Aruba, with its beautiful public powder-white beaches and warm, friendly people is very much a top Caribbean vacation destination. The beaches are the main draw. Besides the sun and sand, visitors to Aruba also come for the world-class windsurfing. Arishi Beach and Malmok Beach are the best spots for windsurfing. If you enjoy scuba diving, there are a number of underwater shipwrecks that are very popular dive spots.
Aruba has many fine restaurants but the real eating pleasure is the local foods like the Aruba barbeque. You can get this at one of the many neighborhood home-style barbeque shops. Although Aruba is a great family vacation spot, many come looking to party. Aruba has a very active nightlife.
Honeymooners come for the bargain all-inclusive resort packages from Sandals and other top resorts. College kids rush to Negro’s seven-mile beach for round-the-clock partying.
Cruise ships stop at Montego Bay so passengers can explore the historic sights and the best shopping on the island. Budget minded vacationers will find plenty of cheap accommodations.
If you are a beach lover you will have lots to pick from. Many of the top beaches are claimed by the big resort hotels. But there are lots of public beaches. Negro’s seven-mile beach is a good one to try. Many beaches are secluded and pretty much deserted.
The tiny island of Booby Cay is a short ferry ride away and is the beach for those who prefer to leave their bathing suits in the hotel room.
The top beaches are Megans Bay Beach, Coki Point Beach, Sapphire beach and Morning Star Beach. They can get a little crowded, especially when the cruise ships are in port, but there are plenty of less crowded beaches around the island.
A nice feature here is that all the beaches are public, even the ones that have been seemingly grabbed up by the big resorts. If you enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving, St. Thomas has many spectacular underwater reefs and shipwrecks.
Off the northern coast of St. Thomas is the North Drop which is the place to go for sport fishing. World record catches of blue marlin, dolphin, tuna and other fish have been set here.
Among the three U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix is the largest in size. A popular spot here is the small islet, Buck Island Reef which is a U.S. Park Service protected marine park.
Buck Island is a great vacation spot to explore with an island hike. The waters are crystal clear and hold some incredible underwater coral gardens so scuba diving and snorkeling is popular. The largest beach on the main island is Sandy Point Beach. The shallow, calm water makes it great for swimming. It’s one of the more beautiful beaches and it is a Sea Turtle nesting area.
There are many other beaches on St. Croix and lots to do. There’s deep sea fishing at Lang Bank off the northern coast. You can golf the top courses in the Caribbean at Buccaneer Resorts, Robert Trent Jones Carambola Golf Club, the Reef and others.
If you want to get away from the crowds, try Francis Beach at Maho Bay. The moneyed crowd goes to Caneel Bay Beach and you run crash their party because it’s a public beach. Another popular beach vacation idea is Cinnamon Bay which good for beginning windsurfers and snorkelers. You can sail and kayak around the many bays, inlets and small islands. Go to Cruz Bay to find an outfitter.
St. John Island has many walking and hiking trails that allow you to explore the large variety of plant life and also observe the many species of birds here. Two of the more popular hikes are the Annaberg Historic trail and the Reef Bay Hike.