Twelve can't-miss Caribbean picks

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Ladera, St. Lucia

Clinging to a mountain slope in the rainforest between St. Lucia's two Piton peaks, the eco-lodge style resort Ladera removes the division that normally exists between hotel guests and the outside environment. Ladera's six villas and 21 suites are completely open on their westward-facing sides (but designed for safety and protection against the elements), allowing nature lovers to see and hear the sounds of the rainforest below. Winter rates at this luxurious Caribbean retreat start at $495 per night, which includes daily breakfast and afternoon tea and shuttle service to the beach.
 
(Photo: Ladera)
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With dozens of destinations, thousands of hotels and resorts, and activities ranging from beach hopping to volcano hiking, choosing where to go in the Caribbean can be a daunting task, even if you're an island veteran. That's why we've put together this list: to help you get some ideas for planning your perfect Caribbean escape.

We've pooled our collective Caribbean travel experience, along with years of reader feedback and new suggestions from regional experts, to create our list of Caribbean favorites. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, an epic adventure, or just a really great beach, start your research here with our best suggestions for you, the undecided traveler, as you prepare for your next (or first) Caribbean vacation. We'll help you find a:

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  • Perfect beach
  • Romantic escape
  • Family resort
  • Unique adventure
  • Great diving spot
  • Resort with something for everyone

Read all of our picks by clicking on the "Continued..." link below.

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