By Bob Curley
March 21, 2022
Travelers often think of the Caribbean as one big, sunny playground filled with islands fringed by sandy white beaches shaded by swaying palms. And while that’s true to some extent, there’s far more variety in the 700-plus islands of the Caribbean than meets the Ray-Ban–covered eye.
Many Caribbean islands are lush and tropical, but others are windswept desert islands dotted with cacti, not palms. Nearly all islands share African influences, but the cultures differ depending upon who colonized the islands — the English, Spanish, French, Dutch or even the Danes. Some islands have expansive, modern resort districts, while others work hard to preserve the laid-back atmosphere that first attracted tourists to the Caribbean a century ago.
No Caribbean island truly offers something for everyone (despite what the local tourist board might tell you). But regardless of what kind of traveler you are, there is a Caribbean island that’s right for you.