Best Caribbean Winter Escapes
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Boasting some of the world’s top-rated beaches, as well as numerous spas, high end restaurants and luxury resorts, St. Bart’s offers a true escape from cold climate winters.
An island divided, the northern part of St. Martin is a French territory, while the southern part is Dutch. French St. Martin is known for luxury resorts and shopping, while Dutch St. Maarten is famed for its nightlife.
Nightlife and the anonymous blue liqueur draw many winter travelers to Curacao in the Dutch Antilles. The island’s coral reefs are popular among snorkelers.
The largest of the British Virgin Islands, Tortolla is a popular destination for winter travelers. Visitors enjoy hiking and seeing the volcanic island’s historic sites. But Tortolla’s best known for the beaches along its northern coast, including Brewer’s Bay.
Twenty-two miles long and eight miles across at its widest point, Grand Cayman is home to varied wildlife, beautiful beaches, and plenty of resort activities, especially along Seven Mile Beach, the most active tourist area.
Southern Atlantic or far eastern Caribbean? Who cares? Barbados continues to be one of the most sought-after winter island destinations. In addition to beaches, tourists can enjoy golf, the botanic gardens and visit historic plantations.
If you’re seeking a little culture with your Caribbean escape, check out Jamaica, birthplace of reggae and home to January’s annual Jazz and Blues Festival. Numerous other arts activities including dance and museums are available as well.
The most prominent natural feature of this volcanic island in the eastern Caribbean are the Pitons, two steep mountain peaks on its west coast. Famed for luxury resorts and pristine beaches, adventurers can also hike the trails of St. Lucia’s interior rainforest.
Bonaire, the Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela, is widely regarded as a premier diving destination. Its coral reefs are protected by a national park and the island features 54 shore diving locations.
Located on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize offers Caribbean beaches on its east and rainforest in its west. Adventurers can explore Mayan ruins, trek through the jungle or dive in Belize’s Barrier Reef.