Three underrated islands in the Caribbean
BRIDGETOWN – Some of the islands of the Caribbean have a better public persona than those of lesser fame. It’s natural that the “big boys”, those that have been in the tourism game longest, get the lion share of global travel publicity: Barbados, Jamaica and St. Lucia are perfect examples.
But if you are brave enough to peek below the advertising, there is a whole new world of adventure awaiting the intrepid Caribbean traveler. These are three top picks:
Located only 12 degrees north of the equator, Curaçao, Aruba’s lesser known brother, is an island in the Dutch Caribbean popular for its perfect weather almost all year round. Its capital, Willemstad, carries the aura of a Dutch city with a bit of Caribbean spice and colour mixed in for good measure. If you are into scuba diving and sailing Curaçao is your island haven with its umpteen bays and inlets serving as popular moorings for boats or your very own private cove.
The “Spice Isle” of the Caribbean, Grenada is in many ways rugged and untouched but in the most beautiful way imaginable. Its warm and friendly people enjoy a laid-back lifestyle like no other; almost though osmosis, you can’t help but feel instantly renewed. The island’s large stretches of white sand beaches are its reputation but its little known coral reefs decorated with sunken treasures, the unspoilt tropical forests unexplored by crowds, is the pure and real Grenada secret to discover.
Positioned in the Northern Caribbean, Anguilla is a suburb fusion of all that is the good life, with the distinct island cadence characteristic of the region. The North East trade winds bring cooling breezes to the miles of white sand beaches and awe-inspiring, azure waters. Well steeped in history and brimming with intriguing local culture, Anguilla will impress.
With more than 7,000 islands said to be part of the Caribbean, and so few commonly known, the choices are almost endless for those willing to explore. Let the adventure begin!