The Caribbean islands are indeed among the most beautiful, exciting, and fascinating areas of the world to visit. There’s always a great deal of adventure to be had when visiting these beautiful Caribbean islands, particularly if you live in a place that experiences cold winters. The Caribbean experiences a fairly high amount of rainfall throughout the year, and as such is host to regions and climates that range from tropical forest to dry deserts.
Imagine sitting on a beach, the warmest water washing around your feet. There’s no need to work or study, as this week was all about “R & R.” Beer in hand, you should pause and take a look around without worrying about that book report you need to finish or that business presentation for the boss due in two days. Life is good and worries are far away. Caribbean beach vacations quote: “Caribbean islands have been called the world in miniature because of the enormous range of climates, terrain, cultures, and activities available in such a small area.”
We book our vacation this time every year. We love going to the same place; it’s like a second home to us. Caribbean islands are simply beautiful, and there is nothing like enjoying your time on the white sandy beaches or in one of the many lush jungle forests. So get your speedos on, rub in some tanning lotion and pack your bags for an incredible vacation adventure!
Vacation In Caribbean Islands
For vacationers, a Caribbean island is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Whether you are looking for an exotic island getaway or a beach holiday, the Caribbean offers a variety of destinations that offer world-class accommodations and facilities. The breathtaking scenery, the climate perfect for most holidaymakers, and the diversity of attractions such as water sports, breathtaking beaches and colorful reefs make it a must-visit place. It is easy to see why the Caribbean attracts so many tourists every year.
After spending more than a year at home, we’ve been dreaming of a Caribbean vacation. Dave and I have been lucky to visit a lot of the Caribbean Islands and to help inspire a trip south this winter, we thought we’d share the most beautiful Islands in the Caribbean to spark your wanderlust.
The Caribbean is our winter playground. Canadians love to jet off to the islands to enjoy white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and balmy weather. To ignite the dreamer in you, we’re rounding up the most beautiful Caribbean Islands. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
Beautiful Caribbean Islands To Visit This Winter
1. St. Lucia
St. Lucia is arguably the most beautiful of all Caribbean Islands with its two UNESCO World Heritage designated Pitons standing proud. The Gros and Petit Pitons are two mountainous volcanic plugs that definitely contribute to the island’s beauty. With white sandy beaches, dense jungles, and private villas dotting the coast, this is our number one choice for travel to the Caribbean for honeymooners and couples.
When looking for a private villa in St. Lucia check out these two magnificent resorts that we stayed at. Calabash Cove is a luxury boutique all-inclusive resort and spa that caters to adults only. We loved our stay here and it had everything we could hope for in a romantic vacation. Stonefield Villas Resort has incredible views of the Petit Piton. It is locally owned and operated and was one of the first resorts opened near Soufriere.
- Best Things to do in Saint Lucia – A Tropical Paradise
- Where to Stay in St. Lucia – North vs South
- Fun and Interesting Facts about St. Lucia
There is no doubt that Jamaica is our favorite Caribbean Island. As much as we wanted to put it at the top of the most beautiful Caribbean Islands, it comes a close second. The beaches of Jamaica though, are second to none with the incredible 7 mile Beach in Negril to the secluded Treasure Beach in the South and the famous beaches of Montego Bay. Jamaica has it all – dense jungles, rocky sea cliffs, tiered waterfalls, and white sand. Read: 33 of the Best Things to do in Jamaica
Where to Stay in Jamaica
We have stayed all over the island of Jamaica. These are a few of our favorite resorts in Jamaica. Also check out these: Jamaica Travel Tips
- Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall – Montego Bay – is in a great central location. It also had a lot of activities including SUP, kayaking and sailing included in the booking. Watch our video tour of the Hyatt Zilara. Check out Availability & Prices on Trip Advisor
- Hotel Riu – Montego Bay – Riu Hotel Montego Bay offers a freshwater swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, and wellness center. Check out Availability & Prices on Trip Advisor
- Half Moon – Montego Bay – This 400-acre resort has 2 miles of private white sand beach. It has 3 restaurants and 5 bars. Check out Availability & Prices on Trip Advisor / Booking.com
- Stay at Jakes Resort – St. Elizabeth – We suggest staying at Jakes’ Resort in St. Elizabeth. Located in the south end of the island and feels like you are in the true Jamaica.
3. Exuma Cays Bahamas
When flying over the Exumas from Nassau in the Bahamas, our jaws dropped as the beautiful scene transpired below. The Exuma Cays of the Bahamas consists of 365 islands and atolls dotting gin blue waters. Spanning 176 miles of crystal clear waters. While technically in the Atlantic, The Exumas are often lumped in with the Caribbean Islands and we couldn’t do this list without including our favorite island paradise. The Exumas have some of the best animal encounters in the Caribbean where you can swim with sharks, meet the resident pigs, and at Major Cay and snorkel in the surreal Thunderball Grotto that feels like its own colorful fishbowl. If you are looking for a great place to stay, check out Embrace Resorts on Staniel Cay. It is locally owned and operated and is a wonderful couples escape in the heart of the Exumas.
4. Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are one of the best places in the Caribbean Islands to go scuba diving. They are also one of the most beautiful Caribbean Islands that we’ve seen. With its own Seven Mile Beach, we could walk for days on its white sand leading out to crystal clear turquoise waters. The Cayman Islands are famous for their clear waters. The deep drop wall dives, Cayman Trench allow for deep diving in crystal clear water and endless visibility. We stayed in the Ritz Grand Cayman on Seven Mile Beach and it was heavenly. If there is one place to splurge on a Caribbean vacation, it is at the Cayman Islands.
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