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Top 10 Caribbean Island Vacations
Paradise: a place, situation, or condition in which somebody finds perfect happiness. By definition, finding paradise is no easy task, yet it somehow feels effortless on the Bahamian island that shares its name! But you don’t have to escape to the Bahamas – or even an island with paradise in its name – to have a spectacular Caribbean island vacation. And thanks to our list of Top 10 Caribbean Island Vacations, you don’t even have to sort through the region’s 7,000-plus islands, islets and cays to find one that’s perfectly suited to your version of heaven-on-earth. From Anguilla’s world-class beaches to St. Barthélemy’s enticing French cuisine, you’ll discover a whole new world of sights, sounds and even tastes on your Caribbean island vacation!

Paradise Island Beach Club

Paradise Island, New Providence

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Sprawl out in the sand at Bahama's best kept secret! At Paradise Island Beach Club, the roaming Atlantic Ocean, rustling palm leaves, and almost endless sandy shores combine to create the perfect tropical vacation!

Resting on the pearly white sands of the world famous Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island truly is your tropical paradise! Each two-bedroom/two-bathroom lodging features ocean views and an ocean of amenities. Step out onto the private patio and soak in the scenery, stay in touch with the world with cable television and Wi-Fi, or dive into one of two beachfront swimming pools. Bring the family for tropical fun or your loved one for a romantic getaway! If it's salt water you seek, step just outside your door and enjoy a wealth of aquatic activities in the Atlantic Ocean. Observe the vibrant sea life on a snorkeling expedition, dive into the gentle waves for a swim, or stroll along the shore in search of shells. Leave the quiet beaches for some excitement in the capital city of Nassau, which features delectable dining, sensational shopping, and historic landmarks like the Queen's Staircase, a 102-foot staircase constructed in honor of Queen Victoria. Paradise is just outside your door!


Garden View & Ocean Ridge Drive, Nassau, Bahamas

Average temperature

There's truly never a bad time to visit this seaside paradise! The mean temperatures are in the 70s and 80s all year round!

Related activities

Stuart Cove is the largest and most famous diving company in the Bahamas. Experience the marvels of the Bahamas underwater world!


Pink Sands Resort

Harbor Island,

When we think of historical locations, rosy-hued sand and 1800s pastel clapboard houses aren’t usually the first things that come to mind. But at Pink Sands Resort, you’ll be among one of the oldest communities in the Bahamas – known for its beautiful beach and incomparable island hospitality.

The 20-acre resort comprised of 25 quaint yet lavish cottages is located in Harbor Island, part of the Out Islands of the Bahamas. We’re pretty positive that all you’ll need on your island vacation will be cordially provided for you in your one- or two-bedroom Ocean View or Garden View rooms and on the grounds of this luxury resort, but we think you’ll like the surrounding areas too. After a candlelight Caribbean bistro dinner at the onsite Garden Terrace Restaurant, you just might want to relax in the oversized freshwater swimming pool and ready yourself for a day of sunny adventure on the nearby Eleuthera Island. Or try out bone, reef and deep sea fishing in the aqua Atlantic Ocean. Rather stay in Pink Sands? Meander along the pathways through the lush gardens and official bird sanctuary and arrange an oceanside massage. Don’t wait – the unspoiled Bahamas beauty is waiting for you.

Related activities

SCUBA diving, snorkeling, island tours, boat rentals and picnics.

Getting there

Pink Sands Resort is located 50 miles east of Nassau on Harbour Island, 20 minutes from the North Eleuthera International Airport (ELH) by land and water taxi transportation.

Related Onsite Offerings

Pink Sands Resort’s two-bedroom Bimini Cottage offers a more secluded stay with a private Jacuzzi on the expansive deck overlooking the beach.

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You’ll agree with the Travel Channel’s rating of Anguilla as having “the world’s best all around beach” when you arrive at Cap Juluca on Maunday’s Bay. The distinct Moorish architecture and enchanting Moroccan décor of this newly-renovated Caribbean resort make for an unforgettable getaway in the Bahamas.

