Caribbean Islands You Don't Know (But Should)
Plan a trip to these remote Caribbean Islands you've never heard of.
The island's commissioner, director of tourism and one member of the island council are all openly gay. Couples of all orientation like to shack up at Queen's Resort (again, "queen" is a curious coincidence), a 12-suite property that is notorious for its timeless appeal, with suites averaging 1,200 square feet. Known mostly for hiking and diving, Saba is all about truly getting away and disappearing in the rolling green hills for much-needed R&R.
Due to the geothermal activity, plenty of hot springs abound, whether at Wotten Waven or Papillote Wilderness Retreat, which has a garden featuring more than 200 plant species woven into the tropical setting. Snorkelers can head to the black-sand beach at Champagne Reef for exciting underwater adventures or take the 3-mile hike to Boiling Lake, a hot, flooded fumarole at the bottom of a sinkhole. Well-heeled travelers make a beeline to Rosalie Bay Resort, a 22-acre eco-resort that feels like a small village, with 28 spacious, cottage-style accommodations (many oceanfront) and a new, pampering spa.
On Barbuda, the beaches are the big draw, but there's more to the island than sunbathing. Barbuda is home to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, the only nesting place for the species outside the Galapagos, and it is also home to Darby Cave, a popular sinkhole with ancient cave drawings.
While fishing is the highlight, visitors can stretch out on sublime beaches in Playa Norte, bar-hop on Hidalgo Avenue, snorkel at the underwater sculpture museum, explore on a golf cart, swim with whale sharks (seasonal) and visit the archaeological site in Punta Sur. Couples head straight to the all-inclusive, 62-suite Isla Mujeres Palace, thanks to its intimate ambience.
Golden Rock Plantation Inn is owned by American painter Brice Marden, and guests can expect stark red doors, shutters and chairs contrasting with pastel Caribbean colors and an outdoor-garden dining deck with waterfall and views of the Atlantic. Nisbet Plantation is equipped with 32 cottages spread on a perfectly manicured green lawn with swaying palm trees. Four Season Nevis has bragging rights with a sublime beach and its location steps away from Sunshine's, an iconic beach bar known for its signature drink, Killer Bee.
There's 100 privately owned villas with 74 residences to rent. Newbies generally stay at The Cotton House, a former 18th-century cotton warehouse and sugar mill, and the only resort on the island with 17 rooms and suites (11 with private plunge pools). Locals and visitors alike congregate at Basil's Bar, known for free concerts. Nightlife aside, there's also an equestrian center, myriad watersports and pampering spas. No wonder 75 percent of visitors are repeat guests.
Harbour Island's quiet charms seem countless, but none are more alluring than the tiny island's wondrous stretch of pink-sand beach.
One of many islands in the Caribbean Sea, St. Barts stands out with its pleasant blend of French chic and island relaxation.
Explore Aruba, a Dutch-owned Caribbean island known for its immaculate stretches of white-sand beaches and strikingly beautiful turquoise seas.
Cumberland Island is one of America's most pristine seaside regions.
Relaxing is easy on Siesta Key: soft white sand, brilliant sunshine and azure waters abound.
Few people can claim they've witnessed the unspoiled and breathtaking beaches of Fernando de Noronha.
In a small series of islands in the Aegean Sea lies the tiny gem of Mykonos Island -- a dreamy destination for aspiring Greek gods and goddesses.
Folegandros, a mostly untouched gem in the midst of the Cycladic Islands, has not yet been overwhelmed by tourists that overpopulate the more accessible island destinations like Santorini and Mykonos.
Unlike many Caribbean islands, St. John remains remarkably untouched.
Barbados is a distinctive island, both in its natural beauty and fun-loving culture.