The Caribbean comprises over 7,000 beautiful islands situated east of Central and South America. While only dozens of these are inhabited, to take a trip to the Caribbean is to be spoiled for choice when selecting a destination, as each has its own unique and vibrant history, culture, and breathtaking scenery. If you’re looking for some R+R, here are our top five most scenic islands.
Home to the famous Bob Marley and an indigenous cuisine based on delicious spicy barbequed food, Jamaica is undoubtedly your first port of call in the Caribbean. Enjoy some relaxation on the sandy beaches with crystal clear ocean, or go exploring in Kingston to hear talented street musicians and visit the craft village to pick up some souvenirs.
Barbados’ fantastic ‘Soup Bowl’ waves on the east coast make it an absolute must-visit destination for aspiring surfers. When you’ve finished your surfing lesson, relax on the beach, catch a cricket match, check out the indigenous wildlife reserve, or take a visit to the local distillery to try some famous Mount Gay rum.
Bonaire has quite the reputation for the array of watersport activities available in the beautiful blue sea. If you want to get a little more active on your visit, be sure to have a go at fishing, snorkel on the west coast, sea-kayak through the Mangroves, or learn to windsurf at Lac Bay. When you’ve tired yourself out, enjoy a freshly made local ice cream and get your binoculars out to see the flamingos at Goto Meer.
If you fancy a little peace and quiet, Granada is just the place. With fewer tourists than the other islands, Grenada is ideal for some beach-based contemplation and idyllic views of the edges of the island, or take a hike through the lush tropical rainforest centre with scenic waterfalls. The north of the island offers ample activities for a day out, including tours of the Nutmeg factory and rum distillery.
Another tropical wonderland, Tobago allows for an enjoyable day out, while still boasting beautiful scenery. A visit to Crusoe’s Cave, on Crown Point, reveals an untouched limestone cave named for Daniel Defoe’s fictitious explorer. The island is full of relics from its colonial past, including early sugar planting machinery and several forts. Don’t forget to visit the Kimme Museum, showcasing a huge range of the prolific artist’s work.