Caribbean & Bermuda
Antigua and Barbuda Adventures
Plentiful beaches, bountiful reefs, eco-tourism adventures and an historical naval dockyard make the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda special.
Beautiful Caribbean Beaches Barbuda
Barbuda’s beaches are the stuff of dreams, especially 17-mile long Palmetto, where millions of rosy shells brought by the tides lace the shores with ribbons of pink. With little development and a small population, Barbuda is as close to an unspoiled Caribbean island as you’re likely to find.
Bermuda has glorious pink sand beaches, British panache and more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Stroll the beaches, dive wrecks and float with schools of rainbow colored fish, swim with dolphins and explore historic forts.
Best Caribbean Beaches
The Caribbean is known for its glorious beaches and some of the region’s best fringe Anguilla, Turks and Caicos and Aruba. Follow this guide to some top spots.
Caribbean: Why We Love It
The Caribbean is one of my family’s favorite destinations. Not just for the region’s spectacular palm-tree lined sands, conducive to lounging in the sun and lapping up the latest mystery novels, but for all the adventures and experiences we’ve shared on these islands.
Discover St. Vincent’s Waterfalls
Island hopping through St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a chain of 32 islands and cays, most of which are uninhabited, rewards you with the Caribbean of long ago. On lush St. Vincent, the largest of the islands, we spent days exploring waterfalls.
Explore Nevis in the Caribbean
Nevis, an off-the-beaten-path Caribbean getaway,is often dubbed the “nature island.” Nevis’s charm stems from its blend of rain forest and beach on an island with a population of around 11,000, big enough to support nice hotels but small enough to escape traffic jams and major malls
Explore St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Island hop on St. Vincent and the Grenadines and you discover misty waterfalls on St. Vincent, sun drenched beaches on the Tobago Cays, green lawns and laid-back charm on Bequia, plus, throughout the region, reefs rich with rainbow-colored fish and coral.
Hard Rock Hotel, Dominican Republic
The recently opened Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Punta Cana, ushers in a new era for the music themed chain. The 1700 room property in the Dominican Republic is the Hard Rock's first all-inclusive. The beachfront behemoth, comes with a conference center, a casino and sometimes free concerts.
Kiteboarding, Puerto Rico
Kiteboarding: can a middle-aged woman of average athletic ability and no previous experience snowboarding or surfing fly through the waves on a kiteboard? Absolutely. I discover this in San Juan on Puerto Rico’s Isla Verde Beach during a two-hour lesson with 15 Knots.
Planning a Destination Wedding
Turks & Caicos' Grace Bay Beach, on Providenciales, with its 12 miles of sugar soft sands, fulfills any bride’s dreams of a beach wedding. During a scouting trip with my son Matt and his fiancée Christina, we discovered that planning a destination wedding is its own type of adventure.
Puerto Rican Arts and Coffee
San Juan keeps surprising us. Two urban finds we recently discovered are the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, dedicated to the island’s visual arts and Finca Cialitos, a historic area café devoted to serving Puerto Rican coffee picked according to standards the owner learned at his grandfather’s farm.
Puerto Rico Adventures, Arecibo
Puerto Rico’s Porta Atlántico stretches west from Dorado to Camuy, 63 miles from San Juan. The region’s northern coastline and inland forests and farms lure adventurers with cave explorations as well as the chance to see the world’s largest single dish radio telescope at Arecibo.
San Juan: Trendy Santurce Near Condado Resorts
Santurce, an up-and-coming neighborhood in San Juan, draws locals in their twenties and thirties, and increasingly, millennial travelers who like the still-rough-around-the edges vibe as well as the bars, restaurants and burgeoning art scene.
St. John and Antigua, Caribbean
Not all Caribbean islands are the same. For beautiful beaches and bountiful snorkeling visit St. John. For sailing and maritime history, vacation on Antigua.
St. Kitts, a Caribbean Escape
St. Kitts, a less traveled Caribbean getaway, comes with black and white sand beaches, few crowds, volcanic peaks and one of the Caribbean’s most important historical sites, Brimstone Hill Fortress.
St. Lucia Adventures
Glide Tarzan-style through thickets of bamboo on St. Lucia´s zip line Treetop Canopy Adeventure. At night, dance with locals at Gros Islet´s jump up, the island´s legendary, outdoor street party.
St. Lucia for Families
In lush St. Lucia, a mix of mountainous rainforest and verdant valleys, you and your family can explore a volcano, hike the rainforest, stroll lush gardens, glide through the treetops on zip lines, and relax at family-friendly resorts.
Swimming with Horses in Jamaica
Swimming with Ziggy, a retired polo pony, in Jamaica proved to be the highlight of our horseback trip with Chukka Caribbean Adventures, Sandy Bay, Jamaica.
The Best of Aruba
Aruba is a good choice for a summer visit to the Caribbean. Like Bonaire and Curaçao, Aruba is situated below the “hurricane belt” in the Southern Caribbean. As a result, big storms remain unlikely, although possible. Here’s a guide to some of the best of Aruba.
Three Caribbean All-Inclusives
It’s not just about endless drinks and ever-available buffets. All-inclusive resorts cater to a variety of needs. Anthony's Key, Honduras, the Inn at Robert's Grove, Belize, and the Hard Rock Hotel Dominican Republic offer different flavors of the classic all-inclusive vacation.
Turks and Caicos' Providenciales
Providenciales, affectionately called “Provo,” features one of the Caribbean’s best beaches: 12-mile-long Grace Bay Beach. Provo, one of our favorite Caribbean destinations, offers a slow-paced, beach getaway with eco-adventures and great food.
Turtle Beach, Friendly Barbados Resort
Turtle Beach Resort provides couples and families a welcoming all-inclusive option in often pricey Barbados. The resort is large enough to offer multiple pools, children’s program, water sports center, and a specialty restaurant, but not large enough to feel like a mini-city on the sand.
Vieques and Culebra, Puerto Rico
On little-populated Vieques and Culebra, Puerto Rico’s out islands, snorkel nearly deserted bays, swim along spectacular beaches and bike back roads. On Vieques kayak a bay rated as one of the world´s best examples of bioluminescence.
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