VACATION IDEAS

45 Beautiful Caribbean Escapes

These gorgeous sun-drenched images, taken by our BT audience, feature incredible island destinations like Cozumel, Vieques, and Cuba.

By The Editors of Budget Travel, Friday, Jan 31, 2014, 2:00 PM

Source Article: 45 Beautiful Caribbean Escapes

Boat shed and Palm trees on the beach in cuba

"Boat shed and palm trees on the beach in Cuba."

(Courtesy Tuckerg/myBudgetTravel)

Palm trees on the beach in Puerto Rico

"Palm trees on the beach in Puerto Rico."

(Courtesy laminarwind/myBudgetTravel)

A view of the Pitons in St. Lucia

"The Caribbean island of St. Lucia is full of natural beauty! The Pitons make this landscape magnificent."

(Courtesy egyptianheidi/myBudgetTravel)

Sunset and tranquility on the water in Bonaire

"Sunset and tranquility on the water in Bonaire."

(Courtesy lsullivan/myBudgetTravel)

British Virgin Islands

"The Baths, British Virgin Islands."

(Courtesy mlboyer1/myBudgetTravel)

Cozumel

"On the northern edge of Cozumel, there is a Mayan resort called Passion Island that's accessible only by boat. We enjoyed an incredible day of swimming, walking, and eating the best guacamole I've ever had. I kept watching these cormorants and the native fishermen in the background. I think I know who the better 'fishermen' are."

(Courtesy BigDogMom13/myBudgetTravel)

Blue waters off Grand Cayman island.

"A volleyball net in the blue waters off Grand Cayman."

(Courtesy tkalexander/myBudgetTravel)

Tulum, Mexico.

"Tulum, Mexico."

(Courtesy AndrewPaul/myBudgetTravel)

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"Colorful Hobie Cats stand tall on the sand and await their time to sail at Rendezvous Bay on the Caribbean island of Anguilla."

(Courtesy melpilgrim/myBudgetTravel)

A view of the ocean from El Morro, Puerto Rico

"The full name of this historic fort in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, is Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The huge waves pound on the rocky headlands, which makes a defeaning sound heard throughout the fort."

(Courtesy Meriam/myBudgetTravel)

 Wyndham Nassau & Crystal Palace Casino

"View from the Wyndham Nassau & Crystal Palace Casino in the Bahamas."

(Courtesy marian13/myBudgetTravel)

Palm trees on the beach in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

"Palm trees on the beach in Vieques, Puerto Rico."

(Courtesy Antagony/myBudgetTravel)

Cancun

"Kayaks on the beach in Cancún."

(Courtesy pbowen/myBudgetTravel)

small fishing boat at Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica

"Small fishing boat at Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica."

(Courtesy willdrew/myBudgetTravel)

A church in Aruba.

"A church in Aruba."

(Courtesy mlboyer1/myBudgetTravel)

Labadee, Haiti

"Ahhh...our lush friend, Labadee. This Haitian heaven away from home painted colorful memories, framed in my mind's eye for eternity."

(Courtesy catharine1/myBudgetTravel)

Paradise in St. Croix

"America's paradise: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands."

(Courtesy Margate/myBudgetTravel)

Colorful buildings in Curacao

"Honeymoon pictures. Colorful buildings in Willemstad, Curaçao."

(Courtesy Lis28/myBudgetTravel)

southern Caribbean

"Sailboats in the southern Caribbean."

(Courtesy mlboyer1/myBudgetTravel)

The Castillo de San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto RIco

"This is a photo of Castillo de San Cristobal, a historic Spanish fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  It was completed in 1783 and covers about 27 acres."

(Courtesy sojourner73/myBudgetTravel)

Cuba

"A taxi in Cuba."

(Courtesy Tuckerg/myBudgetTravel)

Beautiful beach on the north shore of the Dominican Republic.

"Beautiful beach on the north shore of the Dominican Republic."

(Courtesy ronhartley99/myBudgetTravel)

Vieques, Puerto Rico

"Most of the beaches on Vieques, a small Puerto Rican island, are called by the color code the U.S. Navy once used for its landing exercises. Punta Arenas Beach, or Green Beach, is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on the island."

