6 Caribbean Gems That Rival Hawaii for New Travelers

For millions of people, traveling to Hawaii is on their bucket list. From the perfect weather to the beaches to the friendly locals, men and women will save for years to eventually travel to the Pacific islands.

Fortunately — especially for Americans on the East Coast — many places in the Caribbean offer similar experiences to Hawaii! Recently, travelers met in an online discussion to reveal unbeatable Caribbean gems that compare favorably to Hawaii.

From excursions like ATV riding through the jungle or horseback riding through the ocean to experiences like taking a boat to Floyd’s Pelican Bar, a bar literally floating in the middle of the sea, Negril has it all.

1. Negril, Jamaica

According to many travel experts, “This idyllic stretch of sand and sea seems almost too beautiful to be real.” The experts aren’t wrong! Grace Bay is home to endless white sand beaches and crystal clear water.

2. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

The Dominican Republic is one of the most accessible Caribbean resort areas if you’re coming from the eastern United States. And although Punta Cana gets all the attention from tourists, savvy travelers know that Cap Cana is the true hidden gem of the Dominican Republic!

3. Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Whenever I hear Aruba, I always think of the classic Beach Boys song, “Kokomo.” Am I the only one who does this? At any rate, don’t overlook Palm Beach for Hawaii-like vibes! “My favorite island is Aruba,” confesses one lover of the Caribbean.

4. Palm Beach, Aruba

Tamarindo, one of the most well-kept secrets in Costa Rica, is excellent for two reasons: It’s a world-class surfing destination, and there are tons of monkeys constantly running around!

5. Tamarindo, Costa Rica

If you can’t make it to places in Hawaii like Maui or Kauai, Nassau is your next best option. The Bahamas is millions of Americans’ favorite vacation spot for many reasons, but primarily because of the hospitality the Bahamas locals show.

6. Nassau, Bahamas

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