7 Best Western Caribbean Islands You Must Know-2021-Reviewed And Updated - Iccaribbean 7 Best Western Caribbean Islands You Must Know-2021-Reviewed And Updated (2023)

You might have heard about Caribbean islands, famous for their beaches and their culture. Speaking about the Geography of the Caribbean islands, they can be categorized as Eastern Caribbean islands, Western Caribbean islands and Southern Caribbean islands. Here, we learn everything about the Western Caribbean Islands.

If you are planning to spend your vacation here, don’t forget to pre-book your resorts and follow up with the travel restrictions imposed by the government because of the Covid-19 situation.

List of the Western Caribbean Islands

Here is the list of 7 best Western Caribbean islands :

  • Bahamas
  • Curacao
  • Bonaire
  • Aruba
  • Jamaica
  • Cayman Islands
  • Puerto Rico

Bahamas

Bahamas is one of the most preferable destinations in the Western Caribbean Islands.

The Bahamas is a Commonwealth region consisting of 16 islands that are low and flat. These islands contain three terrestrial ecoregions:

  • Bahamas dry forests
  • Bahamian pine mosaic
  • Bahamian Mangroves

The climate of the Bahamas is mostly tropical. Chances of getting winter here are very few unless a severe cold outbreak comes down from the North American Mainland.

Tropical storms and hurricanes occur occasionally in the Bahamas. The average sea temperature in the Bahamas always records between 23 °C and 28°C.

Limestones are predominantly found in the Bahamas. The estimated population of the Bahamas is around 385,637, where 96% of the population identified themselves as being Black, 4.7% White and 2.1% of a mixed race.

The national sport of the Bahamas is Cricket but they won’t play for the West Indies Cricket team.

Let’s look at the tourist attractions in the Bahamas:

Atlantis Paradise Island

Here, you can experience the beauty of the Atlantis in a luxury hotel, aquarium, water park and entertainment complex.

AquaVenture is a breath-taking waterscape where you can enjoy yourself by swimming/splashing around in more than 20 swimming areas, or just sit and enjoy the boat ride.

Natural marine habitats like Hammerhead sharks, swordfish etc. will be found swimming through the crystal clear open-air pools. You can also go for a stroll and visit shops, restaurants etc. built around this resort.

Nassau

Lauded as one of the most popular cruise ship ports in the Western Caribbean Islands, Nassau also provides you with plenty of options to enjoy. Being built at Cable Beach, you can enjoy the spectacular view of the Atlantic ocean and also visit shops, restaurants, museums of downtown and Bay street.

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You can also visit Paradise Island, which is just about five kilometres offshore from Nassau.

People like to face dolphins on a day trip to Blue Lagoon Island which can be accessible from Nassau.

Harbour Island

Harbour Island is home to the authentic pink-sand beaches you can find on the Caribbean island. People from far away from the Bahamas often visit this island to perform snorkelling, diving, sunbathing, fishing etc.

You can also taste the delicious food items available around the island.

Treasure Cay Beach, Great Abaco Island

This beach is lauded as one of the best beaches in the Western Caribbean Islands. This beach hosts one of the most popular fishing tournaments in the Bahamas.

The flour-soft sand and crystal clear waters make the whole beach glow with a spectacular contrast.

Curacao

It is a Dutch island located by the southern Caribbean sea. Together with Aruba and Bonaire, it forms the ABC islands, collectively called the Dutch Caribbean.

Coming to the flora of Curacao... Shrubs, evergreen, cacti etc are heavily found here.

Under Fauna, the species of hummingbirds, flamingos, birds, lizards, mammals etc. are abundant and caanot be found in other Western Caribbean islands.

Climate is kind of a hot semi-arid with a dry season from January to September and a wet season from October to December. The average temperatures recorded in the hottest month is 29.1°C and 26.6°C in the coldest month.

