24 Most Amazing Places To Visit In The Caribbean

If you’re thinking about your next holidays, here we have a list of the 24 most incredible and exotic places to visit around the Caribbean! You will find a new culture to learn about, beaches where you can lay all day, and even mountains to do some hiking. Some of the places included in this list are also unique because of their architecture, their landscapes, and their celebrations. So read through the following list and choose your next holiday destination in Central America! See #18, #7 and #1, they’re some of our favorites! 

#24. Piton Mountains

Located in Santa Lucia, architectural wonder Jade Mountain is a very touristic area chosen by those couples who want to share a romantic holiday. From the top of the mountain, you can see the incredible view of the Piton Mountains. These mountains are made up of two volcanic spires which are called Gros Piton and Petit Piton. Moreover, this place is one of the country’s World Heritage Sites.

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Santa Lucia is well-known because of the local Piton Beer made by the Windward & Leeward Brewery,  which happens to be named after these famous mountains. It’s also worth mentioning that the Piton Mountains are perfect hiking destinations and The Soufrière Foundation, a non-profit group, usually offers guided tours in order to preserve the Pitons Management Area. As you can see, this place has a lot of proposals for different kinds of groups!

#23. Cartagena

The city of Cartagena in Colombia is a must do if you are planning to come to South America. It’s like a time tunnel you definitely wanna get in! Cartagena offers you warm Caribbean weather, the best local food and a lot of museums to visit and learn about the country’s history. The city was known as Cartagena De Indias during the colonial period and was once one of the most important colonial cities in South America.

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Just walking through the city’s streets will make you fall in love with it. The city’s colorful houses, colonial architecture and a couple of fortresses will take you back to the 17th century. If you are in Cartagena, you also need to visit the Heredia Theatre, the Cartagena Gold Museum, and the Palace of the Inquisition. And last but not least, it’s right on the coast of the Caribbean Sea!

#22. Goldeneye

If you’re a James Bond fan, you definitely have to visit this place at the northern coastline of Jamaica: we’re talking about the Goldeneye beach huts. Goldeneye resort is a mixture of tropical buildings, gardens, and private beaches. This place was the former house of the novelist Ian Fleming, who built his home on the edge of a cliff overlooking a private beach.

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Goldeneye became well-known after the James Bond movie in 1955, which was named after the place. Nowadays, the beach huts are visited by millions of tourists, but also by celebrities and members of the royalty. So take a look at the picture: can you imagine yourself swimming in those crystal-clear blue waters and coming across Prince Harry?

#21. Starfish Beach

The Starfish Beach is located in Colon Island, within the Panamian archipelago of Bocas Del Toro. It’s a unique and wonderful beach to see and feel. The beach is well-known for the marvelous starfish that decorate the landscape. If you’re thinking of your new adventure, this place definitely has to be on your list.

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Starfish Beach is not really close to Bocas Town, so you need to take a boat in order to reach the island. But it’s worth the effort! You will fall in love with the calm water and the warm weather; besides, you can also try the local dishes and, above all, take a selfie with the starfish! But of course, we have to remember that starfish are not pets, so we can’t take them out of the water, and we shouldn’t touch them either.

#20. Eagle Beach

There’s nothing like a beach full of white sand and calm water… and if on top of that you add the beautiful fofoti trees, then there’s nothing more you can ask for. All of this can be found in Aruba‘s Eagle Beach. Even though the Caribbean is full of striking landscapes, Eagle Beach definitely wins our hearts, as it is considered to be one of the best beaches in the world.

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Eagle Beach is also well-known for the different kind of animals that live there. For example, you can find four species of sea turtles. You will also find a lot of aquatic sports to do on the island, always surrounded by the calm warm sea. During weekends it’s common to see people playing beach-tennis on the white sand. On Easter, local people usually go camping to the beach and enjoy a really nice family moment.

#19. Haiti

Haiti offers you plenty of activities to do: you can visit different beaches, you can go hiking in the mountains, or you can take a walk through the historical capital city. One of the most popular activities includes guided biking trips through the Chaîne de la Selle mountains. However, Haiti is also perfect for surfing, especially in the Pitons Beach located in the Bay of Jacmel, where the waves are almost as big as the mountains!

