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Top Destinations In 2021, Dive Into Diversity.

This year’s choices for top destinations in the Caribbean offer unmatched diversity. Vacation in lush mountainous islands, or desert sun soaked landscapes but have world class beaches that offer serenity, solitude, nature, and an ability to reinvigorate one self.

Soufrière, St. Lucia

Once the capital of St. Lucia, Soufrière is best known as the home of Gros Piton and Petit Piton, the iconic pair of now-dormant volcanoes that rise from the gin-clear Caribbean best viewed from the breezy upper balcony of Orlando’s. But there’s a lot more to this west coast town. Visitors can hitch a ride on Rainforest Adventures aerial tram and glide effortlessly through the canopy on open-air gondolas as they pass lacy ferns, ficus, and chirping bananaquits. Back on the ground, consider a trip to Soufrière’s second-most visited attraction: the “drive-in volcano.” It’s actually a seven-mile-wide caldera, a collapsed volcanic crater that last erupted in 1766, but which scientists predict could blow any time this century. You can no longer drive (nor walk) onto its forbidding lunar terrain, where plumes of steam rise menacingly from chalky rocks, but a guided 15-minute tour will bring you close to the action. (The distinctive “rotten-egg” sulfur smell rising with the steam makes you realize it’s quite close enough.) Pack a swimsuit and towel so you can head to the nearby Sulphur Springs, where you can bathe in the reputedly healing mud pits.

Source Travel and Leisure
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Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda

The island of Antigua was born out of the sea by a volcano about 30 million years ago. A young island in geologic time. On the northern flank of this volcano, reefs were formed, hence the greater part of Antigua is low lying and is composed of limestone rock. The highest point of Antigua is 1,319 ft in the south-west and is called Boggy Peak, but the limestone Highlands of Barbuda rise to only 125 ft. The area of Antigua is 108 square miles, while Barbuda is 62 square miles. Shirley Heights is a restored military lookout and gun battery. The Lookout, this high point (about 490 ft.) affords a superb view of English and Falmouth Harbours, the best view in Antigua. The view is spectacular, especially at sunset and early evening when all of English Harbour is all lit up.


The West Indie's nature amazes me

Pink Gin Beach, Grenada

Located in the Southern Caribbean, the country Grenada is comprised of the main island as well as smaller surrounding islands. The main island is lush and hilly offering stunning views both on land and below the water’s surface. It’s known as the “Spice Isle” because of the numerous nutmeg plantations. This location can be visited during a Southern Caribbean cruise, but those travelers who’d like to stay longer than a day in port can check out Sandals Grenada. Like other Sandals Resorts throughout the Caribbean, this hotel is an oasis for couples. Sandals Grenada goes above and beyond the traditional Sandals design, making it one of the most unique and innovative resorts in the collection. New visitors are blown away by upon arrival, and repeat guests are pleasantly surprised by the familiarity with a twist. It has everything needed for an exceptional vacation.

Source: TravelPulse
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Negril, Jamaica

The epitome of relaxation and famous for beautiful sunsets, a 7-mile stretch of bright white sandy beach, and picturesque cliffs overlooking the emerald green sea, this is the place for you to come and soothe your soul. Enjoy the slow pace of life here with the freshest seafood caught daily and the most amazing beachside sunsets you’ll ever see. Don’t be fooled by the easy pace of life here, there are lots of exciting things to do in Negril. In the daytime, choose from a number of water activities like frolicking at Mayfield Falls or exploring the colorful underwater life with Dream Team Divers. There’s plenty of coral reefs and sea creatures that beginners and experienced divers will adore. Find adventure atop an ATV, 4×4, or in an exotic race car, or perhaps interact with the magical animal world at a number of exciting Negril locations. Take a day and simply relax in the beauty that is the beach here. Find a quiet spot under a palm tree or hit a beach bar swinging with lively music, fun cocktails, nd great food.

Source: Visit Jamaica
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A sunset at the beach/sea in Curacao/Curaçao with sailing boats.

Willemstad, Curaçao

Turquoise waters, delicious seafood, colorful snorkeling and white sand: There are a lot of places in the Caribbean that have all these wonderful things, but Curaçao is one place you might not have discovered. Sandwiched between Aruba and Bonaire, and a short boat ride from the Venezuelan coast, Curaçao is bigger than its island neighbors and packed with memorable treasures for enterprising travelers to discover. Of the Dutch West Indies, Curaçao may very well be the most Dutch; the island’s capital, Willemstad, looks like a colorful mini Amsterdam, and Curaçao’s currency is called the guilder, the former currency of the Netherlands (though United States dollars are readily accepted across the island). Restaurant menus often feature both bitterballen (fried Dutch meatballs) and kabritu stoba (Antillean goat stew), and when the Dutch soccer teams play, the bars are packed with orange shirts drinking Heineken and speaking Papiamento, the local language. Amid this blended culture is a beach hopper’s dream, and the best way to enjoy everything the island offers is by renting a car and roaming the island’s roads until you find the perfect blue cove.

Source: New York Times
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Cayman Islands

Georgetown, Cayman Islands

Living up to its name in every sense, Grand Cayman fuses arts with culture, and nature with wonder, to produce the perfect atmosphere. On the west side of the island is award-winning Seven Mile Beach, a crescent-shaped stretch of sand with infinite possibilities. Meanwhile, the North Sound is home to a neighborhood of stingrays that’s so big, we call it a city. Come face to face with the inhabitants of Stingray City and you’ll leave grinning from ear to ear. Off the beaches of Grand Cayman, you can lose yourself in the luxury of George Town, surrounded by traditional architecture and modern treats. Enjoy duty-free shopping for signature brands such as Versace, Tiffany, and Gucci. Or meet native vendors and craftsmen who are always happy to help you find that unique gift. Either way, this is the spot for both global and local treasures. Across the island, the eastern districts of Grand Cayman feature outdoor delights like the rare Blue Iguanas of Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. And be sure to stop and taste the freshly caught fish at nearby restaurants when you’re out this way. After all, the flavors are second only to the tales told here.

Source: Visit Cayman Islands
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