To explore the Caribbean, you’ll have to decide what you’re looking for: an adventure, an unbelievable meal, something that won’t break the bank, or simply a pleasant strong glass of rum and an ocean view. VacayDaze highlights a few of the best Caribbean islands to enjoy a winter respite with family, friends, or even solo.
Anguilla‘s 33 beaches are so stunning that they even give the famous stretches of sand in the Maldives a run for their money. Meads Bay, located on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches and a part of the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla, is the perfect home base for any ocean lover. The stunning five bedroom beachfront villas include infinity pools that overlook Anguilla’s Barnes Bay.
Diners can get up close and personal with Anguilla’s turquoise ocean at the SALT restaurant. This bluff-top hotspot offers seafood dinners where you’ll be able to sip vintage rum and hear live music. Nearby, the adults-only pool offers some of the foremost sensational sunsets on the island. On Sunday nights, Gwen’s Reggae Bar & Grill has “love” music and an excellent rum punch on the sands of gorgeous Shoal’s Bay.
Dominica’s Secret Bay’s Tibay Beach is where the rain-forest meets the ocean and serenity reigns supreme. From the beach, guests can kayak, paddle or swim within the shallow turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
The privacy, luxury and immersion of Secret Bay’s sustain-ably built villas within the Dominica rain-forest offer the foremost intimate, six-star experience in the world. Here, a fervent villa attendant tends to every guest’s needs while a trans-formative culinary experience awaits at the Zing Zing restaurant.
In St. Barts, you’ll get a slice of the French Riviera right within the heart of the Caribbean. Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa enjoys the advantages of its location within the serene Grand Cul de Sac and is perfect for travelers who want the sense of an intimate luxury hotel without the pretense. There are 48 rooms and two restaurants on the property.
Whiskey Tango FoxTrot offers clever cocktails and views of St. Barth’s verdant hillsides. The capital, Gustavia, features a number of international restaurants to enjoy with very lively crowds.
In St. Jean, Nikki Beach is the perfect spot to essentially see how St. Barts can come alive. To avoid getting seasick on the ferry ride, Tradewind Aviation offers nonstop flights to St. Barts from San Juan , Puerto Rico. The landing onto the island is thrilling because it is one among the shortest runways in the world.
Saint Lucia is an island with tranquil hillsides and couples oriented resorts which make it a perfect location for travelers who are in the mood for love. There are variety of chocolate tours, hikes, and couple’s spa treatments all across the island. For a bit of relaxation, Sugar Beach’s Rainforest Spa’s Romantic Escape Ritual includes a couple’s massage, champagne, and truffles.
You can enjoy the view of St. Lucia’s famous Piton mountains from one of Sugar Beach’s hillside villas. Visitors to the island can hike these volcanic spires, or simply enjoy them from afar with a cocktail in hand.
Budget travelers can enjoy the wonder of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, without breaking the bank. In Old San Juan , absorb the 500-year-old architecture of Old San Juan , in addition to shopping for some incredible Puerto Rican coffee and a pina colada from Barrachina.
At the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel you can relish the magnificent Spanish Revival architecture, opulent interiors and sensational Caribbean ocean views that frame the graceful facade of one of the foremost storied hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Since its opening in 1919, the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel has catered to stylish travelers who have placed one aspiration above all else; the pursuit of five-star luxury and leisure within one of the world’s most exclusive Caribbean destinations.
If “do not disturb” is one of your favorite motto’s, Ambergris Cay, Belize is certainly the island for you. This private island, located within the southeastern chain of Turks and Caicos, is a short 20-minute plane ride from the capital Providenciales. It’s so secluded that once you arrive, you’ll truly feel like you’ve got the entire island to yourself.
As one of the foremost luxurious properties on the island of Ambergris Cay, Las Terrazas offers the experience of exceptional, spacious town-home style accommodations and gracious Belize-an hospitality at this oceanfront retreat.
Las Terrazas is situated on one of the foremost beautiful and secluded private beaches and is an exhilarating tropical playground where you’ll discover Belize, otherwise known as ‘Mother Nature’s best kept secret’. You can enjoy world class activities like diving and snorkeling, the lavish Serenity Spa and Wellness Center, fishing, zip lining and cave tubing, touring the Mayan Ruins, or just relaxing on the beach.