We’re now more than halfway through May and the world is still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments, global health authorities and communities are urging everyone to use proper hygiene measures to help prevent the spread. While many Caribbean destinations are still trying to find some glimmer of hope as they fight to flatten the curve, some have been successful. The following Caribbean destinations have recently reported no active COVID-19 cases within their territories.
On April 26, Anguilla’s Ministry of Health and Social Development delivered promising new that all 3 of the active cases on the island have recovered and that there were no other suspected cases of the COVID-19 novel corona virus. Anguilla is the most northerly among the Leeward Islands and is ringed by sugary-white beaches. It is a tiny, low-key island, retaining its laid-back Caribbean character with friendly islanders and an easy going feel set amidst some of the absolute finest beaches worldwide. Art Gallery Tours and Museum Tours give you a glimpse of the diverse culture of the island. The local holidays and festivals also center on the island’s history and culture, including the spectacular Summer Festival in August (cancelled this year, look out in 2021). Dubbed the cuisine hub of the Caribbean, Anguilla offers visitors a wide variety of spectacular gastronomic delights. The island also has two of the largest wine cellars in the region, and the wine stock is large and unusually well selected. There are a number travel options to get here with convenient connections via Puerto Rico and St Maarten, and sunshine and sparkling turquoise waters draw visitors to Anguilla throughout the year. With flexible booking options, you can check out these best resorts in Anguilla.
From reports of the first case, Belize went into heavy lockdown. As of earlier this month, Belize reported no active cases of the COVID-19 corona virus. More than a vacation destination, Belize is a place of discovery. From the depths of the blue hole to the striking ancient Maya Ruins found in the jungle’s canopy, Belize is an adventure for all ages. Book a trip here and ignite your sense of wonder – soak up the crystal clear waters, palm fringed sandy beaches and wild jungles, beautiful cuisine and cultural nuances. Just make sure to schedule some time to relax. Check out these best places to stay in Belize.
After having two active cases of COVID-19 on Bonaire, the island has announced that is virus free as of May 6. A small Caribbean island, Bonaire is known for its focus on conservation, especially the preservation and care of its marine environment. There is excellent scope for scuba diving, and other water activities like snorkeling adventures, kayaking, and windsurfing, among other things. Many resorts on Bonaire have in house dive shops and instructors. There is also ample opportunity for cycling or even mountain biking on the island. People who visit the island love the temperate climate, the sparkling waters, the sun, and the warmth and charming friendliness of the local people. A laid back, nicely slow paced, tranquil island, Bonaire also offers its visitors a lively experience of nightlife, places to see, great restaurants, and more.
On Sunday, May 17 Dominica’s Prime Minister announced the country no longer had any active COVID-19 patients. The Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica is an exclusive escape where you can imagine time standing still, the way the Caribbean used to be. Rainforests, rivers and nature’s best beaches abound here. Plan a trip to Dominica and rejuvenate your mind and body. Whether its villas, resorts or eco retreats, finding a place to stay in Dominica will not be an issue. Check out Secret Bay Resort with its charming bungalows and villas with balconies and stunning mountain and garden views. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be captivated by the unspoilt nature – take in the smells and sounds of the rainforest or the nearby river. Head out walking, hiking, scuba diving or snorkeling – there’s adventure here for everyone! Don’t miss the island’s tasty cuisine, seasoned with local herbs and spices all grown locally!
On May 15, the Ministry of Health and Social Services announced that there are no active COVID-19 cases on Montserrat; as the lone remaining active case of COVID-19 has made a full recovery. Known as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean due to both its Irish heritage and verdant forests, this pear-shaped Caribbean island is a paradise for nature lovers, divers and travelers seeking a Caribbean adventure! Its star attraction is the active Soufriere Hills Volcano, which buried the former capital city, Plymouth, in ash. The city’s ruins are in stark contrast to Montserrat’s green mountains, world class hiking trails, dark sandy beaches and untouched coral reefs. Montserrat is a charming Caribbean vacation destination. Have a look at these places to stay in Montserrat.
As of May 12, Saba is free of active COVID-19 infections. Saba, better known as the “Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean,” is located in the warm Caribbean waters just south of St. Maarten and Anguilla. The perfect, almost idyllic, lush tropical paradise, Saba is a tiny 5sq mile island which is the perfect place for an escape, a nice quiet holiday from stress. Saba offers a widely diverse and well preserved vibrant ecosystem, and a range of diving and hiking experiences that are almost unique. There are quaint villages, clean, and traffic free roads, cloud rain forests, spectacular natural beauty, perfect climate, virtually crime-free, and warm and friendly people. If you in St Maarten, book a day trip to Saba with the Edge Ferry or stay for a few nights at the Humming Bird Villa on Saba.
