One of the world’s most popular regions for travel, the Caribbean encompasses over 7,000 islands, reefs, cays and islets within the Caribbean Sea and including 13 sovereign states and 17 dependent territories. Representing the United States, France, UK, Netherlands, Spain and even Sweden as well as themselves, this diverse and stunningly beautiful area of the world hosts millions of tourists from around the globe each and every year. From Antigua to the Virgin Islands, Tradewinds Vacations invites you to take a look at the top 10 Caribbean Islands in 2012.
Whether for its location, its natural beauty or its price, each Caribbean island is unique and offers its own great reasons for visiting. Take a look at this years with us.
Bahamas – Actually a group of over 3,000 islands, cays and islets, the Bahamas is a land mass of over 5,000 square miles and a population of over 350,000.
Bermuda – Located in the far north of the Caribbean, Bermuda is a group of over 120 islands in the Gulf Stream and offering amazing pink sand beaches and is known for its underwater beauty.
Grenadines – Over 600 islands and only a small population, these islands are well known for their natural beauty and watersports.
Aruba – A part of the country of the Netherlands, Aruba is part of the ABC islands and is known for being out of the main path of most hurricanes making it more popular during this season that some others of the Caribbean.
Anguilla – Part of the British West Indies, Anguilla is a low lying island made of coral and limestone and one of them most well known dive sites in the world today.
Antigua and Barbuda – Two islands which lie between the Caribbean and the North Atlantic, these unique and beautiful islands are just southeast of Puerto Rico and lie of the coast of South America. Warm weather and stunning white sand beaches make these islands two of the most popular.
St. Barts – Also known as Saint Barthelemy, this French island within the Leeward Islands and is about 8 square miles in size. One of the priciest island retreats in the Caribbean, it is well known for its popularity among the rich and famous.
St Martin – Unique among all islands, St Martin or St Maarten, depending on which side of the island you are on is owned by both France and the Netherlands. No real border exists however, the two side are distinguished by monuments and signs.
British Virgin Islands – A self governing territory of the UK, the British Virgin Islands may be pricy but they are still very popular for a number of reasons including fishing, sun and sailing, just to name a few.
Whether you choose your island for the price, the surf or the parties, the Caribbean has something for everyone. Discover which island is right for you and start planning your own adventure in paradise with Tradewinds Vacations.