Spread out across several-hundred miles of North America’s Caribbean region, about 700 Caribbean islands exist, but only 26 of them are deemed sovereign states and dependent territories.
Starting with The Bahamas and Cuba, located off the tip of Florida, the string of Caribbean countries arc down towards Venezuela. Each one has its own attractions and its own unique combination of history, geography, elevation and mostly European influence that draw millions of visitors every year. These are people who worship the sun and everything that comes with it — beaches, aquatic sports, fishing, hiking, bird watching and simply soaking up some rays.
Great weather, easy access by plane and diverse cultures mean that the 26 Caribbean countries have many choices when it comes to travel excursions. Not sure which Caribbean island’s best for you? Here we list the best thing to do in each Caribbean country — from the classic car rides in Cuba to the bioluminescent bays of Puerto Rico.