As of April 20, there are no active cases of the corona virus on the island. Saint Barthélemy, or St Barts as it is more commonly known, has a coastline with more than 20 beaches. This tropical paradise has been the playground of the richest and the most famous celebrities for decades. Famous for beautiful beaches, international gourmet cuisine, and haute designer shopping, St. Barts is lightly populated, and has very few hotels for a tourist destination. The one small airport is served by regional and smaller commercial carriers and charter companies. Unless you visit in the summer, make reservations in advance. These are some of the best luxury hotels in St Barts. There is ample scope for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities such as Volleyball, Tennis, Hiking, water sports like scuba diving, fishing, surfing, and more. Ferries to St Barts offer day trips from St Maarten.
On May 7, the island’s Government Commissioner announced there were no more active cases of the virus on Statia. Three hundred years ago, St. Eustatius (or Statia as it’s commonly called) was known by seafarers as the epicenter for trade and commerce in the region. It was a call for buccaneers, pirates and merchants in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, Statia is just a quick place ride from St Maarten and is a perfect day trip destination. The island calls to nature lovers whether they are drawn to the soaring Quill (volcano crater) or the beauty of the underwater scene. A Dutch dependency like Saba, English is widely spoken by the islands friendly people who are quick to share the rich history with visitors. In fact, Statia has a prominent link to the United States as the first foreign nation to officially recognize the newly formed United States of America. If you decide to spend a few days diving and exploring the island, check out the Old Gin House Hotel.
St Kitts recently reported all active cases have recovered and there has been no new reports of the virus. St Kitts is an island who along with Nevis make up the twin island nation of St Kitts and Nevis. There’s an authentic Caribbean vibe and unspoiled landscape here that delivers everything you’d want in a true Caribbean vacation experience, and then some! A World Heritage Site fortress, a scenic railway, cultural events and plenty of activities and island excursions from ziplining to diving shipwrecks and hiking through lush tropical rainforests and fabulous golfing – St Kitts truly has it all. The dining and cuisine options here are excellent with a diverse choice of beach and luxury hotels in St Kitts to choose from.
A major milestone, Nevis announced it was COVID-19 free on May 10. Nevis is the perfect Caribbean package, with one volcanic mountain, and a main road that takes you round the island. A handful of clean beaches provide the usual seaside fun, and you can walk across the largest town, Charleston, in just 15 minutes. Local history’s evident in museums and the forests on the peak are great for hiking. The climate on Nevis is tropical, temperate throughout the year with almost no sizeable variation in temperatures. North-easterly trade winds cool the island most of the year. This small island still grabs your interest, and fills your vacation with charm and tranquility. Get started planning your future trip to Nevis. Check out these places to stay in Nevis.
There are no active cases of the COVID-19 virus on the island. Saint Lucia is the world’s leading honeymoon destination. The island offers a range a travel experiences and luxury resorts. Known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site: 19,000 acres of tropical rainforest and one of the word’s only drive-in volcanos. Saint Lucia boasts itself for hosting several annual events from Jazz to Carnival and Food, Rum and Chocolate, there is something here for everyone. As you soak up all Saint Lucia has to offer beyond the beauty and the extraordinary spirit of the island people, this island will leave you wanting more. Saint Lucia plans to reopen its borders beginning June 4 for tourism. Book today and Save up to 65% at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, described as the “closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard.
As of May 14, no active cases of the virus are on the Turks & Caicos Islands. The ‘Beautiful by Nature’ Turks & Caicos Islands is an archipelago of over forty islands and cays – eight of which are inhabited and easily accessible. Each Sister Island is not only home to world renowned turquoise waters and white sand beaches, they also have their own unique identity. To fully immerse yourself in our vibrant culture, cuisine and rich history, venture out to the Sister Islands of Grand Turk, Salt Cay, South Caicos, North & Middle Caicos, Providenciales, Pine Cay and Parrot Cay. With over 350 days of sunshine each year and an array of accommodations, cuisines and excursions, there is an experience for everyone. Experience the Ultimate Family Vacation in Paradise! Learn More about Beaches Turks and Caicos.
Some Caribbean destinations have also begun putting plans in place to reopen for tourism in a phased manner, with Cancun & Riviera Maya announcing plans recently for a June reopening for travel and Aruba gearing to reopen the island’s borders, Will you plan a trip to the Caribbean? Let us know in the comments below.