The resort’s 179 acres of tropical landscape and beaches embodies pure island beauty. It was also voted by Travel Channel as one of the World’s Sexiest Beaches in 2008, and you’ll understand what they mean when you feel the powdery sand between your toes. Nothing makes you feel prettier than being surrounded by more than 60,000 vibrantly flowering plants. And the Executive Chef Rene Bajeux, one of only 50 French Master Chefs in the U.S., encourages the romance with the delicious menus of the resort’s four restaurants, including Pimms, Spice, Blue and Maundays Club. You’ll be inspired by the Pan-Asian and Eurobbean (blend of European and Caribbean flavors) cuisines during your beachfront experience. After a delectable meal and a stroll along the Herb Garden Walking Trail, you be ready to kick off your sandals and relax in one of 18 separate beachfront villas with amenities like 40-inch LCD flat panel TVs, solariums and private, covered terraces.


For ultimate seclusion, stay in one of six private pool villas ranging from one to five bedrooms and offering double tubs and covered terraces.

Related activities

Cap Juluca is located in the Eastern Caribbean, just seven miles from St. Maarten’s Julianna International Airport. Charter boats and sea shuttles can be arranged with the resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Windsurfing, water skiing, kayaking, tennis courts, aqua golf driving range, fitness center, croquet lawn, library and children’s programs.




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They say variety is the spice of life, but we’d be content to hole up in our No. 4 spot’s sheltered coves and recline on its pristine beaches for all eternity. How long you stay on Grenada is up to you, but don’t say we didn’t prepare you for this Caribbean island’s awe-inspiring splendor!

We know what you’re (soon to be) thinking. We practically just told you not to stray from Grenada’s scenic coasts, and now we’re going to ask you to forsake these Caribbean beaches in favor of inland adventures. Call us fickle if you dare, but we think Grenada’s tropical waterfalls are a must-see on your Caribbean island vacation. We started with the relatively-accessible Annandale Falls and worked our way in from there. Next was the trio of scenic cascades known collectively as Concord Falls. And you’ll work the hardest for the last stop, Royal Mt. Carmel Falls, but when you behold its 70-ft. twin cascades, we think you’ll agree it was worth the hike! But let’s go back to that “spice” we first spoke of. Exotic flavorings – nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and tumeric, to name a few – are all harvested from Grenada’s fertile soil. It’s an impressive feat, but one that isn’t all that surprising. This is the Isle of Spice, after all!

Related activities

Hiking, biking, kayaking and birdwatching can all be enjoyed on this fair Caribbean isle.

Related Onsite Offerings

If you’re dreaming of a Caribbean island wedding, but have yet to choose the destination for your wedded bliss, we suggest adding Grenada to your venue short list!

Fun facts

Since its discovery in 1492, Grenada’s land has been used primarily for agricultural purposes. Sugar cane, sweet grass and exotic spices are among the fruits of this Caribbean island’s labors.


Grace Bay Club


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Jaw-dropping. Divine. Perfect. We could go on and on about Grace Bay Club, the Turks and Caicos Islands’ first luxury, all-suite hotel. In fact, we think we will. The 11 acres of beachfront property boasting family-friendly villas and an adults-only hotel area give you the best of both worlds.

The Hotel at Grace Bay Club, geared toward couples, features one-bedroom suites with private balconies, twice-daily maid service and fresh-cut flowers and fruit inside your room upon arrival. Families will love the spacious resort living at the Villas at Grace Bay Club with nearly 50 feet of ocean front. For the ultimate luxury stay, try the 3,600-sq.-ft. penthouses. Oceanfront showers that open into an outdoor terrace and private outdoor Jacuzzis are only two features that push the accommodations above and beyond anything you’ve experienced in the Caribbean. If you aren’t already convinced about staying at Grace Bay Club, then we know the Infiniti Bar will push you over the edge – literally. Known as the longest bar in the Caribbean, it stretches 90 feet to the ocean’s waves. Outdoor beach beds, personal concierge services and the Kid’s Town educational programming and amenities make this resort a must on your Caribbean vacation.

