The Ten Most Visited Caribbean Islands

 

5. The Bahamas with 1,346,000 visitors

Consisting of 700 islands, of which just 23 are inhabited, it seems the possibilities are endless in The Bahamas. From Christopher Columbus to the pirate Blackbeard, the chain of islands has seen its fair share of history’s noted adventurers, but these days the visitors tend to be of a calmer ilk. Honeymooners, adventure seekers and families can soak up a wide range of activities, including the endless beaches and pampering in the many resorts. Get moving with all sorts of water sports or a dive for some sunken treasure. For even more traveling, check out the unique sights and history of the various islands.

The Atlantis Paradise Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Atlantis Paradise Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas.

4. Jamaica with 1,952,000 visitors

Jamaica’s probably the best known out of all the Caribbean offerings thanks to Bob Marley, reggae and Rastafarianism. Swirled together with jerk seasoning, Jamaica presents a rich mix of culture and history unlike the rest of the Caribbean. The island is also the poster child of elopers and newlyweds everywhere, with its romantic all-inclusive resorts and dreamy landscapes. Outside the resorts, visitors can find breathtaking waterfalls and trails as well as the Caribbean’s dependable crystalline waters and the chance to swim with dolphins.

Looking towards Montego Bay on the Jamaican coast.

Looking towards Montego Bay on the Jamaican coast.

3. Cuba with 2,688,000 visitors

Although restricted for U.S. citizens, Cuba sees a steady stream of worldwide visitors every year, including a growing number of American visitors arriving from Canada or Mexico. The Antilles’ biggest island lack of economic powerhouse pales in comparison to its incredible rich heritage, food, and history. The faded architecture looks more shabby chic than run-down, and the preservation of iconic sites and traditions presents visitors with a deep look into Cuban history and pride. And the country’s popular medical tourism proves that Cuba has plenty of modern offerings. Of course, it should go without saying that the lush countryside, bays and inlets are just as vivid as the houses, music and people in the cities.

Time seemingly stands still on the streets of Havana.

Time seemingly stands still on the streets of Havana.

2. Puerto Rico with 3,048,000 visitors

[Also see our travel article “One Week in Puerto Rico“]

Although small, Puerto Rico requires at least a week’s stay to truly experience the wide range of activities and day trips available. The flawless island features world-class beaches, stick-to-your-ribs food and the El Yunque rainforest. Added to the charming colonial architecture and electric hum of life, Puerto Rico is one place that fits the bill for all types. The rum tastings certainly don’t hurt the island’s image, either.

In the Caribbean, San Juan is one of the most popular ports of call. And with good reason, as it's historical and beautiful.

In the Caribbean, San Juan is one of the most popular ports of call. And with good reason, as it’s historical and beautiful.

1. Dominican Republic with 4,306,000 visitors

The beauty and the sense of being a part of a buzzing, pulsing atmosphere makes the Dominican Republic a fine choice for a holiday. The scenery just doesn’t stop, from beaches and waterfalls to deserts and mountains packed into its half of the island of Hispaniola. Santo Domingo, the Caribbean’s largest city, bounces along to a blasting merengue soundtrack, stealing the title of the city that never sleeps. And the near guarantee of new friends and a push to eat more all signify the makings of a perfect getaway that requires a sequel.

The Dominican Republic has a number of stunning beach destinations.

The Dominican Republic has a number of stunning beach destinations.

More reading suggestions from Traveler’s Digest:

  1. Ten Most Visited Countries in the World
  2. Ten Most Visited Cities in the World
  3. Ten Least Visited Countries in the World
  4. Most Visited Cities in the United States
  5. Ten Most Visited Countries in Asia

 

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Maureen is a Hong Kong-based writer and editor who spent several years teaching EFL and traveling around the world. Getting lost while traveling is her main hobby. Find her on Google+.

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