Winter is fast approaching, and each year the situation gets so bad on the East Coast of the United States that many people escape for a few weeks to the Caribbean to get a break from the snow and ice back home. Unfortunately a lot of people do this and the Caribbean islands end up becoming saturated with holidaymakers.
The benefits of visit less popular (but still beautiful) islands are, firstly that they are often a cheaper option, and secondly you have a better chance of having a more local authentic experience. Why not consider some of these islands as your Caribbean refuge this winter.
Apparently this small underrated island of Trinidad and Tobago was the scene for Robinson Crusoe. Don’t worry, you won’t have to be a loner like Mr Crusoe as there has been a 9.3% increase in tourism in the past year in Tobago. You could visit Pigeon Point – supposedly Tobago’s most attractive beach; or explore Tobago’s many natural wonders.
Seeing as more flights are being added to Martinique, this island is unlikely to remain “less touristy”. However, for the time being it has a better local experience to offer its visitors that its more touristy counterparts. Oh and the food – and combination of French and Creole – is to die for.
Cat Island, Bahamas
When on Cat Island, make sure you visit the very long pink sandy beach. This island is definitely one of the least inhabited and less frequented islands in the Bahamas and so is very easy on your wallet and provides more secluded vacation spots.
Also known as a top-tier sailing destination, Antigua is affordable and definitely a romantic spot for all you love birds out there. It still remains comparatively quiet for the time being, but tourism is on the rise. Did we mention that it is also one of the sunniest islands in the Caribbean?
According to TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals, this island has seen a 76% increase in the past year in interest in the place. So you better make haste and get there quickly before everybody else decides to go. There’s a drive-in volcano, the notable Piton Mountains, waterfalls and hotsprings.
This past year, the Rihanna-producing island of Barbados has seen a 14.9% increase in tourists within the past year. Also known as the shipwreck capital, Barbados offers stunning diving destinations and crazy (in a good way) nightlife. Newly dubbed one of the top 10 beaches of the world, Crane Beach offers relaxation like no other.
St Martin (St Maarten)
This friendly island offers one of the most amazing shopping experiences in the Caribbean. Interested in some adventure? Visit Oyster Pond and Orient Bay for windsurfing and parasailing beaches.
Famed for its preserved rainforests and beaches. This island experienced a 17.6% increase in visitors this past year.
Even though the island saw an admirable 22.2% increase in tourists, it is still the least visited island in the Caribbean… Probably because of the still-active volcano.