There’s no denying that Caribbean Islands are loaded with tons of opportunities for adventure, clear waters and natural sites as well.
Even when they’re all unique, some are better in some aspects than others.
We’ve listed the best islands of the Caribbean based on the range of activities they offer, hotel booking and accessibility.
All this was done by checking the number of attractions listed on TripAdvisor, the average hotel-room cost using data from hotels.com, the amount of coastline offered per square kilometer and the flight time from New York City.
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Average hotel room cost: $637 per night
Distance from NYC: 6 hours
Located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, the island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is conformed by 32 islands and cays that offer a combination of luxury accommodations, water sports, rainforest adventures and miles of powder-white sand beaches. 59 out of the 115 activities offered to travelers are either stunning natural sites or parks. These locations have a moderate beach-density score of 0.22.
Average hotel room: $107 per night
Distance from NYC: 7 hours and 45 minutes
After 2010’s earthquake, Haiti has gone through recovery efforts that have successfully brought travelers back to the history-rich island. There are many historic and picturesque attractions to see here, including the Marche de Fer flea market and the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien. It has a 0.06 beach-density, indicating that it has a relatively little beachfront compared to other Caribbean islands.
Average hotel room cost: $412 per night
Distance from NYC: 5 hours
You’ll find miles of white sand and pristine waters in Anguilla — Hence its high beach-density score of 0.67. With romantic beaches like Rendezvous Bay, where you can also swim and sunbathe all year round. The list of activities range from sailing on glass-bottom boats to swimming with dolphins.
Average hotel room cost: $206 per night
Distance from NYC: 6 hours and 10 minutes
Once the world’s most treasured source of exotic spices, Grenada has earned the nickname of Spice Island. Currently, its home to rich and mountainous terrain where you can sail, fish, hike or bike. Its beach-density score of 0,35 and 158 different activities including diving with shark and turtles among others.
Average hotel room cost: $134 per night
Distance from NYC: 5 hours and 55 minutes
Visitors can do everything from swimming on black-sand beaches to relaxing in hot sulfur springs. The island’s volcanic terrain has created unique sites like the Champagne Reef, there, you’ll feel like swimming in a giant bottle of champagne thanks to its geothermal bubbles. Also, there’s nearly 40 incredible diving sites to choose from, despite its relatively low beach-density score of 0.2.
Average hotel room cost: $140 per night
Distance from NYC: 6 hours and 20 minutes
Guadeloupe is an archipelago of islands where travelers will find 321 different activities to pick from. Grande-Terre is included in its main two islands where beach towns offer white sands and a variety of water activities, and the mountainous Basse-Terre, where the breathtaking Guadeloupe National Park can be visited. Also, it has a low beach-density score of 0.19.
- British Virgin Islands
Average hotel room cost: $278 per night
Distance from NYC: 5 hours and 30 minutes
The British Virgin Islands offer 204 different activities to visitors, with about 60 different islands to choose from. Venture into underwater coves in Virgin Gorda, enjoy a drink at a swim-up bar in Jost Van Dyke, or check out the ruins and rum distilleries in Tortola. You’ll also find some of the world’s best sailing spots in the British Virgin Islands, with a 0,53 beach-density score.
- Turks and Caicos
Average hotel room cost: $468 per night
Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 25 minutes
Turks and Caicos has world-class hotels and stretches of uncrowded beaches. If you’re among upscale vacationers, places like Providenciales is popular thanks to Grace Bay, which was just dubbed the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor users. Turks and Caicos is home to 118 outdoor activities and boasts a moderate beach-density score of 0.41.
- Trinidad and Tobago
Average hotel room cost: $185 per night
Distance from NYC: 4 hours and 55 minutes
These islands’ best features are its top-notch bird-watching, diving, and rainforest-hiking opportunities. Trinidad is home to exuberant hills and bustling nightlife, while Tobago has serene setting and palm-lined beaches. In total, the islands boast 231 different recreational, natural and cultural activities for travelers, despite their low 0,07 beach-density.
- St. Lucia
Average hotel room cost: $331 per night
Distance from NYC: 4 hours and 35 minutes
St. Lucia features opportunities to experience modern sites and luxury resorts or delve into old plantations and hidden beaches. Its intimate beaches like Anse Mamin give you the chance to experience your own private paradise while sulfur springs are ideal for DIY spa treatments. The island has 366 different activities and a low beach-density score of 0.26.
Average hotel room cost: $102 per night
Distance from NYC: 5 hours and 35 minutes
In Montserrat, you can explore pristine beaches, ruins, and stunning volcanoes. Check out all of its 19 attractions before sunbathing on one of its glistening beaches. It has the most affordable hotel rooms on our list and features a moderate beach-density score of 0.39.
- Antigua and Barbuda
Average hotel room cost: $292 per night
Distance from NYC: 4 hours and 20 minutes
In Antigua, you’ll come across narrow roads and colorful villages filled with historic sites. It also has its charm, with a large bird population and reef-filled waters. There’s such a wide variety of beaches that you could visit a different one each day of the year and still not repeat yourself and also 216 different activities to choose from.
Average hotel room cost: $132 per night
Distance from NYC: 5 hours and 45 minutes
Martinique is home to an impressive variety of landscapes. Its capital, Fort-de-France, proudly displays a more urban feel, while its northern region has plenty of rain forests, mountains, and miles of beaches. With around 118 outdoor activities to indulge in, it’s a paradise for outdoor lovers. Also, it’s home to 25 historic landmarks, including the birthplace of Napoleon’s empress Josephine. It has a moderate beach-density score of 0.31.
