Wondering which Caribbean island is best? It all depends what sort of traveller you are, and what you’re looking for. Do you want a laidback family retreat? A romantic getaway? Or a fun, party vibe spot with friends? Whatever sort of trip you have in mind, you can be sure that there’s at least one island in the Caribbean that ticks all the boxes, and then some…
Which Caribbean Island Is Best For You?
For Couples: St. Lucia
St Lucia is one of the most picturesque island destinations in the world. It’s the perfect place to head for a luxury holiday to lose all sense of time and has recently earned the top spot in the Caribbean for couples looking for romantic beaches and all-inclusive, secluded hotels.
Stay in an opulent resort where your every whim is catered to and you’ll find yourself blissfully sipping on cocktails with your feet in the sand.
Luxury Resorts: Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean island south of Miami with magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers, and beaches and a rich culture.
It’s an ideal place for a relaxing break and has some truly incredible resorts and golf courses. It’s also an affordable destination, with world-class resorts that don’t break the bank, so it’s perfect for luxury getaways.
For Partiers: Barbados
From the Unesco World Heritage-listed capital to the thumping nightlife and energetic festivals, there’s not much that Barbados doesn’t have to offer travellers.
What’s not to love about stunning coral reefs, chilled vibes, and pink and white-sand beaches? Barbados is developing so rapidly that it’s set to become one of the hottest travel bucket list destinations of the decade.
Family Vacations: Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands might be on your radar as a cruise port city, but Grand Cayman has so much more to offer for family vacations than as a cruise stop. The wonderful thing about flying into Grand Cayman is that no resort on Seven Mile Beach is more than a 15 minute drive from the airport.
For kids, there’s great activities in resorts, watersports, boat trips and so much more.
Divers & Snorkelers: British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are a collection of 60 unspoiled islands that pack the best of the Caribbean into one handy destination. Check off countless dive sites in BVI on your list.
Pristine turquoise waters, balmy air temperatures year-round and unforgettable underwater scenery no matter where you dive keeps the adrenaline pumping for everyone from novice snorkelers to experienced scuba divers.
On a Budget: Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe is the new hot spot in the Caribbean that’s even more beautiful than many of the nearby islands. The island nation is made up of two large islands and three smaller ones, all absolutely beautiful.
It’s not as popular with tourists. So it still has a rustic vibe and is less pricey than neighbouring St Barths – a win-win. It’s perfect for couples on a budget.
Nature Lovers: Dominica
Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island with natural hot springs and tropical rainforests. With mile after mile of untouched green paradise to explore, you’ll have so much fun exploring here.
Be sure to visit Morne Trois Pitons National Park. This national park is on a 1342-metre-high volcano, with roaring waterfalls, and dense rainforests.
Honeymoons: St Vincent and the Grenadines
St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) are a great Caribbean honeymoon destination that’s not too touristy, or too expensive. Made up of 32 islands and cays, only nine of them inhabited, there’s some beautiful private resorts and snorkelling spots.
Explore the Caribbean Sea’s coral reefs, go island hopping and unwind in upscale boutique resorts. It’s absolute heaven here.