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There is no better place to escape winter than the Islands of the Caribbean. Deciding which island is for you can be tough. Each island in the Caribbean has its own identity with different local cuisine, beer & rum, language, and of course, gorgeous beaches.

We’ve put together this list of the best Caribbean Islands to visit with a little information about each island. We’ve personally been to 19 of the 28 islands below. Make sure to click through on the blue text for additional articles.

Quick Answers About The Caribbean Islands

How many Caribbean Islands Are There? There are more than 7,000 islands in the Caribbean and 28 islandnations.

When is hurricane season in the Caribbean? June 1st through November 30th, with the worst part being mid-August through mid-September

When is the best time to visit the Caribbean?December through April

Which Caribbean islands aren’t in the hurricane belt? Aruba, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Bonaire, Curaçao, Providencia Island, San Andrés, and the islands off Venezuela.

What is the largest island in the Caribbean? Cuba, which is 42,803 square miles.

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1. Anguilla

You’ll always find your own sliver of sand on the island of Anguilla. Most tourists head to St. Maarten or St. Barts, not knowing that Anguilla is a quick twenty-minute boat ride from St. Maarten airport.

The island is full of gorgeous villas for rent with epic ocean views. It’s essential to rent a car in Anguilla to drive around the island and visit the 33 beaches. Our favorite beach is Shoal Bay East. It may be a small island, but there are still plenty of attractions in Anguilla to keep you as busy as you want.

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  • Best Time To Visit Anguilla: December-May
  • Currency in Anguilla:Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar
  • Is USD widely accepted: Yes
  • What language do they speak in Anguilla: English
  • What side of the road do they drive on in Anguilla: Left
  • Where to stay in Anguilla: CeBlue Villas

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2. Cuba

The forbidden fruit of the Caribbean Islands. Cuba has always been a mystery and a place stuck in time. But now we can finally travel to Cuba as Americans. Cuba is one of the most amazing islands in the Caribbean, so different than any other.

From the gorgeous Spanish colonial town of Trinidad, tobacco fields in Vinales, dance the night away in Havana, and so many moreamazing places to visit in Cuba. Cuba is full of culture, history, outdoor adventures, beaches, and so many more things to do in Cuba.

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  • Best Time To Visit Cuba: December-May
  • Currency in Cuba:CUC used by tourists and CUP used by locals
  • Is USD widely accepted: No
  • What language do they speak in Cuba: Spanish
  • What side of the road do they drive on in Cuba:Right

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3. Jamaica

There are several popular resort areas in Jamaica, all with gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters. The most famous beach in Jamaica is Seven Mile Beach in Negril, and as the name suggests, it’s seven miles of gorgeous white sand.

If you’re looking for the perfect Jamaica honeymoon spot, head to Sandals South Coast to stay in an overwater bungalow in Jamaica. They are even in the shape of a perfect heart. Another popular location in Ocho Rios, many cruise ships visit for the day, with Dunn’s River Falls being a popular attraction.

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  • Best Time To Visit Jamaica: December-May
  • Currency in Jamaica:Jamaican Dollar
  • Is USD widely accepted: Yes
  • What language do they speak in Jamaica: English &JamaicanCreole
  • What side of the road do they drive on in Jamaica: Left
  • Where to stay in Jamaica:Sandals Negril

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4. Aruba

Aruba will blow your mind with how diverse it is. On one side, you have gorgeous beaches like Eagle Beach, which has been named one of the top beaches in the world by TripAdvisor. If you love beaches, you won’t be disappointed with the beaches in Aruba. And on the other side, you’ve got the rugged coastline and very desert landscapes.

One of our favorite places was Aruba’s natural pool. It’s an adventure to get to swimming in the “pool” with the waves crashing over the rocks is amazing. If you’re looking for a honeymoon with a good mix of adventure and beach, a honeymoon in Aruba would be the perfect spot.

