Choosing a Caribbean island for your holiday can’t be that hard, right? Wrong! While, the Caribbean is obviously a very beautiful destination, it’s also a very diverse one; with each of the different islands having its own flavour and offering the the visitor a different experience. So how do you pick the right Carribbean island for your vacation? That obviously depends on what you want from your holiday; whether it be a bustling tourist mecca or a relaxed, laid back vibe where it feels like you have the whole island to yourself.Thankfully, we’re here to help and we’re going to run through just some of the Caribbean islands to help you choose! Here’s a quick guide to choosing a Caribbean island for your holiday:

Guide to choosing a Caribbean island for your holiday:

Anguilla

For some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, including Rendezvous Bay and Little Bay, be sure to check out the small island of Anguilla.

Antigua

As well as plenty of beaches and resorts, this medium-sized island is also home to loads of colonial heritage and opportunities for sailing if you fancy trying your sea faring abilities.

Aruba

Surf Photo by David Troeger on Unsplash|
Lots of sun and surf in Aruba! | Photo by David Troeger on Unsplash

If it’s just beaches that you’re after, then you’ll be perfectly happy with Aruba, where it almost never rains, and you’ll find some of the best resorts and beaches in the world.

The Bahamas

Over 700 islands make up the Bahamas, some of which are totally uninhabited, while some, such as Grand Bahama and Paradise Island are packed with hotels and attractions. The islands are particularly well-known for scuba diving spots, including Thunderball Grotto, which was used in the James Bond film of the same name. I highly recommend snorkelling and going here on a cruise; my family and I absolutely loved it and tasted the freshest seafood!

Bahamas snorkelling in a shipwreck
The Bahamas is the place to go snorkelling! | Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Barbados

Barbados| THings to consider while choosing a Caribbean island
Beautiful underwater life in Barbados| Photo by Cédric Frixon on Unsplash

This place also made it to my list of top romantic island destinations in the world! If you want some home comforts, Barbados retains a lot of its British heritage and is also popular for surfers and windsurfers. It’s also particularly easy to get to from the UK.

Bonaire

This tiny municipality of the Netherlands offers some of the best dive spots in the region and is also home to the Washington Slagbaai National Park, with lizards, donkeys and birds.

Cayman Islands

More than just a tax haven, the Cayman Islands feel a bit like the USA, although it’s actually a British Overseas Territory. Also popular for fishing holidays, with deep-sea excursions often leaving from Cayman Brac.

Dominican Republic

The DR (as it’s better known) has a strong Hispanic influence, which really comes through in its architecture. It’s also home to some of the tallest mountains in the Caribbean if you fancy packing your walking boots.

Jamaica

Perhaps the most well-known Caribbean island, known for being the home of Bob Marley & reggae, Jamaica is all this and more, with lush mountains and rainforests as well as great beaches.

Martinique

For the most French experience in the Caribbean, head to Martinique, a rugged island with less of a focus on tourism, but still plenty to see and do, especially in Fort-de-France, with its steep hills, narrow streets and the garden area of La Savane.

Puerto Rico

On the shores of Puerto Rico
Isn’t that just breathtaking?
| Photo by Wojtek Witkowski on Unsplash

If you’re after a little more than just beaches, Old San Juan in Puerto Rico offers some real history with its colourful colonial architecture and fortresses such as El Morro and La Fortaleza.

Saint Martin

Saint Martin is interesting in that one half is Dutch, while the other is French, two cultures which come together for a unique holiday experience, with resort beaches alongside vibrant nightlife.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Very popular with boaters, the shores of St. Vincent are lined with yachts and private islands, with lots of smaller islands such as Bequia to explore.

Turks & Caicos Islands

Another British Overseas Territory, these 40 islands are usually fairly quiet, with secluded beaches and turquoise waters all yours to explore, and small but boutique resorts such as Beach House, right on the world-famous Grace Bay.

U.S. Virgin Islands

This US territory feels a bit like you’re stepping into the 51st state at times, with lots of the same restaurants and shops that you’d see in America, but with the added bonus of beautiful white beaches and reefs.

I hope you enjoyed this guide to choosing a Caribbean island for your holiday! Have you been to any of these places? Let me know in the comments below.

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