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Caribbean
Travel Guide

Trunk Bay which includes island views

At first sight, the Caribbean is all sea, sun and sand. But it’s the variety of people, music, activities and food that will make you want to return again and again.

The Caribbean islands offer an amazing choice of beach vacations, high-end shopping and fascinating cultures. Stop in major ports on a luxury cruise or charter a sailboat to hop from one to another of thousands of islands. Sunbathe on vast sandy shores. Scuba and snorkel in clear waters filled with colorful fish.

Beautiful beaches are common across the region, while art, architecture, cuisine and customs vary from island to island. Appreciate the pleasing mix of cultures of the indigenous island people and descendants of European settlers.

Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao off the coast of Venezuela display Dutch influence. Have rijstaffel, a Dutch colonial meal of rice accompanied by 20 to 30 side dishes. Aruba has an unusually dry terrain, with miles of sandy beaches on the northwestern shores. Look for divi divi trees blown to the side in the region’s strong winds. Bonaire’s marine park and donkey sanctuary feature a range of wildlife. On Curacao, swim with dolphins and participate in extreme sports.

See the colorful buildings in old San Juan and the castles across the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands is a popular tour boat stop for buying diamonds and lazing on beaches. Nearby St. John is dominated by the Virgin Islands National Park, on land and in the underwater reefs. Learn about the 2,000 years of human occupants, including native Caribs, in the Salt River Bay National Historical Park on St. Croix.

For many people, Cuba has for decades been a land of mystery under Communist rule. While U.S. residents are not allowed to visit strictly for tourism, licensed visits can be arranged for various purposes. While here, see the cathedrals, squares and museums of Old Havana and visit exceptional beaches.

View the tropical plants in Hunte’s Gardens on Barbados. Dive and sample rum at a distillery on the Cayman Islands. Observe waterfalls and wildlife in the Dominican Republic. On the western side of the island, explore the Citadelle of Haiti. Golf, ride a bobsled and listen to steel drum music on Jamaica. Learn about Christopher Columbus and the native Arawaks while visiting the more than 700 islands of the Bahamas.

Most important of all, enjoy beach after beach after beach in the Caribbean region.

Popular cities in Caribbean

San Juan Cathedral
San Juan
Known for Beach View, Port and Cultural Activity

Reasons to visit

  • San Juan National Historic Site
  • Paseo de la Princesa
  • San Juan Gate
Malecon
Havana
Known for Walking, Relaxing and UNESCO Site
Sip rum cocktails or enjoy a cigar on a terrace overlooking the intriguing Old Town while you contemplate the history of this newly accessible Caribbean city.

Reasons to visit

  • Malecón
  • Hotel Nacional de Cuba
  • University of Havana
Montego Bay showing general coastal views, a beach and a coastal town
Montego Bay
Known for Beach View, Relaxing and Romantic
This Caribbean city offers the essential vacation ingredients: white-sand beaches, a rich history and a relaxed pace.

Reasons to visit

  • Dunn's River Falls
  • Rose Hall Great House
  • Doctor's Cave Beach
Nassau featuring tropical scenes, cruising and a marina
Nassau
Known for Beach View, Water Park and Seafood
Swim in turquoise water and sunbathe on white sand at the capital city of the Bahamas. Learn about the fascinating history that lies beyond the beaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Cable Beach
  • Cabbage Beach
  • Aquaventure
Bayahibe Beach which includes general coastal views
Punta Cana
Known for Beach View, Relaxing and Romantic
Enjoy long stretches of white-sand beaches, all-inclusive resorts and sunshine in abundance at one of the largest tourist destinations in the Caribbean region.

Reasons to visit

  • Punta Cana Beach
  • Arena Gorda Beach
  • Macao Beach
Dominican Republic featuring a sunset and general coastal views
Santo Domingo
Known for Seafood, Beach View and Shopping
The Caribbean’s first city is a thriving metropolis that has colonial buildings and modern masterpieces, captivating museums and a lively boardwalk. 

Reasons to visit

  • Fort Ozama