Trip Advisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice - Top Ten Caribbean Islands
1. Providenciales, Turks & Caicos - The most populated of the Turks and Caicos islands, Providenciales is one of the world’s top beach destinations. The diving and snorkeling is as convenient as it is stunning, thanks to miles of coral reef that’s easily accessible from the shore.
2. St. John, US Virgin Islands - Ecotourism is alive and kicking here. There’s more than enough to do on land, from watching for wildlife in the national park to hiking miles of trails or strolling sandy white beaches. 3. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - The farther you go from Grand Cayman’s busy docks, the more peace and quiet you’ll find. At Stingray City (actually a sandbar), stingrays swim alongside you in the tranquil waters. Closer to town, travellers report finding some of the best massage and spa services anywhere in the Caribbean.
4. Isla De Vieques, Puerto Rico - The glowing Mosquito Bay is a vision of bizarre beauty. Thanks to a bioluminescent microorganism, the water is a cool electric blue, looking somewhat like a fantastical sci-fi lagoon.
5. Bonaire - Are there more flamingos than people here? It’s possible, and it’s part of this unspoiled island’s appeal. Bring your binoculars and your scuba gear to make the most of Bonaire’s natural charms.
6. Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands - Life is just a little bit slower on Virgin Gorda, so named because this British Virgin Island resembles a large reclining woman.
The laid-back pace of the island is the perfect excuse to take your time, whether you’re wading along the granite grottoes of The Baths or doing some casual snorkeling in Devil’s Bay.
7. Anguilla - What makes Anguilla’s beaches the best in the world? White, powdery sand that stretches for miles, pristine waters and the laidback, welcoming attitude of the Anguillan people.
8. Barbados - Romance and adventure are in the air on this lush island, depending on your coast. Wherever you stay, expect turquoise waters, fine soft sand beaches, catamaran cruises and delicious island fare.
9. Saint Lucia - When was the last time you went out for a casual drive and ended up inside a volcano? A surreal scenario comes to life at La Soufrière, one of the most popular attractions in St. Lucia. Continue your eruptive adventures with a guided hike of the two spectacular volcanic plugs known as the Pitons.
10. Antigua - Antigua has hundreds of beaches, from the bustling Pigeon Point to the kitesurfing paradise of Jabberwock Beach. It’s fun to mix it up - a day spent in a secluded cove, another spent peoplewatching at a tourist magnet.
A beach scene from Providenciales, Turks & Caicos