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Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

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Based on user votes and expert insights, plus factors like accessibility to beaches, tourist attractions and comfortable accommodations, U.S. News compiled a list of the best Caribbean getaways. Help us evaluate next year's top places 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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Gold Badge #1 British Virgin Islands

Gold Badge #1 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

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 travel. Read More »

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Gold Badge #2 Guadeloupe

Gold Badge #2 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Why go: Compared to its neighbors, this island has flown under the radar for years but it's worth a visit. Seventy percent of Guadeloupe's territory is protected nature reserves, making it perfect for ecotourists and scuba divers, as well as those looking to avoid the crowded resorts of other Caribbean destinations. Read More »

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Gold Badge #3 St. Lucia

Gold Badge #3 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Why go: Visit St. Lucia for its sprawling chalk-colored beaches, towering mountains and upscale resorts. You can start your day with a hiking adventure through the Piton Mountains, soak up some midday sun along Reduit Beach and watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea. Read More »

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Gold Badge #4 Curacao

Gold Badge #4 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

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 destination for divers and snorkelers. Read More »

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Gold Badge #5 U.S. Virgin Islands

Gold Badge #5 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Why go: Spring is the time to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands, particularly in late April when the boisterous Carnival season in St. Thomas gets underway. Spend the day enjoying the unspoiled beauty of a St. John beach or visit a St. Croix plantation for a bit of history while on vacation. Read More »

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Gold Badge #6 Puerto Rico

Gold Badge #6 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

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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#7 Trinidad & Tobago

#7 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Why go: Adventure awaits on this pair of Caribbean islands. Lounge on the white sand beaches of Tobago or hike the natural wonders of Trinidad before dancing along to the steel drums all night long. Read More »

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#8 St. Martin - St. Maarten

#8 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

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 and vacation rentals for all budgets. This is a great island for foodies, too. Consider having lunch at one of the lolos located along the shore. Read More »

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#9 Martinique

#9 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Why go: While a vacation to this French Caribbean island will cost you, the views from Mount Pelée and Diamond Beach are worth it. Plus, you can check out unique cultural sites such as the Anse Cafard Slave Memorial and Schoelcher Library. Just don't forget to try the upscale restaurants in Fort-de-France. Read More »

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#10 Havana

#10 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Why go: Culture hounds, architecture buffs and amateur historians will find plenty to tour on a trip to Havana. Though the city is not as easily accessible as its neighbors, the island's cultural offerings are unparalleled. Plus, if you're craving a little beach time, just head east of the city to Playas del Este. Read More »

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#11 Barbados

#11 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

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

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#12 Grenada

#12 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

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-long Grand Anse Beach. Read More »

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#13 Turks & Caicos

#13 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Why go: Travel to Turks & Caicos to see some of the most beautiful 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 here than on other islands. Read More »

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#14 Cayman Islands

#14 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Why go: One of the most scenic spots in the Caribbean, 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 on your vacation. Read More »

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#15 St. Vincent & The Grenadines

#15 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

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, exploring and photo opportunities. Read More »

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#16 St. Kitts & Nevis

#16 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Why go: St. Kitts earns its approval in part from the soft sands and buzzing nightlife of Frigate Beach, plus it hosts excellent festivals. When you need a break from the action, just hop on a quick ferry for a daytrip to the quieter island of Nevis. Read More »

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#17 Antigua

#17 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean

Why go: Antigua is home to a wealth of diverse beaches – more than 360 to be exact. So whether you're interested in surfing and water sports at Galley Bay Beach or seeking a more secluded, romantic vacation at Half Moon Bay, you won't be disappointed. Plus, it's home to some of the best resorts in the Caribbean. Read More »

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