  • Best Time To Visit Aruba: February-August
  • Aruba Currency:Aruban Florin
  • Is USD widely accepted: Yes
  • What language do they speak in Aruba:Papiamento, Dutch, English, Spanish
  • What side of the road do they drive on in Aruba: Right
  • Where to stay in Aruba: Machebo Beach Resort

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5. Saint Lucia

The mighty Pitons rising up over 2,500 feet are the famous residences of the island. St Lucia has some of the best sunsets in the Caribbean. We suggest a sunset catamaran cruise to the Pitons.

Sandals Resorts has three properties on the islands, with our favorite being Sandals St Lucian Grande with the overwater bungalow rooms. For a unique spa day, head to the volcano springs and mud pools.

  • Best Time To Visit Saint Lucia: January-April
  • St Lucia Currency:Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar
  • Is USD widely accepted:Yes
  • What language do they speak in St Lucia: English
  • What side of the road do they drive on in St Lucia:Left
  • Where to stay in Saint Lucia: Sandals Grande St. Lucian

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6. Puerto Rico

If you’re coming from the United States, you don’t even need a passport to visit this Caribbean island. A trip to Puerto Rico should start in Old San Juan, walk the cobblestone streets and check out all the colorful buildings.

The beaches in Puerto Rico will leave you in awe. Head to Playa Flamenco, named the best beach in Puerto Rico by the Discovery Channel. Don’t forget to check out El Yunque tropical rainforest and chase some waterfalls.

NOTE: It seems to always be really hot in Old San Juan, so dress accordingly and plan on stopping for a Pina Colada Barrachina Restaurant, the home of the original Pina Colada.

  • Best Time To Visit Puerto Rico: December-May
  • Currency in Puerto Rico:USD
  • Is USD widely accepted: Yes
  • What language do they speak in Puerto Rico:Spanish & English
  • What side of the road do they drive on in Puerto Rico: Right

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7.Barbados

The Easternmost Caribbean island is super unique as one side is the calm Caribbean Sea, and the other side is the rough Atlantic Ocean. The island is full of hotels for everyone’s budget, from Sandals Barbados all-inclusive to budget hotels and apartments.

Some of the best seafood in the Caribbean is found in Barbados, make sure to head to Oistins Fish fry any night of the week, but the real party is on Friday nights. It’s our favorite thing to do in Barbados. Barbados is outside of the hurricane belt and great to visit year-round.

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  • Best Time To Visit Barbados: December-May
  • Currency in Barbados: Barbadian dollar
  • Is USD widely accepted: Yes
  • What language do they speak in Barbados: English & Bajan
  • What side of the road do they drive on in Barbados:Left
  • Where to stay in Barbados:Sandals Royal Barbados

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8. Saint Barts

St Barts is a ritzy and fancy island with a price tag to match. For those with deep pockets, head to Saint Barts, where the rich & famous come to play in the Caribbean.

The island is small it’s best to rent a car as taxis are really expensive and rental cars reasonably priced. To get the cheapest price, book your rental car in advance on Discovercars.com. Theyhave the best rates and free cancelation.

There are 14 beaches in St Barts, and all the beaches are public. Our favorite beach is Saline Beach, a nice long and deep white sandy beach with very few people. Port de Gustavia in Saint Barts is always filled with massive million-dollar yachts.

  • Best Time To Visit St Barts: December-May
  • Currency in St Barts: Euro
  • Is USD widely accepted: No
  • What language do they speak in St Barts: French
  • What side of the road do they drive on in St Barts: Right
  • Where to stay in Saint Barts:Hotel Christopher Saint Barth

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9. Dominica

Often called the nature island in the Caribbean, Dominica is so much more than beaches. The island has lush rainforests, hot springs, waterfalls, diving, snorkeling, and volcano peaks. If you love the outdoors and adventures, we suggest hiking in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park for an epic view.

