Affordable Travel Guide to Caribbean

The Islands of the Caribbean


Everyone Loves a Vacation in Paradise; Choose one!

The Caribbean. Who doesn’t want to go there! Sun, heat, sand and sea, plus a range of travel options from roughing it to optimum luxury. Beat that! Each island has its own distinct flavor, some of that based on what country owns it, some due to specific topography, and some to the locals that add their version of flair to their island paradises.

We have Canadian readers (a couple in their 50s) of Affordable Travel who go to the Caribbean every winter, but never to the same island. They have three years to go to have seen them all, and have concluded which ones are their favorites; they’ll return to those ones again and again once their island-hopping travels are done.

A Good Place to Vacation in Winter

The islands of the Caribbean are predictable in the ways you need them to be and varied to keep it fresh and surprising. Unless you go directly in hurricane season, late June to early November, you are pretty much guaranteed great weather. The crime rate is quite low in most of the islands (we’ll warn you if any are known to be dangerous). The weather is sub-tropical to tropical. All of them boast some type of beaches and ocean views, some have jungles and plantations, mountains and caves.

The beauty of the Caribbean in general is that all tourists are there for the same reason: to unwind, enjoy the sunshine and relax. This commonality ensures single-purpose enjoyment, and result in countless global friendships. Another set of Affordable Travel readers met in 2003 in Martinique; one couple loves in Germany and the other in Philadelphia; they meet every year for a week of sun and surf and camaraderie on a different Caribbean island.

Here are the islands and island groups, along with their unnamed smaller and outer islands, that we’ll be writing about in this section of Affordable Travel:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Bonaire
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cuba
  • Curaçao
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat
  • Navassa Island (USA)
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Puerto Rico (USA)
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • Saint Martin/Sint Maarten (France/Netherlands)
  • St. Barts
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

You choose the experience you want from your Caribbean vacation and we’ll help you find the perfect island. Whether you fly and stay out on one island, or hire a small boat tot our several, or take a fabulous Caribbean cruise with many ports of call, you’re going to find a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, friendly locals, good food, and lots of turquoise seas. The best island in the Caribbean? Be like our Canadian couple and sample a bunch of them, or even better, all of them, and then draw your own conclusion. We’ve been to many of them, and one of our top choices is Aruba. What is your favorite Caribbean island? Stay with us and find out.

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