The Caribbean is comprised of more than 700 islands. In this tropical paradise, you can spend your vacation all year round. Here are some of the marvelous islands you should visit.
St. Lucia: One of the most fascinating islands in the Caribbean is St. Lucia. With its trails of lush and green rainforests, St. Lucia is picture-perfect. Aside from the lovely beaches, you can enjoy the scenery and be amazed by the twin emerald peaks named Petit Piton and Gros Piton as they contrast the blue ocean. One of the beaches to visit here in St. Lucia is the Marigot Beach or Labas Beach. Here you can enjoy swimming, some water sports and the picturesque view from the beach. Or maybe you want to have some fun at Reduit Beach? It is said to be the island’s finest beach with its stretch of golden sand. The Pigeon Island is another must-visit. With its ruins of barracks and garrisons and the Museum and Interpretative Center, the island contains the history of St. Lucia during French and British colonization. The Diamond Falls in the center of bushes and shrubs of flowers and towering trees are a breath-taking scene. Near the falls are mineral baths fed by sulphur springs which are open for public bathing. Another beautiful garden worthy of visiting is the Mamiku Gardens, one of St. Lucia’s loveliest and largest gardens. It is a botanical garden that surrounds the ruins of a historical estate, the Micoud Estate. Named after Baron Micoud’s wife, who was often called “Ma Micoud” and later on became Mamiku, the estate is now a banana plantation with a magnificent garden surrounding it. And remember to take a walk in the capital city of St. Lucia, the Castries, and be charmed by the city’s liveliness and busyness. Watch the coming and going of cruise ships along the Castries Harbour, visit Derek Walcott Square that honors one of the two Nobel laureates from this town or go shopping at Pointe Seraphine and La Place Carenage. Whichever way, you will have a grand time.
Bermuda: Bermuda is a serene and prosperous island with a climate that is perfect for year-round fun under the sun. The most popular beach on this island is the Horseshoe Bay with its pink sand, clear water, amd vibrant social scene. The locals generally refer to it as “the Beach”. For a more secluded and peaceful beach experience, you can go to West Whale Bay and watch the sunset. If you have small children, Shelly Bay Beach is the perfect getaway. Known for its shallow water and sandy bottom, plus a playground just behind the beach, this is a heaven for youngsters. Snorkel Park Beach is another child-friendly beach. It is a short walk from Dockyard, so it is ideal and accessible for cruisers. St. David’s Island is another site you should visit, including the St. David’s Lighthouse. It offers breathtaking views of St. George’s, Castle Harbour and its shores. It is also a great spot for humpback whale-watching during April and May. While at St. George’s, visit St. Peter’s, Their Majesties Chapell, one of the oldest operating Anglican churches. It houses the oldest piece of woodwork in Bermuda with its red cedar altar, a 900-year old baptismal font and a shipwreck survivor bishop’s throne. The BAMZ or Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo is one of Bermuda’s main attractions. The zoo includes more than 300 birds, reptiles and mammals such as lemurs and kangaroos. The aquarium features a 140,000-gallon tank that exhibits live coral reefs and more than 200 marine species living in the Bermuda waters. There are also underwater explorations where visitors can try scuba gears and learn more about marine life. Another special experience is visiting Crystal Caves, limestone caves in Bermuda that get many visitors. They have tour guides who will help you explore the caves while adoring those stalactites and stalagmites. And remember to stop by at Bailey’s Ice Cream and Food D’Lites Restaurant where you can indulge in 30 all-natural homemade ice creams, which includes the best-selling Bermuda Banana.
Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico is a mixture of Spanish, Indian and African influences. One of the most popular cities in Puerto Rico is Rincon. It is known as “the town of beautiful sunsets” and is also the surfing capital of the Carribean because of its magnificent beaches and waves. In Vieques, witness a remarkable natural wonder by taking a Bioluminescent Bay Tour. Mosquito Bay in Vieques is one of the brightest bioluminescent bays in the world. There are incandescent microorganisms called dinoflagellites that inhabit the water and make it glow. There are trips offered to observe this extraordinary phenomenon. You can also immerse yourself in the tropical forest of El Yunque by following hiking trails and encounter various species of plants and trees or different kinds of birds. Or maybe stumble across a waterfall or a natural swimming pool to make the journey more interesting. The Ruta Panoramica or Panoramic Route is another trip you should definitely try. It offers picture perfect vistas of the mountainous and verdant interior of Puerto Rico. It is an exciting journey that reveals the true beauty of this Caribbean Island. For Puerto Rico’s best beach, head to Culebra and find Playa Flamenco. With its bright white sand and waters of greens and blues, the beach is just amazing. The beach is perfect for snorkeling because of its crystal clear visibility underwater and the reefs that are sights to behold. It is also a haven for surfers.
Cayman Islands: This is another favorite for tourists. One of the main attractions here is the Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. It is a fancy for divers where they come to explore the pristine water or see the beautiful reefs or have an encounter with stingrays.