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Top 10 Caribbean Resorts

Welcome to paradise. We're counting down the top 10 Caribbean resorts with crystal-clear waters, powder-soft sands, sumptuous settings and world-class accommodations.

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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

  

Young Island Resort

Young Island Resort

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

  

Welcome to St. Maarten

Welcome to St. Maarten

A small building welcomes visitors to beautiful St. Maarten. 960 1280

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Philipsburg

Philipsburg

Philipsburg, the capital of the country of St. Maarten as seen from above. The salt pond is at left, and Great Bay is to the right. 960 1280

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Jet Flying Over St. Maarten Beach

Jet Flying Over St. Maarten Beach

Jet planes fly close to the beach as they prepare for landing at Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten. 960 1280

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Stores at St. Maarten

Stores at St. Maarten

A variety of stores can be found on St. Maarten. 960 1280

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Oyster Pond, St. Maarten

Oyster Pond, St. Maarten

Oyster Pond, St. Martin (St. Maarten), Netherlands Antilles, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America 960 1280

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St. Maarten's Orient Bay

St. Maarten's Orient Bay

On a beautiful, sunny morning, the view of St. Maarten's Orient Bay from Anse Marcel is stunning. 960 1280

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St. Maarten Beach Bar

St. Maarten Beach Bar

Cozy up to the Big Wave Beach Bar on St. Maarten. 960 1280

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Oyster Pond Yacht Harbor

Oyster Pond Yacht Harbor

Oyster Pond Yacht harbor at St. Maarten. Caribbean 960 1280

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St. Maarten Beach

St. Maarten Beach

Philipsburg, St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, Caribbean 960 1280

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Colorful St. Maarten Restaurant

Colorful St. Maarten Restaurant

Colorful restaurant in Philipsburg, St. Maarten 960 1280

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Gustavia

Gustavia

Gustavia, the capital of St. Barts, was named for King Gustav III of Sweden. Fort Karl and Fort Gustav are popular areas for hikers, and if you’re not into hiking, then go shopping. This city has several high-end boutiques -- an essential source of revenue for the island. And don’t forget to take a stroll around the harbor to sneak a peek at some of the extravagant yachts. 960 1280

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Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing

Go kitesurfing on the beach in Grand Cul de Sac. This watersport is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports on the island. Local companies offer kitesurfing lessons, but they can be pricey, costing up to $300 for a 3-hour lesson. 960 1280

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Grand Cul de Sac Beach

Grand Cul de Sac Beach

Located in the northeastern part of St. Barts, Grand Cul de Sac Beach is a beachgoer’s haven. Windsurfing, swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling are just a few activities that will keep you preoccupied when visiting. 960 1280

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Hotel Guanahani & Spa

Hotel Guanahani & Spa

Stay at the Hotel Guanahani and you will quickly realize why this beautiful resort attracts celebrities, including Bethenny Frankel, a former cast member on the Real Housewives of New York. Amenities include a pool, top-notch spa, tennis courts and delicious dining options. The beach by the hotel offers numerous activities, but it’s relatively small. So guests have been known to plan day trips to the nearby beaches. 960 1280

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St. Barts Bucket Regatta

St. Barts Bucket Regatta

St. Barts has a few fun festivals, including the St. Barts Bucket Regatta, St. Barts Music Festival and the St. Barts Film Festival. The Bucket Regatta is a sailing race extended to yacht owners, captains, crews and guests. A percentage of the race's entry fee usually goes to a local charity on the 8-mile-long island. 960 1280

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French Cuisine

French Cuisine

La Route des Boucaniers, Eddy’s, Le Grain de Sel, Bonito Saint Barth and The Hideaway are a few places to wine and dine when vacationing in St. Barts. There are more than 80 restaurants to suit your taste, but French cuisine is king here. The seafood is fresh, and some of the top-quality provisions to restaurants arrive regularly from Paris. Bon appétit! 960 1280

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Anse du Governeur

Anse du Governeur

Relax on one of St. Barts most secluded and most popular places for nude sunbathing. Tourists should plan accordingly because there are no restaurants or other services in the area.  However, Anse du Gouverneur provides beachgoers with a great view of St. Kitts, Saba and St. Eustatius. And it’s a romantic spot to watch the sun set -- with or without clothes. 960 1280

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Sailing

Sailing

St. Barts is a popular destination for yachting and sailing. Gustavia’s harbor has mooring and docking facilities for 40 yachts. Public, Corossol and Colombier are spots to stop when sailing in the area. Tourists can charter sailing and motorboats, and explore St. Barts above and below the ocean -- thanks to local companies like the Yellow Submarine and Jicky Marine Service. 960 1280

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Le Gaiac Restaurant

Le Gaiac Restaurant

Taste the amazing food served at the Hotel Le Toiny’s popular restaurant, Le Gaiac.  Well-renowned Chef Stephane Mazieres blends innovative French cuisine with local flavors -- adding to some of the dishes -- vegetables grown in the restaurant’s organic green house. And rumor has it that Le Gaiac is the popular spot for Sunday brunch, serving scallops ravioli, yellow tail snapper on a skewer, watermelon and vegetable salad and much more. 960 1280

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Hotel Carl Gustaf

Hotel Carl Gustaf

Although it’s a 5-minute walk from the closest beach, Hotel Carl Gustaf is a luxury hotel that embodies the French Riviera style of St. Barts -- with mind-blowing ocean views and first-class service. Booking one of the 14 rooms isn’t cheap, but each suite and villa comes with its own private pool or plunge pool and private terrace, overlooking the ocean. 960 1280

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Le Ti St. Barts

Le Ti St. Barts

The nightlife is alive and well in St. Barts. Visit Le Ti St. Barts, a funky Caribbean tavern with an endless wine list, tasty food and great music -- necessary for patrons who want to dance into the wee hours of the morning. In addition to entrees like seared tuna with caviar, the provocatively-named desserts are just as delightful, like the Nymph Thighs -- airy lemon cake with vanilla custard.  Other hot night spots include le Select, Do Brazil and Le Bête à Z'Ailes. 960 1280

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