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For many people, the 28 island nations that make up the Caribbean are paradise. There’s no argument here. Though united by one overarching Caribbean culture which shares similar (not identical) food, music, lifestyle and vibe, each island, however, has it
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You love to turn up as much as you love to turn down. Sweet T&T. The best way to explain the Trinidad and Tobago experience is that Trinidad is the turn up and Tobago is the turn down, both in the best way possible. Trinidad has one of the best nightlife scenes in the Caribbean all year-round, and unquestionably the biggest carnival in the Caribbean in February that ushers in the biggest soca songs of the next 12 months. Trinidad also has some of the best food you’ll have in the Caribbean, from curry meats and roti, to creole foods and a personal favorite, the local delicacy, bake and shark. Trinidad is full of cultural fusions and though less touristy, is quite an experience. Tobago on the other hand boasts some of the best beaches in the Caribbean with powdery blue sands and turquoise waters. Though different from food in Trinidad, Tobago boasts amazing eats as well like curry crab and dumpling, one of the most popular dishes on the island. With more resort-like experiences, Tobago is perfect for a large group and family travel.
3 of 6 Flavio Vallenari
You're big on beaches and riding the waves. Boasting some of the best beaches in the Caribbean including Brown Beach, Miami Beach and Dover Beach, beach life is a highlight of Barbados. There’s a pretty good nightlife scene in Barbados all year long, especially around the St. Lawrence Gap area. However, peak times for partying are Cropover in early August, and independence weekend in November. Boat ride parties are all the rage in Barbados so before you leave, make sure you attend one. If you are seeking luxury, consider staying on the Gold Coast. Most unique experience – taking a catamaran out for a day to snorkel and swim with turtles. Another amazing note – it’s one of the safest Caribbean islands with a very low crime rate.
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Easily the most renowned Caribbean island, Jamaica lives up to all of its hype. One of the largest Caribbean islands, there are so many areas to explore. From popular areas like Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, to the more secluded and exclusive Strawberry Hill, there is something for every type of traveler. Jamaica boasts a number of all-inclusive resorts which can be amazing for both family vacations as well as people who simply want to get away and unwind in paradise, but not necessarily go out every day. Most beaches are connected to resorts, so do your research to find the right beach for you. On the contrary, for adventure seekers and explorers, there are endless sites and activities on the island, from bob sledding to climbing Dunn’s River Falls. The birthplace of reggae music, nightlife is always on point in Jamaica. The biggest times of year to party are Dream Weekend in August and New Year’s timing. Most unique experience – the food in Jamaica is unparalleled. From jerk meats, to curry, rice and peas to the national dish – ackee and saltfish with fried dumplings, you can easily spend your time eating through the island. Another amazing note – because the island is so big, you can continue visiting and have a new experience each time.
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You're all about the luxe life. St. Lucia is known as one of the more luxury-themed islands in the Caribbean. It is covered in greenery, waterfalls and palm trees. Every turned corner leads to more jaw-dropping views. There are many all-inclusive resorts on the island which makes it good for families and the lazy vacationer, but with views like St. Lucia you will regret not getting out. Most unique experience – there are two. Snorkeling between the Piton Mountains, literally the clearest water and most exotic fish I’ve seen in one snorkeling site AND the Sulphur mud bath at the volcanos that leave your skin feeling refreshed and renewed for weeks.
6 of 6 DanitaDelimont.com
You're all about beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views. An island paradise that is a gem of the Caribbean, seemingly one of the most untouched by heavy tourism. A very tropical environment, palm trees, greenery, waterfalls and exotic flowers and fruits are in abundance. Grand Anse and BBC beaches provide you with secluded experiences with amazing sand and waters. Often times, if you get there early enough, you can easily have the beach to yourself. There is a young, buzzing nightlife energy all year, but especially around Spice Mas Carnival in August and New Year’s timing. Grenada is for people who simply go off of good vibes and energy. It’s pure, simple, fun. Most unique experience – the immaculate underwater sculpture park that you can snorkel or dive to. Another amazing note - check out the even more secluded and untouched sister island of Carriacou that you can get to by ferry or 15 minute plane ride.
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