La Soufriere Drive-In Volcano Wins Best Caribbean Attraction!

St. Nicholas Abbey takes second place

While the Caribbean is best known for its beautiful beaches, there's more to these culturally rich islands. Those who can tear themselves away from the sun and sand will find numerous worthy attractions await. We asked a panel of Caribbean travel experts to nominate their favorite attractions in the region. For the past four weeks, 10Best and USA TODAY readers have been voting for their favorites, and the results are in!

  • Lucayan National Park
    Grand Bahama, Bahamas

    Encompassing 40 acres of land, Lucayan National Park is home to one of the largest charted underwater cave systems in the world, as well as a wild beach backed by towering sand dunes. Visitors can walk along elevated walkways above mangrove wetlands, with ample opportunity for spotting local wildlife.
    Photo courtesy of Pietro Valocchi / Flickr

  • St. Kitts Scenic Railway
    St. Kitts

    The last remnant of St. Kitts' sugar industry, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway once transported sugarcane to the island's central factory. Today, the old narrow gauge circles the island, giving visitors a 4-hour tour complete with stellar views.
    Photo courtesy of Jeremy T. Hetzel / Flickr

  • Arikok National Park
    Aruba

    Covering 20 percent of the island of Aruba, Arikok National Park features cacti-covered hills and a dramatic coastline. Visitors to the park can climb into ruins of an old gold mine, search for Arawak petroglyphs or go snorkeling in a natural pool.
    Photo courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority

  • Loterie Farm
    Saint Martin

    Loterie Farm was once a famous sugar plantation, but in recent decades it had fallen into disrepair. Today, thanks to the efforts of a green-minded entrepreneur, the land has been converted into a fine nature preserve/outdoor eco-adventure center. Ziplines, suspended bridges, and miles of well-maintained hiking trails wend their way through acres of magnificent old-growth forest – mahogany, guavaberry, mango and dozens of other trees and plants make this a super green oasis.
    Photo courtesy of Kate Richardson For SAINT MARTIN / SINT MAARTEN

  • Botanical Gardens of Nevis
    Nevis

    Located beneath towering Mt. Nevis, the Botanical Gardens of Nevis feature nearly 8 acres of gardens, natural lagoons, sparkling fountains and a Rain Forest Conservatory in the form of a giant Mayan temple. There's even an art and antiques gallery where visitors can pick up some souvenirs.
    Photo courtesy of Mark Schaeffer / Botanical Gardens of Nevis

  • Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary & Salt Flats
    Bonaire

    Bonaire's Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary is one of only a few areas in the world where flamingoes breed. Pools colored pink by brine shrimp sit in front of a backdrop of the vast salt pans that dominate the island's southern tip.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Arps / Flickr

  • George Washington House and Museum
    Barbados

    In 1751, a young George Washington stayed at a historic plantation house on the island of Barbados for two months, along with his ill brother. It was the only house he ever lived in outside of the U.S., and Barbados was the only country he visited before becoming the first president.
    Photo courtesy of Michael Stillwell / Flickr

  • The Bob Marley Museum
    Kingston, Jamaica

    Bob Marley is synonymous with Jamaica, and it is virtually impossible to leave the island without hearing his music. The Bob Marley museum is situated on the site of his home, which he lived in until his death in 1981. The house features 19th-century architecture, and the main museum displays Marley's personal treasures.
    Photo courtesy of MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

  • St. Nicholas Abbey
    Barbados

    This stone and wood great house, dating back to the seventeenth century, is one of the last remaining Jacobean-style houses in the Western Hemisphere. The first floor is still furnished with period pieces, and visitors can watch cane grinding in an old rum distillery out back.
    Photo courtesy of bixentro / Flickr

  • La Soufriere Drive-In Volcano
    St. Lucia

    The Sulphur Springs of St. Lucia rank as the hottest and most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles – an island attraction that proudly calls itself the only drive-in volcano in the Caribbean. Hot springs, mud pools and steam vents dominate the landscape.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

The top 10 winners in the category Best Caribbean Attraction are as follows:

  1. La Soufriere Drive-In Volcano - St. Lucia
  2. St. Nicholas Abbey - Barbados
  3. The Bob Marley Museum - Jamaica
  4. George Washington House and Museum - Barbados
  5. Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary & Salt Flats - Bonaire
  6. Botanical Gardens of Nevis - Nevis
  7. Loterie Farm - St. Martin
  8. Arikok National Park - Aruba
  9. St. Kitts Scenic Railway - St. Kitts
  10. Lucayan National Park - Grand Bahama, Bahamas

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Liliana Erasmus (10Best), Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon (JetSetSarah.com), Melanie Reffes and Chelle Walton (10Best) were chosen based on their expertise of the Caribbean region.

Congratulations to all these winning Caribbean attractions!

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