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Escape to the Caribbean Islands

Need a dose of sunshine and lazy beach days? Plan a getaway to these popular Caribbean islands.

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Young Island Resort

Young Island Resort

The dock where visitors and staff pick up the water taxi that transports them to Young Island Resort, accessible by a 3-minute ferry ride from St. Vincent. 960 1280

  

Fort Duvernette

Fort Duvernette

A stunning view of Young Island from the top of Fort Duvernette, an old British fort that sits atop a steep volcanic plug that rises 195 feet out of the water. 960 1280

  

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

One of the many colorful tropical flowers that grow in the Caribbean paradise of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. 960 1280

  

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Multiple sailboats docked at St. Vincent, a common sight on the island. 960 1280

  

Black Point Tunnel

Black Point Tunnel

Black-sand beaches meet the Atlantic Ocean near the entrance to Black Point Tunnel in St. Vincent. 960 1280

  

Grenadine Islands

Grenadine Islands

A view of neighboring Grenadine Islands from the island of Bequia. 960 1280

  

Fort Duvernette

Fort Duvernette

Fort Duvernette sits just off the coast of Young Island. 960 1280

  

A peek at a private beach at Young Island Resort on Young Island, with St. Vincent in the background. 960 1280

  

Buccament Bay Resort

Buccament Bay Resort

The gorgeous sunset is reflected in the infinity pool at the luxurious Buccament Bay Resort on St. Vincent. 960 1280

  

Buccament Bay

Buccament Bay

Buccament Bay is an ultra-modern, high-end resort located just a few miles north of Kingstown. 960 1280

  

Young Island Resort

Young Island Resort

Hammocks on the private beach at Young Island Resort. 960 1280

  

Young Island Resort

Young Island Resort

A view of St. Vincent from a private beach at Young Island Resort. 960 1280

  

Fort Duvernette

Fort Duvernette

A view of Young Island (left) and St. Vincent (right) from Fort Duvernette. 960 1280

  

Young Island Resort

Young Island Resort

A private beach at the Young Island Resort, located on a tiny Caribbean cay just off the coast of St. Vincent. 960 1280

  

Princess Margaret Beach

Princess Margaret Beach

A view through “the cave” at Princess Margaret Beach on Bequia. 960 1280

  

Kingstown Ferry Port

Kingstown Ferry Port

The cruise ship terminal at the Kingstown Ferry Port in Kingstown, St. Vincent. 960 1280

  

Young Island Resort

Young Island Resort

The small water taxi that transports inquiring minds from Young Island Resort to Fort Duvernette. 960 1280

  

Jamesby Island

Jamesby Island

Relax, go sunbathing or take a swim off the coast of Jamesby Island. One of 5 isles in Tobago Cays, this island has the smallest beach in the area. 960 1280

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Winstar Cruise

Winstar Cruise

Take an exciting Windstar Cruise through St. Lucia, located northeast of St. Vincent and northwest of Barbados, in the Caribbean Sea. Climb aboard a luxurious ship for a unique voyage where fun is at your fingertips -- book shore excursions, enjoy a candle-lit dinner, listen to live entertainment, work-out in the fitness facility, rent water sports equipment and more. 960 1280

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Hiking in St. Lucia

Hiking in St. Lucia

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Tobago Cays

Tobago Cays

Located in the southern Grenadines, the Tobago Cays is an archipelago that consists of 5 small uninhabited islands -- Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradol, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. A popular port of call for cruise ships, Tobago Cays draws thousands of tourists for diving, snorkeling and sports fishing. 960 1280

  

Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa

Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa

If staying dry and on land is your speed -- enjoy a game of golf at the Sandals La Toc Golf Resort and Spa in St. Lucia. Sharpen your club-selection skills on this 3,141-yard course, where several holes demand laser-like accuracy for the perfect shot. Rolling hills and majestic fairways inspire performance at all levels. 960 1280

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St. George's, Grenada

St. George's, Grenada

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Scuba Diving near St. Vincent

Scuba Diving near St. Vincent

St. Vincent is a scuba diver’s paradise. The island offers some of the best diving in the Caribbean, with numerous reefs, shipwrecks, caves and caverns for underwater adventurers to explore. 960 1280

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Sandy Island

Sandy Island

Drop your anchor and enjoy a romantic day on beautiful, uninhabited Sandy Island -- just a 30-minute boat ride from Petite Anse. The island has numerous coconut trees. So if you need a break from snorkeling or bird watching -- crack open a coconut and sit on the beach with the cool, crystal-blue water lapping at your feet. 960 1280

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River Antoine Rum Distillery

River Antoine Rum Distillery

Looking for local spirits in Grenada? Head to the River Antoine Rum Distillery where a potent rum (only sold on the island) is produced the same way it was when the distillery opened in 1785. Today, the distillery functions primarily as a museum; so rum is produced in limited quantity. If inclined, tourists have the option to sample a less strong version of River’s rum. 960 1280

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Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados

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Princess Margaret Beach

Princess Margaret Beach

St. Vincent and the Grenadines consists of 32 islands and cays located in the southern Caribbean. One of the islands, Bequia, has several beaches perfect for swimming and sunbathing, including Princess Margaret Beach (pictured). Tourists will need a water or land taxi to get here. We recommend grabbing a bite to eat at Max’s Bar and then, after an hour, you can swim, snorkel or take a stroll along the beach to burn off a few calories. 960 1280

