Find out which Caribbean country has been named the Caribbean travel destination of the year by Caribbean journal’s Caribbean Travel Awards!
Unsurprisingly, 2019 was another strong year for Caribbean tourism. It saw large increases in total visits, and the addition of new direct flights to Caribbean destinations from several airlines. Islands like Puerto Rico and St. Martin have rebuilt after the devastation of the 2017 hurricane season, and have bounced back to become popular destinations once more.
But the title of Caribbean travel destination of the year goes to an island that many prospective tourists may never have heard of. Thanks to its excellent new marketing strategy (of which singer Shaggy has played a part) and the construction of several new resorts, this dual-island nation is gaining international recognition.
Caribbean travel destination of the year: Antigua and Barbuda
Caribbean Travel Awards has named Antigua and Barbuda as the Caribbean travel destination of the year for 2020. Known for its luxurious boutique hotels and private villas, Antigua and Barbuda lies east of Puerto Rico and to the north of Guadeloupe. It is one country consisting of two main islands, plus several smaller ones.
Antigua has always been the place to go for breathtaking, untouched beaches. They are the kind of white-sandy shores that people gush about for days after visiting them. Some of the best are Ffreyes Beach (ranked #1 destination in Antigua in Trip Advisor), Darkwood Beach, and Coco Beach.
A shortage of big, noisy oceanside resorts means that these beaches are much cleaner and peaceful than most popular beaches in the Caribbean.
In addition to beaches, Antigua also boasts intriguing coral reefs, affording plenty of top-knotch snorkeling and diving opportunities. Don’t miss Antigua Sailing Week, a competition that draws thousands of tourists and locals every year, and the lively Carnival celebrations each August.
Antigua and Barbuda has something for everyone– hiking enthusiasts included. One of the most astounding views in the country can be seen from hiking up Shirley Heights, Antigua.
About the Caribbean Travel Awards
The Caribbean Travel Awards is now in its sixth year. The competition names winners in 21 different categories, including the best hotels, the best tourist attractions, and even “tourism minister of the year”.
Caribbean Journal’s editorial staff and its “network of contributors” are responsible for choosing the winners.
“We’re proud to celebrate the best of Caribbean travel this year with the sixth edition of the Caribbean Travel Awards, honoring the hotels, destinations, experiences and, most importantly, people that make the Caribbean the greatest travel destination on earth,” said Caribbean Journal editor and publisher Alexander Britell.
Caribbean Journal also awarded top positions in many other categories. Here are some of the other winners:
- Hotel of the Year: The Shore Club, Turks & Caicos
- Caribbean Tourism Minister of the Year: Dominica Fedee, Saint Lucia
- Caribbean Tourism Director of the Year: Joy Jibrilu, The Bahamas
- Luxury Destination of the Year: Dominica
- Cruise Destination of the Year: St. Kitts
- Innovative Destination of the Year: St Maarten
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