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5 Warm Weather Escapes for Winter in the Caribbean

Updated on February 5, 2012
Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean beach
Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean beach

1. Dry Tortugas National Park

70 miles off the Florida coast, this tropical escape is one of the lesser-visited tourist spots of Florida because it is only accessible by plane or ferry. With almost 50% of the park closed to fishing, and with no place to buy groceries, throw out your garbage, or restock on fresh water, this place has been able to maintain a pristine feel. Crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, and an abundance of wildlife make this National Park a great break from scaling mountains in the freezing cold! Also, no worries about buffalo or grizzlies.

Dry Tortugas Island National Park, U.S.
Dry Tortugas Island National Park, U.S.

2. Willemstad, Curaçao

Talk about atmosphere! As far as colonial towns go, the Dutch history apparent in the historic center looks like Amsterdam on ecstasy. This is a more trafficked destination, with cruise ships regularly passing through, but if you rent a car and go exploring outside the city, you'll find old, sprawling plantations and hidden beach coves. Lovely.

Willemstad, Curaçao
Willemstad, Curaçao

3. San Pedro, Belize

Most travelers landing in Belize will hear it within a few hours of getting off the plane: "Get out of Belize City and go to San Pedro NOW!" Touristy? Yes, but with good reason. This is a funky, comfortable beach town where you can hang out in sandals and chill out to the sounds of gorgeous waves while coconut palms sway. With coral reefs, Mayan ruins, caves, exotic birds, and a local population with a great vibe, San Pedro can make a great destination if all you've got is a week in the frigid winter.

Breakfast on the beach in San Pedro, Belize
Breakfast on the beach in San Pedro, Belize

4. Turks and Caicos

Often overlooked by travelers hopping from the Bahamas to Cuba to Haiti, Turks and Caicos is certainly off the beaten Caribbean path. No, it isn't off the coast of Turkey, it's in the Caribbean's front yard. If you're looking for the stranded-on-a-desert-island scenario, hop on a boat and get lost on secluded beaches that will redefine your idea of natural beauty.

Beautiful beach, Turks and Caicos
Beautiful beach, Turks and Caicos

5. Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua is one of the most developed islands in the Caribbean, full of exclusive resorts and mobs of people. Barbuda, on the other hand, is one smooth undulation of beachy tranquility, where you will spend more time bonding with the local birds than overhearing tourists talk on their cell phones. No matter what you're looking for, you can find it here- a break from isolation in St. John's, lively local Afro-British culture, towns straight out of a pirate movie, and the tranquil nature that this region is known for.

Lord Howe Island, Antigua and Barbuda
Lord Howe Island, Antigua and Barbuda

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    • stephaniedas profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      Thanks everyone for the comments and the votes!

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      IntegrityYes 

      6 years ago

      I voted up,Stephanie. That is awesome.

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Sounds lovely...sign me up! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Oh my, I am so ready for my vacation tomorrow. I would love Belize. Thanks for the post of these beautiful places.

    • stephaniedas profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      Thank you!!!! I am also hoping to see them in the future...I am soooo ready for a trip!

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      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      Picklesandrufus- I know, the pictures are fantastic! They make me dream. Thanks for commenting and voting.

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      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      Rika- I like it, too! It reminds me of the New Amsterdam section of New York City, only a lot more colorful! The internet is a great way to feed that travel worm inside of us. Thanks for commenting.

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      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      Thanks, Georgiecarlos! I hope so too!

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      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      felt better just looking at the pictures!! Enjoyable hub. thanks for sharing!! vote up

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      Rika Susan 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Deserve a 'beautiful', Stephaniedas! I love the colorful, cheerful looks of Willemstad, Curaçao most. What a wonderful world we live in. Always something new to discover through the eyes of someone else. Thanks! Even though I can't do so physically, the internet allows me to 'travel' all over the world.

      Rika

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      georgiecarlos 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Very good list, and beautiful pictures! I hope I can visit one of these places one day! Voted up!

    • stephaniedas profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      Alocsin- I know exactly what you mean! Looking at the photos ad researching these spots, all I could think about was saving up my money. They are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the comment and the votes

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      If only I could afford to visit these places. But it's good to dream. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      CrazyGata- Haha, yes, you're right! I was debating between San Juan and St. John's, but I figured Antigua and Barbuda has received less press time. Thanks for the vote :)

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      CrazyGata 

      6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Puerto Rico! No passport required! :) voted up still!

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