  • Best Time To Visit Dominica: February-April
  • Currency in Dominica:Eastern Caribbean dollar (EUC)
  • Is USD widely accepted: No
  • What language do they speak in Dominica: English
  • What side of the road do they drive on in Dominica: Left
  • Where to stay in Dominica:

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10. Guadeloupe(France overseas territory since 1946)

The French island of Guadeloupe is often overlooked by tourists, which is a huge mistake. Home to gorgeous beaches and volcanic hillsides.

We visited while we were Caribbean island hopping on a Windstar Cruise, and it was our favorite stop. Make sure to get out on a boat and explore the Les Saintes islands.

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  • Best Time To Visit Guadeloupe: December-May
  • Currency in Guadeloupe:Euro
  • Is USD widely accepted: No
  • What language do they speak in Guadeloupe:French
  • What side of the road do they drive on in Guadeloupe: Right

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11. Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda are two separate islands. There is a high-speed ferry that runs several times a day. Most of the resorts are in Antigua, but there are a few smaller places to stay in Barbuda that are great for those like privacy.

We spent 4 hours walking on the beach in Barbuda and saw no one. It was just us and the white sand. It’s a great Caribbean island for those wanting to relax in the sun all day long.

  • Best Time To VisitAntigua & Barbuda: January-April
  • Currency in Antigua & Barbuda:Eastern Caribbean dollar (EUC)
  • Is USD widely accepted: Yes
  • What language do they speak in Antigua & Barbuda: English
  • What side of the road do they drive on in Antigua & Barbuda: Left
  • Where to stay in Antigua:Sandals Grande Antigua

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12. The Bahamas

The Bahamas is huge. It extends 760 miles from the Florida coast all the way down to Haiti. There are 700 islands in the Bahamas. Only 30 are inhabited. So picking which Bahamas Island can be tricky.

The capital city of Nassau is home to huge resorts and gorgeous beaches but if you want remote and exotic, jump on a plane and head to one of the other islands.

If you ask us, the best islands in the Bahamas are the Exumas. Our personal favorite is Staniel Caywhich isclose to the home of the famous swimming pigs in the Bahamas.

  • Best Time To Visitthe Bahamas: November-April
  • Currency in the Bahamas:Bahamian Dollar
  • Is USD widely accepted: Yes
  • What language do they speak in the Bahamas:English
  • What side of the road do they drive on in the Bahamas: Left

Other Caribbean Islands To Visit Not Included Above

If you ask us, all the Caribbean Islands are amazing, each in its own way. We have been to 18 out of the 28 island nations, so we know we’ll get to them all eventually.

  1. United States Virgin Islands USVI – Which is made up of Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas
  2. Trinidad and Tobago
  3. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  4. Montserrat
  5. Caribbean Netherlands, also known as the BES islands made up of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba
  6. Cayman Islands
  7. Grenada
  8. Curaçao
  9. The British Virgin Islands is made up ofTortola,Virgin Gorda,Anegada,Jost Van Dyke
  10. Turks & Caicos – We stayed at
  11. Sint Maarten(Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  12. Saint Martin (France overseas territory)
  13. Saint Kitts
  14. Dominican Republic
  15. Haiti
  16. Martinique

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What’s your favorite Caribbean Island?

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What is the #1 Caribbean island? ›

1. Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is the most visited island in the Caribbean. With its seemingly endless white-sand beaches, the Dominican Republic is a popular getaway for tourists in search of an idyllic vacation, plenty of outdoor adventure, and a tinge of colonial history.

What is considered the most beautiful Caribbean island? ›

St.

Lucia is arguably the most beautiful of all Caribbean Islands with its two UNESCO World Heritage designated Pitons standing proud.

Which Caribbean island is least touristy? ›

Montserrat. Despite its French-sounding name, Montserrat is actually part of Britain. The United Nations World Tourism Organization listed Montserrat as one of the least visited countries in the world, making it the least visited island in the Caribbean.

Which Caribbean country is the nicest? ›

Anguilla. Anguilla is where you'll find "the best people on earth," according to one of our readers. Another adds: "While the beaches in Anguilla are truly second to none in the world, it's the people and the culture that make Anguilla a true gem."

