When people dream of paradise, many often fantasize about Caribbean destinations. To put a spotlight on some of the Caribbean’s best spots – places that are popular and off the beaten path – 10Best invited you to vote for the Caribbean’s best resorts, beaches, attractions, bars, distilleries, golf courses and restaurants. After four weeks of voting, the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full winners list:
Best Caribbean Attraction: Belmont Estate on Grenada
Fit in some agro-tourism at Belmont Estate — Photo courtesy of Dwain Thomas
Belmont Estate, located on the island of Grenada, offers guests the opportunity to see and experience a fully functional authentic 17th-century plantation. Visitors can enjoy an on-site restaurant that features traditional Grenadian cuisine and explore a gift shop, produce shop, and craft market for souvenirs.
10Best contributor Ursula Barzey adds, “A wonderful example of agro-tourism in the Caribbean. Visitors can check out the heritage museum, tour the organic farm and gardens, plus visit the cocoa processing and chocolate making facilities.”
Best Caribbean Beach: Shoal Bay on Anguilla
Shoal Bay is Anguilla’s star beach — Photo courtesy of Pink Mako/Shoal Bay Villas Anguilla
“Two miles of pristine white sand beach with crystal clear water” is how 10Best contributor Ursula Barzey describes Shoal Bay, considered by many to be Anguilla’s most famous beach. This 2-mile sandy beach is known for its unique, pinkish-tinted white sand and exceptional turquoise water. Restaurants, beach bars and hotels line the beach, and it plays host to many water sports, including diving, kayaking and snorkeling.
Best Caribbean Beach Bar: Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
You have to try a Painkiller at Soggy Dollar Bar — Photo courtesy of Soggy Dollar
The Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands is known for creating the Painkiller, a rum cocktail featuring cream of coconut, pineapple, orange juice and fresh grated Grenadian nutmeg.
Best Caribbean Golf Course: Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Unparalleled golfing can be found at Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club — Photo courtesy of Channing Benjamin
This natural, rugged championship course surrounded by the flora and fauna of the Turks and Caicos offers 18 holes of challenging “target-style” golf whilst maintaining a quick pace of play. Colorful native birds inhabit the many lakes, and the course has been re-turfed with salt tolerant Platinum Paspalum grass in an effort to be more environmentally conscious. Facilities include a full-service pro shop, practice warm-up and chipping areas, and Titleist club rentals.
Best Caribbean Resort: The Sands at Grace Bay on Turks and Caicos
Book a suite at The Sands at Grace Bay — Photo courtesy of Maridav // Getty Images
The Sands at Grace Bay on Turks and Caicos is only an 80-minute flight away from Miami, making it an ideal spot for an unforgettable vacation. Hosted on 6 acres of Grace Bay Beach, this all-suite resort also offers three swimming pools, a spa, an on-site restaurant and plenty of opportunities for recreation.
Best Caribbean Rum Distillery: Cruzan Rum Distillery on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Go rum tasting at Cruzan Rum Distillery — Photo courtesy of iStock / Shaiith
Cruzan Rum has been operated by the Nelthropp family since 1760. Today, St. Croix visitors can get a peek inside the Cruzan distillery’s open-air warehouses, followed by a tasting of the award-winning rums.
Best Restaurant in the Caribbean: Hemingway’s on Turks and Caicos
Savor a lively atmosphere and good food at Hemingway’s — Photo courtesy of sbossert // Getty Images
Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hemingway’s offers incredible ocean views for hungry diners. Evening diners can enjoy fish tacos and fresh, locally caught lobster while listening to live music on select nights. Those looking for breakfast will like the popular huevos rancheros la tequila or toasted almond pancakes.
“A bloody mary for breakfast will remind you why you booked a vacation in the first place,” shares 10Best contributor Melanie Reffes.
Congratulations to all these winners! Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to vote in our Readers’ Choice contests.