No matter what part of the Caribbean you choose to visit, you’re likely to have a truly relaxing vacation. However, not all islands are the same. While most come with exquisite beaches and comfortably warm weather, some may be better suited for families, others for adventurers, and still others for those that just want to get away from it all.
In a region where no retail chains or even traffic lights exist, Nevis is known for its lack of tourists, unlike some of its surrounding sibling nations. Comprised mostly of rainforest, this is the perfect spot for hikers and adventurers. Nevis Peak, specifically, is a challenging hike to satisfy one’s adventurous side which includes rivers and waterfalls for a truly scenic experience.
Many of the smaller hotels here were once plantation homes hundreds of years ago, adding to the island’s historical charm. Many of the restaurants and stores are scattered throughout the island, some of which being located deep within the island’s rainforests.
St. Maarten/St. Martin
On the opposite end of the spectrum, St. Maarten is known for its extensive restaurants and shops, catering to tourists from all over the world. It is also known for its eccentric nightlife, featuring such places as Tantra, a nightclub located in Maho, and the Sunset Beach Bar, which is a more relaxed spot to enjoy a drink and the warm weather. For those that appreciate a little history with their adventuring, L’Escargot is a 150-year-old Creole cottage on the French side of the island (St. Martin) serving traditional French food and an in-house cabaret.
The shops in St. Maarten are just as well known as the country’s nightlife. Philipsburg, specifically, is lined with retail outlets, jewelry stores, restaurants, and much more. The Guavaberry Emporium is a great attraction that offers the country’s traditional guava berry. You can try the fruit itself, as well as the various liquors that use it as their main ingredient.
Turks & Caicos
An ideal family vacation destination, Turks & Caicos boasts some of the best beaches in the world, especially Grace Bay beach. This is a national marine reserve to protect the ocean’s animals, but visitors are permitted to kayak, kite surf, and swim, being mindful of the ecosystem around them. The small crowds are perfect for families and older individuals.
Taylor Bay is another beautiful spot that includes 300 yards of shallow water; a great setting for children. Caicos Corral offers guided horseback tours along many different beaches, so families have a fair share of activities to choose from.