Navigating the Islands

Discovering the differences between the 20 top destinations

By: David Swanson, Text and Photography

What’s your favorite Caribbean island?”

Fair question. Having explored the region for 21 years, writing Caribbean guidebooks for the last 12, when friends ask for my perspective on ideal island destinations, I should be forthcoming. On the other hand, it’s possibly the least-favorite query that gets tossed my way, for there is no single landing that, to me, captures all the things I like about the Caribbean. If I’m in the mood for a long walk on the beach, it’s one island, but if I’m on a hunt for great diving, it’s another.

What I appreciate most is how unique each island is. Some of the differences are geological, some are based on historical events, while other distinctions are created by the differing approaches each island takes to entice visitors to land on their shores (St. Thomas depends heavily on cruise ships, while Anguilla eschews the behemoths).

Lush? Beautiful? Romantic? There are a dozen islands that deliver individually on these subjective promises, and at least a dozen more that don’t.

So, I shy away from the “favorite island” question. Instead, I ask friends to tell me what they want in their vacation, just as you would a client. Whether it’s golf, or shopping or simply lazing away in a hammock with a novel, there’s a Caribbean island or two or three that is perfect for the holiday they have in mind.

Here are the top 20 island destinations. You’ll find others Grenada, Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos profiled on


Anguilla is ideal for those seeking peace and quiet, easy-going islanders and superlative restaurants, all of which makes it a big hit with celebs who can afford the often-spectacular price tag. It’s not the most attractive island mostly undistinguished recumbent hills splotched with scrub but you won’t find an island with a better collection of beaches, resplendent with loamy white sand.

The hotel scene is also noteworthy, with a half-dozen posh resorts, all under 100 rooms. The swank classic is Cap Juluca, with Moorish-style villas that curl into a graceful bay like an African oasis, but a new St. Regis is about to come on line with a Greg Norman-designed Temenos Golf Club, the island’s first. Also new this year is the Anguilla Tennis Academy, the Caribbean’s largest tennis facility with seating for 2,000 spectators.

Antigua and Barbuda

This two-island nation is another beach-focused destination. The terrain is scruffy, but Antigua’s lacy perimeter is scalloped by dozens of gorgeous coves. There’s a robust colonial sailing history English Harbour was Admiral Nelson’s headquarters in the 1780s. Scheduled for April 29-May 4, the 40th Antigua Sailing Week is one of the world’s top five regattas; it’s also a wicked party.

The varied lodging includes two all-inclusive resorts Jumby Bay and Curtain Bluff which pour on the amenities and extras, and a recently expanded Sandals property. A new arrival is Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort, next to English Harbour, with oversized rooms and a contemporary blend of Indonesian wood and Italian linens.

Barbuda has just 1,500 residents and a trio of small resorts, but long, superb beaches. It’s worth at least a daytrip.


Contrary to a few TV commentaries, Dutch Aruba remains one of the region’s safest, most family-friendly landings an easy intro to international travel for those indoctrinating a passport. Infrequent rain, abundant sun and steady breezes blanket a cactus-speckled and dehydrated environment. Along with siblings Bonaire and Curacao, Aruba lies outside the hurricane belt, making for good picks in hurricane season for concerned clients.

Accommodations along famed Palm Beach are mostly high-rise with an Americanized veneer, led by brands like Radisson, Hyatt and Marriott. A good alternative is the family-owned and newly renovated Bucuti Beach Resort, which occupies the widest part of Eagle Beach, away from the high-rise strip.


Just 30 minutes from South Florida this British Commonwealth encompasses 700 islands, all supine and coral-formed with plush white carpets of sand for garnish. Most are part of the scarcely inhabited and relatively unspoiled Out Islands, retreats with limited infrastructure, though the 365-island Exuma archipelago is home to the three-year-old Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma.

Most visitors choose the faster pace of Freeport and Nassau, cruise-ship ports with all the requisite diversions. The latter is linked (by bridge) to Paradise Island, home to the famous Atlantis Resort and its Kerzner-owned sisters One&Only and The Cove, scheduled to open this month. The 600-room expansion includes a Bobby Flay restaurant, Mandara Spa, dolphin attraction and Aquaventure, a 63-acre waterpark the largest in the world.


One of the region’s most populous islands, Barbados has a polished tourism product, solid air links and a distinctly British air. The environment is gentle limestone hills blanketed with forests and sugarcane fields, ringed by intimate coves of talcum-soft sand.

