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Three of the Best Caribbean Islands for First Time Visitors

Making the decision to visit the Caribbean is usually a fairly straightforward one; with great weather, beautiful beaches and a relaxed island vibe, it’s the ideal destination!

However, deciding which island to visit can be a little bit trickier, with such variety in the region.

Picking the island which is right for you depends on what kind of break you’re looking for, but here are three of our favourite destinations.

Cayman Islands

The two most popular attractions of the Cayman Islands are the great diving sites and the famous Seven Mile Beach, one of the best in the Caribbean.

And, as you would imagine, there’s also a plethora of great resorts, such as the Ritz-Carlton, Cayman Brac Beach and Grand Cayman Marriott. However, the great popularity of the islands also means that they get very busy, especially during peak periods, which might not be for you if you don’t like crowds.

One place which you’ll definitely want to see is Camana Bay, a 600-acre development on the waterfront, with loads of shops, landscaped boulevards and an observation tower providing some spectacular 360 views of the island.

The islands are also incredibly diverse, with French, Dutch, British and Spanish influences running throughout them, which is manifested in the food, architecture, music and more.

Turks & Caicos

The Turks & Caicos islands comprise of about 40 small islands, just southeast of the Bahamas, and they’re still a relatively unknown destination compared to their more popular neighbours.

However, they are growing in popularity, with more and more resorts popping up along the famous Grace Bay Beach such as the Beach House resort and its sister resorts, the Alexandra and Blue Haven.

The islands are a lot more relaxed than many of the other Caribbean destinations so they’re a great place to go as a couple, perhaps as a honeymoon or even to get married, but it also means that they’re great for families too.

Be sure to head to the Thursday Fish Fry in Providenciales, which is a local event featuring live music, local delicacies and art.

St. Bart’s

St Bart’s is another popular destination and it’s easy to see why. This beautiful island in the West Indies is an overseas collectivity of France, meaning it has a distinctly Gallic feel.

One of the best resorts, if you really want to splash out, is Eden Rock. With a spectacular location overlooking St. Jean Bay and a Hollywood clientele, it’s one of the most luxurious resorts in the Caribbean.

Due to its French roots, you can sample some great French cuisine at lots of great restaurants including Le Sapotillier, La Langouste and L’Espirt Saline.

It’s fair to say that St. Bart’s is one of the more luxurious islands in the Caribbean, so it’s not one to consider if you’re being careful with your budget, but if you really want to make it a once in a lifetime trip, or are celebrating a big occasion, then it’s a great place to treat yourself and see how the other half live.


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