Curacao has a vast number of beaches. Some of them are as follows:

Baya Beach

One of the best beaches in Curacao meant for diving, jet-skiing, kayaking etc. Boat rides are available to visit the island of Klien Curacao.

Most people prefer to come to this beach during the night.

Blue Bay

Located to the northwest of Willemstad, there are several restaurants at the beach and golf course. This beach is preferable for Snorkelling and diving.

Blue Bay Sculpture Garden is one of the main attractions on this beach.

Boca Sami

Located from five kilometres to the west of Willemstad, Boca Sami is the home of the Jong Colombia football team.

Blue Bay Sculpture Garden is easily accessible from this place.

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Kleine Knip

Located on the western side of the Caribbean island, this beach is about 50 minutes drive from downtown Willemstad.

This beach has the best snorkelling facilities as the water is so calm and clear. You can also notice sea turtles around this beach.

Bonaire

Bonaire is one of the most liked islands of the Western Caribbean islands. Along with Aruba and Curacao, this island collectively forms the ABC islands. This island is a popular snorkelling and scuba diving destination because of its multiple shore diving sites and easy access to the reefs.

Nearly 20,104 people are residing here. The capital city is Kralendijk. 80% of the population are Dutch nationals.

You can visit Bonaire National Marine Park, Mangrove Information Center, Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, Lac Bay, Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary, Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire Museum, Jibe city, Aletta’s Goat Farm etc.

Kralendijk

Being the capital of Bonaire, Kralendijk is one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands with so many attractions. Some of them are Kralendijk lighthouse, Wilhelmina Park, Protestant church, Eleanor Roosevelt Monument, Fort Oranje, Betico Croes Monument.

Island Klein Bonaire is situated off the coast of Kralendijk, is famous for diving and snorkelling activities.

Aruba

Aruba is a constituent country in the kingdom of the Netherlands. Together with Bonaire and Curacao, Aruba forms a group of islands called the ABC islands.

This country is densely populated by 116,600 inhabitants and 96% of them are Dutch nationals.

Speaking of Fauna, this island is a habitat for whiptails, rattlesnakes, burrowing owls etc.

This country has the best beaches you can ever find in the Western Caribbean Islands.

Speaking of Flora, this island has various forms of cacti like Melocactus and Opuntia.

Just like Curacao, Aruba has a hot semi-arid climate and the average highest temperature recorded is 32°C and the lowest temperature recorded is 27°C.

Aruba has the best beaches in the world. Apart from the beaches, some of the attractions are as follows:

Arikok National Park

Occupying 18% of the total land area of Aruba, Arikok National Park is one of the main attractions in the Western Caribbean islands for its geological features.

It was established around 2000 and visitors are around 10000. So many hills, gold mines etc. are situated in this park.

Some oldest Arawak paintings are also found in this park which attracts the crowd so well.

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California Lighthouse

Being located near Arashi Beach, California is one of the most visited attractions in the Western Caribbean islands.

It was named after a wrecked steamship “California” and it happened on September 28, 1891.

Frenchman’s Pass

It is a narrow passage on Aruba between the coral reefs. This place has a tragic past related to the pirates’ invasion and how the Indians (residents of this area) tried to stop it and resulted in heavy loss of human lives.

Jamaica

You probably heard about Jamaica which is world-famous for its music and culture prevailing in this nation. The Capital, Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer Bob Marley.

Apart from Music, this country also has beautiful all-inclusive resorts which are mostly located in Montego Bay and Negril, known for their infamous diving and snorkelling sites.

The population is 2,776,667 (by 2018) and population density is 266/km^2.

Jamaica has so many attractions as follows:

Negril Beach

Also known as the Seven-mile beach, Negril is one of the most beautiful beaches in the western Caribbean islands. This beach also has so many all-inclusive resorts ranging from high to low range.

Snorkelling, scuba diving etc. are the activities available at this beach.