Well-to-do types are catered to on the west coast, led by Sandy Lane, one of the region’s most expensive landings. The resort’s 47,000-square-foot spa is the Caribbean’s most lavish. Considerably more covert is the Lone Star Hotel, a four-room hideaway tucked behind an art-deco filling station, with a chic restaurant attached. The overall dining scene is not to be underestimated, energetic enough that the tourist board hired Zagats to create a guide for Barbados. The Cliff gets this author’s vote as one of the most romantic dining terraces anywhere.


This less-developed corner of the Netherlands Antilles boasts the region’s top diving with many sites easily accessed from shore, which keeps dive costs down and makes it a great place for beginners. At the Plaza Resort Bonaire, non-divers can take a Discover Scuba class for just $77 and get a taste of the rich undersea world; the half-day course takes participants to a depth of 40 feet.

Outdoors lovers will also enjoy birdwatching, hiking, kayaking and cycling in a stark natural setting that looks little like the Caribbean we expect, a rugged desert landscape with sprawling, flamingo-swarmed salinas used for salt production.

Bonaire is easily accessible from the U.S. with the recent introduction of Friday-night red-eyes on Continental from Houston and Newark.

British Virgin Islands

Treasured sailing waters have made the 60-some BVIs a hit with the yacht set, but since 2002, cruiseship visitors have doubled to half a million per year, calling into question the viability of the destination’s tag line “Nature’s Little Secrets.”

Although development of the hub island Tortola is proceeding rapidly, Virgin Gorda remains a bucolic escape, and there are still hidden coves on neighboring isles, several of which are inhabited by small, classic “private island resorts” like Peter Island, Guana Island and Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island.

Cayman Islands

Parched and flat as a pancake, Grand Cayman was devastated by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Post-storm convulsions have largely calmed and the island is back to its roots: offshore banking, stellar diving, snorkeling at Sting Ray City and a major cruise ship port (a new pier eliminates tendering in). In fact, the ratio of tourist arrivals to residents remains higher here than any other Caribbean destination.

Now one year old, the 365-room, eight-story Ritz-Carlton was a significant factor in the island’s rebirth. The hotel features a nine-hole golf course, restaurants by chef Eric Ripert (of Le Bernardin) and an extravagant La Prarie Spa.

Less well-known are Little Cayman, ringed by staggering undersea walls that display a panoply of sea life, and Cayman Brac, which has a rocky spine and a forest inhabited by an endemic parrot.


Until recently, one of the Caribbean’s least recognized vacation destinations, Curacao has beaches, casinos, shopping, diving and dining in a cosmopolitan setting. The Dutch island’s 500-year-old, multicultural history and architecture is another draw. Just don’t come for luxuriant, tropical scenery: The island is arid, spiked with mountains and the striking beaches are secreted between rocky bluffs.

Major hotel developments are under way, including a new Hyatt and Renaissance, but the island already possesses a solid tourism infrastructure, led by the fine Hotel Kura Hulanda in the historic capital of Willemstad. The new Lodge Kura Hulanda occupies a remote cove at the island’s western tip, perched along 30-foot limestone cliffs abutting cerulean seas with fine snorkeling and diving.


The rainforest environment at its most concentrated is revealed on Dominica, the region’s steepest, greenest island. Overflowing with waterfalls and beaches of black sand, the star attraction is an epic hike to the world’s second-largest solfatara, the Boiling Lake, a caldera choked by rainwater. The spectacle continues below the shoreline, with vivid diving amid effervescent springs and pinnacles.

Whether on foot in the fertile mountains or diving the reefs, the island’s natural assets are unfettered by extensive infrastructure. The former British colony caters to adventurous travelers with rustic inns and small hotels rather than beach resorts. Dominica’s full-service property is the 70-room Fort Young Hotel, a business hotel just a stone’s throw from the cruise-ship dock with a dive shop and activities desk.

Dominican Republic

The setting is the region’s most varied, ranging from a 10,000-foot peak blanketed in sylvan pine forests to deserts, plus tropical jungles and sprawling coconut and sugar plantations. Spain’s first settlement in the Americas also has long, sugary beaches, golf courses, baseball players, the Meringue and tourists almost 4 million visitors in 2006, more than any other Caribbean destination.

