Best Caribbean Attraction (2020)


There's more to the Caribbean than just beautiful beaches (though we love those too). From waterfalls and caves to ziplines and historic plantations, Caribbean travelers have no shortage of things to see and do.

  • Arikok National Park

    Arikok National Park

    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 iStock / LisaStrachan

  • Shete Boka National Park

    Shete Boka National Park

    Covering the wave-exposed northern coast of Curacao, Shete Boka National Park is famous for its rugged terrain, wave-cut caverns and numerous beaches where sea turtles come to lay their eggs.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Daphne Bakker

  • Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

    Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park
    St. Kitts

    This former British fortress, built in the late 17th century, features ramparts, citadels and hilltop bastions, with views overlooking the tropical shoreline of St. Kitts. The national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Wirepec

  • Nelson's Dockyard

    Nelson's Dockyard

    Nelson’s Dockyard was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2016, thanks to the meticulous restoration of its Georgian-era marina and buildings. In operation since 1745, the complex features a small Dockyard Museum with collections detailing Antigua history.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / stevegeer

  • Dunn's River Falls

    Dunn's River Falls
    Ocho Rios, Jamaica

    Dunn's River Fall's 600-foot long waterfall (180 feet high) with several tiers and wading pools presents a striking centerpiece for the mountain-like setting. Visitors can hike to the top of the falls with an experienced guide for a modest price, or they can just opt for a picnic at its base and allow the cool mist to give them welcome relief from the heat.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Karl Fitzpatrick

  • The Baths National Park

    The Baths National Park
    Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

    The Baths are one of Virgin Gorda's most visited spots for good reason. At the beaches here, giant granite boulders shelter sea pools, grottoes and caves.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / joelblit

  • St. Nicholas Abbey

    St. Nicholas Abbey

    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 St. Nicholas Abbey

  • Romney Manor

    Romney Manor
    St. Kitts

    This former residence of wealthy sugar plantation owners today houses the Caribelle Batik workshop and store. Visitors can stroll through the estate’s lush gardens (home to a 350-year-old saman tree) or shop in the colorful batik gallery.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / KenWiedemann

  • Parotte Ville

    Parotte Ville
    Sint Maarten

    This colorful bird sanctuary in Sint Maarten showcases more than two dozen species of tropical birds in a walk-in aviary, including sun conures, ring-neck parakeets and black headed caiques. The park also has a medicinal garden and a small heritage museum.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Freder

  • Grand Etang National Park

    Grand Etang National Park

    Grand Etang National Park is one of the best spots on Grenada for hiking and trekking through the Caribbean rainforest. Hikes range from short, 15-minute nature walks to full-day affairs, giving visitors the chance to explore the island’s ecosystems and spot some of its diverse birdlife.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Flavio Vallenari

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

  1. Arikok National Park - Aruba
  2. Shete Boka National Park - Curacao
  3. Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park - St. Kitts
  4. Nelson's Dockyard - Antigua
  5. Dunn's River Falls - Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  6. The Baths National Park - Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
  7. St. Nicholas Abbey - Barbados
  8. Romney Manor - St. Kitts
  9. Parotte Ville - Sint Maarten
  10. Grand Etang National Park - Grenada

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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