The Top 7 Little-Known Caribbean Island Vacation Destinations

Updated on March 12, 2018
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I love traveling to new and exciting places and sharing what I learn.

We have all heard about secluded locations that cater to the rich and famous or to individuals with inside knowledge of the travel industry, but have you ever wondered where some of these places are? Keep scrolling for a list of seven out-of-the-way places in the Caribbean.

If you want solitude and privacy, avoid classic tourist destinations like Jamaica and opt for one of the islands on this list. Most of the islands mentioned here are only accessible via ferry or small aircraft and have few if any major resorts and hotels. If you see a location below that is intriguing, do your research and start planning your next vacation!

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1. Bequia

Bequia is part of the Grenadines, a collection of 32 islands west of Barbados. Bequia is the second largest of the group, however, it is still only 7 square miles in size. Most of the population resides either in the capital, Port Elizabeth, or Paget Farm. Some popular activities on this island include snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing.

Bequia has remained relativity unspoiled and undiscovered. If you wish to visit this island, you will have to land in Barbados since there is no international airport in Bequia. From Barbados, you will need charter a flight to Bequia. Just remember, there aren't many hotels and resorts there, so arrange your accommodation ahead of time. If you are looking for a quiet, out of the way place to visit, Bequia may be for you.

A Beautiful Beach on Bequia
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2. Vieques

Vieques is a small island 8 miles east of Puerto Rico, measuring a mere 21 miles long by 4 miles wide. The main towns on this island are Isabel Segunda, located on the north side of the island, and Esperanza to the south. In the last few years, this location has become very popular, attracting various celebrities to its cities. Even still, Vieques doesn't have many resorts and there are no direct flights to the island, so it isn't as touristy as many other Caribbean destinations. Most visitors here choose to rent a home during their stay.

To reach Vieques, you must fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico and then choose between a ferry ride or a 20-minute flight to Vieques. If you plan to explore the island, you will need a rental car to visit its outlying areas. Some activities in Vieques include boating, nature tours, and horseback riding. The number of restaurants is increasing, giving visitors more dining options, and the tourism industry is growing fast, so plan your trip before Vieques becomes too popular!

The Clear Waters of Vieques
The Clear Waters of Vieques

3. Saba

Saba is the smallest island in the Lesser Antilles, with a total area of just five square miles. According to the 2010 census, the population of Saba was just over 1,800. Because of its mountainous terrain, this island is known as "The Rock." Saba is also known as the sister island to St. Maarten.

This is a quiet, tranquil, and semi-undiscovered island known for its hiking, scuba diving, and snorkeling. However, because the terrain is mountainous, there aren't many beaches on this island, so don't come to Saba expecting the white, sandy beaches found elsewhere in the Caribbean. This island can be reached via airstrip from St. Maarten. As far as accommodations, there are around twelve hotels and resorts on Saba. When you plan a trip or visit here ask about The Queens Garden; this is a well-known luxury resort here. Because this island is fairly new to the tourist industry, the amount of visitations is still relativity low. However, Saba is increasing in popularity, so plan your visit soon!

What the Dutch?

Saba is a special municipality of the Netherlands.

4. St. Barts

St. Barts has a land area of 8 square miles and a population of just over 9,000 people (as of March 2018). The capital is Gustavia, which is also the island's main harbor. Like many other islands, St. Barts is blessed with beautiful beaches. Of the islands 20+ beaches, several are considered especially inviting. Colombier beach on the west side and Saline on the south side are two such examples. The island is accessible via small plane or ferry.

St. Barts is considered to be the playground of the famous. It is certainly the place to be if you want to see celebrities! Although this island is only ten minutes from St. Martin, it feels like it is a world to itself. St. Barts is expensive and has a party atmosphere, but if you want to get a look at some famous personalities, this is the place to be.

From Herring to Mahi Mahi

This is the only Caribbean island to have been a Swedish colony for any length of time.

5. Anegada

Anegada is the northernmost and second largest of the British Virgin Islands. It has an area of fifteen square miles and is the most sparsely populated of the big islands. Although a ferry service and a small airport make getting there convenient, this island feels like it is a world to itself.

The remoteness of this island is one of its perks, as most tourists come here to relax. Anegada is a haven for beach lovers, nature lovers, and fly-fisherman. The northern part of this island is known for its white, sandy beaches, and the west end is known for its extensive salt ponds. The island is also home to a thriving population of exotic birds. This island is semi-undiscovered and has few hotels and guest houses. If you are into nature and you like solitude, Anegada may be for you.

6. Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda is part of the British Virgin Islands and is the third largest of the group at eight square miles. Though this island was recognized in the 1970s as a good tourist spot, it still isn't overdeveloped, giving it a pleasant intimacy. The southwest section of this island is called the valley. It is an area of gentle hills with businesses and various services around Spanish Town. Virgin Gorda is accessible via small plane or ferry.

The seascapes in Virgin Gorda are bordered by granite boulders that provide a dramatic background for its beaches, resorts, and restaurants. Virgin Gorda has a mountainous interior, with the island going from sea level to about 1,400 feet at its highest peak. One of the main attractions in the whole of the British Virgin Islands—"The Bath"—is located here. Typical Caribbean activities are available here, including sailing, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

7. Curaçao

Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean located just 35 miles north of Venezuela. It is the largest of the "ABC's" (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao), three islands in the Leeward Antilles (the westernmost part of the Lesser Antilles). Like its sister islands, it is considered a transcontinental island; geographically, Curaçao is part of South America, but it is also considered part of the Caribbean. This island has a land area of 171 square miles and a population of over 160,000 people (as of March 2018). It also lies outside the hurricane belt, so hurricane season is not a concern there. Curaçao's location has made it an important crossroads for international business and world affairs.

This island boasts beautiful beaches on its southwest side, while it's hillier regions are home to a fascinating variety of tropical flora and fauna. If you're interested in discovering the natural side of the island, check out Christoffelpark, one of two national parks in Curaçao.

It is said that Curaçao is home to people of over 40 different ethnicities. Therefore, it is not surprising that the natives of this island are multi-lingual, speaking English, Spanish, and Dutch. Known for its sunny climate, secluded beaches, and delightful mixture of old and new world charm, this is a truly unique place to visit.

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Bequia:
Bequia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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Vieques:
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Saba Island:
Saba Island, Caribbean Netherlands

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St. Barts:
St Barthelemy, Saint Barthélemy

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Anegada:
Anegada, British Virgin Islands

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Virgin Gorda:
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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      • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

        Coolmon2009 

        2 months ago from Texas, USA

        @Liz Westwood Thanks I'm glad you like the post :)

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        This is a very useful and well-illustrated article. I would love to visit the Caribbean in the future.

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        Coolmon2009 

        4 years ago from Texas, USA

        Glad you had a great tenth time there; thanks for your comments too.

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        woody 

        4 years ago

        was just in the british virgins end of may and into april on a sailboat charter about my 10th time and finally sailed to anegada it was incredible and the lobster out of this world

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        Coolmon2009 

        7 years ago from Texas, USA

        @bigocean - I am glad you found my article inspiring and useful as a "How To Hub" guide. Thank for your comments.

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        George Bogosian 

        7 years ago from New England

        Coolmon,

        Thanks for showing us how a hub should be put together. Lots of info, many thanks. I'm inspired!...to write better...and travel more.

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        Coolmon2009 

        7 years ago from Texas, USA

        @twentyfive - Thanks for your feedback on this article :)

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        twentyfive 

        7 years ago

        Wish to have a cruise over there..it's paradise! Thanks for this refreshing hub, Coolmon :)

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @gr82bme - Yes a cruise would be a nice reward. Thank you for your comments :)

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        gr82bme 

        8 years ago from USA

        Fantastic Hub. Well done. You have covered everything. Got peoples juices going and wanting to visit. Well done Coolmom. Maybe with all the money we are going to make from hub pages we can all take a cruise there together. lol

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @prasetio30 - I know what you mean, the Caribbean is a beautiful group of islands. Thanks for your kind words :)

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        prasetio30 

        8 years ago from malang-indonesia

        Great information. I can't blink my eyes to watch the beautiful of Caribbean Island. Good job, my friend. I love this so much. The video was amazing. Thumbs up for you. I never hesitate to vote this Up. Thank you very much!

        Prasetio

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @Healing Touch - I am glad you enjoyed reading it :)

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        Laura Arne 

        8 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

        I loved this hub. Boy do I want to go on a holiday. great job.

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @Micky Dee - Glad you like it, and nice to hear from you again :)

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        Micky Dee 

        8 years ago

        I enjoed the videos and your descriptions. I'm looking for Gilligan's Island though. These Islands are pretty! Very nice Coolmon!

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @prasetio30 - Thanks for your comments and for stopping by :)

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        prasetio30 

        8 years ago from malang-indonesia

        I like Caribbean Island. It looks beautiful. I'll go there someday. Thanks for share about this Island. I also enjoy all the video above. Thumbs up for you.

