If you’re looking to escape the crowds, why not visit some hidden gems in the sunny Caribbean?

The Caribbean is home to a variety of lesser-known islands that offer a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural history, and adventure. Not only are they more affordable than the usual tourist hotspots, these islands are an educational experience and.

Here are six islands that you should consider adding to your travel bucket list!

1. Bequia

This small island in the Grenadines is the perfect spot for a laid-back beach vacation. It boasts beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and a relaxed atmosphere. The name means “island of clouds”, and the views on Bequia more than live up to this promise.

Bequia is also a great location for snorkeling and sailing, with numerous dive sites and yacht charters available. Along with its natural beauty, Bequia has a number of cultural attractions as well.

The island has a long history as a hub for Caribbean maritime trade, and you can learn more about this past at the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and Museum or the Bequia Maritime Museum.

2. Tobago

Located just off the coast of South America, Tobago is a small, quiet island that is often overlooked by tourists. Despite its size, Tobago offers a wide range of activities, from snorkeling to hiking through the island’s lush rainforests.

Tobago’s laid-back vibe makes it a perfect destination for travelers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’re a nature lover, or you’re looking for the perfect nature photo opportunity, be sure to visit the Tobago Forest Reserve, which is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including the nationally protected Scarlet Ibis.

Scarlet Ibises taking flight in Tobago.

You can also visit one of the island’s many secluded beaches, such as Castara Bay or Englishman’s Bay, for a more intimate and peaceful beach experience.

3. Saba

This tiny Dutch Caribbean island may be hard to get to, but it’s well worth the effort.

Saba is known for its rugged beauty and outdoor adventures like hiking and diving. It’s also home to the Saba Conservation Foundation, which works to preserve the island’s unique environment.

Some of the top activities to enjoy on Saba include hiking to the top of Mount Scenery, an active volcano and the highest peak in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

You can also go diving in the Saba Marine Park, which is home to a variety of marine life and shipwrecks. The island’s capital, The Bottom, is a charming town with colorful houses and narrow streets.

4. Montserrat

Located near Antigua, Montserrat is often overlooked by tourists but boasts a wealth of attractions.

At the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, you can learn about the island’s geological past and see the active Soufrière Hills volcano up close. The island’s rainforests are ideal for hiking and birdwatching, and its beaches are great for swimming and snorkeling.

Note: Tourists aren’t allowed in the exclusion zone around the volcano. However, the view from the safe zone is amazing.

View of Soufriere Hills active volcano, Montserrat.

Montserrat has a rich heritage, with Irish colonists settling on the island in the 17th century. You can explore the island’s churches to learn more, or visit during the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Don’t miss out on visiting the Montserrat National Trust or visit Montserrat National Museum.

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Throughout the eighties, Montserrat was home to AIR Studios, and it welcomed artists like Elton John, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, and more. Although these buildings are long closed, the studio left its mark on the island’s culture. Today, Montserrat has a small but vibrant musical scene.

5. St. Kitts

This small island nation is known for its beautiful beaches and three volcanic centers.

St. Kitts is a great destination for history buffs, with its well-preserved fortifications and landmarks from its English and French colonial past. Visitors to the National Museum can learn all about the nation’s history.

Another must-see destination is the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The island is a great place to try some authentic Caribbean cuisine – don’t miss out on the seafood, guava cheese, and the local rum. For a glamorous night out, head to the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino. Enjoy a meal at the open-air, thatched-roof restaurant while watching the sunset over the Caribbean Sea.

St. Kitts is somewhat better-known than our other picks, partly because Saint Kitts and Nevis is one of the smallest sovereign states in the world. It actually hosted a cricket World Cup event back in 2007.

Nonetheless, the island is cozy and peaceful, especially in the autumn and winter.

6. Anegada

Located in the British Virgin Islands, Anegada is known for its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and laid-back atmosphere.

The island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including Cow Wreck Beach, Loblolly Bay Beach, and Flash of Beauty Beach. Each beach has its own unique charm and is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun.

The island is a popular spot for snorkeling, diving, and fishing, and there are plenty of tour operators that offer guided tours and equipment rentals. The island is also home to rare birds, iguanas, and some endangered turtle species. If you’re looking to enjoy the unspoiled outdoors, this is the destination for you.

A view of Loblolly Beach on the island of Anegada

The Caribbean awaits!

You will never forget your Caribbean vacation. Whether you’re planning a vacation with the kids, a romantic getaway for two, or an adventurous solo trek, there is something out there for you.

Take the time to explore the museums of the area, and you’ll come home with a deeper understanding of history. Talk with the locals, try delicacies you’ve never seen before.

Most importantly, take in the fresh air, the vistas, the unique flora and fauna. Experiencing the unspoiled nature of the Caribbeans will bring you peace.