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Gros Piton

Gros Piton

The second highest peak on Saint Lucia, Gros Piton can be climbed without ropes or mountaineering experience. 960 1280

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Cas En Bas Beach

Cas En Bas Beach

Giddyup! A man rides a horse along Cas En Bas Beach, a stretch of sand to the north of St. Lucia. 960 1280

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Green Figs and Salt Fish

Green Figs and Salt Fish

Don’t let the name fool you. This dish may be called “green figs and salt fish,” but there are no figs in it. Popular since the 1700s, it consists mainly of boiled green bananas and salted fish. 960 1280

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Fort Rodney

Fort Rodney

St. Lucia is home to Fort Rodney, an old British military base, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 960 1280

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Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens

Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens

This soothing waterfall can be found at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, a 6-acre tropical retreat. 960 1280

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Rainforest Zip-Lining

Rainforest Zip-Lining

St. Lucia holds plenty of adventure, including the chance to zipline through its rainforests. 960 1280

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St. Lucia Jazz Festival

St. Lucia Jazz Festival

R&B Artist KEM performs at the 2014 St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. Held every May, the festival showcases various flavors of jazz from the US, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. 960 1280

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Diving Paradise

Diving Paradise

A diving paradise, St. Lucia’s waters include a stunning array of coral, sponge and marine life. 960 1280

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Soufriere

Soufriere

A scenic town on St. Lucia’s west coast, Soufriere has many hot springs and mineral baths -- no surprise given that its name means “sulphur in the air” in French. 960 1280

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Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs is the world’s only drive-in volcano. It’s located on the southwestern end of St. Lucia. 960 1280

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Castries Market

Castries Market

Enjoy fresh papaya at Castries Market, a lively market filled with tropical fruits and vegetables. 960 1280

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Anse Chastanet Resort

Anse Chastanet Resort

Mountain biking in the Caribbean jungle of St. Lucia. Here, bikers take a break at Anse Chastanet Resort, which encompasses more than 600 tropical acres. 960 1280

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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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Nassau, The Bahamas

Nassau, The Bahamas

Visibility in the water off Nassau in The Bahamas can reach up to 100 feet -- and that's why it's home to the world's best diving. Explore the Blue Hole, a natural hole 100-feet across and 200-feet deep full of large schools of fish. Trinity and Piece of Cake caves both have openings large enough to swim through and are home to some large lobsters. There are also countless shipwrecks that have occurred along the reefs surrounding the islands of the Bahamas that make for some very exciting underwater adventures. 960 1280

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The Caves Resort - Negril, Jamaica

The Caves Resort - Negril, Jamaica

Poised on the limestone cliffs of Negril, The Caves is owned by famed music producer, Chris Blackwell. An oceanfront sanctuary featuring 11 exclusive cliffside accommodations, 2 main dining gazebos, private cave-dining and the sexy Cave Rum and Cigar Bar, The Caves is classic Caribbean luxury and the perfect romantic getaway. 960 1280

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Stanford Antigua Sailing Week - Antigua, The West Indies

Stanford Antigua Sailing Week - Antigua, The West Indies

To pack a little action into your Caribbean vacation, head to the annual Stanford Antigua sailing week. Participants from all over the globe flock to Antigua each year hoping to win what is now considered one of the premier sailing regattas in the world. The excitement of the race combined with the hospitality and beauty of Antigua make for a vacation you'll never forget. 960 1280

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Jade Mountain - St. Lucia

Jade Mountain - St. Lucia

Jade Mountain is an eco-luxury resort facing St. Lucia's Twin Piton Mountains. The resort sits on over 400 acres full of biking and hiking trails, not to mention the scuba-diving available at the marine park. Guests here are at one with nature -- because there are only 3 walls to every room at the resort. There are no phones, televisions or radios in any of the rooms. It truly is a sanctuary rather than a hotel. 960 1280

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Stuart Cove's - Nassau, The Bahamas

Stuart Cove's - Nassau, The Bahamas

Dive underwater to experience the amazing visibility of the Bahamas' pristine waters. Stuart Cove's offers a unique way to experience undersea life. Climb into your personal undersea bubble: a seahorse-shaped submarine that propels you to a depth of up to 15 feet. No snorkeling or scuba experience is required, and you'll love exploring the coral reef in your own personal submarine. 960 1280

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Cap Juluca - Anguilla

Cap Juluca - Anguilla

Cap Juluca is only minutes from St. Maarten by air or boat, yet it feels completely insulated from the outside world. A self-contained enclave along 2 miles of the most pristine beaches in the world, the resort is a romantic paradise featuring 18 Moorish villas, 5-star restaurants and beautifully landscaped tropical gardens. 960 1280

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The Landings - St. Lucia

The Landings - St. Lucia

Open since December 19, 2007, The Landings has quickly become an idyllic vacation destination. The resort offers lavish 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom villas along St. Lucia's most gorgeous bay. The 7,000-square-foot RockResorts Spa, fitness gallery and Beach Club Restaurant all offer first-rate service to the hotel's guests. 960 1280

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Grace Bay Club - Provo, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Club - Provo, Turks and Caicos

