Trip Ad­vi­sor’s 2014 Trav­ellers’ Choice - Top Ten Caribbean Is­lands

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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