5 Caribbean islands to discover now

Sure, we love popular island escapes like Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Nassau. But there's a whole world of lesser-known islands we hope you'll get to know too.

By The Budget Travel Editors, Friday, Feb 3, 2012, 8:00 AM

Source Article: 5 Caribbean islands to discover now

Social butterflies and sun-worshippers flock to Curaçao,the largest and most cosmopolitan of the Dutch-allied ABC Islands (along with Aruba and Bonaire).


Curaçao also has some of the region's best weather—it lies outside the storm-prone Hurricane Belt.

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A secluded cove in Curaçao.



Adventure junkies and solitude-seekers love Dominica for its dramatic, rain-forest-cloaked peaks, bubbling volcanic lakes, and excellent diving.


Waterfall on Dominica

A 115-mile-long hiking trail leads from one end of Dominica to the other. Along the way, you'll encounter waterfalls such as this one.


The only drawback to a vacation in Dominica? No direct flights from the U.S.

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La Sagesse Beach on Grenada

Grenada has every tropical flavor: mountains, forests, and waterfalls; black- and white-sand beaches; laid-back, affordable guesthouses; and bucolic villages that haven't been tarnished by tourism.


Grenada boats in a bay

Colorful boats float in a bay on Grenada.


Palm trees dot a beach on Grenada.

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Montserrat, Chance Mountain, Active volcano with smoke plume

Thrill-seekers will appreciate Montserrat (that volcano's still technically active).

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Beach at Sunset, Montserrat

A beach at sunset on Montserrat.


A view over the deep blue waters off the coast of Montserrat. The area is known for empty beaches, lush hiking trails, and robust marine life.

(Jon Arnold Images/Danita Delimont)

St Kitts

St. Kitts attracts history buffs and animal-lovers (vervet monkeys hang around some beaches).

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St Kitts

Cockleshell Bay at St.Kitts in the Caribbean


Long in the shadow of pricier Nevis, St. Kitts is home to a thriving west Indian culture and remarkably preserved architecture.

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