Which Caribbean island has the clearest water? ›

Devil's Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.

What is the most Americanized Caribbean island? ›

When people talk about "Americanized" islands they usually mean islands where true Caribbean culture has taken a back seat to the demands of western tourists. St. Thomas is pretty Americanized, but that's not surprising since it's part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Where is the most turquoise water in the Caribbean? ›

St. Croix. The shores of St. Croix give you some of the best beaches that the Caribbean has to offer and it's all due to the mesmerizing white sand and turquoise waters found here.

What is the best month to go to the Caribbean? ›

Good Time May, June and November tend to be good times to visit the Caribbean. Falling just outside the rainy season, these months still enjoy great weather, but tend to be quieter and cost less than the peak winter months. While there may be the risk of the odd shower you can expect plenty of sunshine too.

Where is the warmest water in the Caribbean? ›

Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Negril has some of the warmest waters in the Caribbean, hovering between 80 and 84 degrees all year.

What Caribbean island has white sand? ›

The western coast of Grand Cayman is home to one of the top white sand beaches in the Caribbean. This expansive stretch of white coral sand is a popular destination for beach-goers and offers a little something for every type of interest.

Which Caribbean island have the highest crime rate? ›

On the basis of murder rates, the least safe countries include and violent crimes, the most dangerous was Jamaica followed by St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Which Caribbean island has least crime? ›

Montserrat is considered to be one of the safest Caribbean islands and has the lowest crime rates. And it is because the last recorded murder was in 2008.

Which Caribbean island is easiest to fly to? ›

The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic provides easy access to travelers to book a flight with seven international airports with several airlines making it one of the easiest Caribbean islands to fly to and six cruise ports.

Which is better St Thomas or St Croix? ›

Both destinations offer guests the chance to enjoy tropical sunshine, immaculate beaches, crystal-clear Caribbean waters, and distinct West Caribbean cuisine. But Saint Thomas is better suited to those looking for an affordable island getaway while St. Croix is perfect for families and adventurers.

Which Caribbean island is most affordable? ›

The Dominican Republic is probably the cheapest Caribbean island to visit if you're looking for affordable all-inclusive deals. On a recent visit to CheapCaribbean.com, I spotted dozens of packages in Punta Cana, the most popular resort area, starting at just $599 per person for air and four nights' accommodations.

Where is the safest Caribbean vacation? ›

The safest island in the Caribbean is St. Barts. But Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, and the Virgin Islands are also comparatively safe Caribbean destinations.

What Caribbean island is most like Hawaii? ›

For those travelers, Saint Lucia might be the closest you can get to tropical island getaway that offers a similar (perhaps even better) experience as Hawaii.

Where is the most turquoise water? ›

Maldives. A roundup of the world's bluest waters would be incomplete without the Maldives, home of turquoise-blue waters so vibrant they seem surreal.

Is Bahamas more beautiful than Caribbean? ›

It's your choice ! What is more beautiful: Bahamas or Caribbean? The Bahamas and Caribbean are both stunning destinations. Bahamas probably has the most impressive beaches, but Caribbean has a lot more diversity in its landscapes : remote beaches, volcanoes or jungle.

What island has the most beautiful water? ›

1. The Maldives. The Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, have around 1,190 islands and sandbanks. A lagoon with crystal clear water encircles all the islands, which are protected by a reef structure that is home to an array of underwater life.

What are the 12 Caribbean countries? ›

Members include Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

What is the second largest Caribbean island? ›

The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean island and is the third most populous country in the region. It shares the island of Hispaniola with its western neighbor, Haiti, and has a land area of 18,792 square miles.

What is the biggest Caribbean country? ›

The statistic shows the largest island countries and territories in the Caribbean, based on land area. Cuba is the largest island country in the Caribbean sea, with a total area of almost 111 thousand square kilometers, followed by the Dominican Republic, with nearly 49 thousand square kilometers.

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