Escape From Winter: Top Five Caribbean Islands
Although it's only the first month of winter, let's talk about the most tropical and exotic the Caribbean region. It is widely known for its picturesque beaches, crystal clear waters, palm trees, and tropical climate. More than 7,000 islands, cays, and islets, each with its own unique culture, history, and natural beauty contains there. December to April is considered to be the most suitable for visiting one or even more islands of the Caribbean. That's the main reason why we decided to prepare a short list of the most stunning Caribbean islands you'd like to visit.
Barbados is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean that is known for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and coral reefs. The island is a popular tourist destination, with a range of attractions and activities to enjoy. Some popular activities in Barbados include snorkeling and diving in the coral reefs, visiting historic plantation houses, touring Harrison's Cave, a massive underground limestone cave system, and exploring the island's botanical gardens.
Barbados is also known for its food and drink, with a range of local dishes and beverages to try. Some popular local dishes include flying fish and cou-cou, a mixture of cornmeal and okra, and local beverages include rum and Mauby, a drink made from the bark of the Mauby tree.
St. Lucia is another Caribbean island known for its rugged, mountainous landscape and stunning beaches. Unsurprisingly, popular activities in St. Lucia include hiking and climbing the Pitons, a pair of conical volcanic spires that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visiting the Soufrière, a dormant volcano that is home to the world's only drive-in volcano, and exploring the island's rainforests and waterfalls. Shortly, St. Lucia is a beautiful and diverse island with something for everyone.
This Caribbean island is famous for its dive sites and marine conservation efforts. The Bonaire National Marine Park protects more than 60 species of coral and hundreds of species of fish. Surely diving and snorkeling are the main activities on the island. If you are not keen on snorkeling, you can explore the Washington Slagbaai National Park, which covers more than 13,500 acres and is home to a range of plant and animal species, or visit the island's salt pans and flamingo sanctuary.
Aruba is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, with white sand, crystal clear and calm waters, making them ideal for swimming and water sports. A wide range of natural attractions, including the Arikok National Park, which covers almost 20% of the island, and the Butterfly Farm, there live hundreds of exotic butterflies from all around the world, might give more credit to visiting Aruba.
Moreover, foodies also should be excited about visiting this island. Aruba is known for its delicious local cuisine, which combines elements of Dutch, Spanish, and Caribbean cooking. Tourists must try the local dish Keshi yena (a spicy stew made with chicken and cheese), Aruba Ariba liqueur (made from Caribbean spices), and Balashi (a locally brewed beer).
If you are dreaming of a laid-back lifestyle, undoubtedly book flights to the Bahamas. While wandering through the narrow streets of Nassau, the capital city, you’ll be fascinated by the mix of colonial-style architecture, vibrant street art, and lively markets. The local food is a must trying. From conch fritters and cracked conch to johnnycake and guava duff, and let's not forget rum.
Each island has its own unique character and attractions, and there is something for everyone in the Caribbean. Just don’t forget that the best time to visit one of these islands is from December to April.
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