Blue and John Crow’s Mountains National park

Being one of the spectacular sites in the Western Caribbean islands, this park is embedded with jungle-clad mountains, waterfalls, lush rainforests and coffee plantations.

200 species of birds and 800 species of plants co-exist in this magnificent park.

Jamaica’s highest peak Blue mountain (2256 metres) is the highlight attraction.

Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay

This beach is embedded with powdery white sand and crystal clear waters which sets up the scene.

In the 1920s, a famous British osteopath claimed that the waters at this beach have amazing powers and this attracted so many people to visit this beach.

Regardless of his statement, people still visit this beach just to hang out and relax.

Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman, the largest island known for scuba diving and snorkelling sites, Cayman Brac… a popular launch point for deep-sea fishing excursions and the little Cayman, the smallest island which is home to diverse wildlife…all together called the Cayman Islands.

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Its population is around 65,813 and its population density is 244/km^2.

The Cayman Islands has a dry and tropical climate. These islands also have so many attractions as follows:

Stingray city

One of the most shallow water snorkel and dive sites in the Western Caribbean islands and the top tourist attraction in Grand Cayman.

Stingrays will be passing through these waters and you can feed them, play with them and even if you are frightened… you can just stand away from the shore and enjoy their play.

Atlantis Submarines

With the help of Atlantis Submarines, you can view the amazing tropical fish, shallow reefs, underwater canyons, shipwrecks etc.

They also offer night submarine rides and shallow-water excursions.

Puerto Rico

Located approximately 1000 miles Southeast of Miami, Florida… Puerto Rico is one of the famous destinations in the Western Caribbean islands.

The island is mostly mountainous with large coastal areas in the north and south.

Cerro de Punta, the highest peak (1340m) in Puerto Rico is located in the main mountain range called La Cordillera Central.

This country has 17 man-made lakes and more than 50 rivers originating from Cordillera Central.

This island has so many attractions and some of them are stated here as follows:

El Yunque National Forest

One of the most popular Puerto Rico’s attractions in the Western Caribbean islands, El Yunque National Forest is home to 240 species of trees and 50 species of orchids.

Most of the forest is damaged due to back to back hurricanes in 2017. Some part of it is recovered but it’s under-recovery.

Luquillo Beach

Located at a considerable distance from the city, this beach is not like the “busy” beaches. For people who like to have a stroll or swim in the crystal clear waters, considering the environment to be peaceful and calm, this beach is highly preferable.

Seven Seas Beach

Just like Luquillo Beach, Seven Seas Beach is a quiet beach with calm and crystal clear waters with greater facilities, one of the simplest beaches in the Western Caribbean Islands.

The sand is golden-brown. Picnic tables, restrooms etc. are available at this beach.

Boats are prohibited. Mostly, families prefer this beach to spend with their children in a peaceful environment.

Rincon

Popularly known as “Little Malibu”, Rincon is one of the best-surfing sites in the Western Caribbean islands.

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This beach became famous for surfing for its 15-foot high waves which make surfing more thrilling and exciting.

This beach has one of the best whale-watching excursions in the Western Caribbean islands. Humpback whales just bounce to and fro into the crystal waters, making us look at its elegant dancing.

FAQs

What is the safest Caribbean island to visit in 2021? ›

The safest Caribbean islands in 2021
  • Aruba. Located outside the hurricane belt just off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is an extremely safe destination that pretty much guarantees excellent weather no matter when you visit. ...
  • Turks & Caicos. ...
  • Cayman Islands. ...
  • St. ...
  • Barbados. ...
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  • Anguilla. ...
  • Martinique.
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What is the #1 Caribbean island? ›

1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Travel + Leisure readers know best when it comes to travel experiences around the globe. Ranking activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness and overall value, the publication's annual World's Best Awards has listed Dominica as the top island in the Caribbean.

What is the most beautiful island in the world 2021? ›

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Famous for its turquoise waters and verdant mountains, Bora Bora is pretty close to heaven on earth.

