When it comes to a relaxing tropical vacation destination, almost nothing beats the Caribbean. Composed of over 700 individual islands, the Caribbean is the place to go for a luxurious get-away of basking in generous sunlight, lush nature, pristine white and pink beaches, and untainted crystal clear blue waters. There is no shortage of islands to choose from. Every year, millions of tourists flock the numerous shores of the region just to experience true island paradise.
All of the Caribbean’s islands are equally splendid, but some stand out among the rest in terms of popularity with vacationers. Below are five of the most visited island groups of the Caribbean to date.
Not surprisingly, the islands of Bermuda, 650 miles from the coastlines of North Carolina to the east racks up quite the number of visits every year. It’s all thanks to its great hospitality, quirky mix of American, British and Caribbean cultures, bright pastel-colored architectures, and of course its unadulterated God-given wonders. Bermuda is known to the world for its breath-taking pink beaches and transparent waters. In numerous travel surveys, Bermuda ranks number 1, among all the Caribbean islands, with vacationers. Because of its seasons contrasting those of the other Caribbean islands, Bermuda’s peak seasons happen during the off-seasons of its neighboring counterparts.
With places like San Juan and Vieques, it is no wonder why Puerto Rico continues to be one of the most visited destinations in the Caribbean. You can find practically everything you need for a great island getaway within the cities of Puerto Rico. Of course, stunning white beaches and clear blue waters are present; but so are great museums, historical landmarks, shopping centers, bars and restaurants. There are also tons of water sports and outdoor activities to experience, but what really attract guests to Puerto Rico are the much laid back and calm atmospheres it exudes.
Who doesn’t know about Jamaica? Its popularity is as impressive as its natural beauty. People flock to Jamaica just to experience that distinctly Jamaican flair. Its food, music, people, culture and sceneries are as unique and captivating as its Jamaican accent. Jamaica has quite a diverse landscape, ranging from rainforests and mountains to meadows and beach coasts; so there is always some fun activity and recreation to do in the area. What tourists love about Jamaica, apart from all its other charms, is its affordability. You can basically find whatever type of accommodation that will suit your budget and your vacation needs.
The Bahamas was the most popular cruise destination in the Caribbean in 2012, with over 4 million cruise passengers disembarking and traversing its streets. Whether it be a couple out for a romantic escapade, a family wanting a fun bonding time, or friends and thrill-seekers looking for exciting adventures, they will find their pleasure in the islands of the Bahamas. Playful dolphins, pink beaches, to-die-for turquoise waters, and many more await the curious and impressionable guest. Some of its most popular islands are the Nassau Island, Paradise Island and Out Island.
According to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Dominican Republic, consisting of cities like Santo Domingo and Santiago, is the most visited among all Caribbean islands in terms of tourist arrivals in 2013. With around 4 million arrivals, the Dominican Republic’s popularity with tourists cannot be questioned; and quite appropriately so – with its signature white Caribbean beaches, sublime tropical weather, friendly locals, scrumptious cuisines, invigorating spas and resorts, and a slew of exciting activities, the Dominican Republic, the second largest island in the Caribbean, is one ultimate island paradise.