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You can also visit the capital city of Port-au-Prince, where you can find the old market Marche De Fer and boutiques like Creation Blaise. The local cuisine specializes in seafood dishes like grilled lobster and banan peze (fried plantains). You can try them with a Prestige, the national beer.

#18. Trinidad And Tobago Carnival

At South of America, there are two islands known as Trinidad and Tobago, which together form one of Central America’s many countries. Amongst Trinidad and Tobago’s many characteristics, they have one of the most powerful and colorful carnivals around the continent. Their national carnival is an annual event that is celebrated on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It is also worth mentioning that Trinidad and Tobago is a multicultural country: in fact, the carnivals reflect a mix of traditions from India, Africa, and Europe.

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There are a lot of cultural events during this celebration, such as the Band Launch Fetes. The traditional music played during the carnival is the calypso, which is a mixture between West and Central African music, though nowadays Soca music is also becoming quite popular. If you go to the carnival, maybe you will come across some of the country’s historical characters like Pierrot, Burrokeet and Dame Lorraine.

#17. Cayman Brac

Cayman Brac is an island that is part of the Cayman Islands. Its terrain is quite prominent, especially when compared to the two other islands that form the country, mainly because of its marvelous rock-climbing routes. The Cayman Brac is also a perfect place for scuba divers: not only is there a rich marine life, but under the sea you can also spot a Russian Koni class frigate that was built in 1984, one of the few sunken Soviet naval vessels found in the Western Hemisphere.

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This island is a perfect place for adventured people: there are numerous caves around the island, offering you delicate underground formations. You can also try rock climbing, which is not only a thrilling experience, but it also offers spectacular views from the top of the mountains. The Nature Tourism Programme offers you walking and hiking trails too, where you can see the forested karst landscapes.

#16. Curacao

Curacao is part of the Lesser Antilles islands in the southern Caribbean Sea and a former Dutch colony. More than 50 nationalities live on the island and the country’s multiculturalism can be seen in its architecture and local dishes. The majority of the tourists come from The Netherlands and South America. If you ever consider traveling to the Caribbean, then try not to miss Curacao!

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You can try many aquatic sports, such as scuba diving and snorkeling, where you will spot coral reefs under the sea. Curacao’s coastline is also full of bays and inlets, through which local boats pass by. The local food is called Krioyo and the specialties of the island are Stobá, Guiambo, Kardushi and Yuana. All the Caribbean essence is found in this unique site!

#15. La Soufrière Volcano

If you are looking for a real adventure, we are sure this destination will be among your favorites! La Soufrière Volcano is an active volcano located in Saint Vincent, which is one of the main islands of the scarcely known country of Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. It last erupted in 1976, and in 2004 an earthquake was associated with the volcano’s activity. This amazing place offers many adventures which you can choose from!

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For example, you can choose to go on a normal and worthy hike all the way to the top of this active volcano. While you are ascending, you will see amazing and unique views that will take your breath away. On the way, there are parking areas where you can rest and drink some water in order to continue with your walk. In the picture above, you can appreciate the view of the coastline near the volcano. It’s worth the effort, isn’t it?

#14. Great Blue Hole

There’s nothing as impressive as The Great Blue Hole, located in the coast of Belize. This marine sinkhole attracts a lot of tourists every year and it happens to be one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. This place is perfect for scuba divers, who want to see the deepest secrets that this place has for them.

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You can see several species of fish, including Midnight Parrotfish and Caribbean reef shark. You can also go on full-day tours from any of the coastal cities, which usually include kayaking and snorkeling. The Great Blue Hole was the number one on “The 10 Most Amazing Places On Earth” list, made by Discovery Channel in 2012. This is the perfect place for expert divers because when you enter the blue hole, you come across a dark cave with impressive stalactites.

#13. Rum In Martinique

Martinique is an insular region of France located in the Lesser Antilles. It’s a wonderful place to rest, as well as to try the local rum by taking a tour through La Route Des Rhums. In fact, the island has 10 small-batch distilleries that produce the sugar-based spirit.

