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With over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean, choosing the right one to visit can be a challenge. If you wanted to, you could very well rent a sailing vessel and even explore the uninhabited islands at your leisure.

For most, you'll want to stay within any of the 28 nations. From Cuba to Barbados, to Jamaica and beyond, here is a guide to the best Caribbean Islands:

Top 5 Caribbean Islands

Barbados

Barbados is a stunning island with white, sandy beaches and many unique landscapes. One highlight you absolutely must enjoy is a trip through the Harrison Cave, which takes you through ancient caves on an electric tram service.

Saint Martin Island

Saint Martin is the smallest inhabited island in the world that is split between two countries. It is shared by the French and the Dutch, but you don't need to worry about borders. This island has 37 stunning beaches – all walkable – and some of the best nightlife in the Caribbean.

Dominican Republic

The second largest country in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is the perfect temperature year round. Its highlight is Santo Domingo, its capital. It is a UNESCO world heritage site that features 15th-century buildings and rich cultural history.

Jamaica

Jamaica is the land of culture and music. It is here that Rastafari and Kumina music takes centre stage. Enjoy the food, the music, and the culture of the country – as well as the many all-inclusive resorts.

Cuba

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and one of the most historically important. As 22% of it is ecologically protected, it also has some of the most untouched landscapes around. Enjoy great food, great music, incredible parties, and the beautiful capital city, Havana.

Whichever destination you choose for your holiday, it is always important to get travel insurance that adequately insures you for all your holiday activities. You'll also want to visit your GP, in case you need any new vaccinations or booster shots before you go.

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