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Highlights and quick guide to the amazing Caribbean Islands

June 11th, 2016, Posted by travelwith2ofus


The Caribbean Islands, a large chain of amazing tropical islands spread about in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean sea. These islands evoke feelings of awe and anyone who has visited one or many of these countries hold on to their memories like a Caribbean pirate holds on to his bounty.

If you plan on visiting the Caribbean, now, or sometime in the future, during winter or during summer vacation, but you are not sure which one of the beautiful islands you want to visit then do not pull your hair in despair as this concise Caribbean guide will give you the 411 on what to do, see, eat and drink in each Caribbean country. The question is, which Caribbean Island will you visit first?


Aruba

Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba. Photo CC by Kristoffer Larsson
Oranjestad, ArubaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Oranjestad, Ayo Rock Formations, Bubali Bird Sanctuary, Casibari Rock Formations, Fontein Cave, Guadirikiri Cave, The Natural Bridge, The Natural Pool, Spanish Lagoon, The Butterfly Farm, Fort Zoutman Historical Museum, De Palm Island, Hooiberg.

Activities Activities:
Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paintball, karting, zip-lining, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, biking, bowling.

Food Foods to try:
Sopa di Pompuna, Stoba di Cabrito, Bakiou.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Aruba Ariba, Arawak Punch, Aruba MilkyWay, Aruban Blast.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Baby Beach, Eagle Beach, Andicuri Beach, Rodger's Beach, Hadicurari Beach, Palm Beach, De Palm Island, Arashi Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Queen Beatrix International Airport

Shopping Main shopping:
Oranjestad (Capital): Caya G.F. Betico Croes (Main Street), L.G. Smith Boulevard.

Transport Transport system:
Bus, taxi (not metered)

What you did not know:
Aruba has the most sunny days of any island in the Caribbean.

You should also read:
The best things to do in Aruba on a short visit

Antigua and Barbuda

Carlisle Bay.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua and BarbudaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
St John's, Barbuda (Sister islands.), Stingray City, English Harbour including Nelson's Dockyard National Park, Fort Barrington National Park, Fort James, Jolly Harbour, Frigate Bird Sanctuary, Shirley Heights, D-Boat Water Entertainment Center.

Activities Activities:
Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, zip-lining, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding, hiking, birdwatching,

Food Foods to try:
Ducana and salt fish, goat water, fungie and pepperpot.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Antiguan Smile, Old Fashioned Rum Punch.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Dickenson Bay, Runaway Bay, Pigeon Point, Half Moon Bay, Darkwood Beach, Doigs Beach, Deep Bay, Fort James Beach, Carlisle Bay Beach, Palm Beach (Barbuda).

Airport Airport/s:
V. C. Bird International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
St John's (Capital): Redcliffe Quay, Heritage Quay, Shops at High Street.

Transport Transport system:
Bus, taxi (not metered), ferry (to Barbuda).

What you did not know:
Antigua is said to have so many beaches that you can visit a new one for each day of the year. This means you can choose a beach at random and be the only one there. Well except for the popular ones.


You should also read:

Antigua, swimming with stingrays and beautiful Long Bay Beach

Anguilla

George Hill, Anguilla. Photo CC by Dr. Warner
 George Hill, AnguillaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
The Valley, Sandy Ground, Wallblake House, Dolphin Discovery Anguilla, Bankie Banx's Dune Preserve, Sandy Island, Scilly Cay, Sombrero Lighthouse.

Activities Activities:
Scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, miniature golf, surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, horseback riding, paddleboarding, kayaking.

Food Foods to try:
Pigeon Peas & Rice, Beef and Pineapple Kebabs.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Rum Punch.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Little Bay, Meads Bay, Shoal Bay, Sandy Ground Beach, Barnes Bay, Cove Bay, Crocus Bay, Rendezvous Bay.

Airport Airport/s:
Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
The Valley (Capital).

Transport Transport system:
Bus, taxi (not metered)

What you did not know:
There are no fast food international chain restaurants in Anguilla. There are also no all-inclusive hotel packages either.


Bahamas

Paradise Island, Bahamas & the Atlantis Resort. Photo CC by BID Ciudades Emergentes
Paradise Island, Bahamas & the Atlantis ResortPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Nassau, Paradise Island, West Side National Park, Exuma Cays Land and Sea National Park, Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park, Blue Lagoon Island, Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre.

