These last couple of years have been tough for us. And as much as we are over it, COVID is still a thing. But that should not stop us from seeing the Caribbean islands. Finding the best Caribbean islands to travel to is not that difficult. You just have to do a little research. And if research is not your thing then check out these 6 beautiful islands.
6 Beautiful Caribbean Islands You Can Still Travel To During This Pandemic
*This post has been updated. However, since COVID 19 restrictions are always changing the restrictions stated in this post may have changed. Please check the island’s websites for updated restriction notices.
Number one on the list of the best Caribbean Islands You Can Still Travel To During This Pandemic is Haïti. It is this author’s home country and a must-visit.
This small country shares an island with the Dominican Republic. And it is an amazing destination for those who are looking for sun, clear beaches, good food, and fun.
Although small in comparison to most, this gorgeous island is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
So when you go there you will have an opportunity to enjoy the tropical paradise that you have been looking for.
Start with Labadee, one of the best beaches in Haiti. A private island owned by Royal Caribbean known for its amazing natural beauty.
If beaches aren’t your thing, then head over to Citadelle Laferriere.
One of the largest if not the largest fortress in the Western Hemisphere built to protect freed slaves after the Haitian Revolution of 1804. It is a sight for sore eyes and a lot of fun to visit.
While Haiti offers amazing beaches, awesome culture, and history, it also offers good food.
One of this author’s favorite restaurants is called Lakay. A favorite amongst locals and visitors alike, this restaurant is in the heart of Cap-Haitian overlooking the cost. It offers good ole comfort food and an excellent taste of Haiti.
Haiti is often overlooked but one of the best tropical destinations you can visit. It is a not-so-hidden gem in the Caribbean.
Offering great food and amazing history. And it is the home of the wonders of the world. So don’t hesitate to check it out.
Of course, you need to check to see if there is a travel restriction or requirement to get in.
According to visit Haiti.com, the country requires that all international travels declare their COVID-19 test results on a form distributed during incoming flights.
They will check your temperature and you have to provide the exact address you are going to stay, and maybe a 14-day quarantine if you are not able to provide that negative test result.
And before you ask traveling to Haiti is safe and fun if you know how to do it. It is recommended you keep your visit to Cap-Haiti if you want o avoid some dangers.
Alright, man (that was horrible) we are well underway with our list of the 6 Best caribbean islands you can travel to during this pandemic.
And of course, Jamaica makes the list. Jamaica is an island that has tropical weather, awesome coffee, and has had big cultural contribution in music and dance.
A great place for those adventure hikers as the island provides awesome hicking space for all. It is recommended you hike the Blue mountain. An amazing experience for those who love hiking.
While you are at it climb Dunns River Fall, visit the Bob Marley’s Museum, and enjoy The Blue Water Beach Club.
Of course, like all places, there are steps that you must take before they let you in the country.
Jamaica has taken great safety precautions to ensure that you are safe and that your trip is worry-free. So if you are wondering if Jamaica is safe to travel no need to worry.
It all starts with a COVID 19 test result.
You must have negative COVID test results within 10 days of the intended travel date. Check out visitjamica.com for that valuable information.
One thing to note is that many hotels and resorts offer free in-house COVID tests for your trip back home.
3. The Bahamas
It’s no secret, we all want to go to the Bahamas. A series of Islands that we should all visit at least once.
It’s also a plus that it is open for tourists to visit. And perfectly safe for you to travel to the Bahamas at this time.
The Bahamas has about 700 islands at your disposal. So you know right off the bat that you will be having the time of your life once you land on one of its islands.
You can take a historical tour of Exuma, a district of the Bahamas that is home to 365 cays. In case you are wondering a cay is a low bank or reef of coral, rock, or sand.
Better yet you can walk up the Queen’s Staircase also known as the “66 steps” which is named after Queen Victoria and serves a direct route to Fort Fincastle.
If you want to do some shopping head down to the Nassau Straw Market and grab you some souvenirs.
Outside of amazing shopping, and beautiful sandy beaches the Bahamas offers amazing food. Once there head down to Arawak Cay and eat with the locals. No matter what you choose to do you will have fun.
According to Bahamas.com, several steps must be taken before you can enter this paradise.
1st you need a travel health visa. One that is easy to get here. They do require that you turn in a negative test result that you took 10 days before departure.
If you are unable to provide negative test results they do require that you do a 14-day quarantine. Lastly, there is a mask mandate, so of course, you need to wear a mask while following social distancing.
4. Puerto Rico
If your thinking of the best Caribbean island to travel to? Look no further than Puerto Rico. Who wouldn’t want to go to an island that has almost 300 miles of coastline and maybe about the same number of beaches?
With the largest shopping center in the Caribbean, it is worth it to get lost in Puerto Rico for the weekend.
The island of Puerto Rico is not just known for its beautiful beaches but also amazing street food.
But before you go, remember we are in a pandemic so there are rules that must be followed. You must wear a face mask and apply the social distancing rules.
You are also required to fill out a declaration form through the Puerto Rico Health Department portal.
Don’t forget like in all places you need a 72-hour negative COVID test before you travel or quarantine.
5. The United States Virgin Island
The US Virgin Islands are a series of islands that tourists love to visit.
Because of its white sandy beaches, beautiful reefs, and of course the only place in the US where you get to drive on the left side of the road.
Outside of all that excitement the US Virgin Islands offers a plethora of outdoor activities for that nature lover. Visiting the Virgin Islands National Park is a must.
Preserving about 60 percent of the island of Saint John and 5,500 acres of ocean. You will be feeling relaxed and loving life. Don’t forget to scuba dive in the acres of ocean offered in this park.
If you are a little more adventurous and you are okay with heights, hop on the Gondola and enjoy the view at Skyride to paradise point. Not for the faint of heart but offering an amazing view no matter the time of day.
With that being said there are restrictions that one must follow. And honestly, it is about the same as everything else.
But unlike other islands, you are required to provide negative test results 5 days before your intended day of departure.
If you aren’t able to provide the negative test result there is a quarantine period of 14 days or you will be quarantined until you get a result while on the island.
So do yourself the favor and get tested before you travel.
6. St Lucia
If none of those Caribbean islands above caught your eyes. Then I suggest St Lucia.
known for its vast variety of bird life, its luxurious mountains, and beautiful clear waters. St Lucia is a must-visit in your search for the perfect Caribbean paradise.
Go snorkeling at the famous Anse Chastanet Marine National Park. If that is not your thing then hike the Tet Paul Nature Trail.
And if you are still unsatisfied then you can enjoy the miles of sandy beaches this beautiful island has to offer.
However, during this pandemic, some rules must be followed. For starters, you do need a negative test result 7 days before the day of departure.
Mask and social distancing protocols are in effect and must be followed. And if you aren’t able to provide negative results you will be quarantined for 14 days or until a test result can be obtained on the island.
A pandemic shouldn’t stop you from traveling and enjoying your life. You just need to take precautions. 2020 doesn’t have to be canceled.
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