The New York Travel & Adventure Show was the perfect place to discover vacation options from the top destinations, tour operators and travel providers from around the globe. If you’re dreaming of a warm-weather getaway, plan a tropical trip to the islands below.
Barbados is the ultimate destination for beach lovers. In fact, it’s known for beautiful crystal-clear turquoise waters and white powdery sand due to its coral limestone. It has more than 80 pristine beaches to choose from. Whether you want to just catch some rays or sign up for watersports, there are an unlimited number of ways to have fun.
Did you also know that Barbados is the birthplace of Rum? Mount Gay Rum is the oldest brand of rum in existence and has a 300-year history of Rum production. Be sure to check out the Essential Rum Tour Monday through Friday, every hour from 9:30 to 3:30 pm. Lunch tours even include a Bajan Buffet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If you’re looking to check out the craft beer scene, be sure to stop by the taproom at DreadHop Brewing. They are a locally owned and operated brewery that makes refreshing beers with a flavorful profile. Their motto is “Our Craft, Your Beer.”
Curaçao has wonderful white sandy beaches with limestone cliffs, restaurants showcasing local ingredients, a vibrant art scene, rejuvenating spa and wellness facilities, and the Curaçao Liqueur Distillery.
Curaçao is the famous blue liqueur made with dried peels of Laraha oranges. This liqueur is crafted with the finest ingredients and distilled to perfection in a copper still from 1896. Book your tour and sample all the Senior Curacao Liqueur variations.
If you’re looking for Instagrammable photo ops for your feed, take a stroll and explore the street art in Skalo. Check out Francis Sling’s colorful murals including Three o’clock Romance.
St. Lucia is known for its magical mountain views and alluring white-sand beaches. St. Lucia’s iconic twin peak mountains, Gros Piton and Petit Piton dominate the skyline; no visit to the island would be complete without a photo of them.
If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat from the outside world, visit Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, Waterfall and Hot Mineral Bath Springs. Enjoy the breathtaking waterfall, hot mineral springs, and medicinal waters, surrounded by flora and fauna
The Soufrier Volcano is the only drive-in volcano in the world. The best feature of this dormant volcano is its mud baths. The mud baths at Sulphur Springs detoxifies the body and heals sunburns, eczema, arthritis, sore joints, and more. The hot springs, waterfall, and mud bath at Sulphur Springs St. Lucia will have you looking 12 years younger! Be sure to book a tour to this remarkable destination.
Antillia Brewing Company is the only craft brewery in St. Lucia and is known for crafting the finest artisanal ales in the Caribbean. They brew with fresh, local ingredients, and are all natural and free of chemicals. You can find Antillia beers in St. Lucia at Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain, Cap Maison, The Naked Fisherman, Body Holiday and Pointe Seraphine.
Turks & Caicos
The beaches in Turks & Caicos have white sand and incredible turquoise water. The top landscape on the Turks and Caicos Islands is Mudjin Harbour. The limestone cliffs, white sandy beach, and caves, make it the best location for landscape and travel photography. Be aware that the rock in Dragon Cay is made of razor-sharp limestone, be careful if you attempt to climb it.
After the full moon each month, millions of Bermuda Fireworms gather beneath the waves and emit a glow. These bioluminescent animals admit bursts of green every month as part of their mating ritual. Book a full moon glow worm tour to see this natural phenomenon.
Turk’s Head Brewery is the island’s only locally brewed beer made with the best ingredients from around the world. Book a Turk’s Head Brewery tour and sample TCI’s national beer.
Bambarra Rum is the first rum to be blended and bottled in the Turks and Caico. Stop by the tasting room and enjoy the award-winning Bambarra Reserve.
Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is a twin island paradise. These islands are known for their pink and white-sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and the most enjoyable climate in the world. The Pink Sand Beach in Barbuda seasonally turns from white to a bright coral pink, which creates a cotton-candy shoreline.
Devil’s Bridge National Park is a spectacular natural rock formation of limestone that extends out over the ocean. This bridge was formed from the buildup of coral reefs. The bridge is loaded with geysers and blowholes that constantly spout water. If you’re visiting Antigua, capture an iconic picture on the Devil’s Bridge.
Visit Stingray City and strike a pose with the Southern Rays in their ocean habitat. Handlers will help you pose with these elegant sea creatures. Get ready to be meeted and greeted by the friendliest southern stingrays.
Stop by 2SIX8, Antigua’s only craft and micro-brewery. They are a family-run business, devoted to making small-batch beers. They offer stalwart beers in the best traditions as well as seasonal and special recipe beers. Their taproom is open Thursday and Friday 2 pm to 6:30 pm.
Anguilla has 33 silky white sandy beaches and turquoise water. Their beaches are considered the top ten in the world and the very best in the Caribbean.
Pay a visit to the Anguilla Limestone Arch, a scenic limestone arch carved from cliffs by the sea. Snap a selfie during sunset for a picture-perfect opportunity.
If you’re looking to see colorful street art, American graffiti artist Adam G made his canvas from the dilapidated buildings on one of Anguilla’s abandoned properties, The Mariner’s Cliffside Beach Resort.
AXA Brewing is Anguilla’s first local beer. Their first local beer is AXA ALE, which is brewed in Mississippi. AXA Brewing Company opened a brewhouse on the island serving up specialty draft beers. Stop by to sample a rotation of specialty draft beers at the AXA Brewhouse.
The Bahamas is known for the clear and turquoise water, mix of white and pink sand beaches, and thriving nightlife.
The Bahamas also has a thriving street art scene. Be sure to check out “Legacy” by Darchell Henderson, “Once Upon a Time” by Angelika Wallace-Whitfield, and “Untitled Mural” by June Collie.
Pirate Republic Brewing Company is the first production craft brewery in The Bahamas. Pirate Republic’s flagship Taproom is in the heart of Downtown Nassau. They have 16 taps and handmade food to pair with each style of beer.
Want to swim with pigs in the Bahamas? Pig Beach is located in a part of the Bahamian Islands known as The Exumas. You can visit the pigs year-around but the pigs tend to be more active and excited in the mornings. They love when you feed them apples and tub their bellies.
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