Believe it or not, April and May are some of the best months to take quick island vacations! Why? Travelers can expect smaller crowds, lower than normal prices, and agreeable weather – before hurricanes and tropical storm threats arrive. Visiting during “low season” can save you money. Here are three tropical islands that won’t disappoint:
Turks & Caicos – The British overseas territory consists of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turk Islands, two groups of tropical islands in the Lucayan Archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean and northern West Indies. They are situated halfway between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. The islands feature pleasant year-round average highs in the 80s, some of the best beaches in the world, classy hotels, and plenty of fun things to do. Adventurers can kayak, snorkel, and sail on magnificent turquoise waters, and dive to explore underwater sites such as the limestone swimming “Hole” and Middle Caicos Caves. The white sand beaches provide a picture-perfect place to soak up the sun. Turks & Caicos has a quieter night-life than some other resort areas, making it the ideal spot to unwind in a private villa after enjoying a delightful Caribbean-inspired dinner. COMO Parrot Cay is among the best places to stay, with vacation packages tailored to every taste. From private yoga classes to hot river stone massages, the hotel strives to treat each guest with great service and the utmost respect. TRAVEL TIP: Islands such as Turks & Caicos offer limited all-inclusive hotels. No matter what island you choose, when booking, always inquire about money-saving hotel packages or bundles. Having trouble getting a deal? Seek the advice of a travel agent who does not charge you fees for services. (Instead, they earn commissions from hotels by bringing them your business.) They can also send you to the best places on the island.
St John –This is the smallest of the three main U.S. Virgin Islands and is perhaps the most beloved for its unspoiled beauty. It located in the Caribbean Sea, in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. It is surrounded by two other main islands, Saint Thomas and Saint Croix, and by minor islands. St. John is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Island visitors describe it as one of the most tranquil places on earth, as it is a natural treasure trove. 60% of its land area is comprised of pristine Virgin Islands National Park. The forest is home to migratory birds, scuba diving sites, spectacular tropical rainforest, and more. The tropical island of St. John offers visitors a plethora of land activities, from hiking and biking to horseback riding on the beach. Favorite water sports include snorkeling, diving, swimming, sailing, and windsurfing. For local culture, head to the quaint shops in Coral Bay. Be sure to pick up some handmade jewelry or silkscreened fabrics, specialties of the region. Stay at the Westin St. John Villas, a private beachfront resort located 2 miles from Honeymoon Beach and just 8 miles from Coral World Ocean Park. Enjoy panoramic views from your balcony overlooking the bay or pool. The hotel features restaurants specializing in Caribbean cuisine, a casual grill and bar, plus a spa and fitness center. TRAVEL TIP: Because most of the food on the island is imported, expect to pay more. Instead of eating traditional three meals a day, opt for brunch and dinner. Take advantage of happy hour prices for reasonable appetizers and drinks.
Anguilla –This is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. The island is east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and is directly north of Saint Martin. It is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean. The main island of Anguilla is 16 miles long by 3 miles wide at its widest point. The small and beautiful island features bright white sand and aquamarine waters. Stay at the idyllic Meads Bay Beach Villas, offering stunning views of the water. There are four villas on the property featuring a boutique village design. Each villa offers something special. Interiors are well appointed, with cathedral ceilings and modern amenities. A private splash pool and large outdoor area are optimal for outdoor relaxation and fun. As soon as you step outside, colorful landscape brings the vibrant tropical atmosphere alive. Anguilla is favored for its quiet and uncrowded beaches, fine cuisine, and waterfront bars and music scene. The beaches feature sparkling white sand, lovely places to lounge in the sun, and some of the best snorkeling spots in Rendezvous Bay. Travel tip: Hotels on the small island are generally expensive. Direct flights are also pricey. To cut travel costs, consider flying into St. Martin. Then travel by ferry to Anguilla, departing from the port of Margot on the French side of the island.