Fresh year, new beginnings and can be made a memorable one! For many people who love to experience new places, culture and people, travelling will always be a number one activity on their list. The newest discoveries in tourism is always an interest for many at this time as they offer a whole new experience. And with no doubt, many Caribbean countries have made it to the list of top travel destinations in 2019. Thanks to the Caribbean Tourism Organization declaring 2019 as the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean.
Boast in a large membership comprising Dutch, English, French and Spanish speaking countries and territories, the Caribbean offers tourists the luxury of selecting from a wide array of destinations to experience unique cultures and traditions.
Here are the top 5 Caribbean countries that tourists have their eyes on in 2019.
The beautiful island of St Barts makes it on several travel list sites including CNN’s Travel’s 19 places to visit in 2019. Now officially recognized as Saint Barthelemy, the French-speaking Island offers visitors its breathtaking white sandy beaches and five-star hotels.
St Barts has in the past enjoyed being one of the top destinations in the world until 2017. According to CNN, the island is bouncing back after a few distractions caused by Hurricane Irma.
Jamaica makes the list of one of the most preferred destinations for tourists looking forward to the festivals included in the Caribbean’s Year of Festivals. The best time to visit is April as the country will be celebrating two festivals on April 21 and April 28.
Aside from its several festivals, Jamaica has a rich culture and history deeply rooted in African ancestry. Last but not least, its amazing food, beaches and hotels make it a deal hard to resist in 2019.
Haiti makes the list on several travel lists for 2019 after the country put immense effort in enhancing its safety four tourists. The country also offers a lot of history linked to Africa and slavery like its successful slave rebellion e timeless by the Citadelle Laferrière built by Henri Christophe, a key leader during the Haitian slave rebellion.
The Virgin Islands get a mention on almost every list peaking between 1 and 3. According to Airbnb, St Thomas has seen a 600 per cent increase in bookings making it the most booked Island in the Caribbean. The island is popular for its ports and cruises that every visitor loves to experience before leaving the Islands. From its cool weather and breathtaking scenery, The Virgin Islands makes it difficult to go back home once you visit.
The Island of Barbados has also seen a growth in tourism interest as Airbnb reports that the Island has seen an 87% increase in bookings for short stay.Barbados was in the news several times in 2018 thanks to the election of its first female president and the appointment of Rihanna as an Ambassador. The Crop over festival has also made the Island a first choice destination for several tourists in 2019.