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These Caribbean island guides highlight the reasons to visit--or avoid--each island. Often considered a single entity differing only in the quality of the beach resorts, every Caribbean island is different with its own special features and attractions.
Anguilla: Quiet island with many beautiful beaches and exotic resorts,
and Barbuda: More than 365 beaches, interesting historical
landmarks and numerous resorts in all ranges.
Aruba: Famous of its white sand beaches, extensive shopping, fast windsurfing
and unusual desert terrain, especially giant Arikok National Park.
Bahamas: An island for every like but all the action centers on just two, New
Providence (with Paradise
Island) and Grand
Bahama Island (Freeport and Lucaya).
Barbados: Elegant and refined with some of the best all-around tourism.
Belize: Central America's answer to Dominica as the "nature island."
Bermuda: Gorgeous pink sand beaches located 600 miles east of North Carolina,
a place best visited in summer months only.
Bonaire: The shore diving capital of the Caribbean.
Virgin Islands: Sailing capital of the Caribbean with most
resorts and activities on Tortola and Virgin
Gorda, home of the famous Baths.
Cancun: A mix of Mexico and Las Vegas, the place most visited by Americans
Islands: Three different islands, Grand
Brac and Little
Cayman, all dive oriented and one still undeveloped
Cozumel: Always clear water and the Caribbean's best drift diving.
Curacao: The picture postcard port of Willemstad offers extensive shopping, many small beaches and good diving.
Dominica: The only island never cleared for sugar cane. Excellent rain forest
Indian Reserve, diving and whale watching. A real nature
Republic: Best sighting seeing, beaches and resort selection.
The Caribbean's most visited island. A favorite of Canadians and Europeans.
Grenada: The Spice Island of the Caribbean is known for its flavorful dining and Grand Etang National Park.
Grenadines: Island pearls hard to reach but worth the effort.
Guadeloupe: Lovely French island where you can climb a live volcano.
Honduras: Picturesque offshore
islands, jungles, mountains. rivers and the Garifuna people. A place
of vivid contrast.
Jamaica: Where all-inclusive vacations were refined. The land of reggae
and good times.
Martinique: Unless you speak French, don't bother
Mexican Caribbean:Including Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Isla
Contoy, Coba and more
Nevis: Interesting mountain scenery, golf, architecture and small
Rico: Old San Juan is the best known landmark. Elsewhere,
numerous golf courses, rain forest hiking, Indian sites and extensive
Saba: The only island without a real beach has superb diving and good hiking.
Barthelemy (St. Barts): Small classy French island attracts
many celebrities who stay in private villas, which become a bargain
Kitts: Wonderfully green island whose beaches and historical
sites are a joy to explore. Train
ride provides scenic island tour.
St.Lucia: The pitons, black sand beaches and rain forest make
this visually spectacular. Especially popular with honeymooner and wealthier
St. Maarten: Dutch side of the island shared with French St.
Martin. Bustling Philipsburg is a popular cruise port, many fine beaches.
St. Martin: If you like nude sunbathing and superb French cuisine--at
a price--this is the island for you.
St. Vincent: Out of the way with good natural scenery, the jumping
off point for the Grenadines.
Tobago: The original Robinson Crusoe island only just starting to develop. Visit
before it does.
Trinidad: Once a part of South America, Trinidad is full of eco-adventures
and excellent bird watching, particularly at the Asa Wright Centre and the Caroni Bird Sanctuary.
Turks and Caicos: Provodenciales and Grace Bay receive all the
attention but Grand
Turk is a gem.
Virgin Islands: Three very different islands--St.
John and St.
Croix--in tone and activities. Choose carefully to end up
on the one right for you.