Getting there

Travelers can enjoy easy access to Providenciales direct flights from several international destinations.

Fun facts

The Turks and Caicos Islands cover a total of 193 square miles.

Related Onsite Offerings

Real estate, four restaurants and bars, Anani Spa, fitness center, yoga and a beachside pool.


Sandy Lane Resort

St. James,

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With nearly 50 years of successfully accommodating and entertaining royalty, celebrities and leading international businesspeople, Sandy Lane Resort has gained a reputation as a premier Caribbean resort. Three outstanding golf courses and a 47,000 sq.-ft. spa are featured at this Barbados getaway.

Host of the 2006 World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, Sandy Lane boasts the Green Monkey, the Country Club and the Old Nine courses made up of a variety of holes created for all skill levels. The 55,000-sq.-ft. Clubhouse features a fine dining and panoramic views of the courses. Not a golfer? That doesn’t mean that Sandy Lane isn’t for you! The spa offers treatments that blend traditional cultural therapies from the Caribbean, the Far East and Europe and the resort’s seven boutiques and salon make for an exciting shopping experience. Choose from 112 spacious rooms and suites in the Orchid, Dolphin, Turtle and Seahorse wings. Rooms include vanities, marble bathrooms and stunning views of the garden and the Caribbean Sea. The Sandy Lane Treehouse Club is dedicated to children three to 12 years old and offers a fun and safe environment for your kids while you unwind.

Getting there

Sandy Lane offers nine restaurants and bars, including the signature L’acajou, featuring international wine and cuisine and fresh island seafood.

Fun facts

Tiger Woods married his wife, Elin Nordegren, at Sandy Lane Resort in 2004.

Related Onsite Offerings

For a private villa experience, stay in the Villa At Sandy Lane, featuring five bedrooms and its own butler, chef, housekeeper and night security.


The Landings St. Lucia

St. Lucia, Florida

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Within St. Lucia’s only private harbor, The Landings freehold luxury residential properties has elite access to the gorgeous sandy beaches of Rodney Bay on this popular Caribbean island. The resort’s 19 acres offers 228 varying units for vacationers and residents alike.

This place is breathtaking! One- to four-bedroom apartments and condos speckle the lush grounds, while all have beautiful water views. Why so grand? Well, as St. Lucia’s first freehold luxury waterfront residential development, The Landings provides not only luxury resort amenities and activities, but a chance to fulfill your dream of living in the Caribbean. A tennis and health club, seven swimming pools and your own private yacht harbor create the ultimate place to kick back and relax. And with 24-hour concierge service, your every need will be met. After a treatment in the 7,000-sq.-ft. spa, join your friends at the St. Lucia Golf and Country Club with your complimentary membership, only minutes away on the island.


St. Lucia is known for its rich blend of historical French, African and English cultures.

Getting there

St. Lucia has an international and a regional airport, with regular direct flights from the UK, the US and Canada. The Landings is also accessible by sea and helicopter.

Fun facts

The Landings opened in December 2007.

For ultimate pleasure – whether it’s a round of golf on the Jim Fazio-designed 18-hole championship course or adventurous snorkeling in the Caribbean’s largest coral reef – visit Raffles Canouan Resort. This Canouan Island resort in the Grenadines offers 200 glorious acres of pure bliss.

