4 Of The Best Caribbean Islands You Have To Add to Your Bucket List
So you’re planning your next vacation and I have a feeling it looks a little like this; days on the beach with a cocktail in one hand a great book in the other, afternoon catamaran sails with snorkeling pit stops to see turtles and stingrays, pink sunsets over the horizon while having a delicious meal and a glass of wine. Am I right??
Well if this is your next vacation dream then I got you covered. I spent 4 months in the Caribbean in 2019 hopping from island to island and experiencing much of what each had to offer. In my opinion, these are 4 of the best Caribbean Islands that should definitely be on your bucket list!
Sint Maarten is number one for me because there are just so many cool things to do! Half of this island is owned by the French and the other by the Dutch. I recommend staying in Phillipsburg, the capital on the Dutch side (mostly because that’s where I spent most of my time and there’s a ton to do.)
Explore Downtown Philipsburg
Great bay beach in downtown Philipsburg has a gorgeous boardwalk lined with colonial-style buildings, great shopping, and restaurants. There is a ton to do in this gorgeous area from laying on the beach with a cocktail or snorkeling!
More commonly known as the airport beach, this popular spot is where you can watch airplanes land right over your head. It’s not really a place where you sit, relax and enjoy a meal. It gets loud and the planes cause a lot of wind. I suggest experiencing the airplanes and then heading to Great Bay Beach to relax.
Loterie Farm is an adventure park about a 40 minute drive to the French side. At the park you can hike, zip line or lounge in a cabana by the beautiful tree-lined pool. There is so much to do you can easily spend an entire day here! The food is super delicious and I recommend getting a pitcher of sangria!!
12 Meter Challenge Race
Have you ever thought about what it takes to sail an entire boat?? Well, now you can find out for yourself! (sorta) You and 12 others will be tasked with sailing your boat in a race against another group. Each person on your team will have a different job during the race. You may have to crank some stuff or wrap some ropes around a thing ( I don’t remember the technical terms because I was just focusing on not losing the race, which we did anyway.) Either way, they’ll let you know what to do and when to do it! I had no idea what went into sailing and evidently, it’s A LOT! It’s tough work, but so much fun!
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If you’re looking to spend your time in some brilliantly plush greenery then Saint Lucia will be perfect for you! Here are some spots not to miss on your trip.
So I haven’t hiked the Pitons but I’ve heard that it is quite the challenge and your best bet may be to hire a guide. If that doesn’t sound like you then there are some great snorkeling sites near the base of the mountains. You can see them from almost anywhere on the island and they are absolutely stunning!
This island is connected to the mainland by a man-made causeway! You can learn all about the fascinating history of the area by hiking up Fort Rodney, which in turn offers incredible views! Or hang by the beach and enjoy a meal at Jambe De Bois. This national landmark is a must see when in St. Lucia!
I loved zip lining in St. Lucia because it wasn’t anything crazy. It was my first time and I felt it was pretty tame, so if you aren’t sure how you feel about zip lining I think this is a great place to start! You’ll take a tram up through the thick of the rain forest and then zip in between the trees from line to line. You don’t go too fast and the highest you get is about 70 feet above the ground!
Looking for more guides? Check out my 2 day itinerary to San Juan, Puerto Rico!
The best Caribbean Islands
St. Barths is absolutely one of the bestt and most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, hands down, but it comes at a price. You’ll discover this quickly because of the many yachts parked in the harbor. I’m not talking cute lil yachts that seat 10, I’m talking yachts with their own speed boats and helicopter parked on top. They are no joke and you can spend some time just sightseeing the yachts! In all honesty, the beauty of this island makes up for the cost you may incur.
As its name suggests, this beach is covered in shells. The water here is gorgeous and great for swimming. If you’re adventurous enough, there are some cliffs you can climb up and jump into the water! I haven’t done it, but Robert does it every time we go and in turn, I have a heart attack haha.
So if you don’t feel like laying on the sand with shells digging into you, then Nikki beach may be a better alternative. With white sand beaches and aqua blue water, this may be one of my favorite beaches I’ve ever been to! There’s also an airport nearby so you can watch planes land while getting your tan on! ( These planes are farther away so you won’t get sand sprayed on you like at Maho beach)
This hidden gem requires a quick 20 minute hike/walk along the coast, but the views are out of this world. And the best part is you might meet a couple of friends along the way! Turtles, iguanas and definitely some cute mountain goats, but don’t worry they are harmless! If you take a taxi, ask them to take you to Colombier beach and they should drop you off at the start of the hike! This beach is quite secluded so there are no restaurants or anything nearby, which is great if you are looking for some peace and quiet!
Creperie St. Barths
Since all I’ve talked about are beaches, I thought I’d add in one more thing. I’ve found that the food in St. Barths is some of the best in the Caribbean. As the name suggests, this place has a huge variety of crepes. From savory to sweet, there’s something for everyone and they are soooo delicious!
Barbados is one of the best Caribbean Islands because you can balance all of your favorite beach activities while having a little party too! Also, you can go see the house Rihanna grew up in so that’s kinda cool! haha
Bridgetown is the capital and also the largest, most vibrant city in Barbados. There are tons of restaurants, shops, and bars. It’s a very cute area!
Carlisle Bay & Boatyard
This is a beautiful stretch of beach that has many different restaurants and fun activities. You can start at one end of the beach and make your way down to each spot along the way! One of my favorite places is The Boatyard, this is definitely a place to go if you are looking to have fun!
There is a restaurant with great food and drinks, including shots on the bar if you’re into that sorta thing, a basketball court and volleyball net, beach chairs and umbrellas. But the best part is that you can use their water sports equipment! From trampolines to slides to rope swings. It’s a ton of fun. Also included in your admission is a boat ride out to the shipwreck to swim with turtles!! What else could you ask for??
In my opinion, those are the 4 best Caribbean Islands you have to add to your bucket list! If you’re planning to go to any of these islands let me know! I’d love to hear what you think.
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