The real Caribbean Islands Bucket List is about 7,000 long. For those of you that don’t know, that’s how many islands make up the entire Caribbean and you couldn’t go wrong visiting any of them. However unless you have an infinite amount of time and money, you probably aren’t going to get to them all! Here’s a list of what we believe should be amongst your Caribbean Islands Bucket List.
It is easy to see why so many ships were “lost” in the area around Bermuda. Considering how beautiful this island is perhaps the sailors simply wanted to stay. Visitors should be sure to check out Warwick Long Bay Beach, which is a secluded site where visitors can typically have the entire expanse of pink sand almost to themselves. There are many coves near this beach, including the popular Jobson’s Cove, which guests can explore at their leisure. The surf at times can be rough and unsuitable for very young children, but overall swimming here is quite pleasant.
Though snorkeling and swimming are obvious pastimes in Bermuda, the island offers plenty of other activities for guests to enjoy. The Crystal & Fantasy Caves feature underground lakes as well as stalactite and stalagmite formations. If you are traveling with children that are easily frightened, be aware that there is a brief portion of the tour where the lights are turned out. This trip runs about $30 per person.
For those seeking less expensive sights, St Peter’s Church in St. George is a historical church well worth a visit. It is known for being the oldest Anglican church in the western hemisphere. There are no formal tours, but occasionally locals will share their knowledge with curious visitors. This building is a short walk from the ferry and bus stops. The whole of St. George Parish is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well, so feel free to look around.
There are also various golf clubs and museums to be found in Bermuda. The Bermuda Aquarium, Natural History Museum & Zoo is another highly recommended site, as is the wildlife reserve at Paget Marsh.
St John, US Virgin Islands
Most of this island is a national park so it is easy to see why it is considered a paradise. The snorkeling at Waterlmon Cay would definitely add to that impression. A twenty minute walk from the Annaberg Ruins parking lot will lead you to the beach. Swimming out a ways offers snorkelers a better view of aquatic life forms such as sea coral fans, rays, and star fish. If you are not a strong swimmer, staying on the leeward side of the beach is advised. Even so, the current can be challenging at times.
There are a plethora of beaches to choose from on the island as well. Maho Beach is a lovely strip of sand located right off the main road, though it is usually not crowded. Sea turtles and other wildlife make their homes around this area and are easily spotted. There is a pavilion and bathroom facilities here, but the beach can be crowded on weekends and on holidays.
Another popular activity is hiking. Ram Head Trail and Bay Reef Trail are two recommended choices. The former is an hour long hike that starts at the south end of Salt Pond Bay Beach. There is a bathroom located at the beach but no other facilities on the trail. Take water and always protect yourself from the sun by wearing sun protective clothing as there are some areas without shade. This is not an advisable trek for kids. Views on this trail are great, though, and wild orchids can be spotted by observant hikers.
Bay Reef Trial takes hikers through the rainforest to a hidden waterfall, but the trail can be slippery. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and not flip-flops. A guided 3-4 hour hike is provided by the Park Service, with the return boat costing about $30 per person. Taking the side trip to view the Taino petroglyphs is also recommended.
This tiny, family friendly island is one that ought to be on your must-see list. It is well-known for its good eating establishments and easy going locals. Spending time on the scenic beaches is obviously a popular activity on the island.
Oualie Beach is a sandy bay with plenty of places to park vehicles. The mosquitoes here can be bad so bring your bug spray. Stingrays, sea turtles, and various fish have been spotted in the ocean here, so it’s no surprise that snorkeling is a popular pastime at this beach. Scuba diving and bike rental facilities can be found nearby as well.
Another good choice for visitors is Pinney’s Beach, which has plenty of access to a variety of food, drink, and entertainment venues. The water at this location is greyish in color due to the presence of volcanic sand rather than pure azure blue. However, the beach is free to the public and rarely crowded.
Another fun activity for thrill seekers is the Nevis Peak Hike. This strenuous hike requires the ability and strength to pull one’s self along several vertical cliff faces. It is a challenging journey, not recommended for those with health problems or those who are pregnant, but the views from the top are well worth the climb. Those that make the trek often end up seeing an astonishing variety of native plant and animal life. Weather here is often damp as it is above the clouds so be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots. Weight lifting gloves are also recommended to protect your hands.
Nevis Island also has a variety of museums and historical sites for guests to enjoy.
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