5 Caribbean Travel Sites to Satisfy Your (Virtual) Wanderlust
The travel industry has recently started on its long road to recovery. Even though some of us may not be comfortable with flying quite yet, that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning future getaways.
Many of us are feeling cooped up after following stay-at-home orders for the past few months. We’re understandably wanting to get out of our homes/offices and travel.
If I could go anywhere right now, it’d be somewhere tropical (as far away from the desert as I can get). And as we just finished recognizing Caribbean American Heritage Month in June, I thought it’d be a perfect time to recognize a few outstanding Caribbean travel sites that celebrate the unique cultures throughout the islands.
Check out these blogs to satisfy your (virtual) wanderlust and start planning your next vacation.
1. Uncommon Caribbean
Written by brothers Steve and Patrick Bennett, Uncommon Caribbean aims to give readers a unique and authentic perspective on traveling to the Caribbean. Born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bennetts now live in Fort Lauderdale and Brooklyn, respectively, but you’d never know it, as their passion for this part of the world shines through in the posts.
Filter posts by destination (everywhere from Aruba to Cuba and Grenada to Turks and Caicos is covered) or topic (including beaches, carnival, food, and rum reviews).
Follow @UncommonCarib on Twitter.
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2. Island Epicurean
For many people, experiencing the local food is their favorite part of traveling. If you’re one of those travelers, Island Epicurean is for you. Written by Chelsea Tennant, this blog covers the best food, drink, and foodie events in the Cayman Islands.
Tennant also travels away from the islands regularly, so you’ll see posts about the best food in destinations like Edinburgh, New Orleans, and Vancouver.
Tennant is very active on Instagram, so make sure to check out her latest posts for some Caribbean food inspiration.
Follow @island_epicurean on Instagram.
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3. The Traveling Island Girl
Blogger Riselle is a “self-proclaimed travel addict, true island girl and animal lover.” She is originally from Curaçao but now lives on the island of St. Maarten.
In addition to travel tips for a variety of Caribbean destinations, the blog also includes a Lifestyle section with posts covering hurricane preparedness, gift guides, and more.
Follow @thetravelingislandgirl on Instagram.
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4. A Tourist in the Caribbean
Mother/daughter team Carol and Brittany started this blog over a decade ago. Originally from the region, Carol is now retired and splits her time between the Caribbean and the U.S.
The site is organized by country. Just click on the one you’re interested in and you’ll get a nice overview followed by a list of pages that cover topics like dining, sports, shopping, and bucket list items. Venture over to the blog for more general posts.
Follow @AToristInTheCaribbean on Facebook.
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This is the official tourism website of the Caribbean, managed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization. If you’re thinking of planning a trip to the area, this site is the perfect place to start as it covers it all.
Check out the Travel Log section for unique stories from different islands throughout the Caribbean. If you’re planning a trip, search the Hotels tab, which is organized by hotel type: all inclusive, timeshares, B&Bs, etc. Switch over to the News tab for the latest reopening plans for each island.
Follow @CaribbeanTrav on Twitter.
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Rocky Parker works in Audience Relations at PR Newswire. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines and connect on LinkedIn. When she’s not working, Rocky typically can be found cooking, binge watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson.