As one of the most popular travel and cruise destinations in the world, you’ve probably explored the iconic beaches and beautiful isles of the Caribbean before. But with 26 countries and over 7,000 individual islands in the Caribbean, there are plenty of still-undiscovered destinations to add to your travel wish list – even for travel and cruise connoisseurs. Our Caribbean voyages invite you to discover the uncommon Caribbean, charting the lesser-known coastlines and bringing you to more boutique ports and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Here are few delightfully less-traveled Caribbean islands well worth exploring.
Kingstown, St. Vincent
With plenty of old world charm, rolling emerald hills and a picture-perfect harbor, plus some the best sailing waters in the Caribbean, this island is certain to become one of your favorite escapes. Kingstown’s 250-year-old Botanical Gardens are home to countless exotic plants and make for a perfect morning excursion. Delve deeper into St. Vincent’s natural treasures with a guided hike along the Vermont Nature Trail to learn about the island’s unique, rare and endangered flora and fauna, including the colorful St. Vincent parrot. To strike even further off the beaten path, sail to neighboring Bequia on a catamaran and explore its lovely Front Street.
The least developed island of the ABC islands, Bonaire is a small desert-landscape island renowned for diving and snorkeling due to its pristine coral reef, a designated national park, located just a few feet from the shoreline. Sail to the stunningly beautiful waters of Klein Bonaire for exceptional snorkeling where you might spot parrotfish, angelfish, sea horses, sea turtles and more. If you prefer to stay above water, glass-bottom kayaks and boats offer another great way to witness all of Bonaire’s colorful marine life. Those looking to delve into the island’s otherworldly landscape – filled with craters, giant cacti and limestone plateaus – will want to venture to Bonaire’s east coast on a thrilling 4×4 adventure.
Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe
For a taste of French flair in the tropics, Guadeloupe is your answer. You might choose to spend the day in the charming sugar town and fishing village of Sainte Anne, filled with restaurants, boutiques, a lively market, a lovely seaside promenade and an excellent white sand beach. Mountainous Basse-Terre, the main western island is equally alluring – discover the lush volcanic landscape with a guided hike in Guadeloupe National Park, visit the Montebelo rum distillery for a tasting or explore the Botanical Gardens in Deshaies.
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
The birthplace of Calypso, this Caribbean nation and its capital city of Port of Spain are big on atmosphere. Immerse yourself in Trinidadian culture with a traditional performance at the Cultural Center or a visit to Pan Theater for a rousing steel band performance. Head into the heart of Trinidad to Asa Wright Nature Center for a closer look at the island’s incredible diversity of wildlife, butterflies and tropical plants. Bird lovers will want to visit Caroni Bird Sanctuary – an idyllic wetland that attracts thousands of unique water birds – and rum aficionados should stop at House of Angostura, Trinidad’s premier rum distillery.
This nature lover’s island is filled with lush rainforests, misty waterfalls, geothermal springs, rare plants and birds – and plenty of adventures. Go on a tubing adventure down the meandering Layou River or hike to the stunning trio of waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls. The Emerald Pool, part of the UNESCO-protected, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, is another choice option. Chocolate lovers shouldn’t miss the unique experience of learning all about cocoa bean processing and making chocolate treats at Dominica’s oldest estate, Bois Cotlette.
Come join us in the tropics this winter and experience an entirely new side of the Caribbean.