Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Antigua has a beach for you to kick back on every day of the year. We’re not kidding; there are literally 365 beaches. If you don’t have a whole year to spend there — which, sure, is understandable, but also a bummer — we recommend Darkwood Beach, Doigs Beach, Rendezvous Bay and Pigeon Point to lay your towel down.
Off the sand, hip island vibes blend with English roots to create what is basically laid-back tea time. The island has a lovely balance of high-end restaurants and candy-colored villages, giving you the option to just stroll and sample the day away. If you want a little history, check out Nelson’s Dockyard National Park and Harmony Hall Art Gallery. Then move on to the next beach.
If you’ve ever seen a breathtaking image of someone standing in the ocean having a friendly chat with a stingray, it was probably taken on Grand Cayman. The island is known for its Stingray City Sandbar where you can interact with stingrays in their natural habitat. Honestly, “stingray” is a tad misleading— they’re one of the friendliest sea creatures in the Caribbean. Just treat them with the warm respect they deserve, and they’ll treat you to an unforgettable experience.
And you know the island’s a prime beach spot when the beach is longer than the width of the island. Seven miles to be exact. It’s located on the island’s western coast and is public for anyone to enjoy. Do you want in on a secret? It’s also home to world-class scuba diving and a sea turtle hub. As if you needed another reason to visit.
This cluster of 40 islands lies north of the Dominican Republic has an average of 350 days of sunshine and 78 degree waters in the winter. In other words — there’s no bad time to visit. Just remember to reapply that sunscreen every now and again.
While you are there, make sure to check out the Thursday fish fry on the main island of Provo. A recent tradition, it’s a family-friendly combination of locals and visitors from all over sharing the same love of seafood. And Turks and Caicos are known for a delicious preparation of conch, so don’t leave without checking this delicacy off your bucket list.
One word that comes to mind when describing Saint Lucia: Honeymoons. One more word? Fantastic. This small southeastern Caribbean island really packs a romantic punch and we want to shine the light it deserves. You can start with a hike up the iconic Piton Mountains. Then explore an array of sulfur springs, mud baths and a postcard-perfect rainforest. Oh, and did we mention? You can drive through a volcano. Which, yeah, is pretty neat. When you’ve had your fill of adventure, kick off your shoes and bury your toes in a black sand beach. May the honeymoon period never end.