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Caribbean Islands Guide

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, classic getaway.

Antigua 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.

British 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

Cayman Islands: Three different islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman 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 hiking, Carib Indian Reserve, diving and whale watching. A real nature island.

Dominican 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 luxury resorts.

Puerto Rico: Old San Juan is the best known landmark. Elsewhere, numerous golf courses, rain forest hiking, Indian sites and extensive caves.

Saba: The only island without a real beach has superb diving and good hiking.

St. Barthelemy (St. Barts): Small classy French island attracts many celebrities who stay in private villas, which become a bargain in summer.

St. 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 vacationers.

St. Maarten: Dutch side of the island shared with French St. Martin. Bustling Philipsburgis 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.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Three very different islands--St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix--in tone and activities.