Some vacations are built almost entirely on the idea of exploring the world, spurred by the desire for new experiences and new sights — as well as the all-important bragging rights that those things earn us. Yet sometimes, all you want to do is get away from it all, to kick off your shoes and relax a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. One of the remarkable things about the Caribbean is that it’s so expansive — it’s easy for any type of traveler to find what they’re looking for in the region. If it’s serenity and calm you seek on your Caribbean vacation, look no further than these relaxing destinations.
Just removed from busy Antigua is Barbuda, where pink and white sand beaches line crystal blue waters. Pick a beach, any beach, and feel your cares drift away on the coastal breeze.
Out Islands, The Bahamas
Because the reefs that surround this chain of islands – located just south of Grand Bahama Island – make for difficult navigation, the Out Islands allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the Bahamas without the massive cruise ship crowds. Instead, you’ll find a place where you can explore at your own unhurried pace, along with a stretch of pristine white and pink sand beach to call your own.
This relatively secluded rural island is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy a cocktail, or two, or four. In fact, the act of doing nothing is such an important part of the culture in this region that they have a slang for it: liming.
Vieques, Puerto Rico
A small island (just 22 miles long and 4 miles wide) filled with lovely beaches, but not overrun with tourists, Vieques is just off the eastern coast of central Puerto Rico. Amble at your own pace through the island’s wildlife refuge, or paddle out into the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay at night to take in a light show for the ages.
Petit St. Vincent, The Grenadines
This luxurious, privately owned island is made for getting away from it all. A tech-free paradise where pampered guests can order cocktails by simply raising a flag, this island boasts unparalleled decadence for the analogue set.