Five Caribbean Islands You Must Visit

The Caribbean Islands are beautiful. Five you really must visit are Aruba, Barbados, Grand Bahama, Grenada and Curacao.

Aruba is 21 miles long with 75 square miles of area. It has a dry and arid climate with many cacti as high as a man in its landscape. You can enjoy beautiful white sand beaches and fine hotels. Interesting to explore are deep grottoes, coral bridges and high cliffs. Most of the island’s population is in its capital of Oranjestad. Bonbini, its native language, means “welcome”. Aruba is known as one of the Earth’s most welcoming places due to its Dutch hospitality tradition.

Frenchman’s Pass is a narrow passage between coral cliffs. Legend speaks of French pirates being confronted by Indians when the pirates tried to invade Aruba in the early 17th century. The Indian ghosts are said to haunt this area known as Spanish Lagoon.

Barbados, the easternmost flat coral island, has an interior of sugar cane and cotton fields. There are also elegant resorts and historical sights at every turn. St. Nicholas Abbey is a combination of a plantation great house and a reconstructed rum factory.

Barbados has bustling commercial centers, restaurants with gourmet cuisine, historical museums, fabulous golf courses, and amazing caves. The Animal Flower Cave with its sea anemones, the Flower Forest, and the huge underground cavern of Harrison’s Cave are unusual places to visit.

The most well-known city on the second most populated and fourth largest island, Grand Bahama, is Freeport – its capital city. The Cyber Cafe has computers, which are recommended because the only phone company charges exorbitant rates. Pay-per-view movies are also available there. The International Bazaar has a Las Vegas style casino and nearly 100 specialty shops with duty-free goods such as fine jewelry, perfume, and liquor. You can realize up to a 30 percent savings on many items.

There is the pirate haven of Nassau, Port Lacaya with its large hotels and Straw Market and cruise ship docking, and many beautiful beaches. You can take a Glass-Bottom Party Boat ride or experience live music in Count Basie Square in Port Lacaya.

Grenada is volcanic in nature. It is known as The Spice Isle because of being a leading producer of spices such as 20% of the world’s supply of nutmeg plus cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and allspice. Organic cocoa and orange/citrus peels are other popular products. Tourism is concentrated in the area around St. George’s in the southwest of the island where four cruise ships per day were docking at this capital city’s large pier and esplanade as of 2007-2008.

Curacao has some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean. Dutch Colonial architecture is apparent in its capital city of Willemstad. Curacao also features diving, windsurfing, and other water sports. There is one of the world’s largest oil refineries, and a ship-repair dry dock is one of the largest in the Americas.

The Museum Kura Hulanda is one of the Caribbean’s best museums and is part of a sensational hotel of the same name. The museum is inside a 19th-century slave quarters and has exhibits documenting the slave trade, voodoo, and the origin of mankind.


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