THE CARIBBEAN IS READY TO WELCOME YOU

THE CARIBBEAN IS READY TO WELCOME YOU

November 18, 2020

Written By: 
Trip Concierge

For those dreaming of escaping to the islands of paradise, you can now make those dreams come true.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing couple’s getaway, a fun-filled family vacation or a trip with your extended tribe to reconnect, Caribbean islands have re-opened to tourism with enhanced health and safety measures and the ultimate in social distancing opportunities!

As fall weather is in the air at home and the prospect of another long winter of indoor isolation is sinking in, it’s natural to let your mind wander and dream of a tropical island getaway. Back to reality, and the good news is that over a dozen Caribbean islands have re-opened for tourism and you can start planning your fantasy island getaway today!

From popular resort havens like Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Aruba to exotic escapes on St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados or Grenada, islands highlighted in green on the map below are currently welcoming guests with varied entry requirements.

Islands marked in green are currently open as at Nov 18, 2020

There are more than 7,000 islands among the 25 countries and territories that make up the broader Caribbean region. To help fuel your wanderlust, let’s take a deeper dive into three of the more popular island destinations welcoming tourism for this fall and winter.

Iberostar Punta Cana

Dominican Republic

Golden sunsets, soft white beaches, vibrant blue skies, swaying coconut palms — the DR has it all. Ideal for those seeking romance or that all-inclusive resort lifestyle, here is where memories are easily made and never forgotten. Home to some of the most magnificent palm tree-lined sugar white beaches and oceanfront golf courses in the Caribbean, DR also offers a wide array of activities for non-golfers, such as swimming with stingrays, feeling the power of the wind while windsurfing or parasailing, fishing for blue marlin and barracuda, snorkeling and glass-bottom boat rides, and the always romantic horseback riding on the beach.

Why Dominican Republic:

  • Picture perfect palm tree lined white sand beaches
  • Sprawling luxury all-inclusive resorts provide plenty of room to spread out
  • All-inclusive compounds provide strict health and safety standards

Popular resort destinations in Dominican Republic:

  • Punta Cana – famous white sand and palm-tree lined luxury all-inclusive resorts
  • La Romana – calm, clear water and gentle breezes are perfect for watersports, snorkeling and swimming. Fewer resorts and slower pace than it’s nearby neighbor Punta Cana
  • Samana – relatively undeveloped natural peninsula with smaller remote resorts
  • Puerto Plata – mountains meet golden sand beaches on this Northern low-rise resort community
Moon Palace, Ochos Rios, Jamaica

Jamaica

For some, the main reason you hop down to Jamaica is to catch some rays on a sugar-white-sand beach and hoist tropical rum cocktails to your lips. The only exercise they crave is taking a refreshing dip in the azure sea and raising their hands to signal the resort waiter for another drink. But for other travelers, those with a restless soul and a need for speed, a vacation isn’t complete without at least a few thrills, chills and unique adventures. Fortunately for this fun-seeking group, Jamaica offers plenty of exciting activities in addition to its world-famous beaches, such as climbing 600 feet up Dunn’s River Fall; jumping off a waterfall at Blue Hole; biking down the island’s highest point, Blue Mountain Peak; ziplining at Mystic Mountain and snorkeling in crystal clear Boston bay.

Why Jamaica:

  • Reggae culture and music puts everyone in a “Ya Mon” mood
  • Smaller luxury focused all-inclusive resorts
  • Plenty of natural beauty and nature focused excursions

Popular resort destinations in Jamaica:

  • Montego Bay – convenient access to Montego Bay International Airport
  • Ocho Rios – lush tropical mountains meet secluded coves and bays. Top island excursions like Dunn’s River Falls, Blue Hole and Mystic Mountain all within minutes of Ocho Rios resorts
  • Negril – famous 7-mile beach, Rick’s Café and cliff jumping
Petit Piton, Paradise Beach, St. Lucia

St. Lucia

Lush, colorful, eclectic and full of surprises, this eastern Caribbean nation is an island made for romance. A perfect day here could include enjoying the spectacular views at Smugglers Beach; discovering the island’s fascinating historic culture at Pigeon Island National Landmark; hiking up one of the Pitons, the verdant volcanoes that are St. Lucia’s most recognizable landmarks; soaking in the volcanic waters and getting painted in mineral-rich mud at Sulphur Springs Park, the Caribbean’s only “drive-in volcano;” exploring the incredible marine ecosystem of Anse Chastanet reef, which begins just 10 yards from the beach; and dining at Cliff at Cap, a restaurant set on a rocky bluff with stunning views across the ocean to Martinique.

Why St. Lucia:

  • Towering volcanic Piton peaks give a south pacific feel in the Caribbean
  • Tradewinds-inspired Southern Caribbean tropical climate
  • Mountains and rain forest cover much of the island

Popular resort destinations in St. Lucia:

  • Northern bays – close to the capital city of Castries home to larger established all-inclusive resorts and off-hotel shopping and activity centers. Focus on beach, watersports and relaxation
  • Southern island – closer to the main international airport and world-famous Piton peaks with smaller, more secluded resorts and a focus on nature, adventure and active travelers

Precautions and entry requirements differ from island to island, but they could include travelers providing proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within as few as three to five days of arrival, submitting self-health declarations, downloading a health app and more. With this in mind, it’s vital to consult your travel professional or read the latest news from official tourism authorities before going.

To plan your island vacation to any of these open destinations, contact our Certified Travel Experts at 1-800-503-8173.

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