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10 Reasons to Island Hop the Caribbean

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It’s Faraway Friday! The last several Throwback Thursdays on the blog have been all about the Caribbean, so this Friday post has to be all about these beautiful islands! I scheduled these posts several weeks ago, before Harvey, Irma, or Maria ever blew in. These gorgeous islands depend on tourism in a tremendous way, so I hope you will eagerly visit after hurricane season either to help these people rebuild or to offer them your tourism dollars in a year they will surely need them. Here are 10 reasons you should consider island hopping around the stunning Caribbean Sea!

10. Bread Made of Wood

This was a pretty interesting commodity. On Dominica, our cab driver-cum-tour guide said we needed to try the bread made of wood–it’s got tree bark in it!

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Bread made with tree bark!

9. Roadside Fruit

You know you’re in a tropical paradise when you see fruit growing wild on the side of the road! Coconuts, bananas, and many fruits we had never heard of were growing everywhere we looked!

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Bananas!
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Coconuts!

8. A Glimpse of Real Life

Some Caribbean islands are more developed and “touristy” than others, but some are still very true to the Caribbean life. You’ll see people relaxing, going about their daily jobs, and loving their island lives!

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A Woman Going about Her Business
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Live de Life!

7. Green Monkeys

There are twice as many monkeys on St. Kitts and Nevis as there are people… and they have green fur! This picture is not the best to show the greenish tint, but I promise, they were quite green in real life!

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Monkeys with a Green Tint!

6. Historic Architecture

Salt air and tropical storms are not the best for historic structures, and some are in ruins, but others have been very well-preserved and are still used to this day! The European influence is apparent in the churches and other large buildings on the islands.

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Stone Ruins
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Centuries-old Church
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Original glass in church windows

5. Vibrant Colors

The Caribbean is vibrant in its life and in its colors! The white and black sand, the verdant mountains, the flowers, the sunrises and sunsets, and that Caribbean blue water just make you want to smile and have a beautiful day! I love the islands for that.

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Wooden sculptures for sale
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Caribbean Blue
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Ginger Lilies!
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Caribbean Sunset

4. Black Sand Beaches

There are plenty of volcanic, black sand beaches all over the world, but this was the first one I’d ever seen! It was pretty unreal. Sand should be white or beige, right? Nope!

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Black sand, white feet

3. The Sound of the Islands

We were greeted with the sound of the islands every day we disembarked from the boat. What’s the island sound? Seabirds, breezes, waves, happy conversations, local accents, and the steel drums!

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Steel Drum Man

2. The Wild Animals

How cute is this guy? He’s just sleeping!

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Wild Boar

1. The Views

The number 1 reason to visit multiple Caribbean islands is definitely the views. Each island is a little different from every other, and each island is beautiful. Everywhere you look is postcard picture-perfect, but mostly I love the water.

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Atlantic on the Left; Caribbean on the Right
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The Island of Nevis
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Trunk Bay, St. John
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Soft Sand on Antigua

Are you ready for your own Caribbean island hopping adventure? I recommend it!

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