The Lesser Antilles is the name used to refer to a series of islands in the Caribbean Sea. Combined with the Greater Antilles they make up the Antilles, representing a wide variety of countries and cultures that you may not be familiar with. They also make a great vacation destination for those interested in adventure, history, and relaxation. In this list, we’ll highlight the best way for you to plan a vacation you’ll truly enjoy, no matter what your budget or preference is!
Main Destinations in the Lesser Antilles
Because of the size and variety of the Lesser Antilles (which is comprised of eight different countries!), it can feel overwhelming to decide where exactly you should go. In that case, it helps to go somewhere that is well-reputed for a good vacation atmosphere, and many of the most popular destinations do just that.
The Gorgeous Reefs and Dive Spots of Aruba
Aruba is notorious not just for its land, but also what lies beneath the surrounding waters. Diving is a recreational staple in Aruba and with many different places to go and many tours to take you there, you’re sure to find the right fit!
For example, here are some popular diving spots:
This ship is reported to have sunk almost 100 years ago and since then has become a spot for fishes, coral, and other wildlife to congregate. This is usually only provided as a diving spot for experienced individuals, but if you’re up to the challenge you’ll be able to witness a truly wonderful place.
Just outside of Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, Harbor Reef is a beloved place among photographers for the variety of tropical wildlife that swims the waters. Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, and Angelfish are all regulars at Harbor Reef along with stingrays, which are usually dormant enough to take plenty of photographs of!
The SS Antilla is a ship from 1939 built for trade between Germany and the Caribbean that eventually sank. Come see how it has changed after nearly 80 years underwater, surrounded by vivid coral.
Resorts Galore in the Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands is another hot spot in the Lesser Antilles, in particular for its wide selection of resorts. Staying at one of these places makes your vacation a breeze—let all of the worries fade the second you land and embrace the ease of staying at the following places:
A gorgeous all-inclusive resort on the eastern shoreline with a wide variety of pools, lounges, and beach activities.
Located in St. Croix, treat yourself to a wonderful view at this resort nestled right on the coast and surrounded by a gorgeous, green mountain range.
A resort best known for the beautiful landscape that surrounds it—enjoy the white sand, translucent water, and a beautiful golf course!
The Burning Within Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe, an island that is also a region of France, is filled to the brim with beauty. One of the main attractions that draw people from around the world is a volcano called La Grande Soufrière, located on the Basse-Terre island. This active volcano is the highest mountain peak in the Lesser Antilles at 1,467 meters high and is a key tourist spot. It last erupted in 1976 but is relatively harmless, and with the right guided tour you can travel up the side of the volcano and see one of nature’s most unpredictable treasures!
Other Things to Do in the Lesser Antilles
Martinique’s Volcanic Mystique
Martinique is an island with a rich history. Its center is, in fact, a volcano called Mont Pelée, a daunting natural monument infamous for erupting over the capital of St-Pierre in 1902. Nowadays it serves as a wonderful backdrop for Martinique’s beauty, consisting of many beaches, hiking activities, and a wonderful artistic culture. Book a tour of Mont Pelée and come face to face with beauty!
Coral Beauty in Barbados
Barbados draws in many visitors each year due to its status as a charming coral island. Scuba diving and beaches are well-known as popular tourist ideas, but Barbados boasts a radiant arts scene that is worth making the trip on its own. Go hear some music at the Harbour Lights Night Club, a true staple of the Barbados nightlife scene!
Trinidad’s Active Nightlife
Trinidad is a particularly lively island, offering a pulsating nightlife to be a part of during your visit. Trinidad is the cultural center for many types of music such as calypso, soca, and even instruments like the steel pan. It is also the home to an annual Carnival celebration in early March that brings art, dance, and music to the streets in what is truly an event to behold!
Where to Stay in the Lesser Antilles
Where you should stay depends on which island you are going to be spending your time on. There are some great places that stand out above the others, though, that may influence your choice of island.
Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is one of the most beautiful resorts in Trinidad. It presents wonderful pools, golf courses, as well as a wonderful cuisine. It also has an affordable rate for the quality of the resort, starting at only $205 per night!
Hilton Barbados Resort
Hilton is a name you can trust for quality care and enjoyment no matter where in the world you are vacationing, and their Barbados location is no exception. It has a wide variety of activities and facilities that can be used, including an infinity pool, access to pristine beaches, excellent food, and excellent connections to relevant tours and attractions in Barbados. Truly a luxurious resort if you’re looking to pay extra money to get the most out of your vacation!
Langley Resort Fort Royal
Undoubtedly one of the most affordable options for how much you get for your money, the Langley Resort Fort Royal is located on the coast of Guadeloupe. Cozy bungalows, restaurants, and a great view of the crystal clear water of the beach make this resort a must-do for your upcoming trip.
The Best Way to Get to the Lesser Antilles
Airfare can be an expensive investment, especially in today’s pricey environment. As such, you can easily find a good deal if you know where to look. For example, use services such as Kayak to search for the best prices for the time you’re visiting. The airport you fly into depends on which island you’re going to. However, most of the airports are accessible from Miami International Airport (MIA) directly or with MIA as a connection.
It may also be helpful to find a package deal that includes airfare. Many travel agencies (such as AAA) have specific deals when bundled with a place to stay, for instance. They also have activities that would be helpful to take advantage of when planning your trip to the Lesser Antilles.
Choosing the right place to vacation can feel like a daunting task. Planning a trip to a place you’ve never been before can be tiring. Keep in mind that you have to organize almost every aspect of the trip. Sometimes, you can find out your vacation wasn’t good, which is something nobody wants to experience.
Thankfully any island you choose to stay at in the Lesser Antilles is a good place. Just consider the variety of attractions and activities across all of the islands. Visit any of the websites linked above for the resorts to learn more and begin planning your next vacation today!
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