Average hotel room cost: $210 per night
Distance from NYC: 4 hours and 40 minutes
Whether you’re in search of exhilarating nightlife, prime beach resorts, or breathtaking natural sites, you’ll find them in Barbados. The Mount Gay Rum Distillery is located in the capital, Bridgetown. And it produces the world’s oldest brand of rum. On the east side you’ll find wild surf terrains while in the west side, you’ll find calm waters ideal for swimming. There are 373 different activities for travelers in total and it has a moderate beach-density score of 0.23.
Average hotel room cost: $270 per night
Distance from NYC: 4 hours and 20 minutes
Aruba is, in spite of a moderate beach-density score of 0.38, one of the most popular Caribbean destinations, thanks to resorts that offer prime package deals and more than 350 different activities for visitors. Oranjestad, the main town, is filled with pastel facades, landmarks, and shops, whereas the island’s outskirts are where you’ll find hidden beaches and beautiful vistas.
- St. Kitts and Nevis
Average hotel room cost: $257 per night
Distance from NYC: 4 hours and 10 minutes
The two-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis flourishes with palm-fringed beaches, soaring mountains, and lush jungle terrain. There are 173 different activities here, with natural sites and historic attractions like the sugar plantations. St. Kitts is home to a bustling atmosphere filled with nightlife venues and resorts, while Nevis offers a calmer atmosphere. These islands have a high beach-density score of 0.52.
- US Virgin Islands
Average hotel room cost: $246 per night
Distance from NYC: 4 hours and 30 minutes
The main islands of the US Virgin Islands — St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix — host historic colonial buildings, bustling shopping and nightlife, prime sailing, and hidden coves to explore. It has 779 different activities to choose from in spite of a low beach-density score of 0.1, and ferries that make island-hopping easy.
- Cayman Islands
Average hotel room cost: $281 per night
Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 50 minutes
There are 443 different activities to choose from on the three islands of Cayman Islands. Grand Cayman is the largest and has a cosmopolitan feel to it, thanks to the beautiful Seven Mile Beach, its array of gourmet restaurants and malls. Cayman Brac has plenty of serene trails and some fantastic diving sights. Little Cayman has one of the world’s best wall dives at Bloody Bay Wall and also beautiful uncrowded beaches that you’ll surely enjoy. The islands have a high beach-density score of 0.61.
- Saint Barthélemy
Average hotel room cost: $305 per night
Distance from NYC: 5 hours and five minutes
Saint-Barthélemy (also known as St. Barts or St. Barths) has fine-dining restaurants, a variety of designer boutiques and breathtaking scenery, like stunning mountains, green hills, and glistening bays. Most of its beaches remain crowd-free, making them the perfect place to loosen up after exploring all of the 51 activities on the island. The island also has an incredibly high beach-density score of 1.52.
Average hotel room cost: $220 per night
Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 45 minutes
Jamaica is home to sandy beaches exuberant banana groves, and 763 activities that range from snorkeling and shopping to hiking and bird-watching, in spite of a low beach-density score of 0.09. Sample authentic Jamaican cuisine before heading to Rick’s Cafe in Negril, an iconic drinking institution known for its epic sunsets and cliffside views.
- The Bahamas
Average hotel room cost: $328 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours and 55 minutes
The Bahamas is paradise waiting to be explored. It was recently dubbed the No. 1 Caribbean destination for wealthy travelers, with around 703 activities and around 700 islands and incredible beachside properties, It has a moderate beach-density score of 0.26.
Average hotel room cost: $171 per night
Distance from NYC: 4 hours and 30 minutes
A favorite destination for diving, Curacao is also home to beaches with calm waters and 253 activities to choose from. 75 of those being water sports. If you’re not a water enthusiast, try hiking the trails of the Christoffelpark. Or try exploring the Hato Caves, an elaborate network of stalactites and stalagmites. Curacao has a high beach-density of 0.82.
- St. Martin/Sint Maarten
Average hotel room cost: $202 per night
Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 55 minutes
St. Martin is split into two sides: the French half of St. Martin, which has a quiet ambiance, with white-sand beaches and alluring mountainside scenery. And the Dutch half of Sint Maarten, which is filled with humming nightlife, shopping centers, and gleaming beaches. It’s also worth mentioning it has been chosen as the number one location for investing. The island has a very high beach-density score of 1.09 and 388 different activities to enjoy. From which you have snorkeling and scuba diving, places to visit like The Butterfly Farm and Old Street, where you can also do shopping, and nature and wildlife tours all across the island as well.
- Dominican Republic
Average hotel room cost: $184 per night
Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 40 minutes
The Dominican Republic is home to beaches, colonial buildings, desert terrain, and some of the Caribbean’s most diverse landscapes of mountains. Despite its low beach-density score of 0.03. There are a whopping 1,036 activities to choose from here, you can indulge in prime seafood at its beachfront bars or witness four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean that rise above Santiago.
- Puerto Rico
Average hotel room cost: $183 per night
Distance from NYC: 2 hours and 40 minutes
Puerto Rico takes the No. 1 spot thanks to a staggering 1,056 activities travelers can enjoy and its affordable hotel rates. Despite its low beach-density score of 0.04, it’s home to tropical terrain that has helped it earn its name of “Island of Enchantment”.