Caribbean

 

The Caribbean Sea (aka West Indies) are an extensive archipelago located to the east of Mexico and Central America, between the US and South America.

While the region comprises more than 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays, these are organized within 30 political territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies.

The larger islands that make up the northwestern Upper Antilles get the major of travelers, in part of their relative accessibility and lower costs. The smaller islands of the southeastern Lower Antilles are more remote and higher cost, but also come closer to the tropical island ideal many travelers seek.

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A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

Antigua & Barbuda

Atmosphere: Nature    
Best Weather: February, March, April, May, June

 Antigua & BarbudaAntigua and Barbuda is a two-island nation in the West Indies. Antigua is the main island, and a major Caribbean resort destination known for its magnificent beaches. Barbuda also has beautiful beaches, but far fewer people and infrastructure. With few other natural resources, tourism dominates the local economy of both islands. Languages spoken are English (official) and local dialects.
 
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

Bahamas

Atmosphere: Nature    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, December

 BahamasThe Bahamas is an archipelago consisting of roughly 2,000 mostly smaller islands and cays (small islands that are formed on coral reefs). The vast majority of the country's population lives in Nassau on New Providence Island and to a lesser extent, in and around the Freeport area on Grand Bahama. The country features white sandy beaches, beautifully clear turquoise blue waters and plenty of lush, tropical foliage and fauna, as well as its diverse aquatic life.
 
 
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

Bonaire

Atmosphere: Nature    
Best Weather: March, April, May, June, July, August, September

 BonaireBonaire is part of “the ABC islands,” which also include Aruba and Curaçao. These islands are part of the continental shelf of South America, lying north of Venezuela. Aruba and Curaçao are autonomous, self-governing constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, while Bonaire is a special municipality of the Netherlands proper
 
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

British Virgin Islands

Atmosphere: Nature    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, May, June, July

 British Virgin IslandsThe Virgin Islands are the western island group of the Leeward Islands, located at the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The eastern islands form the British Virgin Islands and the western ones form the Virgin Islands of the United States. The British Virgin Islands (the BVIs) is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom comprising approximately 60 islands and cays. They are a popular travel destination for boating, beaches, and other tropical island attractions.
 
 
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

Cayman Islands

Atmosphere: Nature    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, December

 Cayman IslandsThe Cayman Islands are an island group in the Caribbean Sea, located ninety miles south of Cuba, and an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. The three islands were formed by large coral heads covering submerged ice age peaks of western extensions of the Cuban Sierra Maestra range and are mostly mostly a low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs that are popular with divers.
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Cuba

Atmosphere: Combination    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, November, December

 CubaCuba is the largest island in the Caribbean island. Havana is Cuba's capital and its largest city. It is a multiethnic country whose people, culture and customs derive from diverse origins, including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the long period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves, and a close relationship with the Soviet Union in the Cold War.
 
 
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

Dominica

Atmosphere: Nature    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, May, December

 DominicaDominica is an island country located in the southeastern Caribbean. The most mountainous island in the region, it is best known for its spectacular and lush interior, filled with volcanoes, canyons, thermal vents, and the second-largest thermally active lake in the world (Boiling Lake). Coastal Dominca, outside of the park, has excellent snorkeling and diving, as well as exten sive ocean wildlife (sea turtles, whales, dolphins).
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Dominican Republic

Atmosphere: Combination    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, December

 Dominican RepublicThe Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, with Haiti to the west. The country is the site of the first cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress built in all of the Americas, located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone, an area declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Dominican Republic offers a diverse countryside comprising tropical rainforests, arid desert expanses, alpine ranges and mangrove swamps, as well as Caribbean music and dance and other cultural attractions.
 
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Granada

Atmosphere: Combination    
Best Weather: February, March, April, May

 Granada Grenada is a group of three larger islands (Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique) and several tiny islands located in the southeastern Caribbean, off the northern Venezualan coast. Granada’s moderate tropical climate makes it an ideal growing climate for many spices. Nutmeg is the most plentiful crop, followed by an array of other spices (cinnamon, clove mace, ginger), as well as cocoa, vanilla, and rum.
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Haiti

Atmosphere: Combination    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, May

 HaitiHaiti occupies the western third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, with the Dominican Republic its eastern neighbor. Haiti was inhabited by the native Taino Indians when Christopher Columbus landed on 6 December 1492 at Mole St Nicolas. Columbus named the island Hispaniola. With the exception of flat areas in the north, the country is largely mountainous, making for good hiking opportunities. While it remains the poorest nation in the region, it is putting an emphasis on travel as an industry and offers diverse historic and outdoor attractions.
 
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Jamaica

Atmosphere: Combination    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, December

 JamaicaJamaica is an island nation in the northern Caribbean. The population is largely mixed race, with African, European, and Asian roots. The narrow coastal plain surrounding the island leads to extensive mountains in the interior. Among the variety of terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems are dry and wet limestone forests, rainforest, riparian woodland, wetlands, caves, rivers, seagrass beds and coral reefs.
 
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

Martinique

Atmosphere: Nature    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, May, December

 MartiniqueMartinique is an island located in the southeastern Caribbean. The southern part of the island is known for its many beautiful beaches and extensive travel infrastructure. The northern part of the island is less frequented, but has mountains, rain forests and the black sand beaches worth visiting.
 
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Puerto Rico

Atmosphere: Combination    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, May, December

 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico is a Caribbean island that is a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S. The culture of Puerto Rico is largely independent from the 50 states of the U.S., combining cultural elements that are Caribbean with those from Spain, as well as African and native influences. Although there is a fertile coastal plain belt in the north, Puerto Rico is mostly mountainous, with sandy beaches along most of the coast.
 
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

Saint Lucia

Atmosphere: Nature    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, May, June, December

 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia is an island nation located in the southeastern Caribbean. It is a volcanic island, and among the most mountainous in the Caribbean. In addition to the famous Pitons, it is also home to other outdoor attractions, including a drive-in volcano and Pigeon Island National Park (a nature reserve that is home to an old British fort). Other tourist attractions include Sulphur Springs (at Soufrière), the Botanical Gardens, and extensive rain forests.
 
 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

St Barthelemy St Barts

Atmosphere: Combination    
Best Weather: January, February, March, April, May, June

St Barthelemy St BartsSaint-Barthélemy (aka St Barts) is a small, volcanic island located in the northwest Caribbean Sea. It's among four territories referred to as the Leeward Islands, a grouping which includes the French West Indies, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. It is a popular travel destination and is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. It is a French-speaking island and territory, and its customs and traditions are greatly influenced by French culture.