Activities Activities:
Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, canoering, parasailing, paragliding , kiteboarding, sailing, island tours, jet skiing, swimming excursions with wild dolphins, fishing, golf, tennis, horseback riding.

Food Foods to try:
Bahamian Stew Fish, Baked Stuffed Crab, Cracked Conch, Chicken Souse.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Sky Juice, Goombay Smash, Bahama Mama, Bahama Breeze.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Cable Beach, Pink Sands Beach (Harbour Island), Treasure Cay Beach, Coco Plum Beach, Gordon's Beach, Long Bay Beach, Sugar Loaf Beach, Surfer's Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Lynden Pindling International Airport, Grand Bahama International Airport, Exuma International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Nassau (Capital): Bay Street.

Transport Transport system:
Bus, taxi (not metered)

What you did not know:
Bahamas also has a Blue Hole like that of Belize. Dean's Blue Hole is 663 ft (202 m) deep while the Great Blue Hole in Belize is 407 ft (124 m) deep.

You should also read:
Fun things we did in the bahamas at atlantis resort


Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown, BarbadosPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Bridgetown, Flower Forest, Harrison's Cave, Morgan Lewis Windmill, Mount Hillaby, Grenade Hall Forest & Signal Station, Barbados Wildlife Reserve Atlantis Submarine, Bushy Park Barbados, St. Lawrence Gap.

Activities Activities:
Scuba diving, submarine dive, go-karting, snorkeling, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding, jet skiing, surfing, Segway tours.

Food Foods to try:
Cou Cou, Fish Cakes, Cutters, Conkies, Flying Fish.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Bajan Punch.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Carlisle Bay, Brighton Beach, Needham's Point, Crane Beach, Dover Beach, Ginger Bay, Maxwell Beach, Pebbles Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Grantley Adams International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Bridgetown (Capital): Broad Street.

Transport Transport system:
Bus, taxi (not metered)

What you did not know:
Tiger Woods got married in Barbados in 2004.


Bermuda

St. George's. Photo CC by Joel Sowers
St. George's, BermudaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Hamilton, St. George's, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda Botanical Gardens, Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, Scaur Hill Fort Park, Crystal & Fantasy Caves, Dolphin Quest, Fort Hamilton, Royal Naval Dockyard.

Activities Activities:
Scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking, water skiing, fly boarding, jet skiing, sailing, island tours, whale watching, fishing, hiking, golf, horseback riding.

Food Foods to try:
Codfish Breakfast, Conch chowder, Hoppin' John.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Rum Swizzle, Dark ‘N’ Stormy.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Warwick Long Bay, Horseshoe Bay Beach, West Whale Bay Beach, Church Bay, Astwood Cove, Jobson's Cove, Tobacco Bay Beach, Elbow Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
L.F. Wade International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Hamilton (Capital): Front Street.

Transport Transport system:
Bus, taxi (metered), ferries.

What you did not know:
Car rentals are not available in Bermuda. However, you can rent a moped or a scooter.


THE CARIBBEAN IS SO AWESOME, BUT YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU WALK WITH THE RIGHT ITEMS TO ENJOY YOUR VACATION. HERE ARE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FROM NIKKS AND SIMON:


Sand Free Beach Blanket
Sand Free Beach Blanket

Aloha Beach Tote Bag
Aloha Beach Tote Bag

Striped Beach Tote Bag
Striped Beach Tote Bag


Bonaire

Kralendijk. Photo CC by Chris Favero
Oranjestad, ArubaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Kralendijk, Bonaire National Marine Park, Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bara di Karta, Brandaris, The Bonaire Botanical Garden, Bonaire Caves, Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary, Salt Pans, Seru Largu, Gotomeer, Klein Bonaire.

Activities Activities:

Hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, biking, birdwatching, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding, rappelling and rock climbing.

Food Foods to try:
Karko Stobá, Pastechi ku Gali'a, Kabritu Stobá, Sòpi Piská.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Bonairean Night, Fresku Bebe, Kaipirinha.

Beach Selected Beaches:
1000 Steps Beach, Lac Bay, Bachelor Beach, Cai Beach, Pink Beach, Bachelor's Beach, Boka Slagbaai Beach, Chachacha Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Flamingo International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Kralendijk (Capital): Kaya Grandi.

