Are you ready for a Caribbean getaway this year? These are the best islands to visit for every type of traveler in 2024.
Whether you’re looking to travel on a budget, splurge on luxury, enjoy nature, or explore a new culture, these are the top destinations in the Caribbean.
Best For Budget-Conscious Travelers: Jamaica
Jamaica is one of the most affordable Caribbean islands if you’re looking for a getaway to paradise without breaking the bank.
Right now, airfare to Jamaica is at its lowest, making early 2024 a great time to travel. You can also find great deals on all-inclusive resorts and hotels in Jamaica, particularly in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
Jamaica experienced a record-breaking year for tourism in 2023, with millions of travelers flocking to the island to enjoy its gorgeous beaches and laidback lifestyle.
Best For Culture: Puerto Rico
If you’re interested in soaking up history and culture on your Caribbean vacation, and not just lying on the beach all day, Puerto Rico is the perfect island to visit this year.
Although it’s a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico has a strong, distinctive culture and lots of history.
Begin your trip with several days in San Juan, the historic colonial capital of Puerto Rico. There are tons of things to do in this vibrant city, and there are also great beaches nearby.
Best For All-Inclusive Resorts: Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is the best destination in the Caribbean for all-inclusive resorts, making it perfect for travelers who want a relaxed, hassle-free vacation. At an all-inclusive resort, your nightly rate includes your room, all food and drinks, and many activities.
The Dominican Republic, along with Jamaica, is also one of the cheapest destinations in the Caribbean for a beach getaway. So not only does it offer a great variety of all-inclusive resorts, many of them are very affordable.
You can find resorts for every type of traveler in the Dominican Republic. Whether you’re looking for an adults-only or family-friendly resort, whether you want to save money or splurge, you can find the right resort for you in the DR.
Best For Scuba Diving: Bonaire
If you’re interested in scuba diving, the best Caribbean island to visit in 2024 is Bonaire. Part of the ABC Islands along with Aruba and Curacao, this Dutch dependency is renowned for its diving.
In particular, you’ll find excellent shore diving in Bonaire, which makes great dives more accessible. In addition to diving, Bonaire is home to unique sites like pink salt flats and lots of free-roaming flamingoes, as well as fantastic beaches.
Best For Couples: St. Lucia
Looking for a romantic getaway in the Caribbean? St. Lucia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean that is perfect for couples, whether you’re celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary trip, or just want a romantic vacation for two.
There are quite a few adults-only resorts in St. Lucia, making it perfect for a couples getaway.
St. Lucia also has some of the cheapest airfare from the United States this winter, making it a good time to visit.
Best For Luxury: St. Barts
If you’re looking for no-holds-barred luxury on your next vacation, it’s the perfect time to plan a trip to St. Barts.
This French overseas territory is known for being the premier luxury destination in the Caribbean, a long-time favorite of jet-setters and celebrities.
According to Condè Nast Traveler, St. Barts is the number one best island in the Caribbean, making it worthy of a bucket list trip.
Best For Outdoor Adventures: Dominica
Finally, if your idea of a great Caribbean vacation includes more hiking and outdoor adventures than it does time on the beach, Dominica is the best place to go.
This hidden gem island is still untouched by mass tourism. Its mountainous terrain makes it an excellent hiking destination, and you can also enjoy other outdoor activities like exploring the Caribbean’s only sea kayaking trail or discovering stunning waterfalls in the lush jungle.
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