The islands of the Caribbean are paradise. Sun, sea and sand. Stunning landscapes, amazing people and unparalleled experiences. What more could you ask for when jetting off on your trip of a lifetime? We have listed some of the most stunning Caribbean islands to visit.
Turks and Caicos 🇹🇨
Located south of the Bahamas are the islands of Turks & Caicos, a dreamy paradise with stunning beaches, an abundance of marine life, luxurious resorts and friendly people. Turks and Caicos is an ideal location for those on a budget who want to enjoy the Caribbean sunshine - a lot of the resorts allow visitors to enjoy water sports equipment for free and offer brilliant all-inclusive packages. It's also a great place for remote working in the sun.
Like most Caribbean islands, the primary tourist attraction here is the beaches. Turks and Caicos beaches are ‘consistently rated as the best in the world’. Beaches here provide tourists with not only the ability to return home with the perfect golden glow but also, phenomenal diving and snorkelling experiences. The waters here are combined with an abundance of vibrant coral and sea life that are breathtakingly brilliant to stare at and swim with.
A lovely hotel to visit here that provides both a hint of luxury and is rated as one of the more affordable hotels on the island is Club Med. Located in Grace Bay Beach, this hotel is only a 3* but provides guests with food and drink packages, great amenities, entertainment and activities at affordable prices.
Cayman Islands 🇰🇾
The Cayman Islands are one of the more expensive Caribbean islands to visit so if you’re ready to splash the cash, then this location is for you! And what we mean by this is … hotel room costings on average are US$462.74 a night!
The Cayman Islands are worth the money you will spend as, this location has it all: luxury with an abundance of activities and experiences. This makes it the perfect holiday choice for everyone. Whether you’re jetting off for a romantic trip for two, a family holiday or even flying solo for a relaxing retreat. The best way to embrace Cayman and explore this all is by renting a car and making your own way round each day!
The Cayman Islands are known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean - so if you’re a foodie then this is your kind of island. From freshly caught seafood, to gorgeous homemade fruitcakes, you will indulge in all of the gorgeous fresh and vibrant flavours of the Caribbean. Even better, you’ll be doing this under the annual summer sun and average temperatures of 28°C.
One of the most gorgeous hotels here is the Westin Grand Cayman hotel - located on one of the longest stretches of the seven-mile beach. With rooms from £359 a night, this is one of the pricier Caribbean locations. Floor-to-ceiling windows, picturesque views of the ocean, beautiful decor and luxurious amenities for guests, this is a hotel to consider!
US Virgin Islands 🇻🇮
The US Virgin Islands are a top docking point for cruises and prices around the port are often sky-rocketed, especially during peak cruising times. A vacation to the US Virgin Islands for one week usually costs around $1,394 for one person so, therefore, is not for those who want to travel on a budget!
But are the islands worth the money? Yes! Soft white sand, turquoise warm water and all year round sunshine with a plethora of different activities, restaurants, places to visit and much more.
Carnivals are big here and are an attraction to visit within themselves! Throughout the year, these parties are held across the islands by the extremely fun and friendly Virgin islanders. St. Thomas has the first carnival of the year, usually between mid-April through May. The next is in St. John and then finally St. Croix, from the beginning of December to New Year. This means that tourists can book any time knowing that they will join in with the parades, colourful costumes, music and rum!
This is one of the more popular French tourist Caribbean locations. It is one of the few french-speaking islands and has been found to be one of the quieter and underrated islands. Like the majority of its neighbouring islands, a trip isn’t necessarily cheap here but, there are ways in which you can travel cheaply here.
Rather than spending your budget on a luxury hotel that backs onto the beach, there are plenty of Air BnB options that tourists can select from. Doing this will reduce the cost of your accommodation and allow you to spend what you saved on your budget on the fabulous qualities and attractions of Guadeloupe.
For those who want to do Guadeloupe on a budget are in for a treat! There are many sights that tourists can access and enjoy for free. For those who are nature lovers, some treks are completely free of charge, including the one taking you all the way up to the active volcano. You can even snorkel for free at the Malendure beach, where you can see sea turtles already 100 meters away from the beach.
Martinique is a French vacation island destination in the heart of the Caribbean. Rich in culture, history and nature, this location is a must when visiting the Caribbean. It is not the least expensive place to holiday in the Caribbean, but there are a surprising amount of good values to be found in accommodation and when dining and exploring there.
This location is ideal for those who want to enjoy every aspect of a Summer holiday. From bathing in the sun on the white sandy beaches as the Atlantic ocean washes up on its shores to exploring the luxurious tropical forest that covers the northern part of this Caribbean vacation destination. If you fancy the life of adventure, then visitors can take part in numerous outdoor activities such as canyoning, hiking, ATVing, and horseback riding.
Tartane has several small hotels and rental properties. This is a more cost-conscious way of travelling to the sunny paradise allowing you to worry less about your room and more on what you will explore!
Saint Martin/Sint Maarten 🇸🇽
One of the more popular Caribbean islands known for its sunkissed beaches, cosmopolitan culture, adventures and sophisticated lifestyle this is a MUST for your travel bucket list. This location attracts thousands of tourists every year as a result of being naturally stunning, filled with fun and friendly people and for its culture and cuisine.
The island features loads of different restaurants, cafes and bars and its nightlife is one of its many features that stands out most! With over a dozen casinos and active nightclubs, bars and pubs that are filled with lots of local entertainment, this location is brilliant for those who want to sleep all day (under the blazing sun) and party all night!
Whilst all trips are on the pricier side of things to the Caribbean. Like all the other islands, there are ways to stay in luxury as well as on budget. Saint Martin has many luxurious and budget options for tourists it depends on where guests would like to stay and what they would like to do!