Other Caribbean Destination
U.S. Virgin Islands
A trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands is one of the most fulfilling Caribbean experiences a traveler can get. The three main islands, St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, offer a wide variety of activities, from historical sites to national parks, and attract two million visitors a year.
For U.S. citizens, visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands is easy. Because it’s a United States territory, U.S. citizens do not need a passport to enter. This makes the group of islands a popular cruise stop as well as a convenient location for destination weddings.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are diverse and each of the three main islands offers something different. St. Thomas attracts travelers looking for active beaches, bustling nightlife, excellent shopping and a historic downtown district. The island, which is also home to Charlotte Amalie, the territory’s capital, welcomes many travelers every year and also has the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean.
The small Caribbean island of St. Lucia is a rich composite of history and stunning natural beauty, offering the visitor a unique blend of cultures, dense rainforests, volcanic mountains, and, of course, gorgeous white sand beaches. If you get bored here, there's no one to blame but yourself.
St. Lucia is nicknamed "Helen of the West Indies," likened to Helen of Troy because of its lengthy history of dispute between the British and the French. The remnants of that long conflict are still apparent in the culture, the names, and the customs of the island, but today St. Lucia is an independent nation under the British Crown of HM Queen Elizabeth II. It′s one of the most popular Caribbean destinations, and tourism is big business here. Lavish, all-inclusive hotels lure sybarites intent on doing serious beach time, while simple fishing villages peppering the coast and the central rainforests ripe with fragrant Frangipani and orchids, offer a deeper look at the island and her people. St. Lucia is both the adventurer's paradise and the luxury hound's libation for relaxation.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is a small archipelago nation south of the Bahamas. It is made up of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. Technically, it’s located in the Atlantic Ocean, not in the Caribbean Sea, but it’s still commonly thought of as part of the Caribbean. Turks and Caicos is a welcoming place for U.S. citizens – the U.S. dollar is the official currency and the official language is English. But the nation is a British Crown Colony, so U.S. travelers need a passport to travel there.
The weather in Turks and Caicos is ideal. A constant trade wind keeps temperatures comfortable and tropical, ranging from 85 to 90 degrees from June to October and 80 to 84 degrees from November to May. It also averages 350 days of sunshine a year, so travelers can feel confident that their trip will be warm and sunny almost any time they go.