Ideal time for a visit: January / April
  • starting from € 592,64 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 21,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1.384,00 per person -

13 - St. Martin

If you'd rather relax with a beer in a beach hut rather than sip a cocktail in a cool bar filled with neon lights, St Martin (or Sint Marteen), with its relaxed atmosphere, is right for you. Mention of merit for the food, really good especially in the French part of the island.
In addition there are also lots of things to do: it is worth dividing your time between relaxing sessions lying on the sand, and exciting mountain adventures in the north area.

  • Strengths: Cuisine, excursions and nature, culture
  • Ideal time for a visit: February and March
  • starting from € 589,13 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1.552,00 per person - Find out more

12 - Tobago

Un real tropical paradise, Tobago offers beautiful beaches on the western side, and one dense rainforest to explore in the eastern areas. This means you can try your hand at the trekking through kilometers of pristine green and at the same time dive into a real tropical waterfall.
Tobago is also particularly famous for its diving thanks to some beautiful coral reefs and submerged wrecks.

  • Strengths: Nature and exploration, diving and boat tours
  • Ideal time for a visit: February and March
  • starting from € 598,29 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1.798,00 per person -

11 - Puerto Rico

In eleventh position we find Puerto Rico. Old San Juan, with its lively atmosphere, is undoubtedly one of the great highlights of the region. Great seaside resorts, casinos and entertainment await you. Furthermore, several are scattered throughout the territory historical evidence of the rich Hispanic culture. Ideal for explorations but also days of pure relaxation by the sea.

  • Strengths: Culture, night entertainment
  • Ideal time for a visit: December / March
  • starting from € 315,48 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 39,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1.343,00 per person - see the offer

10 - Culebra

This small islet is actually part of the territory of Puerto Rico. The island is particularly known to Italians as it was chosen a few years ago as the location of a famous reality TV show: the island of the famous.
The beaches of Culebra are considered to be among the most beautiful in the world. Really wonderful Flamenco Beach, a beach so beautiful it almost looks like a desktop image, about 2,4 km of beautiful sand and water perfect for snorkeling. There are picnic tables under shady trees, restrooms and showers, and beach chairs and snorkel gear can be rented. A true paradise ...

  • Strengths: Atmosphere, relaxation
  • Ideal time for a visit: December / March

9 - Cayman

Belonging to the Overseas Territory of Great Britain, the three Cayman Islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus. They occupy the ninth position in the ranking, and I assure you that if you ever happen to visit them you will agree that they are truly a breathtaking sight.
If you are a diving enthusiast, this is the right place. Considered among the best destinations for diving activities throughout the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands offer fantastic opportunities to experience the region's marine fauna and flora up close. You'll find numerous sites off the coast of Grand Cayman, including the famous Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef and Eden Rock & Devil's Grotto, but if you're willing to plan a trip to Little Cayman, visitors say Bloody Bay Marine Park is worth a visit. be visited.

  • Strengths: Crystal clear waters, atmosphere
  • Ideal time for a visit: November / Mid April
  • starting from € 587,31 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 150,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1.988,00 per person - Find out more

8 - St Lucia

It is one independent state. The island of St Lucia is thick frequented by VIPs around the world because of its beauty. For example, it represented a sort of refuge away from the world for the late internationally renowned musician Amy Winehouse.
Crescent-shaped beaches, small fishing villages, rainforests, cliffs, waterfalls, geothermal attractions, and lush mountains are just some of St. Lucia's many attractions.
Castries, the island's capital and cruise ship port, offers an insight into the colorful life on the island, thanks to the bustling market and some fascinating historical monuments.

  • Strengths: Romantic atmosphere, spa and wellness
  • Ideal time for a visit: February / April
  • starting from € 682,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1807,00 per person - Find out more

7 - St Barthélemy

St Barthélemy, or Saint Barths, is part of the Overseas collectivity of France.
It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, who named it in honor of his brother Bartolomeo. In the mid-1600s, the French arrived and built a small settlement.
Nowadays, Saint Barthélemy is a pearl of the Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, perhaps the chicest island in the Caribbean, featuring boutique hotels, mega yachts, luxury shops and numerous private villas.
The soft white sand beaches lend themselves to water sports, from windsurfing to scuba diving, from snorkeling to jet-skiing, from sailing and deep sea fishing.
On this island it is impossible to identify a particularly beautiful beach more than the others; not because there aren't any, but because they are all incredibly fantastic in the same way!

  • Strengths: Glamorous atmosphere and super luxury, cuisine
  • Ideal time for a visit: January / April
  • starting from € 875,04 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 400,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 3.583 per person - Find out more

6 - Eel

The closer you get to the top, the higher the level: close to the top five we find Anguilla, colony of Great Britain.
This little pearl presents a wonderful panorama and according to its inhabitants Shoal Bay Beach is the most beautiful of the beaches present.
Why visit Anguilla? The island is famous for its relaxed atmosphere, a thriving local music scene and great food. Compared to St Barthélemy it does not offer many high end hotels, casinos or shopping centers.

  • Strengths: Good food, romantic atmosphere, snorkeling
  • Ideal time for a visit: February and March

5 - Saint Kitts and Nevis

In fifth place we find it island state of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Here you can visit the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park UNESCO heritage. In addition, the Pool Cabana within the Four Seasons has been included in the ranking of coolest beach bar in the world from the well-known Forbes magazine.

Among the most beautiful beaches is Majors Bay: a long and narrow strip of golden sand free from bars or other services, always warm and calm blue water.

  • Strengths: Luxurious atmosphere, cool clubs, natural heritage
  • Ideal time for a visit: December / April
  • starting from € 841,75 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 77,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1.936,00 per person - Find out more

4 - Bermuda

Belonging to the Overseas Territory of Great Britain, Bermuda remains cut off from the podium but its wonders are truly unimaginable.
It is known for its sophisticated charm, thanks to luxury boutiques and restaurants offering international cuisine, golf courses and sailing tradition. But despite this, the island is full of simple and inexpensive pleasures, as well as beautiful beaches. Not by chance its Horseshoe Bay Beach has been included among the ten most beautiful beaches in the world.

  • Strengths: Dream beaches, breathtaking views
  • Ideal time for a visit: March, April and May
  • starting from € 611,74 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 153,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1.645,00 per person - Find out more

3 - Isla Mujeres

On the podium is Isla Mujeres already present in the ranking of most beautiful islands in the world. Here, in addition to benefiting from the sea, you will be able to dedicate yourself to any aquatic sport activity. The best beach on this island in the Yucatan channel is Playa Norte.
There is a surprising variety of things to do on this delightful little Caribbean island. Its proximity to Cancun makes it easy to reach, be it just for a day or a couple of weeks. Its size makes it easy to move around and do anything. Like most Riviera Maya destinations, Isla Mujeres is practically sunny and warm all year round, offering a myriad of outdoor activities. It is ideal for a dream vacation between the beach and coral reefs.

  • Strengths: Wild atmosphere, sport and fun
  • Ideal time for a visit: March may
  • Flights to Cancun from € 373,29 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 36,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1.042,00 per person - Find out more

2 - St John

Among US Virgin Islands, unincorporated territory of the USA, we find the fantastic St John.
Most visitors arrive in Saint John via cruise ships, but that doesn't mean there isn't much to see on the Island. Saint John is full of activities, many of which involve the outdoors. You can go hiking, biking, and even whale watching during the season. It probably is among the most suitable Caribbean islands for excursions in the midst of unspoiled nature.

  • Strengths: Landscapes, excursions in the middle of nature
  • Ideal time for a visit: December / April
  • starting from € 734,13 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 253,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 3.201,00 per person - Find out more

1 - Ambergris Caye, Belize

Naturally the most beautiful island in the world it could not fail to be the best even among those bathed by the Caribbean Sea. Ambergris Caye is considered ideal for a vacation thanks to all the services it offers to lucky travelers who have the pleasure of visiting it. A short distance from the island is one of the main tourist destinations of Belize: the well-known Blue Hole, among the most fascinating diving spots in the world.

  • Strengths: Excellent tourist services, sports and diving
  • Ideal time for a visit: February / April
  • starting from € 713,75 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 23,00 per room -
  • 10 days flight + hotel package: Starting from € 1.625,00 per person - Find out more

Where they are: map of the most beautiful islands

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: about 40 million
  • N. Islands: just under 1.300
  • N. States: 34 in total (14 independent, 20 employed by the US, UK, Netherlands or France)
  • Languages: vary from country to country. The most common are Spanish, English, French and Dutch, these have given rise to other local idioms known as Creole languages
  • Currency: variable from country to country
  • Weather: tropical
  • vaccinations: no compulsory vaccination
  • Entry requirements: a passport with a residual validity of at least 6 months is required. Generally, for short-term tourist stays (less than 30 days) a visa is not required, but there may be exceptions (as in the case of Cuba)
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    When to go to the Caribbean

    Despite covering an extremely vast territory, many of the Caribbean islands share the same tropical climate, characterized by high temperatures all year round and fairly frequent rains. From a strictly climatic point of view, the most suitable months for a visit are those included between November / December and April.

    Absolutely to avoid the period between July and September, which corresponds with the hurricane season. For detailed information, we refer you to the following in-depth articles.

    How to choose the perfect island?

    It all depends on your needs and budget. As for the costs, in principle the most affordable accommodations are found in Cuba, Martinique, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Conversely, islands such as Turks and Caicos, Cayman, Anguilla, Antigua and Bermuda are famous for their extra-luxury accommodation and the tendentially higher prices.

    Another interesting consideration to make concerns the connections to and from Europe. Islands like Aruba, Bahamas, Cayman, Dominican Republic and Jamaica are easier to reach as they are directly connected to some capitals in the old continent (so you could avoid a stopover outside the EU, and therefore also save a lot of time for border checks, etc.).

    As for the type of holiday, know that only destinations like Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico offer cultural, historical and archaeological tours. The other locations are only suitable for beach life, relaxation and marine excursions.

    Finally, the destinations with the most animated nightlife are Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

    Caribbean cruise: useful info and prices

    To appreciate the largest number of Caribbean beaches / islands in one trip, many recommend cruises. Since this is a fairly extensive area, there are many itineraries that can be traveled, as are the companies that carry out the route. Among the best known: Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, but also Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises.

    Prices generally start at € 2.500 per person and include flights, full board cabin and any excursions, but sometimes they can even reach € 7.000 per person, for luxury solutions. The minimum duration of the itinerary is 8 days, the recommended one is at least 15/20 days.

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