TransportTransport system:
Taxi (not metered)

What you did not know:
Over twenty percent of Bonaire's land mass and one hundred percent of the waters surrounding Bonaire and Klein Bonaire are National Parks and are protected.


British Virgin Islands

Road Town, Tortola. Photo CC by David Kirsch
Roat Town, The British Virgin IslandsPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Road Town, Gorda Peak National Park, Dolphin Discovery Tortola, Rhone National Marine Park, Norman Island Caves, Sage Mountain National Park, J.R. O'Neal Botanical Garden, Baths National Park, Peter Island, Anegada Island, 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works, Fort Burt.

Activities Activities:

Scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, biking, sailing, island tours, fishing, horseback riding.

Food Foods to try:
Dove pork, Goat head soup, Fish and Fungi.


Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Painkiller, Bushwacker.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Elizabeth Beach, The Baths, Deadman’s Bay, Brewer’s Bay Beach, Anegada, Apple Bay Beach,Great Harbour Beach, Long Bay Beach, Sandy Spit Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Road Town (Capital): Main Street.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi, bus (not metered), ferry.

What you did not know:
Most people think Tortola is the capital of The British Virgin Islands. Road Town located on the island of Tortola is the capital.


Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman. Photo CC by Karen
Grand Cayman, Cayman IslandsPlaces to visit Places to visit:
George Town, Cayman Brac, Cayman Turtle Farm, Stingray City, Central Mangrove Wetlands, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Cayman Crystal Caves, Dolphin Discovery, Davinoff's Concrete Sculpture Garden, Pedro St. James National Historic Site, The Blowholes, Hell.

Activities Activities:

Scuba diving, paddleboarding, snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing, kitesurfing, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding, Segway tour.

Food Foods to try:
Fish Rundown, Old Fashioned Fish Fry, Conch Stew, Cassava Cake, Rum Cake.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Mudslide, Bronze Road Cocktail, Cayman Sunburn.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Seven Mile Beach, Rum Point, East End Beach, Point O' Sand, Owen Island, Cayman Kai, Public Beach, Spotts Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Owen Roberts International Airport (Grand Cayman), Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (Cayman Brac).

Shopping Main shopping:
George Town (Capital): Cardinal Avenue.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Bus.

What you did not know:
Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Island's most popular beach is actually only five and a half miles long.


Cuba

Havana.
Havana, CubaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Havana, Trinidad, Malecón, National Museum of Fine Arts, Pico Turquino, Plaza Vieja, National Theatre of Cuba, Morro Castle, Finca Vigía/Home of Ernest Hemingway, Museum of the Revolution, National Botanical Garden, Peninsula de Zapata National Park, Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Jardines de la Reina Marine Park, El Nicho Waterfalls.

Activities Activities:

Scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, biking, birdwatching, sailing, island tours, golf, horseback riding, skydiving.

Food Foods to try:
Pan Con Lechon, Bistec de Palomilla , Boliche, Frita, Medianoche, Moros y Cristianos, Ropa Vieja.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Havana Cooler, Cuba Libre, Creme de Vie, Mojito.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Varadero Beach, Cayos Coco Beach, Playa Sirena Beach, Playa Ancón, Playa Pilar Beach, Playa Paraiso Beach, Boka Slagbaai Beach, Chachacha Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Jose Marti International Airport, Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport, Abel Santamaria International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Havana (Capital): Obispo Street, Tacon Avenue.

Transport Transport system:
Bus, taxi (not metered), ferrry

What you did not know:
Cuba has two different currencies, tourists usually use the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC), whereas locals use the Cuban Peso (CUP).

You should also read:
Things to do in Cuba

Curacao

Willemstad.
Willemstad, CuracaoPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Willemstad, Otrobanda, St. Anna's Bay, Shete Boka National Park (You can also visit The National Christoffelpark Curacao, which is adjoining), Curacao Sea Aquarium, Hato Caves, Queen Juliana Bridge, Fort Amsterdam, Fort Nassau, Ostrich Farm, Atlantis Adventures Curacao, Curacao Museum, Maritime Museum, Tafelberg Mountain.

Activities Activities:

Snorkeling, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, biking, birdwatching, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding.

