Having traveled to most of the Caribbean Islands (many of them multiple times), I do have my favorites. Here are a few…
The white ‘sugar’ sand beaches are so beautiful, your most difficult decision each day will be which one to head to. Trunk Bay is consistently voted one of the Top Ten beaches in the world, but Waterlemon Cay, Maho Bay, Honeymoon, Hawksnest, and Cinnamon Bay are fantastic too..and the snorkeling is phenomenal. One can see barracuda, sea turtles, stingrays, starfish the size of dinner plates, and the most amazing fish.
We are so fortunate that Laurance Rockefeller had the foresight to establish 60% of the island as National Park land. The hiking trails on the island offer gorgeous vistas and provide for a nice diversion from beach days. Honeymoon beach is only accessible by trail or water..you’ll love it’s intimacy.
And finally, although most of the island tends to be pretty quiet, there’s definitely a thriving nightlife in Cruz Bay, and great restaurants as well. Rhumb Lines (Thai), Asolare, and Zo Zo’s (Italian) are a few of my favorites!
Providenciales (Turks & Caicos)
Providenciales (or better known as ‘Provo’ by the locals) is one of the islands of Turks & Caicos in the British West Indies.
Provo is surrounded by the third largest barrier reef in the world (after Australia and Belize), and because of this its’ beaches remain protected, endless expanses of “white sugar” sand.
Just a short flight from the east coast, and with the Provo airport located within 10 minutes of most resorts, you’ll find yourself sitting on the beach within hours of having left home. Most resorts have bicycles for use which allow for leisurely rides to restaurants and shopping, all within minutes of your hotel. (And US currency is accepted, so there’s no need to exchange money!)
There are resorts on island for every budget. Some of my favorites include the luxurious 5-star Regent Palms Resort, The West Bay Club, The Grace Bay Club, The Beach House, and the more moderately priced Royal West Indies and Alexandra Resort, all of which are located on world famous Grace Bay beach.
St. Lucia is an island in the West Indies unlike any other in the Caribbean. This island’s topography is stunningly beautiful as it is mountainous, lush with rainforests and gifted with beautiful beaches… just so picturesque. When you think of St. Lucia, you conjure in your mind the iconic ‘Les Pitons’, two magnificent volcanic peaks jutting 2000 feet straight out of the sea.
St. Lucia is a romantic island perfect for honeymooners and couples as there are small intimate beaches, sulfur springs in which to relax, trails to hike, assorted watersports to enjoy, and amazing cuisine offering Caribbean, French, British and Spanish influences. Immerse yourself in the culture and hospitality of the people at a weekly fish fry or Gros Islet street party in Rodney Bay for an amazing (and inexpensive) meal and fun time with the locals!
These resorts are among my favorites in St. Lucia, but this certainly is not a complete list. There are so many wonderful properties..
Cap Maison, located on the northern part of the island, is a beautiful boutique property set high up on a perch looking out over the convergence of the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. Known for its’ superb wine cellar and outstanding cuisine, this property is a secluded retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Jade Mountain has consistently been ranked as not only one of the Caribbean’s top resorts, but among the best in the world. Accommodations are open air rooms (just three walls) with private infinity pools and views looking out over the iconic Les Pitons and the Caribbean Sea.
Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort, is built on the site of an 18th century sugar mill, also situated under Les Pitons. I love this resort for its’ spa which is nestled within the rainforest, as well as it’s yoga and overall wellness programs. Restaurants and pools are situated closer to beautiful Sugar Beach and the majestic mountains..a magical location.
Ladera, built into the hills, is also open air and looking out over Les Pitons. One has the sense that you are staying in a private tree house. The cuisine is excellent offering ‘farm to table’ and the service is over the top.
A nice option for honeymooners is the ‘Peak to Beach’ package offering three nights at Cap Maison and three nights at Ladera.
Experience these two very unique resorts with one situated in the northern part of the island, and the other in the south.
Anguilla – British West Indies
Anguilla is a ferry ride from St. Maarten or a short flight from Puerto Rico, but a world away from your cares.
This petite island is low keyed, laid back and comfortable..the most important ingredients for a relaxing vacation.
The best thing about Anguilla is that it’s off the beaten path.
Pristine white sand beaches, the championship Temenos Golf Course, The Anguilla Tennis Academy (the Caribbean’s finest tennis facility), boating, snorkeling, cycling..Anguilla has a passion for sports. The island also has a passion for fine cuisine and is home to many world class restaurants.
For foodies and wine connoisseurs, it’s nirvana.
Favorite resorts include Cuisinart, Cap Jaluca, & Viceroy, and villas on island abound.
This is the perfect destination for sports enthusiasts, honeymooners and extended family getaways.
The Caribbean has much to offer in a vacation destination.