The “D.R.” is particularly popular with Canadians and Europeans who stretch their pesos at huge all-inclusive resorts, largely concentrated around Punta Cana. But the Samana Peninsula is a new focus, with a new airport and a quartet of all-inclusives that sprouted this winter under the Spanish Gran Bahia Principe banner.

The north-coast town of Cabarete provides a laid-back beach and windsurf destination for E.P. travelers. Iguana Mama is the well-run tour operator providing cycling, whitewater rafting trips and hikes into the mountains.


Shaped like a butterfly, each of Guadeloupe’s wings possesses a distinct personality: the beach-fringed eastern wing has rolling cane fields, while an active volcano and tall waterfalls are found on the muscular western wing. Authentic French Creole culture is alive and well throughout, as are the old rum distilleries, refined restaurants and ambitious hiking. Captivating offshore outposts, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante, add to the colorful medley.

The French region is most appreciated by those who aren’t chained to the English language, and who enjoy exploring independently in a rental car and on foot along well-maintained trails.

The 329-room Club Med La Caravelle the island’s first resort completed a $29 million renovation in December. The same month saw the arrival of Delta Air Lines; Guadeloupe (as well as Martinique) is now served twice a week by nonstop flights from Atlanta.


The Caribbean’s third biggest island is one of the most varied, with colonial great houses, legendary beaches and a dozen golf courses, all set against the rhythm of Reggae. Add in the trek up Dunn’s River Falls, the cruise downriver on a banana raft and hotel options at all price levels and sizes and you have the region’s most well-rounded vacation destination.

Some are put off by Jamaica’s hawkers and other irritations, although the hassle is greatly reduced from a decade ago. And while crime here is a concern, troubles are primarily tied to the drug trade and concentrated in Kingston, where few visitors tread.

Chukka Tours does an admirable job introducing the masses to Jamaican history, culture and scenery; one daytrip visits Nine Miles, where Bob Marley was born and now rests, aboard an old country bus crested with produce.

All-inclusive resorts are a dominant force, but small inns of character are found throughout; try Port Antonio’s Mocking Bird Hill, Jake’s on the South Coast, and Negril’s Tensing Pen.

The Montego Bay airport is nearing completion of an $80 million expansion and refurbishment.


The French Caribbean at its most exotic and cultured. Boutiques stock the latest fashions and patisseries sell sturdy cheeses from France. While Martinique’s gastronomy is the envy of its neighbors, the scenery is some of the region’s most dramatic: Precipitous volcanoes thrusting into the clouds and clad in dense tropical forests, with honey-colored beaches in the south, evocative black-sand coves to the north.

The variety of lodging options is impressive, but none is classier than Cap Est Lagoon Resort, a 50-room luxury landing with outstanding dining and spacious suites. Its east coast location also avoids a growing problem: traffic snarls between Fort-de-France and the resort districts and beaches of the south.

Puerto Rico

The oldest city flying the Stars and Stripes, San Juan is home to El Morro and other Spanish forts, pulsating nightlife and notable dining, against the heartbeat of Latin culture. Beyond San Juan, honeyed beaches line the north coast while mountains and dense forests fill the interior.

On the south coast, well away from San Juan’s hubbub is Copamarina Beach Resort, a reasonable family-oriented resort next door to a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Culebra and Vieques called the “Spanish Virgin Islands” by some possess fine beaches, bioluminescent bays and bohemian ambience. A W Hotel opening on Vieques later this year should give the island a new twist.

Also notable: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are the only Caribbean destinations that don’t require a passport for visitors flying home to the U.S.

St. Barthelemy

Blessed with a clutch of picture-perfect beaches, the best dining south of New York and shopping that sizzles with Parisian haute couture, St. Barts, as those in the know call it, is the Caribbean’s jet-set landing. Unfortunately, this means U.S. visitors should prepare their wallets for an abrupt collision with the euro.

The top hotel is the superbly located Eden Rock, which has been the island’s social hub for five decades, but in fact there are more bedrooms in rental villas than hotels, represented by agencies like French Caribbean International and WIMCO.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Two miles apart and with similar appeal of rustic plantation inns and bucolic lifestyle, the islands have troops of green vervet monkeys navigating forested volcano slopes. In some ways it feels like Nevis entered the 20th century around 1990, with the opening of a hugely successful 198-room Four Seasons Resort. And small older inns, like Montpelier Plantation Inn and Nisbet Plantation, continue to dominate the island’s style.

