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The Dominican Republic

When one thinks of the Dominican Republic you can’t help but think of lush tropical mountains and valleys, miles of sandy beaches, rushing rivers, and a country filled with warm weather and friendly people.  The island is also home to the Caribbean’s tallest mountain Capital City, Santo Domingo and sister isle to the island of Haiti.

National Botanic Gardens

The Dominican Republic occupies two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola while the other one third is occupied by Haiti. Although it is one large island, it is separate from Haiti in that it has its own cultural, ethnic, and language differences. It is also the second-largest island in the Caribbean situated just two hours south of Miami in the United States.

It is one of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries with deserts, tropical rain forests, mangrove swamps, and alpine ranges.   Its aquamarine beaches, a solid tourism infrastructure, astounding nature, intriguing history, and rich culture are just some of the qualities that draw tourists to this beautiful island in the Caribbean. Apart from the historic national parks, ecotourism adventures, perfectly textured mountain ranges, you will also find some of the world’s best beaches, extremely beautiful resorts, and a wide variety of adventure, sports, and entertainment to welcome you on your visit to the island.

Los Tres Ojos

Today, the island’s economy is driven by tourism, manufacturing, and construction. The island has had a long history of exporting sugar, coffee, and tobacco to larger countries but due to the growth of tourism, telecommunication, and free trade, like other islands agriculture is now primarily grown and used by its citizens with a small export market to other Caribbean islands

The island is one of the least expensive of all the Caribbean islands. The island’s culture is a mixture of the cultures of Africans, Spaniards. Europeans and Taino natives and this can be seen in their choice of food, religion, and music. Dominicans have a reputation for being some of the friendliest and more cordial people in the islands. So, if you are planning your next vacation on a budget you should definitely consider the Dominican Republic as it has so much to offer just a stone throw away.

With all the beautiful architecture and the colonial splendors of the island, it is hard-pressed to find another island that has so much to see and do in one visit to the island.

St. Barts

St. Barts is a French-speaking Caribbean island and one of the most naturally beautiful, peaceful, and safest islands in the Caribbean. With just a harrowing twelve-minute plane ride from St. Marin,  St Barts is known as a real holiday resort for the well-to-do, rich and famous.

It is known for being one of the safest places in the world with virtually no crime on the island. Covering just eight square miles, St Barts is one of the oldest volcanic islands in the Lesser Antilles.

Gustava Habor

The island was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 in what was his second voyage to the New World. St Barts enjoys a hot tropical climate together with cool trade winds which help to create a moderate to high climate year-round.

The island sustained severe damage by Hurricane Lima in 2017 but has slowly recovered and has regained most of its originals. Its economic structure is based on core activities in the tourism sector, non-financial commercial services, trade, and construction. St Barts embodies the true nature of The French sophistication and countryside in the Caribbean. 

Although the island is known for its lush tropical landscape of soaring mountains, stretches of stunning beaches with crystal clear waters, outstanding restaurants, designer and high-end boutiques, there are still a lot one can do on a fixed budget.

St. Barts Beaches

All beaches are accessible and free to visitors and tourists alike. Activities such as surfing, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, or sailing all are possible on the island at pretty reasonable prices during the peak and non-peak season.  But if St Barts is your destination of choice get ready to enjoy beach-going, fine dining, lots of drinking, and plenty of duty-free shopping.


Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is an island in the Caribbean and part of the U.S. territory. Apart from its rich history, beautiful beaches, Spanish and Caribbean culture, the island is packed with amazing sceneries, mountain ranges, cascading rivers, and enchanting landscapes. With a vibrant nightlife, beautiful art galleries, and excellent shopping the island has it all.

El Yunque National Forest

A popular vacation destination with tourists, the island is rich in culture and historical architecture. Puerto Rico is known for its landscapes of mountains, waterfalls, and white-sand beaches. Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Park, a tropical rainforest is stunningly beautiful and a major tourist attraction. It also has an astonishing variety of desserts, caves, wetlands, lagoons, oceans, and rivers with three main physiographic regions viz. the mountainous interior, the coastal lowlands, and the karst area. 

Bahia Bioluminescent Bay

The economy is mainly driven by manufacturing, particularly pharmaceuticals, textiles, petrochemicals, and electronics. Service industries such as finance, insurance, real estate, and tourism also play a great part in the island’s economy. Coffee is the island’s most valuable crop followed by sugarcane, vegetables, fruits, and dairy and meat products which are primarily exported and sold to the United States.

The island is also known for its stock of mineral deposits. It was recently declared that besides copper, the largest of the mineral deposits, oil, iron, gold, cobalt, nickel, and bauxite also found on the island. The island is a melting pot of many different cultures including the Taino Indians, Spanish and African traditions, and full of cultural activities all year round. Spanish is the dominant language spoken but English is also one of the two official languages on the island. Their cuisine is one of Latin and African dishes focused on the healthiest ingredients like seafood, beans, rice, vegetables, and herbs.

