5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now

Ready to expand your horizons? Last month we guided you to the ten most visited islands in the Caribbean. This month, we help you chart a new path to paradise with our handy guide to the lesser-known gems.

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

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

    (Courtesy jimdean/myBudgetTravel)
  3. A secluded cove in Curaçao.

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

  5. 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.

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

    (Courtesy Dirk.heldmaier/Wikimedia Commons)
  7. 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.

  8. Colorful boats float in a bay on Grenada.

  9. Palm trees dot a beach on Grenada.

    (Robert Harding Picture Library/AGE)
  10. Thrill-seekers will appreciate Montserrat (that volcano's still technically active).

    (Travel Library Limited/SuperStock)
  11. A beach at sunset on Montserrat.

  12. 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)
  13. St. Kitts attracts history buffs and animal-lovers (vervet monkeys hang around some beaches).

    (Gavin Hellier/SuperStock)
  14. Cockleshell Bay at St.Kitts in the Caribbean

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

    (Gavin Hellier/SuperStock)

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