A Ranking of the 25 Best Caribbean Islands…

by Adam

Business Insider has released their ranker of the 25 best Caribbean islands based on the amount of coastline per square kilometer, hotel costs, number of attractions, and flight time from New York City. You can read about the full methodology that they used for the ranker here.

My family and I try to visit a new island each year during December (using miles and hotel points of course) and so I’ve been lucky enough to explore many of the countries on the list.  I’m actually quite surprised by the top 6 or so choices…I would have gone with some of those that appear later in the list. I think a lot of this probably has to do with the weight that they’ve assigned to having direct flights from NYC and perhaps the coastline per square kilometer metric as well. You’ll find the list below, but browse on over to their site for a summary of why each island was selected and how they justify the rating for each. Thoughts?

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Dominican Republic
  3. St Marteen
  4. Curacao
  5. The Bahamas
  6. Jamaica
  7. St Barts
  8. Cayman Islands
  9. US Virgin Islands
  10. St Kitts and Nevis
  11. Aruba
  12. Barbados (one of my favorites, highly underrated)
  13. Martinique
  14. Antigua and Barbuda
  15. Montserrat
  16. St. Lucia
  17. Trinidad and Tobago
  18. Turks and Caicos
  19. British Virgin Islands
  20. Guadeloupe
  21. Dominica
  22. Grenada
  23. Anguilla
  24. Haiti
  25. St. Vincent and the Grenadines


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Jeff March 5, 2016 - 2:09 pm

Last time I checked Haiti and Dominican Republic were the same island just different countries

James K. March 5, 2016 - 2:25 pm

And Antigua and Barbuda are two separate islands. Lists have to be consistent.


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