Puerto Rico has a long history of art, thus the reason for the many museums, galleries, and street-lined murals in Old San Juan. There are over 300 stunning beaches as well as championship golf courses, art galleries, vibrant nightlife and excellent shopping for all on the island. The island is safer than most US cities and much more beautiful so the next time you are thinking of planning a vacation to a US territory with year-round sunshine and cheap flights, Puerto Rico should definitely be on that list.


St. Vincent & The Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a southern Caribbean nation comprising of one main island, St Vincent and a chain of smaller islands called the Grenadines, which are easily accessible by ferries.  The island of St Vincent is the largest of all the islands and is known as a volcanic island in the Caribbean.

Bequia

There are few countries that can be as radiant as St Vincent and the Grenadines. From its beautiful black sand beaches to colorful reefs, gorgeous flora, and fauna to elegant tropical birds this archipelago of 32 islands is about the most intriguing of all the islands.

With its volcanic soil and its gold, black and white sand beaches the island is home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. With yacht-filled harbors, volcanic landscapes, black sand beaches, the island is known as a popular sailing destination.

The island is a very popular destination for worldwide leisure sailors who flock to the major anchorages and charming ports of call. The Grenadines are known for their yacht-filled harbors and sailing spots.  Snorkelers and divers are also drawn by the country’s many underwater attractions including Bequia’s rich marine flora and fauna.

La Soufriere

The island’s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, construction, tourism, and the offshore banking sector. Much of the workforce is employed in the Banana production and Tourism, and the island is the world’s leading producer of arrowroot. 

The much anticipated international airport opened in early 2017 with hopes of increasing the island’s tourism activity. St Vincent and the Grenadines flaunt some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Caribbean and are home to La Soufriere an active volcano that last erupted in 1979.

The islands are truly a haven for boat lovers and nature seekers. In addition to their natural beauty and delightful climate, the islands diving and snorkeling activities are superb and there are plenty of other water activities on the islands. While many visitors sail between the islands others chose to visit the island for its greenery, landmarks, waterfalls, and the natural wonders of St Vincent and the Grenadines.


St. Kitts and Nevis

The ‘two islands’ country of St Kitts and Nevis was once known as the ‘Gibraltar of the West Indies.’ The islands are the Caribbean’s oldest territories. 

The islands are very volcanic with lush tropical vegetation and famous for their white and black sand volcanic beaches. One side of the country has white sandy beaches and the other black sandy beaches – a natural wonder! The island of St. Kitts is the third most developed island in the Caribbean and the 72nd most developed in the world. 

Nevis, the smaller of the two islands is known for its pristine beaches, vividly green scenery, blue skies, clean air and a vacation playground for sun-seekers and diving enthusiasts. This sublime beauty, a mere three miles or a 10-minute ride from its sister isle, is very laid back and unspoiled and is sometimes called the hidden treasure of the Caribbean.  It is also known for having one of the highest literacy rates in the world, and yes? the World!

St. Kitts Scenic Railway

The island is among the Caribbean’s superb destination for eco-tourism. The islands possess a stunning range of unspoiled eco-systems from coral reefs to the lush density of exotic flora and fauna of the rainforests to the mile-long crater rim of the volcano that sits dormant on the island.  Among the tropical forests can be found a rare and colorful flock of birds and butterflies, as well as the iconic green vervet monkeys, which are as popular as the historic buildings, and white sand beaches on the island.

The principal agricultural products of St Kitts are sugar cane, and peanuts respectively. On Nevis sea island, cotton and coconuts are the major products. Other commodities such as sweet potatoes, onions, vegetables, and breadfruit are also grown on the island, but mainly for local consumption.  The fertile soil of the country supports the growth of a variety of fruits and vegetables. The island traditionally depended on the production of sugar cane, but that has been reduced considerably in the past years and the island now depends on tourism, export-oriented manufacturing, and offshore banking activity.

There are also electronic plants that produce pieces of equipment like switches, radios, and other industries like clothing and shoe manufacturing. A unique interest of the island is that it possesses the only remaining active railway in the West Indies, which is now used for tourists’ tours. 

Fairview Greathouse

From language, art, music to cuisine the people of St. Kitts/Nevis have always found unique ways to express their culture and lifestyle. While experiencing the cultures of British and West African heritage, this generation has come to accept the importance of their cultures including, religion, festival celebrations, and music which have become a way of life in St Kitts and Nevis. The island boasts a population of over 50,000, of which about 90% are of African descent. The island has a thriving cultural scene of music and dance which is represented at their annual carnival celebrations.

