Best Caribbean Islands (the 5 best to visit)

Best Caribbean Islands. Looking for perfect vacations isolated from everyday life and spend some days at the most gorgeous beaches in the word?

The Caribbean islands are perfect destinations for getaways, especially in winter months. There are around 7000 islands and 28 island nations in the Caribbean. Each island stands out with its unique beauty, pristine shores, and beaches, remarkable culture, and cuisine. 

The best time to visit the Caribbean islands is between December and April since the summer months are threatened by the hurricane season. When planning a trip to this miraculous destination, it may be tough to choose an island since they’re so many and different from one another.

For that reason, we’ve separated a few of the most stunning islands in the Caribbean you might want to consider when planning your vacations.

The Caribbean
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The largest island in the Caribbean also the forbidden fruit; Cuba truly is one of the most amazing islands in the world very different from the rest of the Caribbean islands. It is impossible not to fall in love with the Spanish colonial town of Trinidad, the numerous cultural and historical sites, and the tobacco fields of Vinales. 

The best time to visit Cuba is between December and May. If you wish to combine several Caribbean islands in your trip, make sure to stop at Cuba for several days to be able to explore the unique architecture of Old Havana, all the gorgeous beaches, especially Varadero and many more incredible spots.

When in Cuba, don’t miss UNESCO protected Vinales Valley, one of the most remarkable sites in the Caribbean with gorgeous landscapes.

Map of Cuba

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This unique island located right in the heart of the Caribbean is rich with fantastic beaches and azure waters and is an excellent place for honeymooners. Seven Mile Beach in Negril is the best beach on the island. It is seven miles of incredible white sand and gorgeous nature. Adventurous travelers can as well go scuba diving and extreme swimming spots in Negril. If you’re looking for accommodation options in Jamaica, consider the Sandals South Coast which is known for overwater bungalows even in the shape of a heart. The best time to visit Jamaica is starting from December till May. Jamaica is known for its delicious spicy cuisine, and it is very easy to find excellent restaurants and bars all around. This beautiful island is also great for hiking to admire breathtaking views and noisy waterfalls.

Map of Jamaica

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Puerto Rico

If you choose to include Puerto Rico, another majestic Caribbean island to your Caribbean itinerary, make sure to start in Old San Juan, the greatest highlight of the region. Cobblestone streets and astonishing colorful buildings will leave you in awe.

When in Puerto Rico, don’t miss tasting the local Pina Colada, which is the best in Old San Juan restaurants. This island truly has some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Playa Flamenco is the best beach in Puerto Rico, also recognized by the Discovery Channel. Just like the other Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico too stands out with its tropical rainforests and breathtaking waterfalls.

Make sure to visit El Yunque national forest to enjoy the dramatic scenery and swim in pure waters. It is also advised to take a day trip to the islands of Culebra and Vieques, which are less touristy islands in the Caribbean and have some of the most amazing shores excellent for snorkeling. The best time to visit Puerto Rico is from December to May.

Map of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
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This unique island stands out from the rest, with its wild location being washed by the calm Caribbean Sea from one side and the fierce Atlantic Ocean from the other. It is one of the most touristic hotspots in the Caribbean, with plenty of hotels and apartments.

Barbados is excellent for any type of travelers, adventurers seeking some surfing and wind-surfing opportunities, families with kids who can spend their vacations by the calm, beautiful beaches and pure waters, groups of friends who can enjoy active, lively time on this little piece of paradise.

Although the island is outside of the hurricane belt and safe to visit all year round, the best time to visit Barbados is December-May. This island is known for its delicious seafood and vibrant nightlife. Here you can find some of the best beaches in the world covered by pink sand and turquoise waters.

Barbados also has some exotic wildlife you can witness; sea turtles, monkeys, many species of bats, etc. Many youngsters rush to Bathsheba Beach on the east coast, where they can catch some waves by the coral reefs. You will definitely enjoy your evenings with fresh cocktails and admire gorgeous sunsets.

Map of Barbados

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The Bahamas

The Bahamas is quite large compared to the other Caribbean islands. It stretches around 760 miles from the Florida coast to Haiti. There are 700 islands in the Bahamas, and only 30 are inhabited. 

The best time to visit the Bahamas is between November and April. The most famous location is Nassau, the capital where lots of luxurious hotels and resorts are located. On this group of islands, you will find some of the most exquisite beaches in the world. 

The best island for gorgeous shores is the Exumas. It is an excellent location for family vacations. Exumas is famous for swimming pigs in the Bahamas. You will fall in love with the white sand beaches, historical and architectural sites, and local culture of the Bahamas.

Map of The Bahamas

The Bahamas Image by: Christopher Kuszajewski from Pixabay

There is no better place to choose to spend your winter vacations than the Caribbean islands. It may be tough to choose the best one to visit since all of them have their own identity, culture, and cuisine.

With more than 7000 islands and 28 nations, you can be sure to explore a lot and make lifetime memories. You can’t miss tasting local beer and rum and enjoy the most gorgeous beaches in the world.

Above we presented some of the most-visited Caribbean islands with recommendations on the best time of the year to visit. Although this piece of paradise has suffered from lots of hurricanes and natural disasters, it has recovered quickly and keeps welcoming thousands of visitors every year. Don’t miss the opportunity to book your trip to the exotic Bahamas.

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