While the Caribbean was hard hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, much of the region was spared from damage. And many impacted islands have reopened for business and are eager for travelers to return. To help shed light on this slice of tropical paradise, 10Best is asking our readers to help us name the Caribbean’s best resorts, beaches, attractions, bars, distilleries, golf courses, restaurants, dive sites and islands for romance.
Vote once per day, per category until polls close on Monday, February 11 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, January 22.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Caribbean Attraction
There’s more to the Caribbean than just pretty beaches — Photo courtesy of iStock / Jan-Schneckenhaus
There’s more to the Caribbean than just beautiful beaches (though we love those too). From waterfalls and caves to zip-lines and historic plantations, Caribbean travelers have no shortage of things to see and do.
Best Caribbean Beach
Where’s your perfect stretch of sand? — Photo courtesy of iStock / shalamov
Beach junkies and sun lovers will find some of the world’s most spectacular stretches of sand on the islands of the Caribbean. With so many palm tree-lined, silky sand expanses leading down to warm, azure water, it’s hard to narrow it down to just 20.
Best Caribbean Beach Bar
These 20 bars serve tropical cocktails right in the sand — Photo courtesy of iStock / DC_Colombia
Nothing says “vacation” quite like sipping a tropical cocktail while digging your toes in the sand. The Caribbean could be called the beach bar capital of the world with countless places to sip the day away.
Best Caribbean Dive Site
Explore the Caribbean beneath the surface at these 20 dive sites — Photo courtesy of iStock / ultramarinfoto
The Caribbean has long attracted adventurers to its clear waters and technicolor underwater world, and today, it remains one of the most popular scuba diving destinations on the planet. From wreck dives to plummeting walls, there’s a dive for just about everyone in this sun-kissed region.
Best Caribbean Golf Course
Where would you most want to tee off? — Photo courtesy of iStock / KatZalewski
Laid-back, fun, insanely beautiful – these are a few of the phrases you could use to describe the experience of golfing in the Caribbean, and there are more choices than ever for teeing off in the tropical sun.
Best Caribbean Island for Romance
From weddings and honeymoons to romantic getaways, these islands win with couples — Photo courtesy of iStock / travnikovstudio
There’s a reason so many couples look to the azure waters, balmy breezes and luxurious accommodations of the Caribbean to dial up the romance. There’s something seriously sexy about a toes-in-the-sand tropical escape with a special someone, and we want to know your favorite destination to set the mood.
Best Caribbean Resort
Vote for the best resort in the Caribbean — Photo courtesy of iStock / JodiJacobson
Powder soft sands, crystal clear waters, sumptuous accommodations and exquisite service characterize these top tropical escapes in the Caribbean, chosen by a panel of Caribbean travel experts as the best in the region.
Best Caribbean Rum Distillery
Which Caribbean distillery makes the best rum? — Photo courtesy of iStock / DedMityay
If there’s one thing the Caribbean is known for as much as its beaches, it’s rum. The spirit was first distilled on the islands during the 17th century when sugar plantation slaves discovered molasses – a byproduct of the refining process – could be fermented into alcohol. Caribbean rum producers have spent the centuries since perfecting the process of distillation, aging and blending, and many of the world’s best rums come from the Caribbean.
Best Restaurant in the Caribbean
These 20 restaurants serve up some of the best regional cuisine — Photo courtesy of iStock / PhotoEuphoria
The Caribbean is a melting pot of cultures and ethnic influences, and that diversity is reflected in its food. Culinary gems here range from fine dining to beachside seafood shacks serving up dishes good enough to make even the most discerning foodie swoon.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, February 22.