While the Caribbean is home to some of the most popular vacation destinations on the planet, it also contains some lesser-known, but no-less desirable island retreats that have managed to more or less fly under the radar.
These gems, hidden in plain sight, offer all the beauty and variety you come to expect from a Caribbean vacation, but are potentially less expensive and generally quieter and more secluded than larger, more touristy destinations.
So if you’re looking for an iconic Caribbean vacation experience, while avoiding large crowds, these are some of the best-kept secrets of the Caribbean.
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are made up of 32 distinct islands, each with their own unique charm and appeal—making this hidden paradise a favorite for avid island hoppers. These contain a brilliant and diverse array of wildlife, along with breathtaking scenery found nowhere else.
Saint Vincent is the largest island, and absolutely brimming with spectacular and mesmerizing sights including cascading waterfalls, golden beaches, and colorful native wildlife. It’s also home to La Soufriere, a live volcano with the nation’s highest peak. In addition to their myriad natural attractions, the islands also offer phenomenal resort hotels.
Live the lap of luxury while getting away from the crowds.
Commonly referred to as “The Nature Island” of the Caribbean, Dominica boasts a secret trove of natural wonders including hidden waterfalls, freshwater lakes, hot springs, and more. While the island isn’t as well known as Aruba or Barbados, it is still very popular for adventure and ecotourism, with world-class offerings such as nature hiking, scuba diving, and whale watching.
Home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, the gorgeous landscape and waters of Dominica support extraordinary and colorful wildlife such as loggerhead turtles and s
A favorite among foodies and cultural travelers, the French island of Martinique is renowned for its exceptional and diverse fusion of French, Creole, and African cuisine. In addition to its cultural offerings, the small island paints a positively picturesque landscape, sporting magnificent beaches, wide verdant hills, and vibrant plantlife—earning its nickname “The Island of Flowers.”
There are ample activities and attractions to keep travelers of any type entertained, from adventurous trails through sprawling nature trails to relaxing tours of the many historical sites scattered throughout the island.
Rich with culture and history, the island provides a great getaway for those who enjoy sightseeing and spectacularly delicious cuisines.
St. Kitts & Nevis
This two-island nation is known for its friendly local culture, gorgeous countryside vistas, breathtaking beaches, and towering, majestic mountains. Each island has its own distinctive vibe and offerings, which complement each other nicely.
St. Kitts is larger and more commercialized, with plenty of shops and restaurants to peruse at your leisure. If you’re looking for a night (or day) out on the town, this is the place for you.
Nevis offers a more tranquil, scenic experience, with unforgettable panoramas of crystal-clear beaches, immense volcanic mountains, and verdant landscapes as far as the eye can see.
Providing the fun and excitement of bustling island nightlife, and the charm and serenity of its natural wonders, visitors to St. Kitts and Nevis experience the best of both worlds.
For avid water lovers and dedicated eco-tourists, Bonaire is a must-visit destination known for its unbelievable natural wonders and unforgettable adventures. Well known as one of the premier diving destinations in the Caribbean, visitors embrace the hundreds of acres of protected undersea habitats.
Apart from aquatic activities and attractions, the island is also home to a staggering amount of diverse wildlife and eye-catching landscapes. From sprawling salt flats to volcanic cliffs and barrier reefs, Bonaire is recognized as one of the best islands in the world for sustainable tourism.
For outdoor enthusiasts and aquatic adventurers, there’s no better place to vacation!
Other Secret Spots
There are dozens of other small and private islands to travel to, such as Saba, Kamalame Cay, Isla Holbox, Guana Island, Eleuthera, and many more. Some are not accessible by flights directly, and require you to transfer or travel by ferry.
With so many island paradises available to explore, the best way to mine for your hidden gem holiday is by working with a Travel Advisor.
Whether you are a veteran traveler, or a newcomer to the Caribbean, our InteleTravel Advisors have the knowledge and experience to arrange the perfect vacation itinerary for you--no matter where you want to go, or what you want to do.
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No matter the etymology, Barbados should be synonymous with tropical paradise. As the easternmost Caribbean island, the country boasts all the good of the region--white-sand beaches and temperatures in the 70s and 80s all year round--while avoiding the paths of tropical storms and hurricanes.
The result is an often surprising mix of land and aquatic adventures, a blend of cultures with influences from all over the world, and vibrant energy packed into 166 square miles.
Consider this a fun list of did-you-knows to make your friends jealous prior to heading to Barbados:
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