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 those criteria, user votes and expert insight, U.S. News Travel 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: One of the most scenic destinations in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands also offer premiere diving sites. This archipelago features some of the best hotel deals around, so you can enjoy the white beaches and clear waters while sticking to a budget. Read More»

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Why go: St. Kitts proves that it's not just college kids that like fun in the sun — just look at the "mature" partiers enjoying the sands of Oualie. When you want to get away from this popular, sophisticated spot, just hop on a quick ferry to the quieter island of Nevis. Read More»

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

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Why go: You'll find first-rate beaches and plenty of activity on St. Martin-St. Maarten, not to mention a terrific assortment of hotel options for all budgets. This is also a great island for eating; consider having lunch at one of the lolos located along the shore. Read More»

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Why go: Spring is the season to enjoy the USVI, particularly in late April when St. Thomas' boisterous Carnival season gets underway. Not up for the party? You can still enjoy the unspoiled beauty of a St. John beach or historic trivia on a St. Croix plantation tour.  Read More»

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Why go: "Posh" is the best word to describe the British Virgin Islands. The shoreline at Cane Garden Bay is exquisite and The Baths are mystifying. Infused with refined British culture, this archipelago offers the epitome of Caribbean luxury. But be ready to pay dearly for it. Read More»

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Why go: These well-liked islands transform into Spring Break nerve centers each year, so it's best you avoid them then if you don't like crowds. Still, the Bahamas are unparalleled when it comes to flight deals and discounted room rates. Read More»

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

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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 sun set over the Caribbean Sea as you sip cocktails at the Anse Chastanet. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in St. Lucia

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Why Go: Aruba has beautiful beaches, lively clubs and adventurous activities. Divers and boaters claim 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»

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Why Go: This luxurious hideaway certainly deserves a few "ooh-la-las." Khaki-colored beaches separate the island's lush, hilly landscape from the lapping turquoise waters. Just be prepared to splurge: St. Barts is for the well-heeled, beckoning to Hollywood's finest. Still, you can score some good deals if you plan well in advance. Read More»

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Why go: While many people think of Bermuda as just another Caribbean island, it is actually quite unique. As part of the British Commonwealth, Bermuda boasts cricket matches, biscuits and afternoon tea. Just prepare yourself for steep hotel prices here. Read More»

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Why go: With its easy accessibility from the United States and fantastic bargain deals, this island offers excellent options for sun-seekers. Puerto Rico's size guarantees plentiful beaches (like Mosquito Bay and Carolina Beach), and San Juan is always buzzing. Read More»

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Why go: Dominica is perfect for ecotourists on a budget. You can spend a few days exploring the waterfalls and nature trails of Morne Trois Pitons National Park or diving at Scotts Head Pinnacle. But beach bums take note: Dominica's shores may not live up to other Caribbean beaches. Read More»

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Why go: Jamaica has long been a go-to for 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»

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Why Go: The Dominican Republic's capital city is perfect for travelers looking to add a little spice to their vacation. Salsa and merengue rhythms mingle with the mouthwatering scent of conch gratinée in the city streets. When you're not testing your dance moves in Malecón or appeasing your appetite in the Zona Colonial, explore some of the city's historic sites. Read More»

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