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The city has French and Caribbean influences, which are embodied in the country’s traditional celebrations, the local food as well as the language. One of the most famous dishes is the Colombo as well as a unique curry chicken. Apart from this, Martiniquian desserts are famous for including pineapple, rum, and some other local ingredients. Moreover, the island is the founding place of Zouk music, which has become really famous in the last few years. So as you can see, there are plenty of reasons why to travel to Martinique!

#12. Playa Rincón

Playa Rincon is located at the northeast of the Dominican Republic, where you can find this amazing beach with features a beautiful and dense palm forest right on the shores of the calm Caribbean Sea. It’s like an oasis! It is widely known that the country features some of the most amazing beaches in the world, but not many people know that Playa Rincón is definitely one of them.

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In these virgin beaches, you can a delicious lobster or chicken for lunch, which are the two main local dishes. Since the beach is not too crowded, it’s an ideal place to take a walk along the beach, and if you’re into aquatic activities, you can go for some snorkeling or scuba diving. Everything is possible here!

#11. St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey is a plantation house, museum and rum distillery located in Saint Peter, Barbados. This is the perfect place for people who love history. It happens to be that the house was built by Benjamin Berringer in 1658 and it’s one of the few original Jacobean mansions that are still alive. Keep on reading the amazing story of this place!

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This place used to be a sugarcane plantation house which then closed in 1947, but up to today, you can still identify the places where the sugar used to grow. The St. Nicholas Abbey Museum is quite well-preserved, and it offers you the opportunity of seeing Chippendale furniture and objects from different periods of history. The Barbados Tourism Authority considered this place as one of the “Seven Wonders Of Barbados”. 

#10. Isla Mujeres

This hidden gem is located in the Gulf Of Mexico, near the Yucatán Peninsula. It’s not easy to get into Isla Mujeres but if you make the effort, we can assure you that you won’t regret it. To get there you need to take a taxi, a golf cart or a moped scooter. Either option is fine, but the latter is a bit more fun! The first thing you can do on the island is to try the local cuisine, which mainly consists of fresh seafood cooked with local and traditional recipes. Even though the island is quite small, it offers several options for accommodation.

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The Isla Mujeres is surrounded by several coral reefs, like Garrafon Park, which is a hot spot for snorkeling and scuba-diving, mainly due to the rich marine life that is found there. In this sense, Isla Mujeres is home to some of the world’s biggest sea turtles as well as to the unusual and enormous whale shark. Even though it’s the biggest species of shark found in the whole world, don’t be afraid, because it doesn’t eat or attack humans!

#9. Grand Anse Beach

Grand Anse Beach is located in Grenada and is quite close to the capital city of St. George’s. This beach is a typical Caribbean country: it is small in size, though surrounded by beaches with its calm and clear sea and traditional fishing ports, where you can see fishermen catching different fresh species of delicious fish. If you want to feel the Caribbean experience, this is the place to go!

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At Grand Anse Beach you will find family fun and different types of sports you can do, such as water-skiing, parasailing or kayaking. But if you’re not a major sports fan, you can just lie down and sunbathe! In fact, considering that not many people come here, Grenada’s beaches are perfect for families and couples who just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape. You also have museums like Granada Grand National Museum as well as a market which opens every Saturday, where you can try the local fruits and vegetables. As if this weren’t enough, The Grand Etang Forest Reserve is a perfect place to go hiking. Grenada’s got it all!

#8. Junkanoo

For those interested in the world’s different cultures, there’s nothing like a traditional celebration where you can learn about the history and the customs of the local people. That’s exactly what The Bahama’s Junkanoo festival is about. The festival dates from several centuries ago when the slaves of The Bahamas celebrated the Christmas holidays with music, dancing, and food. But after the abolition of slavery and after the country’s independence, the tradition still continued on the island. We are sure you don’t want to miss this incredible and colorful festival.

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During the Junkanoo festival, the streets of The Bahamas are filled with music, dancing, and costumes of Akan. Dances are choreographed by the beat of goatskin drums and cowbells. The festival is so popular around the world that it has appeared in movies like the James Bond film Thunderball and After The Sunset. It even appeared on the TV show Top Chef: Alistars where participants had to cook the best meal for the Junkanoo King.

