And the islands of the Bahamas

The Caribbean is a paradise filled with sun drenched beaches, gentle trade winds and the allure of the beautiful blues of the Caribbean Sea.

With over 30 islands you can find one that will be perfect for your vacation, honeymoon or destination wedding ! You can choose from islands that are chock full of activities be-yond the soft , warm sand to dig your toes into. Where you can discover rainforests, mountains and volcanoes, choose from adventures both above and below the crystal clear seas. To islands that beckon you to slow down and relax for awhile.

To get you started, we’ve handpicked 9 tropical islands that offer an amazing all inclusive or boutique resort experience. Each island has its own essence and rhythm to enjoy, cui-sine to savor, history to explore, and warm smiles welcoming visitors from near and far. Read on to find which Caribbean destination will work best for you.


Why Antigua?

Best known for the warm and lovely waters from any of the 365 beaches, giving you a different choice each day for a year. Antigua is home to many boutique luxury resorts where you can be pampered, eat spectacular food, and relax with a massage or wrap in a top-notch spa.

History buffs be sure to explore begin at Nelson’s Dockyard. As you tour you’ll see remnants of Antigua’s sugar mills dot the countryside. Be sure to visit Shirley Heights on Sunday afternoons where steel pan and reggae musicians, flowing rum punch, and tasty barbecue are backed by the Caribbean sea. Divers can enjoy Cades Reef and a sunken three-masted ship. Eco-tours lead through inland lagoons, and of course those 365 beaches are a perennial draw.

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Why Bahamas?

From the relaxed ambiance of the Out Islands, to the bustling energy of Nassau and Paradise Island, The Bahamas will suit luxurious and down-home tastes, and everything in between. Secluded white-sand and pink-sand beaches with the bluest waters in the world entice those looking for a close to home escape.

Conch is the quintessential Bahamian delicacy, eaten scorched, deep-fried, stewed and steamed. No matter how you enjoy your conch, washing it down with a cold Kalik or Sands beer, both brewed in The Bahamas is a pleasure.
Diving and snorkeling are first class in The Bahamas and it is said that The Bahamas has the largest marine mammals found anywhere in the world. It is unique in the region because of its luxuriant coral growth. Blue holes, both inland and in the ocean, are another draw, as well as highly acclaimed fly-fishing flats, where bonefish are abundant.

Just a 45-minute flight will transport you from a hectic airport in Miami to the home of Rake & Scrape music and the jubilant Junkanoo.

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Why Dominican Republic?

Known for its beautiful beaches this developing Spanish speaking island nation sprawls across more than half of Hispaniola, the second-largest Caribbean island.

Those seeking pure relaxation will love lounging on a powdery white swath of sand. Dominican Republic doesn’t have extensive tour/excursion opportunities, this island is for you if you are a beach lover, content to stay on the resort or venture out on limited adventures.

Punta Cana is the most popular resort area on this island. New hotels and mega-resorts line the palm fringed beaches– one with a Nick Faldo golf course, a water-sports center, a spa and a full-service marina, and three Jack Nicklaus golf courses. Restaurants, boutiques, a casino and polo grounds are part of the long-term plans.

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Why Jamaica?

The scenery is breathtaking… the cuisine is scrumptious… the music is pulsating and the people are unforgettable.
One of the Caribbean’s most iconic and easy to get to destinations, a legendary island with a landscape that ranges from the stunning white sand beaches, tropical rainforest, soaring mountains to rolling meadows and dramatic coastlines. Jamaica is a land of adventure, sophistication and elegance.

Offering a rich cultural wealth that has created one people, out of many, and shaped a culture that is unmistakenly Jamaican ! This island has much to offer on land and above and below the Sea!

Jamaica was the birth place to legendary Bob marley and also the all inclusive resort! As such vacationers will find a range of all inclusive and boutique resorts that cater to couples only or family friendly !

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Why Turks & Caicos?

Just a 90-minute flight from Miami you will discover some 230 miles of white powdery beaches, superb diving, a collection of top-drawer accommodations, gourmet restaurants and a steady stream of celebrity visits with the island chain’s newfound notoriety. The A-list comes for pleasures that are simple and straightforward; there’s not one iota of hustle-bustle.

