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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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Bahamas

Bahamas

A short 30-minute flight from Miami, the Bahamas’ proximity to mainland US makes it a convenient beach escape. Consisting of 700 islands in the Atlantic, the Bahamas provide much more to explore than just Nassau, the capital city that’s a popular cruise port. If you want to get away from the high-rise hotels and bustling crowds, head to the Bahamas’ Out Islands for secluded beaches and natural wonders.  960 1280

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Roatan

Roatan

Roatan, the largest of Honduras’s Bay islands, is located near the second largest barrier reef in the world. With its prime location, Roatan is known as one of the world’s best scuba diving spots. Often called the Caribbean’s “best-kept secret,” Roatan’s tourism has increased in recent years, attracting more than just divers. The laid-back culture and uncrowded beaches make Roatan an appealing alternative to other Caribbean islands.  960 1280

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Aruba

Aruba

Off the north coast of Venezuela lies Aruba, a popular island getaway with reliably sunny days. Outside of the hurricane belt, this Dutch island promises tourists plenty of beach days with its dry climate. Upscale restaurants and lively nightlife offer visitors plenty of options after a day of soaking up the sunshine. 960 1280

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Bermuda

Bermuda

This cluster of islands may not technically be part of the Caribbean but they sure feel like it. Bermuda is often dubbed the “Jewel of the Atlantic,” and rivals its neighbors in the West Indies as the perfect tropical island getaway. With pink-sand beaches, temperate weather and a unique fusion of British and African heritage, this is a place you’ll want to get lost in. 960 1280

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Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

A diver’s dream destination, the Cayman Islands offer world-class scuba diving and plenty of outdoor adventures for the active traveler. Hike through the 200-year-old Mastic Trail, swim in Stingray City or walk along the stunning Seven Mile Beach. 960 1280

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Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

Looking for a beach hideaway? Look no further than Turks and Caicos. Consisting of 40 islands and cays, 8 of which are inhabited, Turks and Caicos boast some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Lose yourself here in the turquoise waters and secluded white-sand beaches. 960 1280

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St. Thomas

St. Thomas

Only 31 square miles, St. Thomas is considered the most cosmopolitan of the US Virgin Islands. Escape the island’s bustle and head to Magens Bay, hailed by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 960 1280

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Offering more than just beautiful beaches, the Dominican Republic’s diverse landscape includes 3 large mountain ranges, including the 2-mile-high peak of Antilles. A former Spanish colony, the Dominican Republic has a rich Latin culture as well as strong ties to America’s national pastime, baseball. More major league players hail from the Dominican Republic than any other country.  960 1280

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Barbados

Barbados

The coral island of Barbados attracts tourists from around the world with its unique natural beauty. Coral reefs line the coast, offering incredible snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Visitors should also be sure to catch a meal that includes the national dish -- flying fish. 960 1280

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

A US territory, Puerto Rico doesn’t require you pack a passport to visit its shores. With over 270 white-sand beaches, the Caribbean island begs to be explored. You’ll have the beach to yourself in Vieques, Puerto Rico’s “secret island.” This national wildlife refuge is just a 30-minute flight (or a short ferry ride) from San Juan. 960 1280

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Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica is known for its strong African history more than any other Caribbean island. The island nation celebrates its vibrant culture through strong reggae beats and memorable jerk dishes. And don’t miss a chance to explore the island’s diverse landscape of mountains and rainforests. 960 1280

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Underwater Adventure

Underwater Adventure

Let the adventure begin! Take an underwater submarine tour to see Grand Cayman’s marine life, including a close-up view of colorful coral canyons, fish, sponges, stingrays, turtles and on a rare occasion, a shark. 960 1280

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Catamaran Cruise

Catamaran Cruise

Take a catamaran cruise! Sample the local Caymanian cuisine, while enjoying awe-inspiring views of the sea and the island. 960 1280

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Snorkeling in Stingray City

Snorkeling in Stingray City

Go snorkeling in Stingray City, a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman. Tourists visit the popular attraction to pet and interact with southern stingrays. 960 1280

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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Go horseback riding along the tranquil blue waters of Grand Cayman’s pristine beaches. Some tour companies offer a fun trek through the island’s tropical forest and the beach. We suggest horseback riding along the beach to watch sun set. 960 1280

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Blue Iguana

Blue Iguana

Explore the wildlife on Grand Cayman Island, including the endangered Blue Iguana, the longest-living species of lizard. These blue creatures have been known to live up to 69 years near dry forests or near the shore. At least 5 non-profit organizations are working with the government to ensure the survival of the Blue Iguana. 960 1280

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Pedro St. James National Historic Site

Pedro St. James National Historic Site

Rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in 1970, the Pedro St. James house -- also known to locals as “the Castle” -- is where island’s first 400 residents met to elect the Caymans’ first legislative assembly, on December 5, 1831. Tourists can take a self-guided tour the house and get an awesome panoramic view of the sea. 960 1280

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Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach aka West Bay Beach has been called one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean. This wonderful white-sand beach stretches from George Town to Long Point. Its sandy bottom and calm, clear water make it an ideal spot for families with small children. Seven Mile Beach is great for snorkeling and other watersports. If you’re looking for a spot to relax in silence, then steer clear of the areas located near the big resorts if you’re looking for a spot to relax and unwind in silence. These areas tend to be crowded. 960 1280

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Fishing

Fishing

Grand Cayman Island is a prime spot for fishing. Enjoy fishing with the family or book a more adventurous, deep-sea fishing trip to catch a blue marlin, mahi-mahi, wahoo or tuna. 960 1280

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Cayman Turtle Farm

Cayman Turtle Farm

More than 500,000 people visit Cayman Turtle Farm each year. It’s the Cayman Islands’ largest land-based tourist attraction. Jump in and swim with Green Sea Turtles and other colorful marine life in Turtle Lagoon; enjoy swimming and sliding down Turtle Twister Water Slide; and get a up-close and personal view of sandbar sharks, nurse sharks, tarpon and barracuda. 960 1280

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Wreck of the Ten Sails Park

Wreck of the Ten Sails Park

Step back in time and visit the park dedicated to the Wreck of the Ten Sails. On February 8, 1794, a convoy of 10 ships -- on its way from Jamaica to the US and Britain -- wrecked on reef. Two hundred years later, Queen Elizabeth II visited the spot and dedicated a memorial plaque and park (pictured) to remember the lives lost as a result of the shipwreck. 960 1280

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Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park

Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park

Take a stroll through the lush Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, located off Frank Sound Road. While taking a nature walk, tourists may spot native wildlife, including chickatees, freshwater turtles, anole lizards and blue iguanas. 960 1280

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Rum Point Beach

Rum Point Beach

Remote Rum Point Beach is located on the North Sound, along the northern coast of Grand Cayman. This beach has changing facilities, public toilets and showers on site and it’s a great spot for swimming. We suggest visitors grab a drink at Wreck Bar & Grill on a Sunday. Locals usually stop by in their boats, adding to the bar’s lively, but fun atmosphere. 960 1280

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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

  

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