1. Anguilla — the Caribbean Dream Come True
This gorgeous Eastern Caribbean destination offers vibrant reefs, spectacular snorkeling locations in crystal clear waters, as well as endless sailing and glass-bottomed kayaking experiences. If you want to experience paradise under the shade of coconut palms and sea-grape trees with a refreshing drink in hand, then Anguilla is the place for you. Keep in mind that luxury and authenticity come with a hefty price tag here, so it’s a good idea to visit outside the high season for a more affordable trip to paradise.
2. Guadeloupe — the Bluest of Blues
When it comes to getting a taste of the untouched spots of the French Antilles, Guadeloupe is one of the few remaining islands you can visit. It represents an archipelago of a number of sun-kissed islands with the two main islands joined together by a few bridges and a mangrove swamp. You’ll find waterfalls, virgin beaches, and you can also take a selfie with the spectacular La Soufrière volcano.
3. St. Kitts and Nevis — Where Impressive Landscape Meets History
This picturesque two-island nation in the Caribbean combines leisure and culture like very few places on the planet can. From impressive mountains and impossibly blue waters to exploring the mellow and friendly local culture with pulsing soca beat and the buzz of everyday life, St. Kitts and Nevis is a must-experience piece of paradise. Head to Port Zante and Frigate Bay to find the best bars and parties, or escape the crowds and explore Mt. Nevis.
4. Curaçao — a Little Piece of Europe at the Heart of the Caribbean
There’s no island quite like Curaçao. Its reminiscent Dutch-colonial architecture, excellent museums, and thriving arts scene truly make it feel like a piece of Europe has floated to the edge of the Caribbean archipelago. There’s so much to see, taste, and experience here. From exploring the wondrous caves and little-known beaches, to tasting the blend of local and international cuisines, your options are endless. The best part about Curaçao is that tourism isn’t its main goal, and you don’t get that vibe there. You can blend in and experience local living, including the often heavy traffic.
5. Martinique — the Home of Mont Pelée
Martinique is famously known as the birthplace of the still-smoldering Mont Pelée — the volcano that wiped out St-Pierre, the former capital, in 1902. Offering a striking diversity of activities, landscapes, and culinary experiences, Martinique is one of the few islands the Caribbean has kept under wraps. Go and visit before it starts buzzing with tourists.