The underwater scene is amazing for its visibility, with more than 30 percent of the islands protected, ensuring a bounty of marine life including spotted eagle rays, turtles and huge schools of jacks. Sport fishing is also a big draw, with anglers seeking out blue marlin, sailfish and wahoo that ply the deep blue waters. Mangrove salt flats offer a prime habitat for wily bonefish, especially along South Caicos. And on Provo, bird watchers enjoy acres of inland lakes frequented by white herons and pink flamingos.

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Why Aruba?

If you are seeking beautiful beaches, almost any imaginable water-sports activity, a friendly infrastructure, array of duty-free shops and casinos, upscale restaurants, lively nightclubs- opening at 10 and some don’t close till just before sunrise, and some of the best windsurfing in the world place Aruba high on your list.  The one thing you won’t find on Aruba is a large selection of all inclusive resorts.

Aruba is noteworthy for its arid interior lands where unusual rock formations create caves, sea cliffs, and natural bridges, Shopping is a major diversion on Aruba, with clusters of duty-free stores offering good deals on jewelry, perfume, linen, liquor and designer clothing. Chopard, Vuitton and Ferragamo are recent additions to the long list of high-end retail options.

You can find a variety of music here – everything from fiery Latin rhythms to sultry jazz. Several “party buses” will transport visitors from club to club. For vacationers that want to feel connected and have access to beautiful beaches, creature comforts and organized activities, Aruba will make visitors feel right at home.

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Why Barbados?

Barbados is a place where refined luxury is found among lush tropical greenery, welcoming blue waters and warm golden sunlight. Whether you seek soft beaches with calm water, rustic beaches with powerful surf, or the sophistication of the 15-mile Millionaires’ Playground (a.k.a.Platinum Coast) and white-glove afternoon tea, or the up-tempo, festive feel of a Caribbean street party, Barbados has an offering for you.

Reggae and calypso music are performed in nightclubs around the island or enjoy West Indian street feasts, tour stately English plantations, homes and gardens. Enjoy championship surfing, windsurfing and golf, Barbados will leave you wanting for little but a repeat visit.

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Barbados Family with Adults Only Section Resorts

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Why Grenada?

Famed for forests fragrant with cinnamon, allspice, cocoa and – especially – nutmeg, it’s easy to see why Grenada is called the Spice of the Caribbean . You can tour the island comfortably in a day, visit one of the nutmeg-processing stations or pick up a hand-woven basket of spices for a memorable souvenir at the bustling Market Square.

Also worth a stop is the Grenada Chocolate Company, that entices both chocoholics and antique-machinery buffs alike, or you tube down the Balthazar River, enjoying the flora, fauna and history of the estate. On your tour around the island, stop by the 300 year old Belmont Estate. On Friday evenings, sample just-caught lobster, fish and jerked marlin cooked over open fires at the weekly Fish Friday Festival held in Gouyave.

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Why St. Lucia?

Gorgeous palm-fringed beaches ranging from pwder white to exotic black sand, miles of unspoiled rainforest, natural waterfalls, the majestic Piton Mountains, friendly locals, and breath-taking views around every corner impress the most travelled individuals. Those who choose St. Lucia for a honeymoon, vacation or destination wedding are sure to create lasting memories and stunning vacation photo’s. St. Lucia is an island of endless beauty.

Activities abound for the traveler that wants to see and do it all that range from eco adventure both above and below the sea. Known for its stunning snorkel and dive spots with crystal clear and warm water, visitors can explore coral reefs and a multitude variety of fish and marine mammels.

And it all begins with the iconic Pitons, two peaks that rise majestically towards the sky. Taking a sail along the coast or a hike up the Gros Piton or will inspire a vacationer with awe. So whether you’re ziplining over the rainforest, rejuvenating in the wonderfully unique mud baths at Sulphur Springs, taking a journey back in time when visiting the ruins of the old fort on Pidgeon Island or running your hands across the billowing sails of your catamaran, the sensations of Saint Lucia are sure to stir your soul.

The romance traveler will find a large variety of boutique or adult only luxury all inclusive resorts to chose from and be pampered at!

Saint Lucia is the perfect destination, whether you’re after romance, rejuvenation or adventure!

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