Caribbean: 9 small beautiful islands
About places like Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Jamaica have heard everything and more than once. Therefore, we decided to talk about the less well-known, but no less attractive islands of the Caribbean.
1. British Virgin Islands.
Sixty of the islands in the northeastern part of the Caribbean Sea are considered overseas territory of the UK and retain a close relationship with the Metropolis, so the level of service, language and culture are English here, but the money is American. To travel here they will need a lot: the standard of living in this archipelago is one of the highest in the region.
Many tourists come to the British Virgin Islands by ferry from other nearby tiny states for a day or two. What to do here? Tortola, the main island, is known for its white beaches and chalk cliffs, on the small Jost van Deike the best restaurants with Caribbean cuisine, the former pirate residence Anegada attracts diving enthusiasts — more than 200 ships are scuttled in the coastal waters, and The Baths are on the Virgin Gorda (Baths) — unique natural stone reservoirs filled with sea water.
2. US Virgin Islands.
The archipelago north of Puerto Rico and south of the British Virgin Islands belongs to the United States and is little different from British namesake in terms of price, service, and luxury. San Thomas — the largest island of the archipelago, it is also called Rock City because of the rocky horizon line. Of the entertainment here is the Ocean Park, diving and numerous festivals, and from the sights — the castle of Blackbeard, the famous pirate.
The smallest island of St. John attracts celebrities and newlyweds seeking solitude on picturesque uncrowded beaches, as well as nature lovers: there is a large nature reserve with hiking trails. The southern island of Santa Cruz is of interest to history buffs: there were sugarcane plantations and distilleries in colonial times, which now have small museums.
3. Saint Lucia.
Small, drop-shaped Saint Lucia, the second largest of the Windward Islands, is becoming increasingly popular in recent years. Wildlife is fairly well-preserved (unlike many other Caribbean islands) and is relatively inexpensive.
In the spring, the island hosts an international jazz festival, which is attended by famous musicians. Newlyweds, for whom nearly half of all the rooms have been prepared in hotels, like to spend honey “weeks” here. Fans of active rest can climb to the crater of an extinct volcano or climb the Pitons twin mountains, protruding directly from the sea in the south-western part of the island.
4. Cayman Islands.
One of the most picturesque places in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, was so named because the first Europeans took the blue iguanas that lived here in large numbers for the Cayman. The archipelago of the three islands lies south of Cuba.
The largest island, Grand Cayman, is home to the capital Georgetown and Stingray City, an entertainment maritime center, named after the coastal waters of stingrays (stingray) that can be fed. Here you can visit the former capital city of Borden, next to which there are Pirates Caves that they have used for shelter for centuries, or a turtle farm, or take a walk on the Mastic Trail hiking trail in the middle of the island.
On Little Cayman, nature is almost untouched: mangroves, in which wild (or wild) animals are found. There is also a bird sanctuary. On the island of Cayman Brad — many caves and a national park of parrots. Interestingly, all the islands have beaches with both white and black sand.
5. Turks and Caicos
A network of 40 small islands with white beaches, clear azure water, colorful coral reefs — the perfect place for a quiet secluded vacation. On most islands there are no permanent residents, only the staff of hotels and hotel lodges. The largest island, Provincials, takes in the port, more like a pier, huge ocean liners.
On the island of Grand Turk, two hundred meters from the coast, there is a very popular reef among divers, which sharply ends 2.4 kilometers into depth. Here is the National Museum, where among the exhibits there is evidence that Columbus first entered the Western land on this island (although historians dispute this fact).
Barbados sets the standard for rest on the islands: clean sandy beaches, green golf courses and cricket, palace- like hotels, European level of service (with traditional British tea drinking) and the Caribbean climate. Here they drink first-class local rum, participate in races and dance calypso.
The western and southern coast is traditionally used for beach holidays, and the Atlantic eastern, more hectic, like surfers. Particularly popular with fans of catching the wave is Bathsheba Beach. The cultural program also includes a visit to the Andromeda Botanical Garden and the gallery of pirate caves.
7. Saint Kits and Nevis.
Little-known twin islands in the south of the Caribbean offer a choice of relaxing on black sand beaches and luxury hotels, or the opportunity to find adventures and visit places with history. The more lively island of St. Kits is filled with restaurants, bars and nightlife.
On a quiet Nevis, you can take a walk and swim on the quiet beaches. On the islands there are attractions: the ancient fort of Brimstone, which the conquerors of these lands called Gibraltar of the West Indies.
8. Saint-Martin or Sint-Martin
Saint-Martin or Sint-Martin — the smallest of all inhabited islands, controlled simultaneously by two independent governments, is located in the northern part of the Caribbean Sea. The northern part of the island called Saint-Martin belongs to France and attracts tourists with gourmet restaurants and trendy beach parties.
South, the Dutch part of Sint-Martin is known for its casino and Mayo beach. Above the beach, literally over the heads of the tourists, intercontinental liners come in for a landing. It attracts spotters (fans of aircraft photography) from around the world and surfers.
On the island of Bonfire in the southern part of the Caribbean, almost all the main attractions are under water, so if you are not an avid diver, then you might better go to the neighboring islands of Aruba and Curacao, more famous and full of tourists. The coral reef surrounding the island has the status of a National Natural Park, and all living things that live up to 60 meters deep are under protection.
If you want to take a break between dives, you can go on a land voyage: Washington Sugar National Park is a charming nature reserve with hills and lakes, parrots, pink flamingos and iguanas.