3 Caribbean Islands We Can’t Wait to Visit for Experiences We’re Craving RIGHT NOW
Caribbean islands are reopening their borders and nudging travel lovers like us to #exploremorecaribbean. With over five months of disrupted travel, the thought of trekking to a Caribbean destination is now more tempting than ever. But given the current state of affairs, we’ve decided to responsibly abstain from travel right now. Even so, that didn’t stop us from asking ourselves ‘if we WERE to go Caribbean, WHERE to’?
Below, we share three Caribbean islands – and the experiences they offer – that we can’t wait to trek to when the time is right. In case you’re wondering about the brevity of our list, you should know – this is just the tip of the iceberg and there’s plenty more to come.
Why we’d go: to make up for lost time in a place where happiness comes easy
Bonus points for: ease of getting there and getting around, something for everyone, perfect weather most of the year
If you follow us on our social media platforms, it should come as no surprise that Aruba landed on our list. In terms of hassle-free, family-friendly Caribbean destinations that cater to travelers of all interests, ages and budgets, this island checks all the boxes.
Plus, we’ve got some unfinished business on One Happy Island. This past May would have been our 17th trip there to celebrate what certainly would have been an epic 20th anniversary edition of Soul Beach Music Festival – an event we haven’t missed in over ten years. When we do make it back to Aruba, we’ve got plenty to make up for.
Activities on our must-do list for travel to Aruba: beach hopping and island exploration by rental car, water sports, sampling international cuisine, Aruba Butterfly Farm, day pass to Renaissance Island to feed the flamingos, shopping, nightlife
Why we’d go: to indulge in spices, cuisine, chocolate and rum.
Bonus points for: beaches, nature, capital city of St. George’s known to be one of the most beautiful harbors in the Caribbean
There’s nothing wrong with picking a destination based on food and drink, is there? Grenada has been on our bucket list for a while but flight times upwards of ten hours were prohibitive. With options that would now get us from D.C. to Grenada in just over six hours, once it’s safe to travel, we’re there!
A trip to Grenada promises all sorts of culinary finds plus a nice selection of rum distilleries to round out the tasting experience. When we’re not feeding our faces, we’d explore beautiful beaches like Grand Anse, La Sagesse and Magazine; stroll through the capital city of St. George’s and trek through Grand Etang National Park.
Food and drinks on our must-have list for travel to Grenada: oil down (the national dish), lambi (conch), pelau (a spicy West Indian dish consisting of meat, rice, and pigeon peas), crab back, callaloo soup, roti, nutmeg ice cream, sweet potato pudding, chocolate from Belmont Estate, spices from Market Square, rums from Grenada’s historic distilleries and producers.
3. BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Why we’d go: to experience some of the Caribbean’s best sailing
Bonus points for: unspoiled beauty, breathtaking sunrises and lobster
In 2014, we joined a group of travelers for a seven day sail around the BVI. The experience was life changing. Sailing the deep blue waters that surround the 1000 square miles and 60 islands, islets and cays of the BVI is an experience filled with unmatched beauty, serenity, adventure and variety and something we think everyone should experience at least once (though we promise you’ll be hooked once you do). Falling asleep underneath the stars and waking up to a glorious sunrise are the best amenities anyone could hope for. And if you time your BVI sailing trek for after hurricane season and during lobster season, all the better!
Must-see stops on a sail around the British Virgin Islands: Jost Van Dyke (pull up a chair at at One Love Bar and Grill, Foxy’s and Soggy Dollar Beach Bar), Virgin Gorda (take a dip in The Baths), Anegada (spend the day disappearing from it all but make sure you find yourself at Cow Wreck Beach Bar at some point), Norman Island (snorkel with fish, stingrays and eels and explore an underwater cave – if you dare)
Despite all the activities, cuisine and places of interest we’ve shared, the one thing we’ve enjoyed most about our island adventures is the wonderful PEOPLE we’ve met along the way. The Caribbean islands are rich with vibrant history and diverse cultures all awaiting to be shared with curious travelers from all over the world.
We invite you to share the island destinations you’re seeking, some experiences you’re craving or what people have influenced you most on your Caribbean travels in the comments below.
Thanks for reading! Stay safe and keep Caribbean Dreaming!