Best Caribbean Islands For Getting Away

Escape to a paradise that is off the beaten track, yet only a few hours flight away. No need to share your remote beach with others when you can get away from it all and experience a true break from civilization.

Where: Curaçao

It may take a few extra hours to get there, but Curaçao's Dutch paradise is well worth the wait. Secluded beaches, spectacular diving, striking multi-colored architecture, cultural diversity and fine cuisine are just some of its attractions, plus the fact that tourists don't seem to have discovered it yet. Famous for its fine liqueur and international flavor, head to the southern Caribbean for some Dushi Korsou (Sweet Curaçao), a mixture of Old and New World charm.

Where: Bonaire

It may be part of the Lesser Antilles, but Bonaire is more than just an island getaway. One of the least visited large islands of the Caribbean, most who do come here spend their time under water, leaving those on land the peace and tranquility of a unspoiled destination with exquisite beaches, natural attractions, fine dining and shopping.

Where: Nevis

Petite and until recently, without direct flights from the U.S., the green island of Nevis is enticing and unspoiled. Just seven miles long and five miles wide, with unparalleled beauty and hospitality, Nevis welcomes visitors to share its lush hiking trails, verdant rainforest, picture-perfect crescent beaches, sugar cane heritage and even a game of cricket.

Where: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Tortola -- "land of the turtle dove" to Columbus -- has a rich history of fishing, sailing and even piracy, but today it is its white sand beaches, yachting and quaint fishing villages that make it an ideal get-away-from-it-all destination for the discerning Caribbean visitor.

Where: Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

From the pools and grottos formed by giant boulders strewn across white sand beaches to its coral cave at Devil's Bay, Virgin Gorda is pure by name and by nature. Gorda's uninhabited beaches and mountainous interior can only be reached by boat or small aircraft making it a quiet and peaceful alternative to the more populated tourist islands of the Caribbean.