Caribbean Travel Essentials
The Caribbean is everyone's fun-in-the-sun playground. Beach resorts, secluded bungalows, all-inclusive spots, and water sports of all kinds suit every type of…
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The sparkling blue sea, the pools, and the views -- these are major reasons why we travel to the Caribbean (well, that and the warm weather to actually enjoy said beaches, pools, and views). So when we find a gorgeous infinity pool that does exactly what it's designed to do -- trick the eye into thinking the pool water extends straight into infinity -- we get pretty excited. We found 18 stunning infinity pools in nine different #Caribbean countries that have us dreaming about our next vacation.
Travel dollars can go far in the Dominican Republic, especially at the country's hundreds of all-inclusive resorts where most costs are built into the rates. For travelers who'd rather not have to get their wallet involved every time they want to have a meal, grab a drink, or take a catamaran out for a spin, all-inclusives can be a pretty sweet setup. Here are the ones in the D.R. that deliver the best value for the price. Prices are based on average rates for a standard room.
The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean -- and for good reason. For starters, it's absolutely stunning. It boasts white- and golden-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, and pleasant year-round temperatures. And since it's the second-largest country in the Caribbean, there's a whole lot of gorgeous island to explore. Check out these five stunning #beach towns that are well worth your vacation days and dollars.
Aruba might only be 75 square miles, but the tiny island is packed with so many great (and different) things to do. While hanging out at the beach is likely already on your itinerary, there are other to-dos worth adding to your list. Here's a collection of the top activities in Aruba when you get sick of the beach, start feeling hungry, or adventure strikes. Each one made the cut because they're unique to #Aruba, a bit bizarre, show a different side of the island, or simply can't be missed.
Last year was the #Caribbean’s eighth consecutive year of tourism growth. A key reason for that? St. Lucia. The island saw an 11 percent increase in tourist visits, thanks to its array of romantic resorts, breathtaking scenery, and relaxing beaches. Whether you need an outdoor adventure, a honeymoon getaway, or just a warm-weather escape, St. Lucia fits the bill. Keep reading to discover the best ways to experience the island. #StLucia #Beach #Getaway
Punta Cana encompasses Cap Cana, Macao, Bavaro, El Cortecito, Cabeza de Toro, Arena Gorda, and Uvero Alto -- and is one of the most popular vacation spots in the Caribbean. It has idyllic beaches, five-star all-inclusive resorts (one designed by Oscar de la Renta), an international airport, and epic nightlife. There are a few things to keep in mind before visiting Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, so that you can make the most of your trip. Read our 10 most important tips for Punta Cana.
Since Oyster staff is on a COVID-19 travel hiatus for the time-being, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the ways big and small that we've embarrassed ourselves on trips over the years. Sure, we're professional hotel reviewers, photographers, and travel writers -- but we're also human and sometimes we make travel mistakes along the way. Here's how I embarrassed myself in Jamaica.
We know -- a swim-up bar is a big draw for many travelers heading to Punta Cana. We can’t blame you! It’s a fun social space that blends two of the best things about tropical vacations (pools and bars, of course!). So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite swim-up bars in Punta Cana that we can't wait visit later this year. Cheers!
When most people think of St. Lucia, the towering Pitons might spring to mind first, but the beautiful beaches of the #Caribbean island deserve a shout-out, too. Despite its modest 238 square miles, St. Lucia has numerous sandy stretches to explore, each offering its own inimitable attraction. Even better, all beaches on the island are public. From the white sands of Anse des Pitons to the amazing snorkeling offered around Anse Chastanet, here are some of the best beaches St. Lucia has to offer.
What should I wear in Punta Cana? Or, what should I wear to feel like I'm in Punta Cana? Punta Cana basically defined the concept of an all-inclusive resort, training visitors to pre-pay for rooms, meals, drinks, and entertainment. If you can't get to the Dominican Republic right now for some rest and relaxation, you can at least get inspired by these colorful and fun outfits for the pool, all-inclusive fine-dining, and an excursion to Scape Park at Cap Cana.
Known for megaresorts with multiple restaurants, bars, and nightlife activity, Cancun does #all-inclusives right. But, while some have excellent dining, free water sports, and sleek guest rooms, others serve mediocre food alongside dated interiors. So if you're looking for an all-inclusive getaway that's worth its cost, you've come to the right place. We visited Cancun's all-inclusive hotels to see which were the best of the best. Here are our picks for the best all-inclusive resorts in #Cancun.
Just a few hours away from many major East Coast destinations, Puerto Rico is a vibrant, tourist-friendly island known for its beautiful beaches, warm hospitality, and incredible ecosystem. After sustaining severe damage from Hurricane Maria in fall 2017, Puerto Rico is once again ready for tourism -- one of the island’s major industries. While there’s no better time to visit than now, here are a few mistakes to avoid when planning your trip to Puerto Rico. #PuertoRico #travel
Some trips are all about hitting museums, joining guided tours, and scrambling to see as many local sights and landmarks as possible. Beach vacations are emphatically not those trips -- especially those at all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, where the itinerary revolves around lounging on the beach and gliding across the pool for a tropical drink. If the latter sounds like the kind of travel agenda you're after right now, take a look at our list of the best swim-up bars in the #Caribbean.
Start planning your summer, fall, and winter getaways. The Dominican Republic offers a combination of outdoor adventure, relaxing beaches, and historical attractions that’s tough to match. But maybe you’ve already explored the Dominican Republic. Or, perhaps you might be looking for an alternative place with similar traits. If that’s the case, you’re in luck. We found six destinations that offer a taste of what the Dominican Republic has to offer, although each has its own distinctive flavor.
The Caribbean’s reliable sunshine and tranquil, blue-green coast annually draw millions of visitors seeking tropical island relief and relaxation. Pushing your Caribbean visit into budget-friendly summer and fall runs the risk of hurricanes and tropical storms. Fortunately, there is a shoulder season sweet spot between late March and mid-to-late June that still affords favorable weather without the hefty price tag.
Yes, there are many, many #Caribbean resorts for those who love their in-room liquor dispensers, swim-up bars, and swim-out pool access. But for travelers looking for Caribbean accommodations on the opposite end of the spectrum -- pretty, private bungalows with gobs of local charm -- these quaint resorts are quiet oases with mellow, non-mega-resort atmospheres. #adorablebungalows #beachgetaway
You may think if you've been one to #Caribbean island, you've been to them all. But that's definitely not the case when it comes to Aruba. This Dutch Caribbean island is so close to South America that you can see Venezuela on clear days. #Aruba offers a wholly unique experience that combines Caribbean chill, Dutch efficiency, and South American charm. But before you make your first trip, read our top tips on how to avoid looking like a rookie.
One of the best parts of traveling to the Caribbean, especially in hot and sunny Punta Cana, is relaxing poolside without a care in the world. However, bustling mega-resorts are made up of hundreds of rooms, creating crowded pool environments. Upgrading to one of these 10 resorts with stunning private pools will save you from crowds, and you can swim and sunbathe nude in the most private pools. Read on for the top 10 most gorgeous private pools in Punta Cana and book your secluded swim.
When your main ingredients for a much-needed vacation are warmth and water, it can be hard to decide between two destinations that offer both -- especially when it comes to beloved vacation spots Jamaica and Mexico. Both countries offer white-sand beaches, epic food scenes, and specific cultural and geographical activities -- that are wildly different. We looked at nightlife, food, safety, beaches, and culture in both Jamaica and Mexico to help you decide which is the best vacation spot for you.
Despite obvious similarities, Aruba and Barbados are poles apart from each other in some subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Below, we’ve broken the two Caribbean island-nations down in various categories to help you decide which best suits your taste and travel style. All that’s left to do is pick one and book your flight.
Located on the Dominican Republic's easternmost tip, Punta Cana is known for its near-perfect weather, amenity-packed all-inclusive resorts, and some of the best white-sand beaches in the Caribbean. Somehow, that awe-inspiring landscape looks even more spectacular when viewed from above. So, we fired up our drone and sent it high into the sky to capture a new perspective on Punta Cana. Click to see some of the jaw-dropping photos we took! #PuntaCana #Caribbean #Travel
Swaying palm trees, fine white sand, and turquoise waters make the Caribbean one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Adding to the scenic setting are resorts with charming architecture, well-manicured grounds bursting with bougainvillea, and lovely rooms. Travelers wanting all of that beauty combined with the convenience of an all-inclusive resort are in luck, as the Caribbean is packed with gorgeous properties. Read on for 16 stunning all-inclusive resorts in the #Caribbean.
If you're taking a vacation to #Aruba, you probably love the beach. The Caribbean island is loaded with some of the most breathtaking stretches of sand in the Western Hemisphere. Aruba's environment offers diverse beach landscapes -- everything from soft white sand and calm blue water to waves large enough for surfing to gorgeous rock formations surrounding a natural pool. Here are the seven best #beaches in Aruba. #getaway #vacation