The epicentre of Caribbean glamor, the stars of this region include Anguilla, St. Maarten/Saint Martin and St. Barths, being the superstar. Anguilla is known for its wide, spectacular white beaches and white washed ultra deluxe five-star resorts. St. Barths, the French star, aka the ‘St. Tropez of the Caribbean’ has a glittering social scene, world-class restaurants, designer boutiques, sidewalk cafés and a hopping nightlife. For nature lovers, bird watchers and fans of endless deserted beaches, Barbuda with its very low population is still the region’s best kept secret.
Why Go: Lush, verdant islands, the most extraordinary beaches, gourmet restaurants and a buzzy social scene.
When to Go: November-June.
Essential Ports: Anguilla, Prickly Pear, Sandy Cay, Scilly Cay, Tintamarre, Île Fourche, Gustavia, Marigot, Grand Case, St. Kitts & Nevis and Antigua & Barbuda.
Essential Experiences: On St. Barths soak up the sun at Anse Colombier or Anse Saline (clothing optional), sip vanilla rum while people watching in Gustavia Harbor and dine at Maya’s followed by cocktails at Le Ti St. Barth. Enjoy lunch at Pimms at Cap Juluca on Anguilla and birdwatching at Frigate Bird Sanctuary on Barbuda.
Local Favorites: On St. Barths, Eddy’s and the Ceviche Bar at Bonito in Gustavia. In Anguilla, Veya on Sandy Ground for a mix of West Indian and global dishes in a veranda setting or the Sunset Lounge at the Four Seasons Anguilla.