Located on 11 acres of immaculate beachfront, the Grace Bay Club was Turks and Caicos' first luxury all-suite hotel. The hotel is divided into two sections: the adults-only hotel and a family-friendly villa resort. Each provides private swimming pools and dining experiences to meet your travel desires. New features to the hotel include the Caribbean's longest bar, luxury Anani spa tents, 100 new chic day beds, a kids' tree house and the Anacaona restaurant. 960 1280

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The Sandy Lane Resort - Barbados

The Sandy Lane Resort - Barbados

From the moment it first opened its doors in 1961, The Sandy Lane Resort has been the preferred resort for royalty, celebrities and other members of the elite. A treasured hideaway for the world's most discerning travelers, the resort combines classic elegance with lavish state-of-the art amenities. Famous for its tranquility, the resort also boasts 45 holes of golf spread out over 3 epic courses designed by Jim Fazio. 960 1280

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Rick's Cafe - Negril, Jamaica

Rick's Cafe - Negril, Jamaica

Located on Negril's beautiful West End Cliffs, Rick's Cafe was the first public bar and restaurant of its kind to offer unrivaled views of the sunset from the naturally formed cliffs. The cafe sits over one of West End Cliff's most incredible coves and many have jumped or dived from platforms as high as 35 feet into the crystalline water below. 960 1280

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Pink Sands Resort - Harbour Island, The Bahamas

Pink Sands Resort - Harbour Island, The Bahamas

A 20-acre haven set on the famous 3-mile pink sand beach, the Pink Sands Resort offers 25 cottages scattered throughout lush tropical grounds. The romantic resort offers a freshwater swimming pool, 3 tennis courts, an exercise studio and in-room massages. 960 1280

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La Concha Resort - San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Concha Resort - San Juan, Puerto Rico

For a Caribbean escape that doesn't require a passport, head to La Concha Resort in San Juan. Originally built in 1958, the resort recently underwent a $100-million facelift. By day, it's all about the beach and the multilevel infinity pools; by night there are 5 restaurants and bars to fit your every mood. 960 1280

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High Seas Private Excursions - The Bahamas

High Seas Private Excursions - The Bahamas

If you're looking to create your own oceanic adventure vacation, then look no further than High Seas, Bahamas. You and your friends can choose what boat you'd like to be on, where you'd like to explore and how long you want to be at sea. Private beaches and exclusive snorkeling sites are part of the company's promise to show you the real Bahamas. 960 1280

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Silver Sands Resort - Christ Church, Barbados

Silver Sands Resort - Christ Church, Barbados

Silver Sands Resort may sit on 12 beautifully landscaped placid acres, but its status as the windsurfing capital of Barbados is the real draw. The Club Mistral windsurfing station is open between November and June, but novices need not apply; a skill rating between 5 and 6 is required to windsurf and kitesurf the waters off Silver Sands. 960 1280

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Raffles Resort - Canouan Island, The Grenadines

Raffles Resort - Canouan Island, The Grenadines

Canouan Island is located in the heart of The Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean. Raffles Resort occupies 300 acres of tropical paradise boasting 3 secluded white-sand beaches. The horseshoe-shaped resort surrounds the bay and each of the 156 1- and 2-story villas offer gorgeous views. 960 1280

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Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

The islands of Trinidad and Tobago are the birthplace of steelpan and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The islands are rich in biodiversity with more than 430 bird species, 108 mammals and 55 reptiles. Many who visit Trinidad head for Riviere Beach, the premier site for nesting turtles. 960 1280

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The Four Seasons - Nevis, West Indies

The Four Seasons - Nevis, West Indies

Nevis, located in the tropical Leeward Islands, offers visitors near-perfect weather and beaches. The Four Seasons resort offers exclusive villas and estate homes, an award-winning spa and some of the world's most scenic golf courses. The canopy cover of palm trees stands uninterrupted, as the local government does not allow buildings taller than two stories. 960 1280

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Peter Island Resort - British Virgin Islands

Peter Island Resort - British Virgin Islands

Peter Island Resort is a private island paradise exuding relaxation and tranquility. The resort has more staff members than guests, offering an unparalleled level of service. Whether your heart's desire is to swing in a hammock, sail, scuba dive or hike, Peter Island promises you an island experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. 960 1280

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The Underwater Sculpture Garden - Grenada

The Underwater Sculpture Garden - Grenada

For a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience, visit the Underwater Sculpture Garden off the coast of Grenada in Moilinere Bay. The bay is now home to 65 sculptures, which are not only stunning to view, but create artificial reefs for marine life. The sculptures lie in clear shallow waters easily visible to snorkelers and glass-bottomed boats. 960 1280
Tom Beach Hotel - St. Barts

Tom Beach Hotel - St. Barts

Located on St. Jean Beach on St. Barts, the Tom Beach Hotel is the perfect combination of intimacy and luxury. The small hotel offers only 12 rooms, decorated in Caribbean colors with private terraces or patios. Two suites feature a terrace directly on the beach. 960 1280
Beaches Resort Villages & Spa - Turks and Caicos

Beaches Resort Villages & Spa - Turks and Caicos

A visit to these beautiful islands will often cost you a pretty penny, but not if you stay at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa. Opened in 1997, this popular spot is an all-inclusive resort. 960 1280

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