The Caribbean is a top travel destination with a stellar reputation when it comes to enjoyable experiences. Like many Central American countries, the Caribbean has come under question when it comes to safety, but most of this speculation arises from stereotypes and isolated incidents. If you’re aware of your environment, respectful to the island’s culture and exercise caution in the places you choose to visit, there’s no reason you can’t travel confidently to the Caribbean. Here are the top 3 places to travel and why.

The Pitons in St. Lucia

# 3 Saint. Lucia

Saint Lucia is a dream destination with its lush mountain landscape and sugary beaches. There’s no shortage of reasons to visit this beautiful destination, which in 2018 was the recipient of the best places to honeymoon award! The island is relatively small with a population of only 180,000, however ranks 68th in the world by nominal GDP per capita.

The island is home to the historic Pitons- two majestic twin mountains- which are said to be the most photographed landscape in all the Caribbean. The Pitons are also home to the world’s only drive-in volcano, the Sulfur Springs, where you can enjoy natural steaming pools just inches away from your car.

St. Lucia’s capital city, Castries, is also the island’s largest, home to the majority of the country’s population. Because it’s so densely populated compared to the rest of the island, Castries also sees the most crime. Most of it, however, falls under petty theft and disputes among locals. Saint Lucia has been working the past few years to decrease any crime and is currently a level 1 travel advisory, meaning it doesn’t impose significant risk and you should exercise normal precautions when visiting.

It helps to have a safe hotel to call home while you enjoy your visit.The Harbor Club St.Lucia sits just off the beautiful Rodney Bay and is rated a five star hotel, one of the only of its caliber on the island.

Sunset in Barbados

# 2 Barbados

Barbados is a distinctively charming island due in part to its cultural diversity and white sand beaches. The island has been ranked in the highest bracket for “very high human development” and is an Independent British Commonwealth. Barbados is very small and only spans 21 miles wide with a population of 285,000 and a tourism rate of around 1 million visitors each year. It is the first Caribbean island to have piped water, making their water very pure and drinkable compared to many other islands in the Caribbean. The entire island has utilities and electricity, as well as a highly-rated health care system. The Royal Barbados Police Force is very professional and well regarded among locals. It’s even illegal to wear camouflage in this country to avoid looking like military personnel!

Home to Mount Gay Rum and calypso music, having a good time in Barbados is an easy task. Like anywhere else however, be cognizant of your surroundings at night to avoid getting hassled by anyone looking to make a quick buck. Overall, this island is very safe and ranked as a great place for families, as well as one of the best places to visit in the Caribbean.

Enjoy your stay here at Hilton Barbados Resort, which rests just on the edge of Carlisle Bay. The perfect location so you can watch all the catamarans leave to the Atlantic. This is the ideal spot to enjoy your private pool or step just off the resort to enjoy the beach or a round of golf.

Beach in Aruba

# 1 Aruba

Aruba holds its rank as one of the safest Caribbean destinations. This independent country is full of family-friendly accommodations and has no shortage of beautiful sights and activities. You can enjoy the splash park, or go sailing and snorkeling just off the coast. Aruba is well known for its beaches and the amount to do among them.Eagle Beach is made of soft alabaster sand and just north, Palm Beach is lined with no shortage of resorts and bars for your pleasure.

Aruba is located outside the Venezuelan Hurricane Belt, so it’s almost guaranteed to have the best weather in all of the Caribbean. It enjoys the privilege of natural clear skies and more sunny days than any other island. If it ever does rain it never usually lasts longer than 5 minutes at a time! Transportation on the island is very reliable with plenty of car rentals or taxis at your convenience. There is also no need to worry about the drinking water because they use their own water filtration system.

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino is one of the top hotels in Aruba and located right on Palm Beach. The resort offers a lot of family-friendly accommodations and daily scheduled activities to enjoy at the resort, or step right onto your private beach and enjoy the warm, tropical weather for yourself.

While planning your next Caribbean vacation, keep these destinations at the top of your list. While he beaches and weather are reason enough to visit, it always helps to research and be mindful of the surrounding culture. Have fun with a peace of mind at these three gorgeous Caribbean gems.

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