Choosing the perfect vacation destination can sometimes be very overwhelming especially when it comes to the Caribbean.
There are over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean spread over 30 different nations. Almost all of them have perfect beaches, turquoise waters and snow-white sands. But that aside, each of the Caribbean islands has a completely unique character and can be quite diverse.
They are not only culturally diverse, but the Caribbean islands are also geographically diverse. There are some islands that you can walk around in an hour. There are some that you can drive around in an hour and there are some that will take several days to circumnavigate.
So, the big question is how do you choose the perfect island for you if you are first time visitor to the region? We have made this perplexing decision easier for you by providing the brief pro and cons of some of the most popular Caribbean islands.
If you love, beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants, five-star luxury accommodation, parties, nature and fashion, then the perfect island for you is St Barths. It has all of these and more. This tiny island takes about an hour to drive around, but it is incredibly sophisticated and beautiful. Imagine the chicness found in the south of France and combine that with the beauty of the Caribbean. St Barts is also home to some of the best villas in the Caribbean.
If friendly service, warm people, music, culture and incredible scenery are your thing, then head to Jamaica. Jamaica is the island where once you visit once, you will be back year after year. The reason for this is the Jamaican people make all visitors feel special.
If you can imagine sitting on some of the best beaches in the world, combined with some of the most luxurious villas in the Caribbean, then Turks and Caicos is your best spot. The beaches here are incredible, and many of the vacation rentals are located directly on Grace Bay which is widely considered to be the best beach in the world. The Turks and Caicos Islands are also fantastic for golf and watersports.
Still on the beach theme, is the island of Anguilla. It is tiny but has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Anguilla is perfect for someone looking for extreme luxury combined with gorgeous beaches and great restaurants.
If you like the idea of all of the above, then Barbados is a fantastic choice. It is sophisticated with incredible hotels and villas. Barbados has some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. The waterside restaurants are incredible. The beaches are pristine with soft sands and crystal-clear waters, and it also has a great authentic Caribbean culture and fascinating history.
St Maarten (the Dutch side) is excellent if you like great beaches combined with high octane partying, gambling, shopping and nightlife. But if you prefer a slower pace of life with gorgeous beaches and some of the most spacious and opulent villas in the Caribbean, then take the short drive to the French side of St Martin. You might even bump into Donald Trump as this is where he chose to have his Caribbean mansion.
The British Virgin Islands is a fantastic choice if you are a nature lover. These islands are so unspoiled and are breathtakingly beautiful. The British Virgin Islands is where you might think you are Robinson Crusoe! One of the world’s most successful businessmen, Richard Branson choice Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands as his permanent home and the great thing it is available for rent through Exceptional Villas.
If you like the idea of living like a real local and experiencing a piece of real Caribbean life, then head to the beautiful island of Nevis. It is tiny with a huge volcanic mountain in the middle which adds great beauty to the island. Many of the luxury properties are located within the very luxurious Four Seasons Resort in Nevis. Nearby St Kitts is also a great choice. It is slightly larger than Nevis and is also stunningly beautiful.
If you like to escape from all the pressures of the world yet still like extreme luxury and privacy, then Jumby Bay Private island off the coast of Antigua is a fantastic choice. It has some stunning beaches and some incredible rental properties. And the best bit is that the island is also all inclusive so once you have paid for your rental, all your drinks and food are included in the rate.
St Lucia is one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the Caribbean. It is full of verdant rain forests and great beaches. St. Lucia is where the famous pitons are located. St Lucia is also one of the most romantic islands in the Caribbean. It is no coincidence that so many people choose St Lucia for their Honeymoon and their weddings.
The Dominican Republic is the largest of the islands and has some of the most luxurious resorts in the Caribbean as well as some of the most luxurious rental properties. The most popular resorts include Cap Cana, Punta Cana and Casa de Campo. Once you arrive at the resort, there will be no need to leave as these amazing gated communities have everything you can imagine from golf courses, equestrian centres, tennis centres, shops, restaurants and marinas.