Caribbean is a region which encompasses of Caribbean Sea, its islands and the surrounding coasts. The region is located on the southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and North American mainland, east of Central America and north of South America. The Caribbean island consists of Greater Antilles on the north, Lesser Antilles on the south and east is part of West Indies grouping. With year around good weather, diverse terrestrial & marine ecosystem and famous all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean makes it one of the desired destinations among tourists. Let’s have a look on the best destinations for vacations in Caribbean.
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A Caribbean island situated 15 miles north of the Venezuela and is one of the four countries which together form Kingdom Of Netherlands. This beautiful flat island is known for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters with moderated tropical climate. Aruba is divided into northeast and southwest coasts. In southwest you will find white sand beaches, turquoise seas with warm waters. The northeast however offer you rocky coast line, few white sand beaches, rough seas and cacti. This beautiful island offers all kind of activities and attractions for people of all ages from horseback riding, jeep safari, hiking, cycle tours, ATV tours, rock climbing, sailing and snorkel, scuba, fishing, amazing nightlife (Kukoo Kunuku Bus tour) and the best of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean to stay by.
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St. Lucia is island country part of Lesser Antilles, located in the eastern part of the Caribbean Sea. It considered as one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands. The local climate of this island is tropical moderated by northeast trade winds with a daytime temperature of 29 °C and night temperature around 18°C. The major attraction in St. Louis is the twin cone shaped peaks, “Gros Piton and Petit Piton” one of the scenic places and the annual jazz festival which held every spring.
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Barbados island country in the Lesser Antilles situated in the northeast of Venezuela. It lies in the boundary of South American and Caribbean Plates. The country generally experiences two seasons one is wet rainfall from June too November and dry season from December and May. It is famous for its deluxe resorts, 17th century historical sites with picturesque views. Here are some of the major attractions here Harrison’s Cave, City of Bridgetown, Mount Gay Rum Distillery Ltd and botanical garden of Barbados.
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Anguilla is a small island nation in Caribbean Sea, near Saint Martin. Its beautiful bays, around 33 best white sand beaches in the world, palm trees, stunning coral reefs and crystal clear water ocean all around are some of the major attractions which draw travellers here. Tourists can enjoy sunbathing, scuba diving and snorkeling in the coral reefs, glass bottom boats rides to the reefs, hiking, art gallery tour and spa. Some other major attractions are Old Salt Factory and Pump house in the Sandy Ground, Wallblake Plantation House, Heritage Collection Museum, and Crocs Hill.
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St. John is smallest and the prettiest of US Virgin Islands. It is located between Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean east of Puerto Rica. St. John is famous for its beautiful beaches and for one of the best snorkeling spots in the Caribbean. Other major attraction in St. John is “Virgin Islands National Park” and “U.S. Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument”.
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Bermuda is a British Overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, located east coast of the North America. It is one of the last remains of British Colonial Empire in North America. Bermuda is famous for its pink sand beaches and crystal clear blue water. Tourist can enjoy the snorkeling, scuba diving, horse riding, jet-skiing, parasailing and golfing. There are number of sight that tourist can visit such as Town of St. George, Bermuda Maritime Museum, Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo, Spittal Pond, Devil’s Hole Aquarium, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Bermuda National Trust Museum and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse.
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Antigua is an island located in West Indies and the main island of the country Antigua and Barbuda. It’s a popular gambling destination with good selection of casinos and culinary holidays. Exciting nightlife, great restaurants, café, discos, scuba diving, snorkeling and cruise rides are other options tourists can go for.
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Vieques is a Caribbean island belonging to Puerto Rico, also known as “Isla Nena” or “Little Girl Island”. For almost 60 years this place is closed off by US Navy. But after their departure in 2003, the island is opened for public and promoted as an ecotourism spot. Pristine deserted beaches, sleepy and unspoiled island makes it a popular destination among honeymooners. Some of the major spots in the island are The Bioluminescent Bay, Stonehenge built by the Taino Indians, Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust and El Fortin Conde de Mirasol.
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Puerto Rico is a United States Territory located in north eastern part of Caribbean. US citizens do not need visa to visit this island. It offers tourists lots of historical sites, great food and nightlife to experience. There are lots of different beaches which makes it an ideal place for surfers, snorkelers or people who simply want to relax. Here are some of the major attractions, “Bioluminescent bays near Fajardo and Vieques”, “Blue Flag in Puerto Rico”, casinos, El Yunque rainforest with recreational activities like snorkel, scuba dive, spearfishing, kayaking, golfing and horseback riding.
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Jamaica is an island country situated in Caribbean Sea, which is the fourth largest island country in Caribbean. It attracts for many other reasons, some came here to experience the flora-fauna and some to experience the reggae music scene, as it’s the birthplace of this genre. Jamaica is also famous for the great vacations deals provided the all-inclusive resorts in the island. Some of the major attractions here Nine Mile, where Bob Marley was born an now buried, 7 mile Negril beach, Dunn’s River Falls and Rick Cafe’s. Other activities Hiking, camping, fishing, golfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, backpacking, swimming, jet skiing, scuba diving and kite surfing are also available here.
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