The Caribbean has figured favourably on a recent list of 20 world-wandering experts’ favourite destinations and why they think they should not be missed.
Jamaica and Trinidad featured in the collection, which was compiled for CNN by Danae Mercer and drew on the recommendations of hospitality professionals, tour operators, travel photographers, pilots, sailing aficionados, travel writers and more.
Here’s what they had to say about the two Caribbean picks:
“Jamaica is such an amazing destination. There’s stunning scenery, fabulous food and an unbelievable musical history,” says Matt Vlemmiks, head of product and commercial at Elegant Resorts.
Days can be spent hiking in the mountains with a Rastafarian guide who will take travellers to secret waterfalls or off to explore stunning coffee plantations, he adds.
Vlemmiks recommends staying at Strawberry Hill, where guests can see the city’s twinkling lights beyond the mountains while hearing faint reggae beats. Or head over to Goldeneye to channel James Bond. Ian Fleming used to live where the property is situated and wrote many of the Bond novels there.
Katelyn Smith, founder of The Remote Nomad, suggests heading to Blanchisseuse Beach in Trinidad surrounded by rolling hills and lush palms.
“It’s quite the drive and public transit is not an option, so travellers should make sure to rent a car or have a local driver,” she says.
“The beach itself is a great spot for surfing. Across the road I’d recommend grabbing some ‘bake and shark,’ a popular local dish, along with the local brew, Carib.”
Depending on the time of year, travellers might even get a glimpse of the baby sea turtles hatching, she says.