Food Foods to try:
Giambo, Yuana Stoba, Keshi Yena.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Blue Lagun, Blue Passion, Banana Blue.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Blue Bay Beach, Boka Sint Michiel/Boka Sami, Cas Abao Beach, Jan Thiel Beach, Jeremi Beach, Playa Kenepa Beach/Kleine Knip, Playa abou/Grote Knip, Playa Kalki Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Curacao International Airport/Hato International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Willemstad (Capital): Breedestraat Punda, Breedestraat Otrabanda.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Bus.

What you did not know:
While there are many languages spoken is Curacao, Dutch, Papiamentu and English are the most common.

Dominica

Roseau. Photo CC by Urban Sea Star
Oranjestad, ArubaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Roseau, Sulfur Springs, Trafalgar Falls, Boiling Lake, Emerald Pool, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Morne Diablotin National Park, Fort Shirley/Cabrits Garrison, Cabrits National Park, Dominica Botanical Gardens.

Activities Activities:

Hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, zip-lining, river tubing, kayaking, biking, birdwatching, sailing, island tours, fishing, whale watching, horseback riding, canyoning.

Food Foods to try:
Fish Cakes, Codfish Sancoche, Fig (green bananas) cakes.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Coconut Rum Punch.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Lastote Beach, Soufriere Bay Beach, Secret Beach, Longberry Beach, Champagne Beach, Batalie Beach, Scotts Head Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Douglas Charles Airport, Canefield Airports.

Shopping Main shopping:
Roseau (Capital).

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Bus.

What you did not know:
The official name of Dominica is the Commonwealth of Dominica and it is not the same country as The Dominician Republic.



IF YOU PLAN TO VISIT ANY OF THESE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS REMEMBER MOST DAYS THE SUN WILL GREET YOU SO YOU SHOULD WEAR SOMETHING LIGHT WHICH WILL KEEP YOU COOLER. SUNDRESS ANYONE? HERE ARE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FROM NIKKS AND SIMON:


Crochet Beach Dress
Crochet Beach Dress

PAKULA Vintage Dress
PAKULA Vintage Dress

Jinhuanshow Casual Sundress
Jinhuanshow Casual Sundress

Grenada

St. George's.
St. George's GrenadaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
St. George's, Carriacou, Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park, Fort George, Belmont Estate, Fort Frederick, Westerhall Estate, Seven Sisters Falls, Belmont Estate Spice Plantation, De La Grenade Nutmeg Garden, Concord Falls, Laura's Herb & Spice Garden, Jessamine Eden Tropical Botanic Garden, Grand Etang National Park & Forest Reserve, Levera National Park.

Activities Activities:

Whale & dolphin watching, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, river tubing, biking, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding.

Food Foods to try:
Oil Down, Grenadian Spice Cake.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Calabash Rum Cocktail (Naughty Nutmeg).

Beach Selected Beaches:
Bathway Beach, Grand Anse Beach, La Sagesse Beach, Lance Aux Epines Beach, Black Bay Beach, Magazine Beach, Paradise Beach, Morne Rouge Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Maurice Bishop International Airport/Point Salines International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
St. George's (Capital).

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered) Bus.

What you did not know:
Grenada is known as the Isle of Spice because it produces nutmegs, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, turmeric, ginger and mace. 


Guadeloupe

Pointe-à-Pitres. Photo CC by Jorge Brazil
Pointe-à-Pitre, GuadeloupePlaces to visit Places to visit:
Basse-Terre, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe National Park, Pointe des Châteaux, La Grande Soufrière, Jardin Botanique Deshaies, Grand Cul de Sac Marin Nature Reserve, Fort Napoleon, Les Saintes, Parc des Mamelles/Guadeloupe Zoo, Karukera Land Park, Ti Bou Farm, Carbet Falls.

Activities Activities:

Hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, biking, bird watching, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding, whale watching, zip-lining.

Food Foods to try:
Bokit, Porc Colombo, Kassav, Tourment d’Amour.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Le Planteur.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Grande-Anse Beach, Datcha Beach, Plage de la Perle Beach, Plage de la Malendure, Pain de sucre Beach, Massacre beach, Plage Caravelle Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Basse-Terre (Capital): Rue Frebault, Rue Nozieres, Rue Schoelcher

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Bus, Ferry.

What you did not know:
Most people don't know that Guadeloupe uses the Euro as its currency. This is because it is a French overseas territory.


