Scented by slow-roasted pork and sea breezes, and colored by swashbuckling history, this sun-washed medley of Spanish and American influences is a paradise-seeker's pleasure dome. Why I Love Puerto Rico By Luke Waterson, Writer The island seems to specialise in making seemingly run-of-the-mill experiences rapidly erupt into life-long memories.
The English-speaking Windward Islands offer every experience one could want in the Caribbean and more. In many ways, Dominica is the ‘non-Caribbean’ Caribbean island. Beaches are few, as are resorts. Instead this volcanic island is blanketed by untamed rainforest that begs exploration.
Ocho Rios, Port Antonio & the North Coast
Ocho Rios, Jamaica’s third-largest town, dominates the north coast’s tourist scene. Cruise ships call in several times a week, and although tourist numbers are large, they never seem overwhelming. Perhaps this is because there's so much to distract, from adventure activities to working plantations to sights unveiling the breadth of Jamaican history.
Bávaro & Punta Cana
It wouldn’t be out of line to equate the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic as a sort of sea and sun Disneyland – after all, it is here where the all-inclusive resorts snatch up broad swaths of cinematic beaches faster than the real estate agents can get the sun-soaked sands on the market.
Montego Bay & Northwest Coast
Home to the nation’s largest airport and a busy Caribbean cruise terminal, Montego Bay is many people’s first view of Jamaica before they get whisked off to the surrounding beaches, golf courses and all-inclusive resorts. So it's ironic that, barring MoBay's excellent dining scene, most of the area’s attractions are found outside Jamaica's second city.
Renowned as a maritime playground for sun-starved Americans, this stunning string of subtropical islands is so much more than a cruise-ship stopover. Stretched between the depths of the North Atlantic and Florida's eastern coast, the Bahamas comprises more than 700 islands and 2400 cays, most uninhabited, and all fringed by spectacular coral and fathomless ocean trenches.
Kingston, Blue Mountains & the Southeast Coast
Kingston is Jamaica's beating heart, its raw energy contrasting sharply with the languor of resorts and villages elsewhere on the island. This is a city on the up and up, with a positive, go-ahead vibe. It's the launchpad for some of the world’s most electrifying music, and sound systems still provide its essential soundtrack.
Montego Bay has two distinct faces: there’s the smooth tourist countenance that grins contentedly from the pages of a thousand glossy Caribbean brochures; and there’s MoBay proper, a pretty gritty city, second only to Kingston in terms of status and chaos. Most of the big all-inclusive resorts are located well outside the urban core in the fancy suburb of Ironshore.