The 11 Best Caribbean Islands To Visit in 2019
11. Willemstad, Curaçao
Willemstad is the capital of Curaçao, an island in the Dutch Lesser Antilles, and the city has seen a 59 percent increase in searches for 2019, according to Airbnb. Willemstad comes with technicolored colonial homes, lovely views of the Caribbean sea, and plenty of Dutch and Afro-Caribbean restaurants to dine in. Scuba divers and snorkelers can walk from shore and swim to some of the best diving spots on the island, no boats needed. So, what are you waiting for? Book a place in Willemstad, get your plane ticket, and go right now.
10. Gros Islet, St. Lucia
Along the northern side of St. Lucia sits the community of Gros Islet. It's this tiny fishing village that is experiencing a 60 percent search increase on Airbnb. And for one good reason: It's beautiful. The area is ideal for those looking for an under-the-radar spot to explore. But, fear not, there are still plenty of shops, clubs, and restaurants to spend time in. While there, book one of the area's mountaintop homes to get the view of a lifetime.
9. Kralendijk, Bonaire
Kralendijk, the capital of the island of Bonaire, is finally getting noticed. The teeny-tiny city has seen a 68 percent increase in searches. Guests to the Dutch Lesser Antilles island will be in for a treat thanks to its adorable shopping streets, colorful homes, along with its sandy beaches and reefs teeming with wildlife. Rent out a colonial mansion to really impress everyone on your next family vacation.
Martinique has quickly become a top destination on Airbnb, with searches for Fort-de-France increasing by 78 percent, Les Trois-Îlets increasing 68 percent, and Sainte-Luce jumping 64 percent. The island is a bit more rugged than the rest, making it an ideal location for those looking to do a bit of hiking while on their Caribbean getaway. Perhaps best of all, no matter where you stay your home will come with a fantastic view.
7. Kingston, Jamaica
More and more people are looking into a Jamaican getaway. According to Airbnb, Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, is experiencing an 86 percent increase in search. In Kingston, visitors can check out the Bob Marley Museum, take a dip in the ocean, or hang out on the beach at their rental home and enjoy a fruity cocktail (or two… or three). In the area, Airbnb searchers can also find eco-friendly retreats, rainforest estates, or even private beachside homes.
6. Bahamas: George Town, Exuma and Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas are experiencing a tourism boom once again. According to Airbnb, George Town on Exuma island is experiencing an 87 percent increase in searches while Nassau in New Providence is experiencing a 62 percent increase. Both islands are great for their own reasons and also come with drop-dead gorgeous views, beaches, and delicious places to eat during a Bahamian vacation. Don't worry, these islands come with a plethora of picture-perfect rental homes as well.
5. St. George's, Grenada
St. George's, the capital of the island of Grenada, has seen an 87 percent increase in vacation searches. Why? Well, like the other islands listed here it too is a stunning bay city surrounded by tropical waters. And really, what's not to love about that? On the island, guests can explore historical sites or just lounge by the shore and take in the sun. Best of all, there are plenty of homes that come with pools to lounge by as well.
4. St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
Another popular destination, according to Airbnb, is St. John's on Antigua, which is experiencing a 97 percent search increase. The island is tiny—it's the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands—but it more than makes up for its size with activities. On the island, guests will be surrounded by exotic birds as it's also home to a forest shelter that is popular with migratory birds like adorable hummingbirds and cuckoos. Though it's small, there are still plenty of homes for rent around the island.
3. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman has seen a 100 percent increase in searches and bookings, which probably means you should go there too. In the Grand Cayman, Airbnb users are searching in and around Georgetown, the capital of the island. There too guests can explore historical sights or jump right into the crystal blue Caribbean waters along its shores for one-of-a-kind snorkeling. Best of all, there are plenty of beachside properties available for rent.
2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is ready for you to visit after rebuilding from Hurricane Maria. And, with a 400 percent increase in bookings, it looks like you're all heeding its call. In San Juan, visitors can explore the old fortresses, dine on some seriously tasty mofongo, and dance the night away in one of the city's bars or clubs. Book one of the city's bright and airy listings here.
1. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
According to Airbnb, St. Thomas has seen a 600 percent increase in bookings. Specifically, everyone is looking at the neighborhood of Charlotte Amalie, which is a popular port city on the island. There, guests can mingle with cruise-goers, explore colonial-era buildings, and even visit Blackbeard's castle. Check out a few of the stunning villas available in the neighborhood right now.