Martinique

Les Anses d'Arlet, Martinique. Photo CC by Pascalou Petit
Les Anses d'Arlet, MartiniquePlaces to visit Places to visit:
Fort-de-France, Mont Pelee, Schoelcher Library, Habitation Clément, Le Jardin de Balata, La Savane des Esclaves, Zoo de Martinique, Diamond Rock, Le Memorial de l'Anse Caffard.

Activities Activities:

Kayaking, zip-lining, canyoning, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, biking, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding, dune buggy trails.

Food Foods to try:
Boudin Blanc, Ragoû de Chatrou, Dorade grilée.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Creole Royale.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Diamond Beach, Pointe du Bout, Les Salines Beach, Anse Dufour Beach, Anse Caron, Anse Couleuvre Beach, La Pointe Marin Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Fort-de-France (Capital): Rue Schoelcher, Rue Moreau de Jonnes, Rue Antoine Siger, Rue Victor Hugo.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Bus, Ferry.

What you did not know:
On May 8th, 1902 Mount Pelee erupted and completely destroyed the city of Saint Pierre. Know back then as "the Paris of the Caribbean" thousands of Saint Pierre residents lost their lives.


You should also read:
This is what a fun day in Fort de France Martinique is like

Jamaica

Ocho Rios harbor. Photo CC by Reinhard Link
Ocho Rios harbor, JamaicaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, Port Antonio, Dunn's River Falls and Park, Bob Marley Museum, Reach Falls, Green Grotto Caves, Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Jamaica, Rose Hall Great House, Dolphin Cove, Barney's Hummingbird Garden Jamaica, Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden, Emancipation Park.

Activities Activities:

Bobsledding, scuba diving, river tubing, rafting, snorkeling, kayaking, waterslide, zip-lining, windsurfing, kitesurfing, biking, bird watching, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding.

Food Foods to try:
Jerk, Ackee and Saltfish, Festivals, Jamaican Patty.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Tally Man, Jamaican Smile, Jamaican Rum Punch.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Seven Mile Beach, Treasure Beach, Doctor's Cave Beach, Cornwall Beach, Frenchman's Cove, Rose Hall Beach, Boston Bay Beach, Mammee Bay Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Sangster International Airport, Norman Manley International Airport, Ian Fleming International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Kingston (Capital), Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, Port Antonio

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Bus, Ferry.

What you did not know:
Dr. No, the first James Bond movie was shot in Jamaica.


Saint BarthElemy (St Barts)

Gustavia the capital. Photo CC by Brook Ward
Gustavia, Saint BarthelemyPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Gustavia, Fort Gustav, Musée Territorial, Wall House Museum, Nature Reserve of Saint Bartholomew.

Activities Activities:

Jet skiing, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, biking,, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding, water skiing, wakeboarding.

Food Foods to try:
Pumpkin Bisque, Coq au vin.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Rhum Vanille.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Grand Cul de Sac, St Jean Beach, Flamands Beach, Gouverneur Beach, Colombier Beach, Salines Beach, Corossol Beach, Lorient Beach, Petit Cul de Sac.

Airport Airport/s:
Gustaf III Airport/Saint Barthélemy Airport (No direct international flights).

Shopping Main shopping:
Gustavia (Capital): Quai de la République, Rue du Roi Oscar II, Rue du Général de Gaulle.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered).

What you did not know:
St Barthélemy has no traffic jams and no traffic lights.


St Maarten/St. Martin

Havensight cruise ship port, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Photo CC by Prayitno
St MaartenPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Philipsburg, The Butterfly Farm St Martin (La Ferme Des Papillons), Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, Loterie Farm, The Boardwalk, Fort Louis, Old Street, Seaside Nature Park, Paradise Peak, St. Maarten Zoo, St Martin National Nature Reserve.

Activities Activities:

Hiking, pony-trekking, mountain biking, quadbiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, biking, bird watching, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding.

Food Foods to try:
Crabe Farci, Shredded Codfish in Vinaigrette, Pigeon Peas Soup.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Guavaberry Colada, Vaanilla Beach, Maho Reefer.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Mullet Bay, Long Bay Beach, Happy Bay, Baie Longue, Dawn Beach, Simpson Bay, Pinel Island, Orient Bay.

Airport Airport/s:
Princess Juliana International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Philipsburg (Capital): Front Street. Marigot. Rue du Général de Gaulle St. Martin.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Mini Bus.

