Caribbean makes for a perfect sojourn as a year-round destination. With each island having its own flavour and personality to it, here are the some of the Best Caribbean islands to head to in 2019 :
Sugar white beaches, colourful reefs, dense forest and historic towns all rolled into one makes Bahamas a great vacation spot. For all the night owls out there, the casinos and the parties on Paradise Island will keep you busy until the crack of dawn. Snorkel in the crystal-clear water right off the coast and it is very common to find a shipwreck down under. Swimming with Caribbean reef sharks is a mix of adrenaline and awe when you’re surrounded by a bunch of these beauties. For an out of the box experience, head to Exumas and swim with the pigs! Get a sneak peek in to the lives of pirates when they used to infest the Bahamian coast during the 18th–19th centuries at the interactive Pirates of Nassau museum.
Turks and Caicos Islands
The archipelago of Turks and Caicos is blessed with one of the best snorkelling sites in the world. There are plenty of all-inclusive deals in TCI which combine luxury resort stays with fun outdoor activities like scuba diving, fishing, snorkelling and island hopping. Do not miss out on tasting a conch-based dish on the island, a hot favourite among the locals. The annual humpback whale migration is a visual delight to be savoured. Iguanas at Little Water Cay and sting rays at Gibbs Cay are unique to these islands.
The island nation stands out among the rest of the Caribbean islands for its geographical diversity, and rich wildlife both on the land and in the sea. It is a slice of verdant tropical paradise suspended in a turquoise blue sea. Once you venture in to the sea, humpback whales beckon you to watch their shenanigans. Within the island, there are innumerable opportunities for hiking, ziplining, and biking.
Jamaica is mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches bundled into one. Reggae is literally the soundtrack of the town as is the sound of cascading water. Take a dip in total darkness at the Luminous Lagoon, considered one of the best spots in the world to spot this natural phenomenon. You will be surrounded by tiny glistening sparks of light like diamonds in water, thanks to millions of dinoflagellates.
Sailing is a favourite past time here. Apart from that, the towering spires of Petit Piton and Gros Piton overlooking the sea are iconic. Hiking the Pitons which is a World Heritage Site is a memorable experience. Apart from white sand beaches, popular beach towns like Soufriere, Marigot Bay and Castries, the island is full of lush rainforest. Go ziplining and take an open-air tram ride in the forest to learn more about the local flora and fauna.
Curaçao deserves a special mention as they have a ton of influences from Dutch, African, Latin American and English cultures. Willemstad, its capital is a pop of colours with a colonial feel to it. Head to Flamingo Park at Sint Willibrordus, Curaçao for a tryst with these pink plumed avian. Caribbean islands are synonymous with diving, so do not miss out on swimming with stingrays and sharks at Curaçao Sea Aquarium.