What is considered the most beautiful Caribbean island? ›

Caribbean: the most beautiful islands
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • Trinidad and Tobago.
  • St. Lucia.
  • Grenada.
  • Grand Cayman.
  • Aruba.
  • Anguilla.
  • Cuba.
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What is the safest Caribbean island to visit 2022? ›

The safest island in the Caribbean is St. Barts. But Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, and the Virgin Islands are also comparatively safe Caribbean destinations.

What is the safest Caribbean island to vacation? ›

Montserrat. Nicknamed “The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean” both for its terrain and the heritage of its inhabitants, Montserrat is a British territory in the Leeward Islands and it is considered to be the safest island in the Caribbean, with its last recorded murder occurring in 2008.

What is the most expensive Caribbean island to visit? ›

Musha Cay, Bahamas

Owned by the magician David Copperfield, Musha Cay is the most expensive Caribbean island you can visit. In fact, it costs from $50,000 per night for 1 to 12 people to stay here, with a 5 night minimum! What is this?

Which Caribbean island has the highest crime rate? ›

In the Caribbean, the worst murder rate is found in Jamaica, with 49.4 homicide victims per 100,000 inhabitants in 2021.

What is the least touristy Caribbean island? ›

Montserrat. Despite its French-sounding name, Montserrat is actually part of Britain. The United Nations World Tourism Organization listed Montserrat as one of the least visited countries in the world, making it the least visited island in the Caribbean.

What is the #1 island in the US? ›

1. Mackinac Island, Michigan. Eighty percent of this roughly four-square-mile island on Lake Huron is protected as a state park.

What is the best island in the world 2022? ›

In the annual ranking of the most beautiful islands in the world 2022, the small pearl of Italy takes the first place. Ischia was considered the most beautiful island in the world 2022 by Travel+Leisure readers with a score of 94.61.

What is the nicest island to visit? ›

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  • The Bahamas. ...
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  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. ...
  • Scottish Isles. ...
  • Madagascar, East Africa. ...
  • Ibiza, Spain.

Which Caribbean island has clearest water? ›

1. Turks and Caicos. Known for having the best clear water beaches in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos are home to sparkling white sandy beaches with shimmering blue crystal clear water that laps gently at the shore. The shallows are so clear you can see the undisturbed pearly sands at many depths.

Which Caribbean island has the prettiest beaches? ›

Best Caribbean Beaches
  • Turks & Caicos.
  • U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Anguilla.
  • Bahamas.
  • British Virgin Islands.
  • Barbados.
  • Cayman Islands.
  • Aruba.

What is the coolest Caribbean island? ›

Top 10 Caribbean Islands
  • Turks and Caicos.
  • Antigua.
  • The Bahamas.
  • Barbados.
  • Cayman Islands.
  • Jamaica.
  • The British Virgin Islands.
  • Curacao.
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Which Caribbean island is most affordable? ›

On average, you can say The Dominican Republic is the cheapest Caribbean island to visit if you are searching for value-for-money all-inclusive deals. The most costly places to visit in the sunny Caribbean are St. Barthelemy and Anguilla.

Which Caribbean island has least crime? ›

Montserrat. This island has the lowest crime rates in the entire Caribbean. In Montserrat most visits are trouble-free.

Which Caribbean island is out of the hurricane belt? ›

Curacao is outside the hurricane belt. More inhabited Caribbean islands outside the hurricane belt besides Curacao are Aruba, Bonaire, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Providencia Island, San Andrés, and the islands off Venezuela.

What is the easiest Caribbean island to fly to? ›

The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic provides easy access to travelers to book a flight with seven international airports with several airlines making it one of the easiest Caribbean islands to fly to and six cruise ports.

