Across the Caribbean, islands almost seem to wear necklaces of white sandy beaches. A person would be hard-pressed to find one that could be on a postcard.
In relation to the U.S., the Caribbean is easily accessible for a great majority of Americans. It’s certainly faster for someone in Arizona to fly to the British Virgin Islands than Hawaii. And the islands and their top vacation spots are idyllic. Beaches in the Caribbean are pristine, the water is transparent, and the hotels are comfortable. Since tourism is a major industry, the hospitality staff caters to tourists to make their stay memorable and enjoyable.
Itinerary to Paradise
If the event someone believes the beaches in paradise look identical, it’s a safe bet to say they haven’t visited all of them. Here are three mesmerizing places you may want to investigate:
- S. Virgin Islands
You can do some island hopping and visit St. John, St. Croix or St. Thomas. If you are a scuba enthusiast, you will be mesmerized by the underwater display. The U.S. Virgin Islands are one of only a few places with coral reefs that’s under the U.S. flag.
Diving may be too intense for some, especially for those who suffer with asthma. But swimming is a highly recommended exercise. If you find travel destinations too alluring to pass by, but you are one of the nearly 25 million in the U.S. who have asthma, that shouldn’t be a barrier. You’ll just have a few extra things to check off your pre-flight list. Since asthma is a part of your life, you may be taking daily medications, so be careful not to get separated from them at the airport – or anywhere else.
- Turks and Caicos
Tucked away like a secret retreat, this network of islands is a sun lover’s sanctuary. Divers from around the world converge here to marvel at one of the largest reef systems on earth.
Each wave that dances upon the shoreline seems to whisper a secret invitation: Immerse yourself in these sparkling turquoise waters and let them carry you away to a new adventure. Witness the explosive bursts of color that reflect off the coral when sunbeams collide with the water.
- Cayman Islands
These may be among the most recognizable chain of islands in the Caribbean, for family vacationers and especially for honeymooners. Tourists of all ages are eager to swim with the stingrays and pose for the cameras. After this delightful interactive experience, you can enjoy a host of other activities that will keep you busy, such as snorkeling, sailing or golfing.
Packing Those Bags
Since the Caribbean is a tropical haven, most tourists travel and pack light. With the tighter airline restrictions on baggage size, many are packing less anyway.
Some may think it’s the TSA that sets the requirements, just to ensure there’s a national standard. Yet each airline determines the size and weight of all checked baggage as well as carry-ons. It’s always a good idea to check with your airline when you make reservations. Each has the prerogative to charge extra for baggage that exceeds 50 pounds. Smaller airplanes, especially those that fly into the Caribbean, have stricter restrictions.
At least you can carry your memories back home at no charge.