The Caribbean has been high on my bucket list for a long time. When you live in Australia, it’s easier to visit a Pacific island than to travel to the Caribbean. Now that I’m back in North America, however, I’m very eager to explore the Caribbean. Which islands and countries are on my wish list? Here are the top five destinations I would love to visit in the Caribbean.
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1. The Bahamas
The Bahamas consist of 700 islands, located just 80 kilometres off the coast of Florida. The tourism board boasts that the country’s water is the clearest in the world, which is definitely something I have to see to believe. My dream Bahamas holiday would include staying at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and swimming with the pigs at Exuma. The resort has six different accommodation options, a massive water amusement park, and opportunities to swim with dolphins.
Cuba is a fascinating country that I would love to explore. I want to wander the Havana streets and see the old-fashioned cars, photograph the European-inspired architecture, and drink some Cuban rum. Havana is actually the largest city in the Caribbean, so it’s perfect place to base yourself for a Cuban adventure.
I first read about Curaçao through another travel blogger, C’est Christine. I honestly didn’t know the nation existed until I saw her photos and realised just how beautiful this Caribbean island truly is. The island’s tourism board calls it one of the world’s best kept secrets, and I would have to agree. It’s a Dutch Caribbean island, a heritage that’s evident in the many brightly coloured buildings. I could photograph them all day, or at least when I’m not sipping a cocktail next to the beautiful turquoise sea.
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4. Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is very well known for its elegant all-inclusive resorts. I’ve never been on an all-inclusive vacation before, so getting a good deal and staying at a luxurious Wyndham Hotel in the Dominican Republic is definitely a high priority. The country is home to beaches, rainforests, and the Caribbean’s highest mountain, Pico Duarte. It’s also the number one destination for golf in the Caribbean and Latin America. Hence there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied on holiday.
I think I’ve been interested in visiting Jamaica ever since I watched the movie “Cool Runnings” as a child. It looks like a great island to explore, from the colonial architecture and resorts in Montego Bay to the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston to the former capital, Spanish Town. There are so many “all right experiences” to have, according to the nation’s tourism slogan. From the Blue Mountains to the beach, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable holiday in Jamaica.
There are so many islands and cities in the Caribbean, it’s hard to narrow down my wish list to just five countries. I hope to tick off these places and many more during my time as an expat in Canada.
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