Who hasn’t dreamed of a perfect tropical getaway to the Caribbean? Each island offers a different wonderland of beaches, crystal clear waters and swaying palms. All that’s needed to make the picture perfect is YOU! (And maybe a tropical drink in your hand!)

Some of our favorite island destinations are:

Punta Cana
Located on the Eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana boasts 40 miles of wide pearly beaches lined with palm trees all along the way. This is where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, this delightful island is where the Merengue originated. You’ll find challenging and beautiful golf courses and colorful local crafts. Some might call Punta Cana the home of the all-inclusive resort, there are so many here and for every budget and lifestyle. Families love the variety of activities suited for every age category.

US Virgin Islands
No passport is required to visit these US owned islands! St Croix is the largest and boasts fabulous diving and snorkeling. You’ll share the waters with sea turtles, dolphins and sometimes even seahorses! Buck Island is an underwater national park geared for snorkelers of all ages. The smaller, more active island of St Thomas is a duty-free shopping paradise. You’ll find linens, gold jewelry, great liquor prices, perfumes and fine china. Both islands have plenty of golf to keep you swingers busy! Check out the Virgin Islands beautiful and extensive website.

Take a scoop of blue and crystal clear ocean and mix it with a dollop of sparkling white beach. Top with a slathering of sunshine and what do you have?? Aruba! Come enjoy the charm of windmills, lighthouses and twisting divi divi trees …or luxuriate in the world’s most opulent spas. Come play in the glittering casinos and luxury resorts …or wander the unsurpassed pristine beaches. Bon bini!

A touch of British heritage combined with the warm, welcoming atmosphere of this lovely island makes Barbados a perennial favorite. Although it’s a little harder to get to than some of the other islands, once you arrive you’ll know it is worth it. Plan a romantic holiday, a sportsman’s expedition or a family vacation and you will find a wonderful combination of things to do and places on the island to enjoy.

Reggae? Romance? Warm Caribbean sun? No problem, Mon. Jamaica is the place. With loads of all-inclusive resorts, your vacation budget will really stretch on this warm and lively island. Ocho Rios is known for its spectacular waterfalls. Go to Negril for sensational sunsets.

Grand Cayman
Is SCUBA diving or snorkeling in your plans? Then take a look at this oasis where coral reefs abound and marine life is everywhere. Grand Cayman boasts over 200 dive sites plus numerous snorkel sites accessible from the shore. Don’t miss Stingray City where even little children swim among and feed these graceful creatures.

A tiny island that boasts a beach for every day of the year ~ 365, most on the protected Caribbean side and all some of the most pristine in the Caribbean. The moderate temperature and small amount of annual rainfall make this an island in the sun, for sure. Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour will provide you with a great mix of shops, restaurants and English Taverns.

Saint Martin/Sint Maarten
This tiny island shares cultures from two countries: the French Saint Martin and the Dutch Sint Maarten. The cultures combine to make an elegant atmosphere which is only made better by the ideal weather, warmed by the tropical sun and cooled by the trade winds. Look to the Dutch side for great duty-free shops and to the French for French cafes and chic boutiques.

British Virgin Islands
Referred to as “Nature’s Little Secrets”, these 60 idyllic islands are sure to please. The proximity of these islands to one another make for a great sailing locale, either on your own ~ bareboat ~ or with a captain and crew to sail and cook for you. The BVI’s are also a unique health and wellness destination offering various spas, traditional healing practices, cosmetic care, health retreats, vegetarian and organic products and healthy lifestyle practices. Make plans now to visit Tortola.