        Prasetio

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @prettydarkhorse - I hope you will get to visit a few of these places. It is nice to vacation in some of the popular Caribbean destinations, but It is nothing like visiting a private island in the Caribbean. or at least a less known vacation spot. There is a special intimacy when you are away from the crowds. Nice to hear from you Maita :)

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        prettydarkhorse 

        8 years ago from US

        This place is awesome cool, I like beaches, wonderful and beautiful, Rated it up, I want to visit all of the places here, I have never been to any of these places, Maita

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @dreamreachout - Glad you liked it, and I thank you for your comments :)

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        dreamreachout 

        8 years ago

        This is a beautiful hub highlighting the little known in the tranquil Carribeans!! I always love the little known places and thus it appeals to me that much more!!

        Thanks for this wonderful hub!!

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @ss sneh - Yes the tourism is big business there. I hope when you decide to visit, it is a pleasant experience for you.

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        ss sneh 

        8 years ago from the Incredible India!

        Hi! Very beautiful...pleasant and natural looks of...Caribbean islands make them hot tourist centers of the world! I hope I will have my day too! -- Thanks

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @hamburghotels - I know what you mean they all are beautiful. Thanks for your feedback.

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @habee - It is nice to hear from you glad you like the article :)

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        hamburghotels 

        8 years ago

        That island is really beautiful and thrilling..........

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        Holle Abee 

        8 years ago from Georgia

        Beautiful hub! I'm packing my bags!

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @BkCreative - You only go around once, might as well try a short visit to see if you like it, maybe a cruise will work better. Personally, I like the out of the way places myself, but others may like a well populated beach. Different likes for different people I guess. Nice to hear from you again :)

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        BkCreative 

        8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

        Beautiful and many I have not heard of. For so long I felt I could not be a beach person but now more than ever I want the peace and tranquility - and the amazing beauty of places like this. Soon! Thanks so much for such a useful hub! Rated up of course and more!

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @tracykarl99 - Glad you found my article useful, thank you for your feedback.

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @Nell Rose - I know what you mean. Thinking about the blue water and beaches there will make me feel better too. I am glad it put you in a holiday mood, and as always it is nice to here from you :)

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        Tracy 

        8 years ago from San Francisco

        What a great travel piece with lots of inviting images. Very wonderful and informative ~ time to travel! Thanks.

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        Nell Rose 

        8 years ago from England

        Hi, I don't care which one I go too, just get me there now! lol these are gorgeous, I would love to go to any one of them. thanks for this, it got me in the holiday mood. nice one. Nell

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @tonymac04 - I hope you get a chance to visit the Caribbean island of your choice. Nice to hear from you again, and thanks for your comments :)

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        Tony McGregor 

        8 years ago from South Africa

        These places just look heavenly! Wish I were packing my bags right now~! But I'm not sure that I woulod ever want to leave once I got there!

        Love and peace

        Tony

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @Pamela99 - I know what you mean, so often many who visit the Caribbean end up on a crowed beach. If it mean more privacy, I would rather go though the extra trouble and hop a ferry or small plane. It is nice to hear from you again thank you for stopping by :)

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        8 years ago from Sunny Florida

        Coolmon, I wish I was packing my suitcase as all those destinations looked fantastic This was very interesting because they were not the islands we hear about so much. Rated up!

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @katiem2 - Glad you enjoyed reading it, and thanks for leaving your comments :)

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        katiem2 

        8 years ago from I'm outta here

        Ohhhh now your really talking this place, little known Caribbean Island Getaways is perfect with everything I dream about. Thanks for the information. :)

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @billyaustindillon - Glad you enjoyed it. To me sometimes the obscure locations can be the best ones. As always thank you for your feedback :)

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        billyaustindillon 

        8 years ago

        Thanks for all the obscure ones - I will pencil these in for a holiday - my family surely deserves one.

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @Sandyspider - I know what you mean, I am think about another Caribbean visit for December 2010 myself. It is so nice to hear from you again, and thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on this article :)

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        Sandy Mertens 

        8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

        I would love a Caribbean Island getaway. Good information.

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @Dolores Monet - I hope your friend had a good time. Nice to hear from you again :)

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        Dolores Monet 

        8 years ago from East Coast, United States

        Cool, I love beaches and these look fabulous. A friend of mine went to a couple of the places that you mentioned and they sounded just wonderful. Thanks for the trip tips!

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        Coolmon2009 

        8 years ago from Texas, USA

        @lightning john - Glad you liked the article; Yes I am sure the Caribbean will see a surge in business after the oil spill. Thank you for your comments :)

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        lightning john 

        8 years ago from Florida

        Hi Coolmon, These islands look great! Thanks for putting all of this together. I'm sure these places will do very well since our beaches are in threat of the petroleum pollution, or as I now call it the British Invasion!

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