Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands

From climbing a waterfall to enjoying the best snorkeling in the world—here are the reasons why we love Jamaica, Bonaire and 8 more of our favorite Caribbean islands.

St. Lucia Pitons
St. Lucia
The island has one of the most iconic views in the world and many great resorts to enjoy it from. Peer across your private infinity pool at Jade Mountain resort, and not just at the famous Pitons. There's also all that blue in between. jademountain.com
Zach Stovall
Dunn Falls, Jamaica
Jamaica
Jamaica makes it simple. Most resorts in Ocho Rios run tours to Dunn's River Falls. Once you're wading up the cascades, you're experiencing something timeless. You and 200 friends. Arrive early before the cruise ships dock and things get crazy. dunnsriverfallsja.com Return to 10 Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands
Rolf Nussbaumer
Belize
Belize
Few places with jet-ready airports feel this wild. And private-island luxury in the middle of the wildness? That's rarer still. Slash through the jungle with whip and pistol; then get a massage and eat a lobster. aprivateisland.com Return to 10 Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands
Lori Barbely
Bonaire
Bonaire
To see what makes Bonaire one of the best islands in the world for snorkeling, try the Bonaire Guided Snorkel Experience with Woodwind Cruises at sites like 1,000 Steps and Mangroves, plus Just a Nice Dive (accessible by kayak) and No Name off Klein Bonaire. woodwindbonaire.com Return to 10 Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands
Bill Harrigan
Petite St. Vincent
Petite St. Vincent
Lovebirds coo in the eaves of your private bungalow. No phone, no TV, no Internet — they don't call it privacy for nothing. Raise the yellow flag for another rum punch; red flag means please do not disturb. psvresort.com Return to 10 Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands
By Lori Barbely
Trunk Bay, St. John
St. John
More than half the island is national park. St. John earns its reputation for easy escape with the convenience of a U.S. territory. Recognize the view? It is the popular area know as Trunk Bay. Caneel Bay Resort lies just down the road. caneelbay.com Return to 10 Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands
Ken Brown
Turks-and-Caicos
Turks and Caicos
Conch tastes like a Caribbean vacation, fresh but salty. Hop on a Silver Deep tour for the freshest conch on the island. Your captain will jump in the water, grab a conch and make ceviche with peppers and onions right on the boat. silverdeep.com Return to 10 Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands
Jon Whittle
View of BVI
British Virgin Islands
Boats, lush green hills, turquoise water—no matter your perch in the BVIs, beauty surrounds you. The waters around these islands are the legendary cruising grounds — both "bareboat" and crewed charter sailing — of the West Indies. bvitourism.com Return to 10 Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands
Eddy Patricelli
Old San Juan
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is the hub of the Caribbean, both gateway and destination. And the hub of Puerto Rico is walkable Old San Juan. At 500 years old, it's still hopping. Stay at Hotel El Convento, steps from the cruise port and minutes from the airport. elconvento.com Return to 10 Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands
By Ty Sawyer
littlecayman-main
Little Cayman
There's no VIP lounge at tiny Little Cayman Airport — unless you count the whole island. Check in at Southern Cross Club and hide your shoes — you won't need them. Look up tonight at something rarely visible in the big city — stars. southerncrossclub.com Return to 10 Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands