The Caribbean refers to a chain of over seven hundred island nations, islets, reefs, and cays washed by the Caribbean Sea. These islands and cays are located close to the Equator in the northwestern hemisphere, allowing them to share a delightful 80° climate or hotter on most days of the year. Each year, droves of tourists flock to the Caribbean to experience the delightful melting pot of food, sights, and sounds that are uniquely Caribbean, as well as to enjoy the tropical maritime climate–especially during cold snowy winters up north.
Many Caribbean nations utilize the year-round sun, sand, and sea as a major marketing tool for potential and returning tourists, but the beaches advertised in the travel brochures are often crowded and over-commercialized.
Check out these underrated Caribbean beach towns for an authentic island experience and a richer connection to the culture.