Best Caribbean Islands:  10 Secret Vacation Spots to Discover

Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

Nestled just south of the main island of Cuba and surrounded by a chain of white sand keys, Isla de la Juventud is technically a part of Cuba, though, in many ways, it feels a world away.  Many visitors compare it to a Cuba of the past.

Vieques,  Puerto Rico

Just a tiny island off the coast of Puerto Rico, Vieques has long been a popular destination with in-the-know travelers looking for one of the best Caribbean Islands you can visit from the United States without a passport.


Part of the French-controlled Caribbean, Guadeloupe has all the charm and beauty of other French Caribbean colonies like St. Barths and St. Martin, but with just a fraction of the visitors.

Cayo Guillermo

If you’re a fan of Ernest Hemingway, you may have heard of Cayo Guillermo; the author’s work “Islands in the Stream” lauds this tiny island off the northern coast of Cuba for its incredible natural beauty, shallow coral reefs, and crystal clear waters.

Cayo Jutias

The rugged and natural Cayo Jutias is yet another under-the-radar island off the coast of mainland Cuba, home to several untouched, wild beaches that make this unique Caribbean destination a true off-the-grid escape.


Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, the tiny island nation of Dominica is one of the best spots in the Caribbean for ecotourism Think all things natural beauty: mountains, warm, lush jungles, waterfall, and even volcanic hot springs to bathe in.


Largely overshadowed by neighboring Aruba and Curacao, Bonaire is one of the best-kept secrets of the Caribbean, still quite undertouristed despite its endless natural beauty.


The hidden and underrated dive spots in the Caribbean don’t stop with Bonaire; the tiny island of Carriacou, part of the Grenadines in the Lesser Antilles, is another world-class spot, easily one of the best Caribbean islands for snorkeling and scuba diving.

The Corn Islands

Long a favorite destination for surfers and budget backpackers looking to disconnect, word has gotten out in recent years, and there are more visitors than ever. However, nothing seems to kill the relaxed vibe you’ll enjoy on “the Corns.”

The Rosario Islands

The Rosario Islands offer a wide range of accommodation options, including everything from luxurious eco-lodges to party hostels, meaning all kinds of travelers can visit these shallow, turquoise waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling.