Looking for the ultimate Caribbean getaway? Want to take your beach dreams to the next level?

We’ve been feeling the same way lately. So the editors at Travel Magazine got together and did a big download, discussing what we feel are the coolest things to check out in the Caribbean this year and beyond. We’re talking places with that little extra “wow”, spots that make you want to visit as soon as you hear about them. It’s a list of some really incredible villas and resorts, activities and adventures, where you’ll find everything from shipwrecks to stingrays, easy-sippers to hard-liquors.

Get ready to set sail to the Caribbean. Here are the 9 coolest things to do in the Caribbean right now (in no particular order).

Go snorkelling on a pirate ship in Aruba

Dive into an undersea adventure without the deep dive—witness a historical shipwreck in just 30 feet of water.

Behold the SS Antilla, a colossal German freighter that once traversed the oceans, now peacefully resting off the coast of Palm Beach. Its captain, faced with the outbreak of war, chose to sink it rather than let it fall into enemy hands.

Now, this underwater marvel serves as a sanctuary for vibrant marine life, easily explored through the lens of a snorkel in the shimmering, clear waters.

Among the many vessels that visit the Antilla wreck, Jolly Pirates stands out with its pirate-themed crew and thrilling rope swing stunts. You’re literally taking a pirate ship to see a ship wreck, and there’s plenty of fun to be had on board. And if you’re nervous to do the rope swing onboard by yourself, the friendly staff will throw you right on their back.

Now that’s service!

Stay at the Silversands in Grenada

Nestled on the pristine white shores of Grand Anse Beach, Silversands Grenada emerges as an oasis of luxury, standing apart in its tranquil exclusivity. This pinnacle of opulence welcomes guests to its breezy, tech-savvy accommodations, where convenience is at your fingertips, thanks to a bespoke app that manages everything from room service to the dimming of lights, enveloping you in comfort with the touch of a screen. Dive into a world of flavors at the extensive rum bar or surrender to the healing touch of massages on beds of warm, crushed rose quartz at the spa, believed to enhance energy absorption and comfort through its gentle heat.

Your days may blissfully dissolve beside the 330-foot infinity pool, the longest of its kind in the Caribbean, a perfect testament to the resort's grandeur. When hunger calls, embark on a culinary journey with Grenada’s renowned plant-based chef, Joachim Jammeal, in the privacy of your villa. Indulge in a bespoke dining experience that includes innovative dishes such as jerk oyster mushrooms, watermelon sushi, and sumptuous meatless meatballs, setting the scene for an unforgettable stay.

Climb Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica

Just 3km west of the bustling streets of Ocho Rios, Jamaica's most famous waterfalls unfold as a spectacle of natural beauty, despite the throngs of visitors at peak times that might hint at a lively amusement park more than a tranquil wonder. Here, the adventure is in the ascent—navigating through limestone steps that form natural cascades and pools, all under the cool shade of towering rainforests.

The journey up these falls, with waters that refresh and invigorate, is a testament to the enduring allure of nature's handiwork, promising both a physical and sensory delight. You’ll have a hard time not laughing as you climb these incredible falls, it’s such a unique experience it had to make our list. What other waterfall can you climb right on up?

Here’s the biggest tip for this adventure, though: Visit when a cruise ship isn’t docked at port in Ocho Rios. It gets way too busy when the ships are in, and it’s much more enjoyable if you can go without the crowds!

Sit pretty in Stingray City

The Cayman Islands is teeny-tiny. It’s epic Seven Mile Beach is just about all you can fit on Grand Cayman. But as you begin to explore this incredible place, you’ll notice it’s not like all of the other islands in the Caribbean. And we’re not talking about the millionaires storing their money here. No sir.

We’re talking about the magic of Stingray City.

When you're browsing the top experiences in Grand Cayman, "Swim with the rays at Stingray City" is bound to top the list, and it's easy to see why. This enchanting sandbank nestled in the North Sound has become a beloved spot for countless stingrays, attracted originally by fishers cleaning their catch.

Opt for a guided tour, and you'll be amazed as the guides greet each stingray by name, showcasing the unique bond between humans and these graceful marine dwellers. With the water barely reaching 3 feet deep, it's effortless to wade in and mingle with these friendly giants, turning a simple swim into an unforgettable encounter with nature.

Stay in the villa to rule all villas in Curacao

In the heart of Curacao, the Master Villa at Baoase Luxury Resort stands as a testament to island luxury, offering an unrivaled escape that begins with its inception. This villa, the very cornerstone of Baoase, captures the essence of opulent island living with its panoramic vistas stretching to the vibrant hues of Willemstad's iconic architecture. Imagine diving into your private infinity pool only to discover a hidden luxury cave beneath, complete with a whirlpool, bar, and dedicated spaces for both fitness and relaxation—a sanctuary designed for the ultimate indulgence.

The Master Villa isn't just a stay; it's an experience, enriched with personalized services that include a private chef, butler, and exclusive access to a secluded beach. Designed to accommodate up to 12 guests, this expansive retreat seamlessly blends two guestrooms and two suites, making it a versatile haven for family gatherings, friend reunions, or lavish private events. Its idyllic setting serves as the perfect backdrop for intimate receptions, gourmet dinners, or the dreamiest of wedding ceremonies.

Beyond its luxurious amenities, the Master Villa's design speaks volumes of its grandeur, from the colonial high ceilings to the polished hardwood floors, crafting an atmosphere of sophisticated tranquility. The master bedroom, a crown jewel perched on the second floor, offers a king-sized bed, an outdoor rain shower, and an indoor bathroom equipped with a bathtub and double washbasins, all complemented by a breathtaking ocean view. The living spaces are thoughtfully designed for connection and relaxation, with the kitchen and living room opening up to a deck that leads to the infinity pool, creating a seamless flow between indoor comfort and outdoor bliss.

Every detail from the sonorous melodies of a Sonos sound system to the convenience of a fully equipped kitchen has been curated to ensure an unparalleled experience. Whether seeking a peaceful retreat to unwind or a lavish space to celebrate life's most precious moments, the Master Villa promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Caribbean luxury.

Go Kitesurfing in Anguilla

Anguilla beckons not just with its sun-drenched beaches but as a haven for kitesurfing enthusiasts. The island's gentle, steady breezes create the perfect conditions for both novices and seasoned kitesurfers to ride the winds, making Anguilla Watersports on Cove Bay the go-to spot for anyone eager to harness the power of the wind. Offering comprehensive lessons that cater to every skill level—from absolute beginners to the pros—this academy stands alone in its commitment to providing an unmatched kitesurfing experience.

The magic of Anguilla isn't just in its picturesque landscapes but in the thrill of gliding over its azure waters, propelled by the wind. With Anguilla Watersports, you embark on a journey from zero to hero with their tailored kitesurfing programs. They demystify the sport with a step-by-step approach, ensuring you learn the ins and outs of kiteboarding in a safe, enjoyable manner. Their ZERO TO HERO program is particularly popular, offering a block of 8 hours of instruction designed to get you making your first solo ride across the sparkling Caribbean waters.

But it's not all about kitesurfing; the academy also offers paddleboards and glass-bottom kayaks for those moments when you want to explore the underwater world at a slower pace. Yet, when the wind calls, Anguilla Watersports is ready with the latest gear, expert instruction, and a passion for the sport that's contagious. Whether you're taking your first flight on the water or perfecting your jumps and stunts, Anguilla's beaches provide the ideal classroom under the sun.

Take a Drink in the Soup Bowl

Wait, what?

You read that right. Let’s talk about the Soup Bowl in Barbados, and why you should hang ten here.

Barbados, with its vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes, offers a unique Caribbean experience, but it's the legendary Soup Bowl on the island's east coast that truly captures the heart of adventure seekers. Renowned among surfers worldwide, Soup Bowl is the jewel in Barbados' crown, offering challenging waves that beckon surfers of all levels. It's not just the surf that makes this spot iconic; the surrounding area of Bathsheba provides a picturesque backdrop with its rugged coastline and foamy waters, making it a must-visit for anyone looking to combine natural beauty with thrilling sports.

The local surf community welcomes visitors with open arms, offering lessons for beginners and tips for those looking to tackle the more formidable waves. Annual surfing competitions bring an electrifying atmosphere to Soup Bowl, but the vibe remains laid-back and inviting year-round. Whether you're here to catch your first wave or master the rolling swells, Barbados’ Soup Bowl encapsulates the spirit of Caribbean adventure, making it a perfect spot for those who crave a blend of excitement and beauty.

Dive Into Paradise

Turks and Caicos Islands are synonymous with crystal-clear waters and expansive coral reefs, making them a diver's paradise. Beneath the surface, the islands boast some of the most impressive underwater scenery in the Caribbean, from the majestic walls of Grand Turk to the mysterious shipwrecks off Providenciales. These islands offer an underwater adventure for every level of diver, whether you're looking to get your first taste of scuba diving or you're an experienced diver seeking to explore uncharted territories.

The islands are not just about diving; their commitment to conservation ensures that the marine environment remains pristine and vibrant for generations to come. With eco-friendly dive practices and a plethora of marine life, including the humpback whale migration in the winter, Turks and Caicos provide an immersive experience that goes beyond just exploring the deep blue. It's an opportunity to connect with nature in its most unspoiled form, making every dive not just an adventure but a step closer to understanding the delicate balance of our oceans.

Break a Sweat in a Hiker’s Heaven

The US Virgin Islands offer more than just stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters; they are a hiker's paradise, with trails that offer breathtaking views and a chance to explore the islands' diverse ecosystems. From the lush, tropical forests of St. John to the historical trails of St. Croix that lead to ancient sugar mill ruins, hiking in the USVI is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. The islands' unique topography allows for a variety of hiking experiences, ranging from leisurely walks along the beach to challenging treks through mountainous terrain.

One of the highlights is the Reef Bay Trail on St. John, which not only offers stunning natural beauty but also a chance to delve into the island's rich history, with petroglyphs carved by the Taino people and remnants of colonial sugar plantations. Hiking in the US Virgin Islands is an opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse yourself in the natural and historical treasures that the islands have to offer. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just looking for a new way to experience the Caribbean, the trails of the USVI offer an adventure that combines the beauty of nature with the intrigue of history.

Book your next adventure to the Caribbean

Embarking on a journey through the Caribbean offers more than just a chance to soak in the sun on pristine beaches; it's an invitation to immerse yourself in a world of adventure, culture, and natural beauty that each island uniquely presents. From the thrilling waves of Barbados' Soup Bowl and the underwater marvels of Turks and Caicos, to the rich, historical trails of the US Virgin Islands, the Caribbean is a mosaic of experiences waiting to be discovered. Whether you're gliding on the water, exploring the depths of the ocean, or trekking through lush landscapes, these destinations prove that the true essence of the Caribbean lies in its diversity and the myriad of cool things it offers to every traveler. So pack your bags, bring your sense of adventure, and book your next trip to the Caribbean - where every island is a new chapter in your journey of discovery.


Discover the Caribbean's coolest experiences, from surfing Barbados' legendary Soup Bowl and diving in the crystal-clear waters of Turks and Caicos, to hiking the historical trails of the US Virgin Islands. Each destination offers a unique adventure, blending natural beauty with thrilling activities for an unforgettable journey through paradise.