What you did not know:
St Martin, the French side of the island is a member of the European Union (EU).


You should also read:
Touring St Maarten/St Martin, Dutch and French in one day


MEN, WE COULD LOOK COOL ON THE BEACH IN THE CARIBBEAN TOO! RIGHT! HERE ARE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FROM NIKKS AND SIMON:


APTRO Men's Beach Swimwear
APTRO Men's Beach Swimwear

Cotton Santorini Long Pants
Cotton Santorini Long Pants

Bermuda Shorts Summer Shorts
Bermuda Shorts Summer Shorts


Saint Kitts and Nevis

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. Photo CC by Fred Hsu
Brimstone Hill Fortress, St KittsPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Basseterre, Charlestown, The St Kitts Scenic Railway, Dolphin Discovery, St. Kitts Eco-Park, Romney Manor, Wingfield River and Water Works, Fairview Great House & Botanical Gardens, St Kitts Water Sports, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, Hot Springs Bath Village, The Nevis Turtle Group, Nevis RainForest.

Activities Activities:

Flyboarding/Hoverboarding, kiteboarding, surfing, jet skiing, paddleboarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paragliding, windsurfing, biking, bird watching, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding.


Food Foods to try:
Goat Water Stew, Curry Conch.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Ting with a Sting, The Killer Bee.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Majors Bay, South Frigate Bay Beach, Cockleshell Bay Beach, North Frigate Bay Beach, South Friars Bay Beach, Pinneys Beach, Paradise Beach, Cades Bay, Nisbet Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
St Kitts: Basseterre (Capital): The Circus, Port Zante.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Mini Bus, Ferry.

What you did not know:
Alexander Hamilton, one of Founding Fathers of the United States was born on January 11, 1757 in Charlestown, Nevis. He is also on the US 10 dollar bill.


Saint Lucia

Marigot Bay.
Marigot Bay, St LuciaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Castries, Pigeon Island National Park, The Pitons, Diamond Botanical Gardens, Sulphur Springs - Soufriere Volcano, Rodney Bay, Marigot Bay, Tet Paul Nature Trail, Splash Island Water Park Saint Lucia, Piton Waterfalls, Gros Piton Nature Trail, Toraille Waterfalls & Gardens.

Activities Activities:

Waterskiing, sunfishing, kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing. hiking, flyboarding, fishing, diving, snuba, sea trekking, kitesurfing. biking, scuba diving, bird watching, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding Segway tours zip-lining, mountain biking, whale & dolphin watching.


Food Foods to try:
Creole Fish, St Lucia One Pot, Green fig (Banana) and saltfish.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Lucian Slammer, BBC, TI Punch (Tee Punch).

Beach Selected Beaches:
Pigeon Island, Anse Chastanet, Reduit Beach, Jalousie Beach, Grande Anse, Marigot Bay, Anse de Sables Beach, Anse La Voutte, Donkey Beach, Malgretoute Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Hewanorra International Airport, George F.L. Charles Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Castries (Capital): William Peter Boulevard, Bridge Street, Port Seraphine.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Mini Bus, Ferry.

What you did not know:
The Pitons are St Lucia's most known landmarks. You can also have a Piton beer, which is brewed there as well.


You should also read:
St Lucia enchanting beaches, Piton mountains and Marigot Bay
Amazing things to do in St Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Bequia. Photo CC by Size4riggerboots
Bequia, Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Kingstown, Bequia, Mustique, Botanical Gardens of St Vincent, Fort Charlotte, Owia Salt Pond, Vermont Nature Trails, The Falls of Baleine, Montreal Gardens, Dark View Falls, La Soufriere Volcano, Belmont Look-Out, Black Point Tunnel, Cumberland Nature Trail.

Activities Activities:

Hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, dolphin and whale watching, windsurfing, kitesurfing, biking, bird watching, sailing, island tours, fishing, horseback riding.


Food Foods to try:
Roast Breadfruit and Saltfish, Tri-Tri Cakes.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Bees Kiss, Island Beach Party, Sunset Rum Punch.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Sandy Bay, Black Point Beach, Princess Margaret Beach, Friendship Bay, Indian Bay Beach, Villa beaches, Buccament Bay Beach, Brighton Beach, Macaroni Beach, South Glossy Beach, Petit Bateau, Palm Island.

Airport Airport/s:
E. T. Joshua International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Kingstown (Capital): Kaya Grandi.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Bus, Ferry.

