ISLANDS Magazine Readers’ Choice: Best of the Caribbean

Let’s pretend you have unlimited funds, unlimited vacation time and you want the make the Caribbean your oyster. Your goal is to do the best and see the best the islands have to offer. Well the people of ISLANDS Magazine have put together a Reader’s Choice list giving you the “Best ofCaribbean. Over 17,000 seasoned Caribbean travelers weighed in on the best the islands have to offer. Best resorts, best beach bars, best snorkeling spots…best everything!

Give this list a read and let me know your thoughts. Do you recommend a different “Best?

Here’s what the ISLANDS readers had to say.

  • Best Happy Hour: Rick’s Café, Jamaica
  • Best Mega-resort: Atlantis, Bahamas
  • Best Golf Resort: Four Seasons, Nevis
  • Best Luxury Resort: Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
  • Best Festival: Trinidad Carnival
  • Best Family Resort: Atlantis, Bahamas
  • Best Midsize Hotel: Caneel Bay, St. John, USVI
  • Best Beer: Red Stripe
  • Best Natural Attraction or Park: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, USVI
  • Best Bang for the Buck Resort: Beaches Turks & Caicos
  • Best Overall Caribbean Island: Puerto Rico
  • Best Island for Celebrity Watching: St. Barts
  • Best Romantic Resort: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
  • Best Adventure Destination: Belize
  • Best Rum: Cruzan
  • Best Island to Live on: St. John, USVI
  • Best Shopping: St. Thomas, USVI
  • Best Beach: Seven-Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
  • Best Small Hotel: Little Cayman Beach Resort
  • Best All-Inclusive: Beaches Turks and Caicos
  • Best Resort Spa: Silver Rain, Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
  • Best Snorkeling & Diving: Belize
  • Resort With the Best View: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
  • Best Restaurant: The Cliff, Barbados

Click here to see the list and what ISLANDS had to say about each spot.

So what do you think, let’s all take a year off and island hop the Caribbean and experience each “BEST” on this list. I’m in, just need to find one of those people with unlimited funds to sponsor this bald pirate!

Let me know if you have a different best of or maybe you would like to add one to the list.

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  1. JEFF May 9, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Well the U.S.V.I. had 5 out of 25 / 20% ain’t too shabby,
    ■Best Midsize Hotel: Caneel Bay, St. John, USVI
    ■Best Natural Attraction or Park: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, USVI
    ■Best Rum: Cruzan
    ■Best Island to Live on: St. John, USVI
    ■Best Shopping: St. Thomas, USVI

    Our little piece of paradise “shines” again!!!

  2. RumShopRyan May 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Jeff! Yes the USVI make a strong showing which is awesome. Not sure if I agree with the best rum. While I like Cruzan, I’m not sure I would call it the best rum in the Caribbean. I think some Barbados and Jamaican brands would take top billing.


  3. Mango Eddie May 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I’m down for the year off! Lets make a plan!

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    RumShopRyan May 10, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Just have to find that all important sponsor Mango Eddie!

  5. Helen June 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. Caribbean has the best of everything! Beautiful photo by the way. Where exactly in the Caribbean was that?

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