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Luxury & Lighthouses. 5 Caribbean Must-Visit Islands.

Contributing Author March 24, 2021

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Known for spectacular weather, rich history, enticing culture, and award-winning beaches, the Caribbean is an alluring collection of must-see destinations. With so many islands to explore, however, it can be tricky to decide where to go next. For inspiration, take a look at these five Caribbean island picks:

Bahamas Vacation
Lighthouse landmark in The Bahamas

The Bahamas

Spanning across 16 major islands, The Bahamas is actually an archipelago that consists of hundreds of small landmasses. For tourists, however, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, and the Exumas are amongst the most popular. Wherever you go in The Bahamas, you’ll be surrounded by breath-taking scenery and crystal-clear waters. The natural reefs on Grand Bahama Island are perfect for snorkelers, while the coral gardens of Bimini are also popular with divers. 


Fishing boats in Samana, Dominican Republic
Fishing boats in Samana, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

If it’s luxury you seek, the Dominican Republic is a top-choice. Just take a look at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club reviews to see how decadent a trip to the Dominican Republic can be. Combining exquisite beaches with inland mountains and rainforests, the Dominican Republic has endless locations to explore. But slow down adventurer, save time for soaking up the sun, sipping rum, and swimming in the warm waters.


Sunrise over Les Saintes - Guadeloupe
Sunrise over Les Saintes – Guadeloupe


Perhaps less well-known than many other Caribbean islands, Guadeloupe is a fantastic vacation destination. Spread across two islands, Grande Terre and Basse Terre, manmade bridges ensure you can stroll between the two to explore everything that Guadeloupe has to offer. From vibrant nightlife and spectacular beaches to designer shops, archeological sites, and natural waterfalls, this Caribbean island gem really does have it all. 


A female scuba diver watches a Hawksbill turtle swim lazily above a reef in the Cayman Islands.
Watching a Hawksbill turtle swim above a reef in the Cayman Islands.

Cayman Islands

Situated between Jamaica and Cuba, the Cayman Islands is a fantastic location for travelers to visit, particularly if you’re eager to explore the clear waters of the Caribbean. Head to Boatswain’s Bay to catch a glimpse of rare turtles or visit the aptly named Stingray City to see these iconic creatures. Whether your perfect vacation involves partying all night or intimate moonlight walks across undisturbed sandy beaches, the Cayman Islands are sure to delight. 


Gustavia, St. Bart's
Gustavia, St. Bart’s

St. Barts

Home to some of the most exclusive hotels, resorts, and restaurants on Earth, St Barts is an ideal first stop if you’re looking for an ultra-high end experience. Charter a private yacht and sail around the island if you want to take in the sights or sip cocktails at one of the decadent beachside bars as you immerse yourself in the extravagant surroundings. 


Jake & fam in Barbados.

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When to go

The Caribbean boasts a tropical climate throughout the year, so you’re likely to get sunshine and warm temperatures throughout the year. However, the driest months are February to May, which makes spring and early summer the best time to visit these spectacular islands. 

With so many fabulous destinations to explore, why not visit more than one island on your next Caribbean vacation?

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