The Caribbean's Best Day-Trip Islands

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You're already off the beaten path, so why not follow it a bit farther and see where it takes you? Some of the Caribbean's best surprises are the many little islets that surround the major islands. Find islands that are always up for a party, others that offer secluded getaways, and still others that are pristine time capsules of the Caribbean at its wildest and most unspoiled. Here are ten of our favorites.


Klein Curacao, Curacao

If a wave crashes on a beach and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? Sounds like a question to be researched on Klein Curacao, an uninhabited island eight miles off the coast of Curacao that is ringed by soft white-sand beaches. To reach the island, look for trips offered by dive operators and companies providing sailboat charters. A jaunt to the island usually includes a beach barbecue and some excellent snorkeling.

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