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Grand Cayman Island
Antigua and Barbuda
Adventure Junkies: Bonaire
There are 86 official dive sites off the island. Explore the famous Hilma Hooker shipwreck, covered in orange coral. There’s also world-class kiteboarding on the southwest coast. And the longest land-sailing track in the world is at Piedra Cruz.
Where to stay: La Pura Vista, where personal whims are actually encouraged. From $195.
Beach Bumming: St. Kitts
The lively beach scene here is about as good as it gets in the islands. Go to black-sand Dieppe Bay beach for all the action. Banana Bay, on the southeast peninsula, offers a more peaceful interlude. When the sun goes down, party at the ever-animated beach bar Shipwreck in Friars Bay, known for its island-style barbecue.
Where to stay: Ottley’s Plantation Inn, for its spring-fed pool and panoramic views. From $346.
Culinary Conquistadors: Grand Cayman
First stop, the famed Blue by Eric Ripert at the Ritz — the crown jewel of dining in the Caribbean. Take cooking classes at the Brasserie in George Town, and on Saturdays, peruse the Market at the Grounds, where local growers, fishers, gardeners and chefs set up shop.
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman — trust us, this is where you want to be. From $500.
Decidedly Decadent: Barbados Collars are turned up and shades are worn. Start at the L’Acajou Bar & Lounge at Sandy Lane for people watching prior to a polo match on Holders Hill. Afternoon tea is a must at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion hotel, then shopping in nearby Holetown.
Where to stay: The House, in St. James, greets guests with a complimentary massage to relieve jet lag. From $711.
Escapist Fantasy: Antigua and Barbuda Total detachment begins at the deserted pink beaches of River Fort Beach and Low Bay. Further unplug by taking in the island’s principal inhabitants, frigate birds at the Frigate Bird Sanctuary in Codrington Lagoon. End with a visit to Martello Castle on the south coast to view the distant colorful reefs.
Where to stay: Cocos Hotel, which boasts 26 well-appointed cottages with personal hammocks. From $610.
Kaya Venus 2
Kaya Mgr. Niewindt 29
La Pura Vista
Kaya Turkesa 7
011-599-795-6582 or 011-599-717-6582
Shipwreck Beach Bar & Grill South Friars Bay, South East Peninsula
Ottley’s Plantation Inn
011-869-465-7234 or (800) 772-3039
Blue by Eric Ripert/The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Seven Mile Beach
171 Elgin Avenue, Cricket Square
The Market at the Grounds
Stacy Watler Agricultural Pavilion
L’Acajou Bar & Lounge at Sandy Lane
Sandy Lane, St. James
Barbados Polo Club (Holders Hill polo match)
Holetown, St. James
Porters, St. James
011-246-422-5555 or (866) 540-4485
Paynes Bay, St. James
011-246-432-5525 or (888) 996-9948
Antigua and Barbuda
Frigate Bird Sanctuary and Martello Castle
Valley Church, Antigua