Annette M. Benjamin
After months of being stuck at home, I know we are all ready to feel the sand between our toes before Summer is over. If you MUST go, there are a number of islands that have reopened or are in the process of reopening.
Consider these 5 locations for your last minute tropical getaway. All locations have Covid-19 policies in place that you should review before finalizing your plans. Links to the most up-to-date information for each location is provided.
The US Virgin Islands
As a native of St. Thomas, I am always pleased to share why the U.S. Virgin Islands should be considered when planning your next beach vacation and where passports are not required!
A stay on St. Thomas can give you the best of day trips to Water Island, St. John or St. Croix to visit some of the world's most beautiful beaches and enjoy unique eco-tours. St. Thomas offers some of the best duty free shopping on Main Street. Explore Water Island through snorkeling and discover the local marine life and reefs. You can be mesmerized in the crystal clear water of Trunk Bay on St. John, which has been voted one of the most beautiful places in the world. Travel to St Croix and scuba dive around Buck Island and bathe in the natural tide pools.
Be sure to indulge in the tasty local cuisine such as conch in butter sauce or fried fish and johnny cake. America's Paradise can be the perfect vacation with a United States destination.
Jamaica is quite popular and the third largest island in the Caribbean and is widely known as the birthplace of Bob Marley and Reggae Music. Jamaica has different types of accommodations to match just about every type of budget. There are excursions, experiences and events throughout the island for the whole family to enjoy.
Be sure to get off the resort property and check out Rick's Cafe in Negril for cliff jumping, cuisine trying, artifact shopping fun and Dunn's River Falls & Park in Ocho Rios for water adventures.
Eat like a local while in Jamaica and try Ackee & Saltfish or a plate of Jerk Chicken. Your taste buds will love you for it.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda are two islands in the Caribbean not overly saturated with the traditional All-Inclusive resort options. Antigua, which is the larger of the islands, boasts a beach for every day of the year. Barbuda is 28 miles away and is the home to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary. Pink and white sand beaches and water sports are some of the reasons why you should consider vacationing in Antigua.
Be sure to take pictures at Devil's Bridge and Shirley Heights Lookout on Antigua and plan a day trip to Barbuda using the Barbuda Express Ferry Service to Barbuda.
While in Antigua try some of the favorite local dishes which includes boil fish and fungee and callaloo.
The islands of the Bahamas are a large archipelago of islands located off the coast of Florida. There are many islands to choose from depending on the experience that you would like to have. Bimini, Grand Bahama Island, Exuma and New Providence are some of the most popular vacation destinations.
While in Exuma visit KariJava Coffee House, check out the Atlantis Marine Habitat in Nassau, New Providence or enjoy the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pilgrimage Tour in Bimini.
Cracked conch, conch salad and spiny tail lobster (Rock Lobster) are some of the favorite dishes served in the Bahamas.
Aruba known as the "Happy Island" is a Dutch island in the Southern Caribbean 18 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. Aruba enjoys an arid, desert like climate unlike most other Caribbean islands.
Explore the island with the Aruba Trike Tour and enjoy the pink flamingos while visiting the All-Inclusive De Palm Island.
Local dishes in Aruba that you should try are Keshi Yena (hollowed out cheese rind filled with meat & vegetables) or curry goat/chicken with rice or roti (round flatbread).
Contact us to assist with planning your next sublimeXcursion.
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