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Kingstown

Kingstown

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Villa Beach

Villa Beach

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La Soufrière

La Soufrière

Go on an adventure and hit St. Vincent’s most popular hiking trail near La Soufrière and its crater lake. The 4,049-foot-tall active volcano is the highest point on the island. The last time this majestic beauty erupted was in April 1979. 960 1280

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Mountain Top (St. Thomas)

Mountain Top (St. Thomas)

Planning a trip to the US Virgin Islands? Visit the Mountain Top for amazing views of the island from St. Peter Mountain, the highest peak in St. Thomas. Thousands of travelers flock to this popular attraction to sample the world-famous banana daiquiris served here. 960 1280

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Caneel Bay Resort (St. John)

Caneel Bay Resort (St. John)

Environmentalist Laurence Rockefeller discovered this hidden gem on a family cruise. Open since 1956, the luxurious Caneel Bay Resort is the perfect place to unplug with TV- and telephone-free rooms. Guests will enjoy the resort’s proximity to Virgin Islands National Park and 7 beaches, including Paradise Beach and Hawksnest Beach. 960 1280

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Coral World Ocean Park (St. Thomas)

Coral World Ocean Park (St. Thomas)

Get up-close and personal with sharks, sea lions and turtles at Coral World Ocean Park in St. Thomas. The park has dozens of activities and exhibits to keep kids and adults occupied. See the predator tank and coral reef at the Undersea Observatory Tower; hold a hermit crab or sea star at the Touch Pool; and watch stingrays glide around in Stingray Lagoon. 960 1280

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Sailing on the Caribbean Sea

Sailing on the Caribbean Sea

Enjoy the open sea! Set sail on a relaxing voyage around the US Virgin Islands. A few charter boat companies provide intimate trips for 2 or fun excursions with groups of 10 people or more. 960 1280

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Christiansted National Historic Site (St. Croix)

Christiansted National Historic Site (St. Croix)

Step back in time and explore Christiansted National Historic Site. Its 18th- and 19th-century structures include the Danish West India & Guinea Co. warehouse, where the first US secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, worked as a young adult. This site was also where local sugar plantation owners would buy slaves arriving by ship from Africa. 960 1280

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Estate Whim Plantation (St. Croix)

Estate Whim Plantation (St. Croix)

Located near Frederiksted, the Estate Whim Plantation is just one of 300 plantations located on St. Croix. Get a sense of what life might have been like on a sugar plantation during the 18th century. Take a tour of the restored 12-acre estate to see the cookhouse, servants’ quarters, windmill (pictured) and more. We recommend visiting the on-site museum, which features historical artifacts, antiques, plantation tools and photos. 960 1280

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Mangrove Lagoon (St. Thomas)

Mangrove Lagoon (St. Thomas)

Go on a guided kayak tour through Mangrove Lagoon, located on the southeast coast of St. Thomas, to explore the plant and marine life native to this wildlife sanctuary. Tropical reef fish, mangrove crabs, herons and white-crowned pigeons are just a small sample of what you can see during an excursion around this natural wonder. 960 1280

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Sprat Hall Plantation (St. Croix)

Sprat Hall Plantation (St. Croix)

Go horseback riding in the lush rain forest and on the white-sand beach near St. Croix’s Sprat Hall Plantation. Paul and Jill’s Equestrian Stables provides guided nature tours around the island to see Danish ruins, wild bromeliads, gigantic termite nests, honeybee hives and more. 960 1280

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Snorkeling Around the Islands

Snorkeling Around the Islands

Explore the marine life native to the US Virgin Islands. Go snorkeling! In St. John, Trunk Bay, Caneel Bay and Maho Bay are the best places to go because of the shallow entry and calm waters. It’s not uncommon to see turtles, stingrays and lots of fish at these spots. St. Thomas’ Coki Point Beach and St. Croix’s Buck Island are also popular places for snorkeling. 960 1280

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Mahogany Run Golf Course (St. Thomas)

Mahogany Run Golf Course (St. Thomas)

Designed by American golfers and golf-course architects Tom and George Fazio, Mahogany Run Golf Course attracts thousands of visitors each year. The 3-hole stretch called the Devil’s Triangle is not only a challenge for amateur golfers, but it’s also a test for some of the best players. Guests can grab a sandwich at Coconuts Snack Shack or head to the Grille at Mahogany Run for a more hearty meal and extensive wine list. 960 1280

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Cruzan Rum Distillery (St. Croix)

Cruzan Rum Distillery (St. Croix)

Get in the spirit and take a tour of the Cruzan Rum Distillery. The owners, the Nelthropp family, provide visitors with a behind-the-scenes view of the distillery and show guests how St. Croix’s most popular rum is made. 960 1280

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Westin St. John Resort (St. John)

Westin St. John Resort (St. John)

The Westin St. John Resort is the place to go for a relaxing getaway. This 47-acre, lush, luxe resort features a quarter-acre outdoor pool, a nearby 18-hole golf course overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and a 24-hour, full-service spa. The Westin Kids Club provides families with a wide array of activities and amenities, including arts and crafts, beach volleyball, movies, scavenger hunts, sand-castle contests, feeding the iguanas, board games and a Sony PlayStation. 960 1280

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Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)

Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)

Outdoor enthusiasts should visit Virgin Islands National Park, which covers the majority of the island of St. John and all of Hassel Island, near St. Thomas. More than 500,000 people visit the park each year because it’s a popular spot for scuba diving, snorkeling and hiking. There are more than 20 trails, but we recommend hiking the Reef Bay Trail to see petroglyphs and the Cinnamon Bay Trail to explore the archeological sites and historic ruins. 960 1280

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