Caribbean Islands Perfect Winter Getaway

February 9, 2015 Updated: February 9, 2015

Whether it’s relaxing on the beach or playing water sports, Caribbean vacations offer something for everyone – but with so many islands to choose from, how can you be sure your destination will have everything you need? Here are some things to consider when planning your next Caribbean vacation.

Each Caribbean island has its own flair and unique feel. Not only can the vacation activities be different, but customs, language and food may also differ. Compare several destinations and ensure that what you want to do (hiking, scuba diving, parasailing, visiting spas, immersing yourself in the culture, or laying out on the beach) is abundant on the island of your choice.

Different destinations will appeal to different travellers. For instance, singles and couples traveling without children might be interested in an island that has an active nightlife, whereas families might be more interested in activities for kids.

Here are some islands to consider as you plan your vacation:

St Lucia

Caribbean island St Lucia landscape via Shutterstock*
Caribbean island St Lucia landscape via Shutterstock*

To say you’ll experience diverse terrain only touches the surface of what you’ll find in St. Lucia. Drive through a volcano or pass the hours relaxing on the beach. Ride horseback, go diving, enjoy a cultural event, or sample magnificent cuisine with Caribbean, French, Indian, and Spanish influences – the choice is yours!

Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos is known for its spas, and world-class facilities await you on this picturesque island. Consisting of 40 different islands and cays – only 8 of them occupied – Turks and Caicos provides a tranquil luxury that is perfect for a relaxing trip. While the focus is primarily on guest-pampering, there are water activities available as well, making this a truly customizable vacation location.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

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The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay is known as a hot spot for nightlife in the Caribbean. Hosting cruise ships and arriving air passengers, Montego Bay has the very best in restaurants, clubs, and theaters on the island.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

This destination offers a wide variety of things to do. Visit Old San Juan, enjoy pristine beaches or tour a rainforest. Culture and history are abound on this island so is a great choice for the discerning traveller. Learn about how the island came to be and the enriching people who populate it.

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*Image of Caribbean island St Lucia landscape via Shutterstock