If you love staying active
One of the best ways to stay active and explore the beautiful island you’re staying on is to snorkel. You’ll be burning plenty of calories splishing and splashing your way through the water and admiring all there is to see, from the colorful fish and white sand to coral and sea turtles. But the best place to bring your snorkel? The Cliffs of Negril in Jamaica. All you have to do is take a few steps from your private bungalow overlooking the sea and dive into your very own real-life aquarium. The cliffs are filled with caves and fissures teeming with underwater life.
If you want to learn a new language
Looking to brush up on your French or Spanish? Some Caribbean islands are great spots to immerse yourself in a new culture and language. Spanish speakers can be found in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, while French is spoken in Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Barts. But don’t worry, there are always English-speaking staff in most hotels.
If you want utter seclusion
If you’re simply looking to get away and enjoy some time by yourselves, head to the Bahamas. You’ll find endless hours of quiet and plenty of private resorts, where an entire isle is restricted to just you and the other hotel guests – numbers that can range anywhere between two dozen couples and 100 people. You can even opt for “unplugged” rooms, which means no television or Internet, and only time spent with your loved one.
If you’re on a budget
Let’s be real – the Caribbean islands are beautiful, but some require a little more cash to enjoy. Save yourself some money by heading off the beaten path. Head to St. Thomas, of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Major airline carriers as well as low-cost airlines fly to St. Thomas year-round and offer averages fares. Shoppers enjoy the duty-free allowance in the Caribbean, and this particular island is known for retail volume and variety, where visitors can score big deals on clothing, jewelry and electronics.
Photo credit: Best of St. Lucia