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Top Ten Caribbean Islands. The Best Places in the Caribbean for Vacation.

Wow! What a year. In 2007, my wife and I both had major job changes (for the better), and decided to buy a house (which we’ll be closing on next week). My dad also had major surgery, and some really bad, bad months (he’s getting better now). After a year like that, I’d love a vacation in 2008.

Here are the top ten Caribbean Islands to unwind according to The Gazette in Canada.

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Top 10 Caribbean islands to unwind in 2008

  1. St. John – Best for Unspoiled Nature

    The least populated and least developed of the U.S. Virgin Islands sits just east of St. Thomas. Two-thirds of St. John is protected from development as part of the Virgin Islands National Park – the legacy of Lawrence Rockefeller, who donated the first 5,000 acres to the federal government in 1956.

  2. Virgin Gorda – Best for Peace and Quiet

    The easternmost of the British Virgin Islands, scrubby Virgin Gorda is at once laid-back and empty; like St. John, much of the island is protected parkland. It isn’t especially easy to reach – you’ll have to take a puddle-jumper or ferry.

  3. Harbour Island – Best for Shopping

    One of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas, this 3.5-mile-long spit is a five-minute water taxi ride from North Eleuthera. Colorful cottages line the harbor; beyond them are palatial houses owned by monied locals and the fashion crowd that “discovered” the island’s pink beaches in the 1980s.

  4. Saba – Best for Adventure

    A five-square-mile dormant volcano with a thin, winding road, Dutch-controlled Saba is one of the best-preserved islands in the Caribbean. Despite the fact that it is virtually sand-free, the abundant wildlife, 14 easy hiking trails, rain forest, and protected reefs lure thrill-seekers and nature lovers. Since it’s only a short flight or ferry from St. Martin, ideal for day-trippers.

  5. Nevis – Best for an Authentic Caribbean Experience

    This island has a flat coastline that soars up to the rain forest enshrouded 3,200-foot Mount Nevis. It feels intimate, in part because it’s tiny (population 11,000), but also because development has been controlled with no high-rise hotels.

  6. Anguilla – Best for Beaches

    Almost in the shadow of nearby St. Martin, with St. Bart’s visible on clear days, Anguilla is flat and sandy and remains relatively undeveloped compared with its neighbors but it’s still home to some of the most luxurious resorts and villas.

  7. Bermuda – Best for Golf

    The British Crown colony sits in the middle of the Atlantic, some 645 miles off the Eastern seaboard, at roughly the same latitude as Savannah, Georgia. Just two hours from York and Boston, it’s an easy quick-break destination.

  8. Grenadines – Best for Sailing

    More than 30 tiny isles (most uninhabited) stretch out like an unfurled sail for 45 miles in the southeastern Caribbean. Each has its own distinct flavor from Mustique where the rich, and famous hide out to the quiet fishing island of Bequia to Mayreau with only one road and electricity since 2003.

  9. St. Bart’s – Best for the Scene

    Glamorous, star-studded and ultra-exclusive, St. Bart’s manages to keep the masses away, despite the fact that it’s just 15 miles (a 10-minute flight) from touristy St. Martin.

  10. Vieques – Best for Relaxation

    When the U.S. Navy closed its base on Vieques, northeast of Puerto Rico, the cognoscenti predicted that this tranquil getaway would emerge as the next St. Bart’s. Significant upgrades are in the works but it’s still rustic and relaxed.

Where’s Jamaica?

Posted on January 24, 2008 - Filed Under Beach Vacations, Beaches to go See, Jamaica, Beaches, and the Caribbean


6 Responses to “Top Ten Caribbean Islands. The Best Places in the Caribbean for Vacation.”

  1. Jamie on September 4th, 2008 10:03 pm

    I was wondering the same thing if I were going to go some where in the Caribbean I would go to Jamaica personally but thats just a personal preference

  2. The Beach Bum on September 5th, 2008 8:05 am

    Yeah, I’ve been there twice, and I know that there are some beautiful places to relax and unwind.

  3. jazz on October 6th, 2008 7:52 am

    i wet with my byfriend and it was the bet tym ever i reconmend it to anyone oh n we are also getting married over there it is brilliat if i was you i would take the kids and also y family its brill try it out !!!! i did n i lved it !!!!!!!!!!!!XX

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