(Courtesy andypro/myBudgetTravel)

A beautiful beach in Curacao

"A beautiful beach in Curaçao."

(Courtesy bernamary/myBudgetTravel)

Colón, Panama

"On the north side of Isla Colón, Panama, there is a nearly empty white-sand beach with beautiful wildlife. We saw stingrays, jellyfish, and many colorful starfish."

(Courtesy KStassen/myBudgetTravel)

St. Johns

"The view of Trunk Bay from St. John, U.S.V.I."

(Courtesy rgtmum/myBudgetTravel)

Manchebo Beach, Aruba

"Manchebo Beach, Aruba."

(Courtesy ydmarkin/myBudgetTravel)

Curaçao

"Wiliamstad, Curaçao—a trip to the Netherlands without the long flight."

(Courtesy JIMDEAN/myBudgetTravel)

Costa Maya, Mexico

"A secluded beach in Costa Maya, Mexico—typical of many beaches in the Caribbean, with its swaying palm trees and white sand."

(Courtesy sojourner73/myBudgetTravel)

British Virgin Islands

"White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands."

(Courtesy mademoisellemermaid/myBudgetTravel)

Grenada

"A hummingbird in Grenada."

(Courtesy jnine13/myBudgetTravel)

Cancún, Mexico

"View of the Caribbean Sea in Cancún, Mexico."

(Courtesy prolwing/myBudgetTravel)

Waterfalls in Haiti

"Waterfalls in Haiti."

(Courtesy gerberdaisy/myBudgetTravel)

Elkhorn Coral in Bonaire

"Diving in Bonaire. Their reef system is so beautiful and healthy."

(Courtesy lsullivan/myBudgetTravel)

Impressive looking rocks in Aruba

"Impressive looking rocks in Aruba."

(Courtesy mrrand/myBudgetTravel)

A magnificent Aruban sky

"We were in Aruba and this was the best sunset of the entire nine-night trip. The blues, oranges, and pinks blended together to create a nice background to the palm trees."

(Courtesy petera/myBudgetTravel)

Tortola in the British Virgin Islands

"This beautiful view of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands was taken during a scenic drive around the island. The flowering tree was a beautiful addition to the view."

(Courtesy cwasser/myBudgetTravel)

Smugglers Cove, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

"Smuggler's Cove in Tortola, British Virgin Islands."

(Courtesy mademoisellemermaid/myBudgetTravel)

Hammocks on the beach in Cozumel, Mexico.

"A colorful hammock in the inviting shade on the east side of Cozumel, Mexico."

(Courtesy BethanieKay/myBudgetTravel)

A beautiful beach in Cozumel, Mexico

"A beautiful beach in Cozumel, Mexico."

(Courtesy jlynturk/myBudgetTravel)

Aruba

"Divi-divi trees at sunset on Aruba."

(Courtesy shattman/myBudgetTravel)

Yucatán Peninsula

"Having never left the borders of the U.S. and needing a big change, I decided to go backpacking through the Yucatán Peninsula. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The adventure began on Isla Mujeres, only two buses and one ferry ride away from the tourist trap of Cancún (which you can see on the horizon)."

(Courtesy believeinyourhands/myBudgetTravel)

St. Martin

"A colorful view of the Caribbean, as we look down on Marigot Bay on St. Martin from Fort Louis, on the French side of the island."

(Courtesy TracyP/myBudgetTravel)

Belize City

"A lone tree rises in silhouette against cotton-candy sunset clouds in Belize City. Panned by many guidebooks, the capital nevertheless offers a funky Caribbean vibe and decent seafood, along with a bustling port that is a travel hub for the entire region."

(Courtesy bberwyn/myBudgetTravel)

St. Thomas

"St. Thomas was full of quaint side paths just off the main streets. Quaint, quiet, and peaceful, these less crowded areas offered some beautiful picture opportunities."

(Courtesy wellw001/myBudgetTravel)