What you did not know:
There are nine islands inhabited in St Vincent and the Grenadines, but the country is made up of 32 islands in total.


Trinidad and Tobago

Port Of Spain.
Port of Spain, Trinidad and TobagoPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Port of Spain, Tobago, Emperor Valley Zoo, Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge, Fort King George, Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Buccoo Reef, The National Museum and Art Gallery, El Tucuche, The Pitch Lake, Temple in the Sea, Argyle Waterfall, Three Pools Blanchisseuse, Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Angel Falls, Gasparee Caves, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Queen’s Park Savannah.

Activities Activities:

Hiking, zip-lining, biking, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, bird watching, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding.

Food Foods to try:
Bake and Shark, Roti, Doubles, Curry Crab and Dumplings.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Queen's Park Swizzle, Ashes in Jerez, Tobago Sunset.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Maracas Bay, Macqueripe Bay, Las Cuevas Beach, Tyrico Bay, La Fillette Beach, Blanchisseuse Beach, Scotland Bay, Balandra Bay, Salybia Bay, Mayaro Beach, Quinam Beach, Columbus Bay, Pigeon Point Beach, Store Bay, Bloody Bay.

Airport Airport/s:
Piarco International Airport, A.N.R. Robinson International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Port Of Spain (Capital): Fredrick Street. San Fernando: High Street.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Bus, Mini Bus (Maxi Taxi), Ferry.

What you did not know:
Trinidad and Tobago have won Miss Universe titles twice. Janelle Commissiong in 1977 and Wendy Fitzwilliam in 1998. Giselle Laronde also won the Miss World title in 1986.


You should also read:
The Magnificent 7, a visitors delight in Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos Islands

Grand Turk. Photo CC by Pwbaker
Oranjestad, ArubaPlaces to visit Places to visit:
Grand Turk, Cockburn Town, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Providenciales, Conch Bar Caves, Turks & Caicos National Museum, National Environmental Center, Crossing Place Trail, Frenchmans Creek and Pigeon Pond Nature Reserve, Indian Cave, Bottle Creek Lagoon.

Activities Activities:

Whale watching, paddle boarding, kite boarding, hiking, biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, biking, bird watching, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding.

Food Foods to try:
Conch Salad, Chicken Souse, Stewed Fish and Grits, Crab and Rice.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Rum Punch.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Sandy Point Beach, Grace Bay Beach, Malcolm Beach, Taylor BayLong Bay Beach, Governor's Beach, Pillory Beach, Sapodilla Bay, Horsestable Beach, Bambarra Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
Providenciales International Airport, JAGS McCartney International Airport/Grand Turk International Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
Providenciales. Grace Bay.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered).

What you did not know:
There are no lakes or rivers in Turks and Caicos.


United States Virgin Islands

St Thomas.
St Thomas, US Virgin IslandsPlaces to visit Places to visit:
St Thomas, Charlotte Amalie, St Croix, St John, Virgin Islands National Park, Fort Christiansvaern, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, Estate Whim Plantation Museum, Fort Frederik, Coral World Ocean Park.

Activities Activities:

Sky diving, snuba diving, hiking, biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, biking, bird watching, sailing, island tours, fishing, golf, horseback riding.

Food Foods to try:
Meat Pate, Conch in Butter Sauce, Bullfoot Soup, Red Pea Soup.

Cocktails Cocktails to try:
Painkiller.

Beach Selected Beaches:
Magens Bay Beach, Trunk Bay, Sandy Point, Cane Garden Bay, Savannah Bay, White Bay Beach Guana Island, Caneel Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Cane Bay Beach.

Airport Airport/s:
The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, The Cyril E. King Airport.

Shopping Main shopping:
St Thomas. Main Street, Back Street.

Transport Transport system:
Taxi (not metered), Bus, Ferry.

What you did not know:
The United States Virgin Islands is the only place in the US where you drive on the left side of the road.

 


You should know:
Most people think that Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas and Bermuda are in the Caribbean. Technically, they are not. However, we have always considered them as part of the Caribbean family and that is why they are on our list.

 

If you love the Caribbean then you should pin the hell out of this... :-)


You should also check out:
The Top 7 Reasons To Visit Jamaica by Vicky and Buddy The Traveling Monkey.

 

Caribbean Islands



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