Top 10 Vacation Destinations in the Caribbean

by Mel on February 15, 2012

Famous for its fertile soil, verdant mountains, and bountiful sea waters, the Caribbean consists of the Caribbean Sea, the surrounding coastline, and the islands inside the Caribbean Sea. Pulsating with music, lapped by crystal clean waters, blown by hurricanes, the Caribbean is constantly rocked by change. Tourists have plenty of things to do and see in the region: listen to Vodou rock & roots band, visit a coffee farm, sunbathe at first class beaches, hike the Nevis volcano, swim with sharks, canyon, and much more. If that makes you pack your suitcase, here are the top ten vacation destinations in the Caribbean.


The Bahamas is a group of islands near the state of Florida. The good news is that the local people speak English. This island group is a popular destination for travelers who love beaches, surfing, and cruising.


This island nation is the home of Reggae music and the birthplace of the popular reggae artist Bob Marley. Jamaica offers lovely resorts in Montenegro Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril. Tourists can also travel to the capital Kingston Town for some more authentic Jamaican experience. Visit Upon the Roof diner and taste the delicious shrimp with garlic jerk mayo and marlin salad. If you are a party chap, go to Asylum: this nightspot is packing in crowds from Tuesday to Sunday.

Puerto Rico

This Caribbean destination is an unincorporated territory of the United States. The Spanish influence here is quite obvious, and most people speak both, Spanish and English. The small archipelago offers beach destinations that are perfect for surfing, swimming and sunbathing. Hotdoggers go to the rough northwest coastline or the surfing beaches at Isla Verde.

Dominican Republic

This island nation is part of the island of Hispaniola, with its western part incorporated in the nation of Haiti. It is one of two islands in the Caribbean that are divided into two different countries. The country’s economic growth is fueled by tourism, with developed resorts, hotels and other tourism-related businesses in the region. Among the tourists landmarks are Santa Domingo’s Zona Colonial, with its 500-years cobblestone backstreets, the beautiful beaches at Bavaro and Punta Cana, and the stunning waterfalls near Baracoa. Among the many activities and sports, tourists can choose from diving, snorkeling, whale watching, horseback riding, and cockfighting, or participate in the International Sand Castle Competition.


Mexico is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world due to its Mesoamerican ruins and famous beaches, especially at the Gulf of Mexico, the ninth largest body of water on the planet. Most people in the area speak Spanish and English, making it very easy for tourists to get around and communicate with the locals.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica borders with Panama and Nicaragua and is an ideal place for vacationers who seek pristine beaches and good windsurfing spots. The country has a diverse wildlife, from a variety of butterflies to whales and dolphins.

Turks and Caicos

The beautiful islands of Turks and Caicos are situated southeast of Miami. The most alluring attractions in the area include the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters as well as the longest coral reef in the world.


This island nation of the Lesser Antilles is another good spot for scuba diving because of its rich coral reefs. Barbados attracts visitors with its white sand beaches and blue-green sea water, and good places for surfing, kitesurfing, and windsurfing.

St. Lucia

The little known island country in the Eastern Caribbean is blooming with white sand beaches and lush tropical terrain. It is a natural paradise rich with wildlife, rainforests and tropical fruit-bearing trees. St. Lucia is a perfect location for travelers searching for calm and relaxing vacations.


Situated in the West Indies, the winds on this island are perfect for sailing. Tourists can go snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving and observe a nearly unbroken line of coral reefs and its marine life.

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