There are so many reasons to visit the land of a thousand treasures from splashing in the pristine waters; to swaying to a soca beat; to having a bonfire on the beach sipping local rum; or just taking a scenic ride on a 100-year-old railway train, are just a few of the reasons the locals will welcome you to the beautiful island of St Kitts and Nevis.

Jamaica

Jamaica is the most popular and one of the most desired vacation destinations for tourists, travelers, and cruise ships from North America, Europe, and other Islands in the Caribbean. Jamaica is the largest of the Caribbean islands and the most populated with over two million people.

Dunn River Falls

Known as one of the Caribbean’s iconic destinations for its legendary reggae sounds, the music has become a worldwide sensation with travelers around the world.  For its Olympic dominance in track and field, iconic beaches, amazing waterfalls, top stars, and Olympic athletes, the island is a draw to tourists around the world. 

The country prides itself on having a treasure of natural jewels, lush green mountains, turquoise seas, corals reefs, rainforests, and enduring rivers. With its breathtaking Blue mountains – its highest point being over 2,250 meters (7,400+ft) the island is one of the most precious jewels in the Caribbean. It’s six resort locations are the main tourist hubs:

Montego Bay, a favorite with tourists, it is the home of the popular MoBay resort area, the Sangster Int’l Airport and a bustling array of shops, restaurants, and beautiful white-sand beaches.

Ocho Rios, situated on the northern coastline is the heart of the island’s natural attractions and home to the ever-popular Dunn’s River Falls, featured on this site, with beautiful resorts, beaches, and a major port for cruise ships arriving on the island.

Negril, known for its natural beauty and home to the famous seven-mile white sand beach, is just about half an hour’s drive from Montego Bay.

Kingston, the bustling capital of the island and home to the world’s seventh-largest natural harbor is situated at the foot of the Blue Mountains. It is the commercial hub for Government, historical and cultural activities on the island.

Port Antonio, located on the northeast side of the island, is home to some glistening waterfalls, natural springs, and the well-known Rio Grande River rafting activity and some of the most intriguing flora and fauna on the island.

South Coast, with its jagged coastline, roaming hillsides, and soggy wetlands, the area is home to some of the island’s most peculiar wildlife of iguanas, crocodiles, lizards and frogs. A perfect getaway for one who desires solitude, isolated beaches and knowledge of the island sugar plantation. It is also home to one of the worlds’ finest rum producers, the Appleton Rum Distillery,

Emancipation Park

The island’s economy is very heavily dependent on Services. Jamaica has a predominantly large and diversified economy which depends partly on foreign exchange from tourism. Along with financial services the country is also known for its agricultural production of historic plantations, tourism, manufacturing, agro-business, energy, business process outsourcing, and bauxite/alumina.

The principal seaports are Kingston and Montego Bay, where there are extensive cruise shipping facilities, that are very congenial to tourists and travelers.  For the adventurous tourist, there is so much do on the island, safaris, ATV tours, river rafting, catamaran cruises, plantation tours, and much more. The island’s lovely beaches, beautiful landscape, and its proximity to the United States are just some of the reasons thousands of tourists flock the island each year for a quick getaway to the warm and sunny isle.


Grenada

Underwater Sculpture

Grenada, also known as ‘The Spice Island’ is famous for its spices. The island is the world’s second-largest producer of nutmeg and a significant producer of clove, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa to foreign countries and other islands.  With its tropical climate, all year round the island is a big draw for tourists because of its beautiful scenery, fertile valleys, rainforests and pristine beaches which are second to none. Rated among the best in the world is the island’s Grand Anse Beach.

With its unspoiled landscape, Grenada is a picturesque and tiny, little island that has an abundance of beauty in the land and sea. The country’s sister isles, Carriacou and Petit Martinique are located in the Eastern part of the Caribbean, neighboring St Vincent in the North, and Trinidad and Tobago in the South.

The country is home to the world’s first underwater Sculpture Park; cascading waterfalls and world-famous ‘Spicemas’ which takes place in  August. The island has a large tourism-based, small open economy. Like other islands, the country has shifted from agriculture to tourism being the main currency earner, although its main agriculture export is still spices, nutmeg, and mace.

The capital, St. Georges is located on a horseshoe-shaped harbor, surrounded by a hillside of an old volcano crater. The island also boasts of beautiful scenery with fertile valleys, tropical rainforests together with a plethora of sandy beaches that are a big attraction to tourists.

Haiti

Haiti is part of the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola, the other being the Dominican Republic nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.  Although the land is very mountainous, Haiti sits in the Hurricane belt and has suffered many devastations throughout the years, but there is still a lot to see and do on the island.

