7 Most Underrated Places In The Caribbean To Visit In Spring 2024

7 Most Underrated Places In The Caribbean To Visit In 2024

We all know that the Caribbean is a stunner. There are so many islands to visit and so much to do. But for that reason, many beautiful places are often overlooked.

At the same time, visiting a lesser-known destination is a fantastic way to get out of your tourist bubble and get to know local cultures. That’s why we compiled a list of the 7 most underrated places in the Caribbean to visit in 2024, so you could have the most authentic vacation this year possible.

Secret Bay, Dominica

If you’re looking for the ultimate escape and relaxation, there is no better option than the Secret Bay in Dominica. 

This exclusive resort consists of rainforest villas and bungalows, each of which boasts its plunge pool and views of the Caribbean Sea. Apart from that, guests can enjoy a world-renowned, farm-to-table restaurant and wellness – including spa treatments, yoga sessions, and meditation classes.

Wanna enjoy a bit of nature? The resort has direct access to two secluded beaches. No crowds are guaranteed. Or you can take a guided tour of Dominica’s rainforest, hot springs, or marine reserve.

Maracas Beach, Trinidad and Tobago

Looking for a beach escape in a tranquil setting with idyllic views? Maracas Beach is popular among both locals and travelers alike and is a spectacular place to spend a chilled afternoon with family or friends swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. If the conditions allow, you can also surf.

Another thing this beach is famous for is “bake and shark” – a local dish that consists of shark meat and fried flatbread. You can get it from vendors or the huts along the coast. If you’ve never tried shark before, Maracas Beach will provide you with the best opportunity. 

Pinel Island, Saint Martin

Pinel Island is a little oasis just off the coast of Saint Martin. It’s easily accessible by a shuttle boat from Cul-de-Sac. If you’re adventurous enough, you can get there on a paddle or a kayak. 

It often gets overshadowed for its size. But even though it’s tiny, this paradise is fun for the entire family.

Its shallow waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There is an underwater trail that will uncover the best spots to meet various marine creatures. Pinel Island also offers several hiking trails and bars and restaurants to chill and refuel.

Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

If arts and architecture are your thing, you will fall in love with Altos de Chavón. This cute town is a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village and is a cultural center for both residents and tourists.

Many artists reside there, from photographers to fashion designers. It’s also home to the renowned Altos de Chavón School of Design.

When walking around the cobblestone streets, you will come across plenty of art galleries, craft shops, and artisan workshops. Altos de Chavón also boasts stunning views of the Chavón River and its surroundings. 

Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas

Dean’s Blue Hole is another distinctive stretch of shoreline. It’s set in a bay west of Clarence Town in the Bahamas. It dips an impressive 663 feet, which makes it one of the deepest blue holes in the world. 

It’s surrounded by a natural rock amphitheater which provides fantastic views of the hole and there is a beautiful white sand beach right next to it. If you dare, bring a snorkel and swim across. But note that it would be at your own risk, as there are no lifeguards.

What’s more, it hosts the Vertical Blue Free Diving Competition every year, a spectacle avid divers shouldn’t miss. 

Frenchman’s Cove, Jamaica

Frenchman’s Cove is another hidden treasure of the Caribbean. This picturesque beach has soft white sand, crystal clear water, and is shaded by a canopy of tropical trees. It’s ideal for swimming or just lazing around with a few drinks.

Frenchman’s Cove is a private beach, it’s a part of the Frenchman’s Cove Resort. You will need to pay 2000 Jamaican dollars to enter it but you can be sure the beach won’t be crowded. Bring cash, as they don’t take cards.

Mar Chiquita, Puerto Rico

Are you chasing after unique beaches to visit this year? Put Mar Chiquita on your travel bucket list. This oval-shaped cove creates a natural pool filled in with turquoise water that is well-protected from the lively waves of the Atlantic Ocean. 

There is plenty of space to park and during weekends, you can even try the traditional Puerto Rican fritters from food trucks. However, be cautious when swimming. Even though the waters of Mar Chiquita are usually rather calm, there is a risk of serious undertows due to the tide.