#7. Dominica

Dominica is an island and country located in the West Indies. It is largely covered by rainforest and it is home to the world’s second-largest hot spring, the Boiling Lake. Dominica also has a lot of waterfalls, springs, beaches, and rivers to go sightseeing. The island has many protected areas such as Cabrits National Park, and it’s considered as “The Nature Island Of The Caribbean”.

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The visitors will find a variety of flora and fauna, hundreds of streams, beautiful coastlines and striking coral reefs. The Sisserou Parrot is the island’s national bird and lives in the mountain forests. Due to a huge energetic crisis, the island has invested in the production of renewable energies like solar and geothermal energy, constituting one of the world’s leading countries in this field.

#6. Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France, where you can find a total of six uninhabited islands. The official language of the island is French, and every year it receives a lot of tourists that come mainly from France. This Caribbean island has a very interesting blend between the Caribbean and French culture, thus making it a unique spot to visit!

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There are lots of sheltered bays with calm waters for sailing and swimming, not to mention its perfectly white-sand beaches! You can try the Creole cuisine typical of the island, which is a mix of French and Caribbean influences, mainly consisting of local fish, seafood and tropical foods. But don’t forget to try the kassava yucca pancake with salt fish or guava, and last but not least, don’t forget to try the local rum too.

#5. Dolphin’s Den

If you want to feel and live nature, the perfect place to go to is the Honduran Island of Roatan at the Western Caribbean. The island is full of water gorgonians, coral gardens, and barrel sponges. All of them are found under the crystal-clear blue sea, making this place a terrific diving spot. If you’re really into animals, then you definitely have to visit the Dolphin’s Den. Do you happen to know what this place is?

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The site was named like that because a couple of decades ago, several Dolphin skeletons were found. To be precise, these skeletons were discovered in a bunch of caves that are found underwater. This experience is only for experts divers as in many parts the caves are really dark… But if you are an expert, this a must do in your list!

#4. Main Ridge Forest Reserve

The Main Ridge Forest Reserve is located in Tobago and it’s one of the oldest protected areas of the world. The forest has very strict conservation policies, as a way of protecting the local flora and fauna. In fact, independent travel is banned: you can only enter this amazing rainforest by taking a certified guided tour. Without a doubt, it is a perfect destination for ecotourism.

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From 2003 to 2006 The Main Ridge Forest Reserve was named the World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination. It has nine trails which are open to the public, but getting off the trails is strictly forbidden, in order to prevent the forest from external damage. Keep on reading to find out the best 3 Caribbean sites to visit!

#3. Cahuita National Park

Cahuita National Park is a terrestrial and marine national park located in the Limón Province of Costa Rica. This protected area is ideal for snorkeling since you can find giant sea turtles and coralline reefs. But not only that: dozens of different unique species can be found, including the White-headed Capuchin, the Eyelash Viper, and the Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

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There are tons of activities you can do in this National Park, like visiting the BriBri native reserve (maybe it’s one of the most authentic things to do in Cahuita) and hiking in the jungle. There is also a Jaguar Rescue Center in Punta Cocles, as well as the Mariposario of Cahuita, where you will see the many of Costa Rica’s species of butterflies.

#2. Lac Bay Mangrove Forest

The Mangrove Forest of Lac Bay is a preserved forest that is located on the Dutch island of Bonaire. The forest is surrounded by crystal clear water and is filled with thick layers of mangrove trees. In fact, you can find not only one but three different species of this particular tree. You can also go on a kayak tour in order to experience the place’s amazing fauna and flora. 

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During the kayak tour, people can snorkel through the mangrove channel, and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot beautiful animals like baby rays, lobsters and baby seahorses. We highly recommend this amazing forest if you want to see the most exotic fauna and flora of the Caribbean! And now, check the #1 of our list!

#1. Petit St. Vincent

The Petit St. Vincent Island is located in the Grenadine islands, and it happens to be the southernmost island of St. Vincent and The Grenadines. In Petit St. Vincent you can only find one place to stay: an exclusive resort with only 22 bedrooms. There is also a dive center which has just recently opened, thanks to the help of Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of the underwater pioneer.

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But not only is it an ideal place for scuba-diving, but also for relaxing. In fact, the island has an extended beach with white sand and clear water, where you can get away from all the noise of the city and enjoy nature. This is the perfect place for couples on their honeymoon, as there are never many tourists at the same time.

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