As summer fast approaches and vacations loom, you might be considering some places to visit. Well, if you’re looking at beach vacations that incorporate sunny landscapes with breathtaking scenery, then the Caribbean is your best bet. Just a stone’s throw away from the U.S. the Caribbean has been attracting the world’s attention for a long time. With over 700 reefs, islands, islets and cays, there is no lack of attractions to savor and see in this wondrous little space.
Earlier, navigating the Caribbean used to be a nightmare, but, as technology has taken over our lives, it has made this group of islands very accessible to anyone who wants to visit. Luxury Retreats to the Caribbean can be booked at any hour, and offer huge discounts, so, that you can get top shelf service without shelling out exorbitant amounts.
Still wondering? Here are a few places we’ve visited and enjoyed in the Caribbean that might change your mind.
- The British Virgin Islands
The who’s who of Hollywood have to make BVI their second home for a long while. The British Virgin Islands boast of long stretches of pristine sands which would be a perfect fit for anyone who needs quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the world. It’s well-developed with resorts and restaurants dotting the islands, however, the beaches have been left untouched mostly. Whether, it’s the rock formations at the Baths which have been an attraction to thousands of people visiting each year, or visit the grottos nearby to get a feel of what architecture the oceans get up to when they’re free.
If you’re looking for space outside of the regular travels, make your way to the Anegada Island, which is filled with wrecks you can explore through diving and snorkeling. Though the beach is filled with the devastation left over by Hurricane Irna still, it offers some of the quietest joys around. Dive away into the sea in peace or make friends with the flamingoes that call the island their home, and you’ll never be disappointed.
2. St. Lucia
St. Lucia is a testament to the variety of landscape that the Caribbean offers. Filled to the brim with lush forests as well as pristine beaches, the area remains one of the quiet outreaches of the Caribbean that doesn’t follow any rules. Take out time to hike through the Pitons to discover the joys of undiscovered landscapes and vegetations you can see. The hills are a quiet place to meditate and get lost in. You can get a guide who would take you through the far outreaches and show you the best vantage points to see the island in new lights.
The sea life around the island is lush too. Take some time out to go snorkeling, it’s known that many varieties of sea-life make their home in the nooks and crevices near the islands.
End your tour of Saint Lucia by reaching out to the resorts around the towns and have the best seafood from the area.
Remember to pack food and water for your hikes since the hot and humid climate can cause a lot of problems for visitors. All the hiking is done through defined paths and can be done solo, even though a guide is recommended to get the most out of it.
3. U.S. Virgin Islands
If the BVI is the most famous set of islands in the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands might just be second. With Creole food joints and a carnival feeling running through the veins of this island, you won’t be lacking in things to do. The islands boast of luxury travel and are filled to the brim with resorts, yachts, and restaurants. Start off by making your way to St. Croix, and visit the rum distilleries and the sugarcane plantations, then make your way to St. John to have a romantic time-out with your partner. Have some time to visit the pristine beaches and enjoy over 7000 acres of parkland. After traveling and relaxing on the lush vegetation and beaches, you can make your way back to the home front at St. Thomas.
Enjoy a cup of wine as you stare at the characteristic rocky horizon and let your hair down with the cultural epicenter that made the Islands so, great. Remember to let your hair down and enjoy the dances and music that characterize the islands.
4. Turks and Caicos
Keeping alive the spirit of untouched beaches in the corner of Turks and Caicos. The group of 40 or so islands boasts a huge network of beaches filled to the brim with the beautiful beaches. If you wish to party, the Provo attracts the crowds from most of the luxury cruise crowds and has some of the best sights to see and enjoy. If you want to make your adventure a bit more fulfilling, go to the Grand Turk, and enjoy the museums and the epicenter of the culture and history. The history is something to enjoy, and you can visit the “Turks and Caicos National Museum”, which holds stories of the shipwrecks, the history of slavery as well as the extensive natural changes that have been a part and parcel of these islands.
The Salt Cay is an often missed area which you can go to enjoy the quietness fully. The tiny space holds a nucleus of beaches which remain untouched to this day. You can use this space to have some of the most fulfilling diving experiences too.
5. Saint Barthelemy
You can’t miss him reefs when you visit the Caribbean. Saint Barthelemy offers some of the best spaces to dive down and see the reefs up close and personal, enjoy the reaches of this island and don’t forget to go to Colombier. Colombier is the only beach that is not covered by any car routes. The isolation makes space one of the warmest and quietest areas to enjoy. Protected by the marine department, this is one of the areas where you can find some of the endemic species of plants and animals that have made the Caribbean a biological hotspot.
Remember that the area is still protected, try and avoid littering or disturbing the wildlife that grows around the space. While, boats are simply, the easiest way to reach the beach, you might want to try hiking too, which gives you a fair idea of the diversity around the island.