There’s no doubt the Caribbean is one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world. It has hundreds of white sand beaches, picturesque views, spectacular hiking, endless snorkel and scuba diving sites and the list could go on! With so much to do, planning a trip to the Caribbean can often be overwhelming when you’re not sure where to start, but here’s a pretty good way to kick-off your Caribbean island bucket list!
Explore the Crystal Caves of Bermuda
When you discover this breathtaking natural wonder in Bermuda, you’ll wonder why you didn’t go sooner. Swim through the Crystal Caves in its crystal-clear water that looks no deeper than two or three feet–but it’s actually 50! While you wander through the caves, don’t forget to look up and witness thousands of crystalized stalactites just above you… it’s quite the sight to see.
Stroll the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Strolling down the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan may actually feel like you’re taking a stroll through the island’s cultural past–it’s like a dream! The Puerto Rican city is an official National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historic buildings, landmarks and cultural events throughout its history. You’ll find the most colorful buildings, quaint cafés and shops, Castillo San Felipe and much more! Explore the city via guided tours or at your own pace… either way, it will be an incredible experience to cross off your Caribbean island bucket list! The best part? No passports are even needed to visit Puerto Rico (score!).
Take in the views at Shirley Heights Lookout in Antigua
You’ll never find a more perfect view than on this stunning Caribbean island. From the top of Antigua’s Shirley Heights Lookout, you can see for miles and miles out into the English and Falmouth Harbors. And on clear days, you’ll even catch sight of the island of Guadeloupe and the Montserrat Volcano. This view brings travelers from all over the world just to experience its natural beauty, and is a true Caribbean gem that you don’t want to miss!
Swim with the stingrays at Stingray City, Grand Cayman
Take a swim with these gentle sea creatures in about 13-feet of crystal-clear, aquamarine water. The water of Grand Cayman is mostly calm, which makes for stress-free interactions with the little (but, kinda big) guys. It’s not one of the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean for no reason!
Experience the unique Dutch-Caribbean culture of Curaçao
From the colorful, Dutch Colonial-style buildings lining Curaçao’s iconic pier to the charming Floating Market, you’ll instantly fall in love with the island’s culture and vibrant atmosphere. Grab a cocktail, or two, at the Iguana Cafe and witness the famous Queen Emma Bridge, a.k.a the Swinging Old Lady, open for boats passing through the capital. Pro tip: See the bridge at night when it’s all lit up with all the vibrant colors of Curaçao!
Lounge on the sugary-soft sands of Sugar Beach, St. Lucia or Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos
Sugar Beach, St. Lucia and Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos are both equally what dreams are made of. Both consisting of stellar views of the Caribbean Sea, miles and miles of white sand beaches and gorgeous surrounding landscapes, there’s no doubt that these destinations would be on a True Beach Lover’s Caribbean island bucket list!
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