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Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Pristine beaches, accessible tourist sites, predictable weather and comfortable accommodations are all considerable factors in our ranking of the best Caribbean vacations. Based on that criteria, user votes and expert insight, U.S. News compiled the list below to help you choose your next Caribbean getaway. Help us evaluate next year's top spots by voting for your favorite destinations. And if you're heading to these ports of call by way of a cruise, visit our ranking of the Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean.

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Why go: This island's got it all: sprawling chalk-colored beaches, towering mountains, upscale resorts and bargain bungalows. Start your day with a hike through the mighty Piton Mountains, soak up some midday sun along Reduit Beach and watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in St. Lucia

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Why go: "Posh" is the best word to describe the British Virgin Islands. The shoreline at Cane Garden Bay is particularly picturesque and The Baths are mystifying. Infused with refined British culture, this archipelago is the epitome of Caribbean luxury. Read More»

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Why go: One of the most scenic spots in the Caribbean (and home to some of the world's best beaches) the Cayman Islands offer premier diving sites. This archipelago features some great hotel deals, so you can enjoy the white beaches and clear waters while sticking to a budget. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Cayman Islands

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Why go: Spring is the time to enjoy the U.S. Virgin Islands, particularly in late April when the boisterous Carnival season in St. Thomas gets underway. You can still enjoy the unspoiled beauty of a St. John beach or historic trivia on a St. Croix plantation tour at any time of year. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in U.S. Virgin Islands

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Curacao
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Why go: As one of the ABC islands (along with Aruba and Bonaire), Curacao sits outside the hurricane belt, meaning you'll find pleasant weather year-round. That factor, along with the island's notable coral reefs, makes Curacao a top spot for divers, snorkelers and other water sports enthusiasts. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Curacao

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Why go: St. Kitts gets its approval in part from the soft sands and buzzing nightlife of Frigate Beach, plus its reputation for excellent festivals. When you want to get away from this popular spot, just hop on a quick ferry to the quieter island of Nevis. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in St. Kitts & Nevis

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Why go: Turks & Caicos offers some of the most stunning white beaches in the Caribbean, including Grace Bay. These islands make a wonderful retreat for those who seek maximum comfort in a tropical setting though hotel prices can be higher than on other islands. Read More»

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Why go: You'll find first-rate beaches and plenty of activity on St. Martin-St. Maarten, as well as an assortment of hotel options for all budgets. (Vacation home rentals are popular here, too.) This is a great island for eating; consider having lunch at one of the lolos located along the shore. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in St. Martin - St. Maarten

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Why go: While you'll certainly find the standard Caribbean staples — sandy beaches, verdant golf courses and palatial resorts — Barbados offers a distinctly unique flair. Here, you can sample bittersweet Mount Gay Rum, attend a horse race and dance to a calypso tune. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Barbados

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Why go: Comprising 32 islands, St. Vincent & The Grenadines has something to offer every traveler. Enjoy time on the biggest island of St. Vincent, but be sure to hop on a boat and sail between the many other remote land masses for diving, snorkeling and exploring opportunities. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in St. Vincent & The Grenadines

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St. Barts
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Why go: Khaki-colored beaches separate the island's hilly landscape from the turquoise waters. Just be prepared to splurge: St. Barts is for the well-heeled, beckoning to the elite with secluded resorts offering upscale amenities. Still, you can score some good deals if you plan well in advance. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in St. Barts

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Grenada
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Why go: The bright colors of St. George's harbor in Grenada offer a view well worth enjoying. But don't stay in one spot for too long — Grenada has 45 beaches along its shores to choose from, including the popular 2-mile Grand Anse beach. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Grenada

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Bahamas
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Why go: These well-liked islands cater to families, groups and even couples with their variety of beaches and water sports activities. Plus, travelers can easily find flight deals and discounted room rates for this Caribbean hot spot. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Bahamas

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Bonaire
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Why go: Bonaire is often lauded as a "diver's paradise," thanks to its clear blue waters packed with colorful sea creatures. Scuba divers and snorkelers can see all sorts of fish while beach dwellers can enjoy the island's soft sands year-round. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Bonaire

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Jamaica
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Why go: Jamaica has long been a go-to destination for experiencing a lively Caribbean culture, not to mention (relatively) affordable airfare and hotel rates. The all-inclusive resorts appeal to honeymooners and families while activities like hiking the Blue Mountains draw adventure seekers. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Jamaica

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Aruba
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Why go: Aruba has beautiful beaches, buzzy clubs and adventurous activities. Divers and boaters say this island is one of the best spots for offshore activities in the Caribbean. Plus, it's a safe destination for families. Lodging can be expensive, so plan ahead. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Aruba

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