You’ll know you’ve arrived at a five-star resort when you step inside the Raffles Canouan. More than just a resort, this vacationer’s paradise is a total island community. A challenging par 72 golf course, the resort’s signature Amrita Spa rooted in the ancient Sanskrit legends and The Moorings, the nearby world-renown yachting company, make for a unique island experience, both on and off the resort grounds. Play blackjack, roulette and craps at the European-style gaming center Villa Monte Carlo and let the kids enjoy the programs and fun provided by the Sugar Palms Kids Club. With so much to do, you’ll be happy knowing there is a deep soaking tub waiting for you in your one- or two-story room or suite located either in the orchestra or mezzanine levels of the resort’s amphitheater setting. Personality Suites feature private swimming pools. European, Italian and fresh Caribbean cuisine can be found at the resort or on the island.

Related activities

The Canouan Dive Center is based in Grand Bay and offers SCUBA diving and snorkeling adventures that feature coral reefs and shipwrecks.

Getting there

Canouan Island can be reached by air from North America and Europe through six gateways with connections to Canouan’s airport. No taxi services are available but there are free resort shuttles.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Raffles Villa, consisting of a main house and guest cottage, offers guests a true villa experience as well as an on-call butler and chef.

You may have mastered the ABCs way back in preschool’s early days, but we’ll bet you have yet to be properly introduced to the islands of the same name. Bonaire and Curaçao round out the alphabetical trio that make up the aptly-named ABC islands, but it’s Aruba that occupies our No. 9 spot!

A flurry of wings brushes past your face, but don’t be alarmed. It’s not the leathery arm span of a bat or even a rabid seagull in search of leftovers; it’s just the delicate wings of exotic butterfly species inside Aruba’s butterfly farms. Your little island-goers will love the feel of butterfly wings tickling their nose, and you’ll appreciate the relative peace and quiet their awed state brings. We both know your kids won’t stay this still for long, but Aruba has plenty of land adventures to keep them occupied all day! Aruba’s land is pretty impressive in itself, but this Caribbean island really shines beneath the water’s surface. With nearly a dozen shipwrecks lurking beneath its waters, Aruba has earned a reputation as the Caribbean’s diving destination. The ill-fated German freighter Antilla is by far the island’s most famous wreck, but you’ll find a host of other underwater treasures to explore on your Aruba vacation!


The official currency of this Caribbean island is the Aruban florin.

Getting there

Most visitors arrive at Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport via charter and scheduled flights. Cruise ships often dock at the island and use it as a starting point for Caribbean cruising.

Fun facts

Aruba enjoys the highest repeat visitor rate of any Caribbean destination, with more than half of its annual visitors returning year after year.


Nikki Beach Turks and Caicos Resort and

Turks and Caicos Islands,

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Known as a “Caribbean Sanctuary with a Playful Edge,” the Nikki Beach Turks and Caicos Resort and Beach Club guarantees that you’ll experience the Caribbean as it was meant to be. And with personal assistants awaiting your arrival to the resort’s 432 gated acres, something tells us they’ll fulfill their promise.

This 48-suite luxury resort offers a great alternative to the usual beach resorts. Besides being surrounded by the aquamarine Caribbean Sea, you can set sail on your yacht and store it at the world’s first-ever ecologically-friendly mega-yacht marina boasting 110 slips. The ultra-chic suites are equipped with European-designed kitchens and flat screen HDTVs, and the expansive infinity pool is surrounded by VIP cabanas and private bottle services. Ah yes, the personal assistants. When you make your reservation with Nikki Beach, you will have direct contact with a personal assistant prior and throughout your stay. They will help with arranging limo services, private tours, mini bar preferences and even pillow menu selections. They might even help you pick out an outfit to wear dancing at the Nikki Beach Club or for a nightcap at the Nikki Beach Ultra Lounge. If this doesn’t make you feel like a rock star, nothing will!

Getting there

Nikki Beach is on the island of Providenciales. Flights from major international gateways use the Provo International Airport (PLS). Call the resort for shuttle, helicopter and ferry services.

Fun facts

Nikki Beach will be opening a casino and a 16,000-sq.-ft. spa and fitness center in 2010.

Related Onsite Offerings

Taste the signature Cantaloupe Soup or Whole Red Snapper dishes at the world-renown Café Nikki Restaurant.