St. Kitts still has its beautiful green cane fields, but in 2004 the government opted for a major evolution as it switched from unprofitable sugar production to full-scale tourism. A convention-focused 648-room Marriott St. Kitts debuted and dramatically altered the dynamic but as on Nevis it’s the historic spots like Ottley’s Plantation that people cherish.

St. Lucia

This British Windward beauty has as landmarks the extraordinary Pitons a pair of volcanic fangs that vault from the sea next to the fishing village of Soufriere. Elsewhere, rugged mountains are covered in dense rain forests that descend to broad valleys filled with banana farms. The island’s tourism is undergoing a significant growth spurt this year with the addition of almost 1,000 new hotel rooms and two 18-hole golf courses.

Tourism development has historically focused on the north around Rodney Bay, but new properties are springing up around the island. The 124-room

Discovery at Marigot Bay opened in November and features a spa and 60-berth marina. And Anse Chastanet, one of the Caribbean’s most successful small hotels, has opened an extraordinary 24-room addition called Jade Mountain, where huge rooms are missing a wall (facing the Pitons) in exchange for a private swimming pool.

St. Martin/St. Maarten

The French side has the lion’s share of gourmet restaurants, sophisticated lifestyle and world-famous clothing-optional Orient Beach; the Dutch have shopping, nightlife and casinos. But no matter how one divvies up St. Martin and St. Maarten the smallest territory in the world shared by two sovereign states Americans land by the plane- and ship-load to enjoy the trilingual lifestyle (everyone speaks some English).

The island has been experiencing the pangs of rapid growth for a couple decades: Not only is it the mostly densely inhabited in the region but it has the highest concentration of visitors. But that hasn’t slowed development: Taking a prime spot on one of the island’s last undeveloped coves, the 311-room, 120-condo Westin St. Maarten opened in December.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Here clients will find three very different islands. St. Thomas is a busy some say too busy cruise-ship port, but the duty-free shopping (jewelry, electronics, liquor) is renowned. The largest island in the chain, St. Croix, is less hectic and less expensive, and two-thirds of St. John is a National Park with eco-camps, unblemished forests and fine snorkeling. An impressive line-up of watersports is found throughout, as are sweeping views and peerless beaches.
The 60-year-old Buccaneer Hotel is St. Croix’s top resort and an all-around good value, while on St. Thomas, the recently expanded Ritz-Carlton sets the pace. On St. John, Laurance Rockefeller’s Caneel Bay is still a favored retreat.

San Diego-based freelance writer David Swanson is a Contributing Editor to National Geographic Traveler and a columnist for Caribbean Travel & Life magazine.

Best of the Best

Best beaches: Anguilla

Best snorkeling: St. John

Best diving: Bonaire

Best hiking: Martinique

Best sailing: British Virgin Islands

Best golf: Jamaica

Best for families: Aruba

Best for value travel: Dominican Republic

Best luxury: Barbados

Best fine dining: St. Barts

Best locally grown produce: Jamaica

Best historical attractions: Curacao

Best shopping: St. Maarten

Best gambling: Aruba

Best remote hideaways: British Virgin Islands

Island Resources

Tourism Contacts

Anguilla: 877-4-ANGUILLA;

Antigua-Barbuda: 888-268-4227;

Aruba: 800-TO-ARUBA;

Bahamas: 800-BAHAMAS;

Barbados: 800-221-9831;

Bonaire: 800-BONAIRE;

British Virgin Islands: 800-835-8530;

Cayman Islands: 877-4-CAYMAN;

Curacao: 800-3-CURACAO;

Dominica: 718-261-9615;

Dominican Republic: 888-374-6361

Guadeloupe: 011-590-590-82-09-30;

Jamaica: 800-JAMAICA;

Martinique: 514-288-1904;

Puerto Rico: 800-866-7827;

St. Barthelemy: 011-590-590-27-87-27;

St. Kitts and Nevis: 800-582-6208;; 866-55-NEVIS;

St. Lucia: 888-478-5824;

St. Maarten/St. Martin: 877-956-1234;,

U.S. Virgin Islands: 800-372-USVI,

Recommended Resorts

Cap Juluca: 888-858-5822;

Jumby Bay: 888-767-3966;

Curtain Bluff: 888-289-9898;

Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort: 268-562-3030;

Radisson Aruba Resort: 888-201-1718;

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort: 888-591-1234;

Aruba Marriott Resort: 800-223-6388;

Bucuti Beach Resort: 800-223-1108;

Four Seasons Great Exuma: 800-819-5053;

Atlantis, One&Only, The Cove: 888-528-7155;

Sandy Lane: 866-444-4080;

Lone Star Hotel: 246-419-0599;

Plaza Resort Bonaire: 800-766-6016;

Peter Island Resort: 770-476-9988 800-346-4451;

Guana Island: 800-223-1108;

Necker Island: 800-557-4255;

Anegada Reef Hotel: 284-495-8002;

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman: 800-241-3333;

Hotel and Lodge Kura Hulanda: 877-264-3106;

Fort Young Hotel: 767-448-5000;

Gran Bahia Principe: 866-282-2442;

Iguana Mama: 800-849-4720;

Club Med La Caravelle: 888-WEB-CLUB;

Chukka Tours: 876-972-2506;

Mocking Bird Hill: 876-993-7134;

Jake’s: 800-688-7678;

Tensing Pen: 876-957-0387;

Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa: 800-735-2478 or 596-596-54-80-80;

Copamarina Beach Resort: 800-468-4553;

W Hotel Vieques: 866-716-8105;

Eden Rock: 877-563-7105;

French Caribbean International: 800-322-2223;

WIMCO: 800-449-1553;

Four Seasons Resort Nevis: 800-819-5053;

Montpelier Plantation Inn: 869-469-3462;

Nisbet Plantation: 800-742-6008;

Marriott St. Kitts Resort and Royal Beach Casino: 800-228-9290;

Ottley’s Plantation Inn: 800-772-3039;

Discovery at Marigot Bay: 758-458-5300;

Anse Chastanet/Jade Mountain: 800-223-1108;,

Westin St. Maarten, Dawn Beach Resort: 800-937-8461;

Buccaneer Hotel: 800-255-3881;

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas: 800-241-3333;

Caneel Bay: 888-767-3966;

Seven Additional Island Destinations


The “spice island” also sustained a wallop from Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but beaches are restored, hotels and restaurants are back and an easy-going lifestyle has returned. The bantam, formerly British island is ideal for those who prefer to bypass the tourist circuit in favor of photogenic vistas of a beautiful harbor and charismatic villages.
Hotels are concentrated in the south, particularly on two-mile Grand Anse. The sweetly elegant Spice Island Beach Resort used Ivan’s ransacking as a pretext to completely upgrade the resort, much of which was completely rebuilt. New on the scene are the one- and two-bedroom Maca Bana Villas, all fully equipped and hovering above a beautiful beacha great option for families.
Things move at a snail’s pace on the rustic island of Carriacou, largest of the Grenadines, also part of Grenada and reached by twice-daily ferry.


Elton John and Paul McCartney once recorded albums here, but today an 11-year-old volcanic eruption continues, making the southern two-thirds of the island like a visit to Mother Nature’s kitchen. The ash-laden volcano is a commanding sight, and the ruin of the former capital is like a Caribbean Pompeii, though the island’s north is fertile and green, and offshore reefs rich with sea life.
A new airport opened in 2005 and WINAIR offers daily flights from Antigua. With British support, and a sideshow of bird watching, diving and hiking, tourism is making a cautious rebound. Still, the top attraction today is the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, where a panoramic view of Soufriere Hills is supplanted with scientist-led tours of the monitoring effort.
The 22-room Vue Pointe Hotel has cottages with views of the volcano and a Wednesday night poolside barbecue that remains an island institution.


Of little use for travelers seeking beach resorts or duty free shopping, Dutch Saba is just five square miles, but perfect for those who like their islands steep and deephiking around a rocky peak, diving over soaring pinnacles and plunging reefs, and charming village culture. It’s petite, vertical and beach-freea single five mile road links the tiny airstrip on one side to the tinier port on the otherbut it adds up to a package that readers of Travel + Leisure magazine ranked as their favorite Caribbean island in 2006.
There are fewer than 100 rooms on the island, but one of the original inns, Juliana’s, is well-located and owned by an attentive young couple, while another inn, The Gate House, has Saba’s best restaurant, with a Wine Spectator-commended wine list.

