The Islands of the Caribbean


Plush, powdery white sand beaches offset by radiant electric blue water - this is Anguilla, an idyllic hideaway where relaxation and pampering are assured. A British colony located off the coast of St. Martin, Anguilla boasts some of the region's most luxurious and architecturally stunning hotels. At any of its six marine parks visitors can dive pirate ship wrecks, snorkel protected coral reefs, windsurf, sail or rent brightly colored fishing boats to explore hidden lagoons. For those seeking land adventures, one can enjoy hiking, horseback-riding, bird watching, and excursions to the nesting grounds of the elusive hawks bill turtle. In the evening, romantic dinners of excellent gourmet and regional cuisine are enhanced by pink and violet-hued sunsets as they spread out across shimmering bays.

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Saturday morning is market time in the capital of Antigua, St. Johns. Buyers are expected to negotiate prices on handcrafts and other items. Afternoons are for hiking the trail from English Harbour to Shirley Heights. At the summit of Antigua, mingle with locals, dance to steel band and reggae tunes, and toast the panoramic sunset view. Historic tours and casinos add to the fun on an Antigua vacation.

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Fifteen miles off the Venezuelan coast, Aruba draws visitors year-round thanks to its consistently sunny weather, low humidity, and amazing Aruba hotels and resorts. Aruba offers colorful marine life and coral reefs that mesmerize divers while jewelry stores in Oranjestad, have the same effect on shoppers. Enjoy exciting nightlife from your Aruba hotel casino. The fun never stops on an Aruba vacation.

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More than three-fourths of the Bahamas lies underwater, making the islands ideal for an array of water sports and even swimming with dolphins. The Bahamas offers landlubbers golf and tennis, while nature lovers can hike in the national parks. Energetic Nassau/Paradise Island offers the largest variety of activities, while exclusive Exuma and Harbour Island lure privacy-seekers to secluded beaches.

Popular Things to Do in The Bahamas

  • Check out Potter’s Cay for conch fritters and spicy conch salad!
  • Visit with locals at the Green Parrot, an open-air bar and grill
  • Take advantage of duty-free shopping
  • Try your hand at Caribbean Stud Poker
  • Experience AQUAVENTURE at the Atlantis, Paradise Island
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Tour Barbados by boat, car, on horseback, via helicopter, even on a submarine. Smooth beaches and golf courses rim its western and southern shores. Visiting the Barbados Wildlife Preserve where they have lively green monkeys and Harrison’s Cave, another don’t-miss attraction will complete your Barbados travel. Crane Beach in Barbados is rated among the world’s best sandy stretches.

Popular Things to Do in Barbados

  • Explore the fishing villages of the northern coastline
  • Try traditional Bajan cuisine at one of the island’s many restaurants
  • Take advantage of one of the best shopping destinations in the Caribbean
  • Relax at one of the local spas
  • Find a hidden beach or sail the sea
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Don your Bermuda shorts and explore this flower-filled island from one of our top Bermuda hotels. Picturesque coves ring the coast, with calm waters and pink-sand beaches. Combine a trip to Crystal Caves and the Perfumery Garden. Ferry to Hamilton (a great source for cashmere), and the Royal Navy Dockyard to see the Maritime Museum. The Aquarium and Dolphin Quest are a must-see during your Bermuda vacation.

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British Virgin Islands

Once the turf of the pirate Blackbeard, the British Virgin Islands were also the inspiration for R.L. Stevenson’s Treasure Island.Today Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and their sister islands inspire repeat visits from devotees of laid-back luxury at secluded British Virgin Island hotels. Swimming and snorkeling in the Virgin Gorda’s Baths (saltwater grottoes formed by volcanic boulders), is a popular activity.

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Dominican Republic

Christopher Columbus sailed the Dominican Republic in 1492, and the trade winds still make this a favorite destination for boater sand water sports fans. Visitors can stay in one of our Dominican Republic hotels and rent windsurfers, catamarans, and kayaks. Sunset cruises are also popular. Santo Domingo has a well-preserved historic district where inviting shops, cafés and restaurants line the streets.

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Grand Cayman

The reefs around the Cayman Islands teem with brilliant colored fish. The Cayman Islands hotels offer diving lessons, rent equipment, and arrange trips to nearby dive sites. At Stingray City, visitor scan feed the gentle creatures. The Cayman Turtle Farm houses endangered green sea turtles and offers self-guided tours. Enjoy tennis, golf, and shopping by day and steel-band concerts at night.

