The most popular island in the Dutch Caribbean, Aruba draws droves of honeymooners and sun worshippers to its sandy shores.
The Bahamas is ideal for both quick 4- or 5-day jaunts and longer vacations, if you'd really like to island-hop and see as much as you can.
Set adrift in its own dreamy archipelago in the balmy Gulf Stream, this rich little oasis is slightly British, slightly American and very Bermudian.
Endless pink- and white-sand beaches and a rich West Indian tradition are what put Barbados on the map, and although it doesn't offer casinos, it has more than just beach life.
|British Virgin Islands|
The British Virgin Islands embrace 40-odd islands, some no more than just rocks or spits of land in the sea.
Ringed by coral reefs and pristine azure waters, the three islands that comprise the Cayman Islands are a marine paradise in the western Caribbean.
Most visitors have a mental picture of Jamaica before they arrive: its boisterous culture of reggae and Rastafarianism; its white-sand beaches; and its lush foliage, rivers, mountains, and clear waterfalls.
|The Dominican Republic|
White beaches, inexpensive resorts, and natural beauty bring visitors to the Dominican Republic. Columbus even said that "There is no more beautiful island in the world."
It's only the size of Connecticut, but Puerto Rico pulsates with more life than any other island in the Caribbean.
St. Barts: Two words synonymous with glitz, glamour, and gorgeous beaches. A taste of the French Riviera in the Caribbean, St. Barts is eternally chic.
|St. Croix, USVI|
Between the two extremes of St. Croix's coasts are beautiful beaches, rolling hills, pastures, and, increasingly, miles of condos.
|St. John, USVI|
St. John is a wonder of unspoiled beauty: its rocky coastline are beautiful crescent shaped bays and white sand beaches, and the interior is no less impressive.
St. Lucia remains relatively unspoiled, a checkerboard of green-mantled mountains, valleys, wild orchids, and fishing villages.
|St. Maarten/St. Martin|
St. Martin/Sint Maarten is an exotic rum cocktail of French cuisine, Dutch tolerance and Caribbean relaxation set in a sparkling sea of aquamarine.
|St. Thomas, USVI
St. Thomas is not only the shopping hub of the Caribbean, but is also one of the top destinations for sailing, scuba diving, and fishing.