The Caribbean is a popular tourist destination spot for many Americans, and with good reason. The beautiful beaches, tropical climate, and variety of destinations make it a great place to visit, time and time again. Although you really can’t go wrong with all of the Caribbean vacation spots
available, I’d like to recommend my favorite, or “best spots” to visit in the Caribbean.
- Cayman Islands – These islands are known for their beautiful coral reefs and amazingly clear waters, making it a perfect location for divers or anyone interested in doing some snorkeling. They also feature some amazing beaches and some of the finest Caribbean resorts.
One of the things that make the Cayman Islands a top pick for me is because of how easy it is to be a tourist here. English is the official language here and is spoken by almost everyone. US currency is accepted everywhere and there is no need to exchange yours for a local currency. You can also get around quite easily by renting a car, moped or scooter.
- Barbados – This Island is an excellent option for the active traveler, with a variety of different activities to choose from. Surfers from all over come to Barbados to try out the waves at the “Soup Bowl” near Bathsheba beach on the east coast. For the novice, you can take surfing or diving lessons on your Caribbean vacation.
Barbados is another great spot for tourists as the National language is English and US currency is accepted almost everywhere. There are a variety of street vendors where you’re expected to haggle quite aggressively in order to get a decent deal. The Island also offers some great ziplining adventures as well as a very active night life.
If shopping is what you love to do on vacation, you’ll be happy to know that the stores here offer duty free pricing on all of their goods. Also, one of the things that Barbados is known for is their rum, so you’ll have plenty of options for drinking rum, if you’re into that sort of thing.
- U.S. Virgin Islands – As a U.S. territory, American tourists enjoy all the convenience of domestic travel when visiting the Virgin Islands. No passport is necessary for U.S. Citizens, yet that doesn’t make it feel any less exotic.
One of the islands, St. John, is covered with parkland and beautiful beaches, making it a perfect choice for hiking and snorkeling. St. Thomas is the most commercialized island of the bunch, and St. Croix offers a mix of rainforest, old forts, sugar plantations and great scuba diving.
The U.S. Virgin Islands offer a variety of activities, with beautiful beaches, amazing nightlife, breathtaking hikes, and incredible scuba diving. With no passport being required for U.S. Citizens, this is an ideal spot for a quick getaway on a moment’s notice.
These three Caribbean spots are some of the easiest for American tourists, with the prominence of the English language and the use of the U.S. currency. Regardless of which island you choose, you’ll benefit from great weather, beautiful beaches, and relaxation.