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The Best of the Caribbean

The Best of the Caribbean

by Kevin Patterson

We're not afraid to say it. We're the beach experts. And we know where to find the best of everything in the Caribbean. Looking for the best Caribbean island? We know where it is. Wondering where the best Caribbean resorts are located? We'll get you there for a vacation that's off the charts. So here's our informal list of the best of the Caribbean.

The best Caribbean beach? There are too many to list. But trust us when we say they're all fabulous. We will admit that our current favorite is the one we're on right this very minute.

The best Caribbean food is a matter for debate. Our guests really rave about Sivory Punta Cana's Gourmond Restaurant. Can't say we blame them! Gourmond happens to be the only AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant in the Dominican Republic. For more choices, head to St. Martin/St. Maarten, where more than 365 restaurants will tempt your taste buds. We think that might have something to do with the French influence there. Just guessing.

Have a large group? A top resort for a reunion of family or friends is Coconut Bay Resort & Spa on St. Lucia. It's no surprise this place shows up on a bunch of the best Caribbean resorts lists. There's an adult-only section (Harmony), for a family section and one mile of gorgeous beach. Your in-laws and that prickly Aunt Edna will thank you!

If it's just you and the kids, you won't do better than the family-friendly favorite Dreams Punta Cana. With one of the Dominican Republic's largest free-form pools, swim-out rooms, an Explorer's Club with pony rides and pirate ships for kids, and the Core Zone clubhouse with a climbing wall and an evening disco for teens, this resort is a hands-down winner.

Sometimes the best vacations are not well-known. For example, Secrets St. James is one of the Caribbean's best-kept-secrets. This resort combines luxury and relaxation in a lush tropical setting. We love the on-site activities, adults-only environment, and the beachside spa cabana. You can really get away from the world and every day cares in this secret paradise.

The best Caribbean island? Okay, we have to admit that if you're looking for the best Caribbean vacation, or a honeymoon that's simply magical, we know just where to go. But if we told you, it would take away the fun of exploring the magical Caribbean islands on your own.


Featured resorts

Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa

St. Lucia
5 Nights w/Air from $1,659 All-Inclusive