The possible destinations for your summer vacation are almost limitless, and when you start reviewing your options, the choice can be difficult. The best way to begin is by deciding on a region of the country or the world that you want to visit. Have you thought about somewhere in the Caribbean?
This region offers a range of vacation experiences, from all-inclusive resorts to activities like hiking and snorkeling. It all comes down to what you want to do, so make a list of the things you are looking for, and consider the following seven Caribbean destinations for your summer vacation.
Take a Cruise
If you end up having trouble deciding on one spot, then taking a cruise may be your best option. Traveling the Caribbean on a cruise ship means you are not tied down to one specific location.
You can experience multiple destinations, meet a lot of new people, and take part in some amazing activities. From snorkeling to scuba diving, to playing golf to hiking Mayan ruins, a Caribbean cruise has something to offer everyone.
This island chain provides travelers with a beautiful setting for relaxation and exploration. For those interested in all-inclusive resorts and pre-planned activities, consider staying on Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands. For those that are slightly more free-spirited and looking for less crowded areas in which they can explore and enjoy their time, then consider visiting Cayman Brac or Little Cayman.
You might have heard of this majestic island but never really thought you would travel there yourself. However, if you love the beach or any ocean activities, Aruba is the place for you so consider a visit.
Once on the island, you will find pristine white beaches and incredibly clear ocean waters. If you enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving, then you will be able to see some amazing ocean life, be able to get up close and personal with some coral, and have the opportunity to explore shipwrecks. Blogger Chad Bordes has this to say about a trip to Aruba: "Their license plates read 'One Happy Place' and I would have to agree."
This United States territory is a great place to go to explore and relax. One of the biggest perks of traveling to Puerto Rico is that U.S. citizens do not need a passport to enter the country, and they do not need to exchange currency. Besides these conveniences, Puerto Rico offers beaches with 20-foot waves perfect for surfers and clear waters suited for snorkeling.
The island itself is home to some fascinating history and historical places like El Morro, an old fortress, and contemporary ones, like Calle del Cristo, an art district with shopping, galleries, and restaurants.
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Looking for a more culturally minded trip? The islands of St. Kitts and Nevis provide travelers with wonderful cultural experiences and both of the islands are rarely ever crowded. In fact, the island of Nevis does not have even a single traffic light.
Depending on the time of year you travel, you will find carnivals and festivals that all have something to do with islands. You will also find grayish-black sand beaches, which is rare for the Caribbean.
While almost every Caribbean island has a beach that everyone can enjoy, some argue that the beaches of Antiqua beat all others. Why? Antigua is home to 365 different beaches. While you may enjoy the food, sights, shopping, and culture that the island has to offer, you will fall in love with the beaches.
With so many beach options, you are sure to find the perfect spot for your favorite beach activity.
Comprising two islands, Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, the Guadeloupe Islands are diverse and have a lot to offer travelers. The bigger island, Grande-Terre, is mostly flat and dry, but has high hills and luscious vegetation in the southern part of the island. Basse-Terre is even flatter and is home to banana plantations.
Snorkeling and scuba diving are both huge attractions here, and you will find warm waters and calming trade winds on all of the beaches.