St. Eustatius

Better known as Statia, this eccentric Dutch back-of-beyond covers just 12 square miles but possesses more history than most of its more famous neighbors. Once the Caribbean’s richest port, thousands of slaves along with silks and spices flowed through its warehouses; today, oil courses through a major transshipping facility and students through a medical university. Tourists are few.
A symmetrical volcano, The Quill, lords over the southern half of the island, while narrow, dusky beaches are mined more for construction sand than they are primed for sun. Still, the diving and snorkeling through historical treasuresanchors, cannons, pottery shardsis said to be very good, and in 2003 a 327-foot cable repair ship was scuttled to create an artificial reef; Dive Statia is one of three dive operators. Stay at the one-time cotton refinery, the Old Gin House, an 18-room inn with attractive water-facing suites.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Three distinct vacations on offer here: St. Vincent is the quaintly outdated Caribbean of a few decades ago; the Grenadines are beloved hideouts dappled with private island resorts; sailing between them is a yachtsman’s dream. Collectively they served as primary shooting locations for Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
The backdrop is lush and volcanic on St. Vincent, with forests inhabited by a majestic endemic parrot. The tiny Grenadines are dryer outposts with dazzling beaches and surprisingly varied tourism: On one end of the spectrum is the sweet island of Bequia with small, inexpensive guest houses, on the other is Mustique, with two posh hotels and 60-some high-priced villas.
The best hotel remains Young Island, a classics 35-acre rock outcrop and 28-room hideaway located 200 yards off St. Vincent. Most convenient is posh Raffles Resort Canouan Island, the Grenadine that is currently the country’s only point of entry from the U.S. on American Eagle.

Trinidad and Tobago

A two-island nation with a split personality. Port of Spain’s massive Carnival festivities and artistic culture head the list on urban Trinidad, an island that has always pursued tourism lightly (offshore oil wealth dominates the business agenda). But Tobago is lush and untamed, with hideaway beaches, excellent diving and languid retreat.
Bird watching is outstanding at places like Asa Wright Nature Centre, a much-lauded 200-acre retreat for bird lovers, located 1,200 feet above sea level (Venezuela’s proximity means many South American species nest here). On Tobago, Kariwak Holistic Haven is a 24-room oasis of holistic living and excellent dining.
New air service to Port of Spain, on Continental from Houston and Newark and on Delta from Atlanta, makes Trinidad more accessible than ever. Oddly, although jets make the hop from Europe, Tobago is accessed from the U.S. only via Trinidad.

Turks and Caicos Islands

A decade ago these chains of British islands were sleepy and known best for stellar diving and indolent beaches, aficionados of which required little infrastructure. Today, glam resorts and seven-story condo projects line gorgeous Grace Bay on Providenciales and a new cruise ship pier will unload a quarter-million passengers into Grand Turk this season. Throughout, the setting is mostly low lying and flat scrubland, lined with soft beaches, ironshore and mangrove swamps.
The all-inclusive Club Med Turkoise virtually invented the Provo holiday in 1984 (the island’s airport debuted in tandem). An international crowd and dedicated social scene remain intact, aimed at a wide cross-section of singles and couples of all ages (average age 40, and no kids under 18). Drawing a more exclusive crowd, the exquisite, year-old Amanyara has a sublimely peaceful Provo location, and all the requisite Asian touches we expect from the Caribbean’s first Aman Resort, and jaw-dropping prices to boot.

Island Resources

Tourism Contacts:

Grenada: 800-927-9554;

Montserrat: 664-491-2230;

Saba: 011-599-416-2231;

St. Eustatius: 011-599-318-2107;

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: 800-729-1726;

Trinidad and Tobago: 800-816-7541;

Turks and Caicos Islands: 800-241-0824;

Recommended Resorts:

Maca Bana Villas: 473-439-5355;

Spice Island Beach Resort: 845-628-1701;

WINAIR: 888-255-6889;

Vue Pointe Hotel: 664-491-5210;

Juliana’s: 888-289-5708;

The Gate House: 011-599-416-2416;

Dive Statia: 866-614-3491;

Old Gin House: 011-599-318-2319;

Young Island: 800-223-1108;

Raffles Resort Canouan Island: 877-226-6826;

Asa Wright Nature Centre: 800-426-7781;

Kariwak Holistic Haven: 868-639-8442;

Club Med Turkoise: 800-CLUB-MED;

Amanyara: 866-841-8133;