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Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios on the northern coast are home to many fine Jamaica hotels. A gateway to adventure, this area is also a great departure point for touring Dunn's River Falls, rafting the White River, and golfing Jamaica’s best courses. At dinner, sample a local specialty such as tongue-tingling jerk chicken. Top off your meal with a cool aged Jamaica rum drink or steaming cup of Blue Mountain Java.

Popular Things to Do in Jamaica

  • Check out Carnival or Reggae Sunsplash for lively music
  • Try the jerk chicken or curried goat with a Red Stripe, the local beer
  • Enjoy a bottle of Curaçao, a liqueur flavored with dried peels of citrus fruit
  • Grab your snorkel gear and head to Ocho Rios
  • Visit the famous cliff divers at Rick’s Cafe in Negril
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The easiest way to get from St. Kitts to Nevis is via island-hopper plane, which glides over the crystal line Narrows. Nevis is known for its scenic Road to Nowhere, an aptly named byway where getting away from it all is a priority. Nevis is one of the few remaining unspoiled touches of paradise. Lush with copious tropical vegetation, gleaming with endless stretches of alabaster beaches, and glittering with shimmering azure water, the island could not be more perfect if an artist had created it.

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Puerto Rico

Play golf or want to learn? Puerto Rico has 18 courses. Need some TLC? Posh spas in several of Puerto Rico’s top resorts will pamper you. Dive into waterfalls at El Yunque rain forest, or explore the Camuy Caves. Scuba, snorkel, sail, or windsurf in clear waters. See history in the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan. And when the sun goes down, dine, disco, and try your luck at any of Puerto Rico’s dazzling casinos.

Popular Things to Do in Puerto Rico

  • Experience an underground adventure in Camuy River Park
  • Enjoy nightlife at one of the high-end casinos
  • Enjoy a bottle of Curaçao, a liqueur flavored with dried peels of citrus fruit
  • Tour the world-famous Bacardi distillery
  • Savor seafood specialties, including the popular dish known as bacalaitos
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St. Barthelemy

While vacationers swim, snorkel, scuba, and go deep-sea fishing off St-Jean and other beaches in St. Barthelemy, shopping is the real competitive sport. In Gustavia, the picturesque harbor side capital of St. Barts, boutiques sell microscopic bikinis, imported cigars, diamonds, perfume, and other yacht-party essentials. Indulge in the lap of luxury with fine dining and French wine on the island of St. Barts.

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St. Kitts

The easiest way to get from St. Kitts to Nevis is via island-hopper plane, which glides over the crystal line Narrows. Low-flying passengers may see the white beaches on St. Kitts’ southeastern peninsula; Mount Liamuiga, a dormant volcano swathed in tropical foliage; and even the marketplace in Basseterre, the capital

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St. Lucia

Beaches, brilliant marine life, and ancient shipwrecks lure water lovers to St. Lucia and our unforgettable St. Lucia hotels. Landlubbers can hike trails in the rain forest, past plantation ruins to the Pitons’ peaks. Prefer motorized sight-seeing? Hop an ATV to tour St. Lucia's countryside, or drive to Sulphur Springs. Don’t miss the Saturday market in Castries, the capital of St.Lucia.

Popular Things to Do in St.Lucia

  • Go snorkeling into the crystal-clear waters at Anse Chastanet
  • Grab a book and spread a towel out on Reduit Beach
  • Dine at Caribees restaurant, a favorite for traditional Caribbean fare
  • Hike the scenic Enbas Saut Falls trail
  • Take the Soufrière Island Delight tour
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Turks & Caicos

Southeast of the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos islands are becoming an increasingly fashionable destination. Provo is the hub, with restaurants, golf, and pristine beaches spanning miles. The coral cliffs around Grand Turk plunge more than 7, 000 feet beneath some of the clearest waters in the world. Discover the captivating views of snow-white beaches from one of our luxury Turks and Caicos hotels.

Popular Things to Do in Turks & Caicos

  • Stroll the length of 12-mile-long beautiful Grace Bay beach
  • Tour the Caicos famous Conch Farm
  • Discover the “Molasses Reef Wreck” at the Turks & Caicos Museum
  • Hike the scenic Enbas Saut Falls trail
  • Visit Little Water Cay and see the endangered rock iguana
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U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands includes St. Thomas - Caribbean’s shopping mecca. Visitors from the U.S. are entitled to a $1200 duty-free allowance (double the usual amount). It also has the most restaurants and resorts of all the Virgin Islands. Swim off the unblemished powder beaches of St. Croix, the largest of the Virgin Islands. On tiny St. John, go snuba diving (a cross between scuba diving and snorkeling).

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