Is Punta Cana safer than Cancun? ›

While Cancun is mostly safe, there has been some reported violence and drug use in the resort areas. Tourists generally feel safe in both locations, but Punta Cana may be preferable to Cancun if you want to be less cautious about safety as a result there is no need to be overly cautious.

Which Caribbean island has least crime? ›

Montserrat. This island has the lowest crime rates in the entire Caribbean. In Montserrat most visits are trouble-free.

What is the safest island to go to? ›

Overall, The Virgin islands (both US and British) are one of the safest tourist destinations for foreigners.
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  • Travel to Saint Lucia. ...
  • Safety in Saint Barthelemy. ...
  • Traveling to Cayman Islands. ...
  • Visit St. ...
  • Don't miss Antigua and Barbuda. ...
  • Anguilla is one of the safest Caribbean islands.
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Is Punta Cana safer than Cancun? ›

While Cancun is mostly safe, there has been some reported violence and drug use in the resort areas. Tourists generally feel safe in both locations, but Punta Cana may be preferable to Cancun if you want to be less cautious about safety as a result there is no need to be overly cautious.

What is the safest Caribbean island for families? ›

The safest and most child-friendly island in the Caribbean, Barbados is perfect for family vacations. The tourist industry is a huge part of the island's economy, so visitors of all ages are warmly welcomed by locals.

Which Caribbean island has most crime? ›

In the Caribbean, the worst murder rate is found in Jamaica, with 49.4 homicide victims per 100,000 inhabitants in 2021. Jamaica's homicide rate is almost five times higher than, for instance, the Dominican Republic's, where 10.3 people were killed per 100,000 population that same year.

Which Caribbean island is most affordable? ›

On average, you can say The Dominican Republic is the cheapest Caribbean island to visit if you are searching for value-for-money all-inclusive deals. The most costly places to visit in the sunny Caribbean are St. Barthelemy and Anguilla.

Which Caribbean island has the best beaches? ›

Best Caribbean Beaches
  • Turks & Caicos.
  • U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Anguilla.
  • Bahamas.
  • British Virgin Islands.
  • Barbados.
  • Cayman Islands.
  • Aruba.

What is the easiest Caribbean island to fly to? ›

The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic provides easy access to travelers to book a flight with seven international airports with several airlines making it one of the easiest Caribbean islands to fly to and six cruise ports.

Which is cheaper Punta Cana or Cancun? ›

Is Punta Cana or Cancun Cheaper to Visit? Punta Cana is slightly cheaper than Cancun, mostly due to lower accommodation and entertainment costs. While you can experience Cancun on the cheap, you're likely to spend more on nightlife and full-day tours.

Is it cheaper to go to Mexico or Dominican Republic? ›

Is It Cheaper to Go to Mexico or Dominican Republic? It is cheaper to go to Mexico as prices tend to be cheaper there. According to recent data and statistics, the DR is around 42% more expensive than in Mexico.

Is Jamaica or Punta Cana better? ›

If we compare the beaches, then in Punta Cana they are better. Also, it is better for water sports, since there are no many right conditions, for example, for surfing in Jamaica. Punta Cana is more relaxed than busy Jamaica. Secondly, Jamaica is also a great place for your trip, it surprises you with its uniqueness.

Which Caribbean islands are not in the hurricane belt? ›

Curacao is outside the hurricane belt. More inhabited Caribbean islands outside the hurricane belt besides Curacao are Aruba, Bonaire, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Providencia Island, San Andrés, and the islands off Venezuela.

Which Caribbean island Can I visit without a passport? ›

A Caribbean vacation isn't out of reach without a passport if you stick to the U.S. Virgin Islands: St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas.

What islands dont require passports? ›

Best Tropical Destinations You Can Visit Without a Passport
  • St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. ...
  • St. John, US Virgin Islands. ...
  • St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. ...
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico. ...
  • Culebra, Puerto Rico. ...
  • Key West, Florida. ...
  • Miami, Florida. ...
  • Anna Maria Island, Florida.
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