La Citadel le Fremoise

The tropical climate and trade winds produce warm, kind temperatures all year round. The island is marked by rugged mountains, fertile valleys, and offshore islands. Agricultural production and a coastline that is flat and rich in sea life have contributed mainly to the economy in Haiti together with contributions from non-profits international organizations.

While it can be said that Haiti receives fewer visitors than other islands, the country has a lot to be proud of, including their culture, their food, and their music.  The islands pride itself on many world records, like having the biggest Fortress in The Americas, “The Citadelle LaFerriere, in the North; The biggest Natural Cave of all America, “The Grotte Marie Jeanne” located in the south and the Largest Solar Powered Hospital in the world, The Hospital Universitaire de Mirebalais”.

Labadee

Parts of Haiti along the mangroves are sprinkled with coral reefs, shipwrecks, legend of sunken treasures, all waiting to be discovered and return Haiti to the days of socialities, cruise ships arrivals, pristine beaches and sunbathing under palm trees. With Port au Prince beautiful architecture, the Caribbean second-longest coastline, a vegetarian delight of unlimited fruits, and the warmth and friendliness of the people one day Haiti will return as the once-famous vacation island it used to be.

Haiti can return to being a top vacation destination that tourists can once again enjoy. 


Dominica

Dominica is known as ‘The Nature Island’, has amazing natural beauty in its mountainous terrains and hillsides, which have attracted generations of nature lovers and vacation seekers for decades. While the island is small with only 29 miles long and 16 miles wide there are plenty of charming qualities that make this island exceptional. 

The rich alluvial soil which is unique to Dominica makes this island one of the top agricultural producers in the Caribbean. The island also enjoys a pleasant tropical climate all year round. While Dominica is famous for its production and export of Bananas to other Caribbean islands they also produce copra, coconut oil, soap, baby oil, fruit juices and much more. Wood products like furniture and a garment industry help strengthens Dominica’s economy.

Botanical Gardens

Dominica has several active volcanoes on the island although eruptions are rare, with a wide range of high forested mountains running from North to South on the island. The scenery is oustandingly beautiful with numerous streams and rivers, waterfalls, lovely flora and fauna, and the home of the world’s second-largest hot spring, the Boiling Lake.

While agriculture remains the most important factor of the economy in terms of employment and contribution to the national economy, the country has now diversified itself mainly on tourism and offshore financial business as the Government seeks to promote the island as an eco-tourism destination in the Caribbean. The cruise ship industry is playing a pivotal role in the Government’s positive move to fostering tourism on the island.

With the influx of tourists to the island of over 80,000 per year and the vibrant cruise ship industry which sees over 300,000 cruise ship passengers on day visits annually to Prince Rupet Bay or Roseau, the island is well on its way to becoming a top vacation destination in the Caribbean. 

Emerald Pool

Roseau, Dominica’s capital and main commercial hub for the island is home to many of its major historic buildings like the Dominican Museum which features exhibits about the island’s past and present history, economy, and culture. While West Indian culture runs deep in the hearts of Dominicans, there is also a taste of France’s Cultural and Cuisine influences on the island, because of its proximity to the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Dominica is relatively untouched with mostly waterfalls and national parks to attract nature lovers and hikers. The island is well on its way to develop reserves of its unique flora and fauna to attract tourists and market itself as truly ‘The Nature Island’ of the Caribbean.


The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands consist of three islands in the archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, namely Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. Although a British Overseas Territory, the Cayman Islands are considered part of the Western Caribbean lying south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. 

Cayman Crystal Caves

The largest of the islands in the Grand Cayman is known for its beautiful beach resorts, with many scuba diving and snorkeling sites.  It is also home to the famous Seven-mile beach, a crescent-shaped stretch of sand, a favorite among tourists.

The second-largest is the Cayman Brac, known for its deep-sea fishing expeditions, limestone caves, sunken ships, diving sites, and bird-watching is also considered a nature lovers paradise.

The smallest of the islands, Little Cayman is home to an absolute paradise of beaches with plenty of corals, sand, and a beautiful bevy of wildlife.

The economy depends on tourism and is considered a major world offshore financial haven to international businesses and wealthy individuals which is also a powerful tourism power to the economy. It is believed that the Cayman Islands have the highest per capita income among the Caribbean islands. Many world-renowned banks, financial institutions, and trust companies are all registered in the Cayman Islands. Revenue from these institutions contributes considerably to the island’s budget.

Stingray City

The Cayman Islands has an undeniably diverse culture with a multitude of races, rich local culture, luscious forests, various birdlife, mysterious caves, and unspoiled sandy beaches. The beauty of the islands is in their warm hospitality, a superb climate, and the fantastic wonders of nature above and below water. The islands continue to be a well-desired Caribbean getaway for adventure and fun-loving travelers.


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