Best Caribbean Attraction: Nelson's Dockyard wins title

Readers choose UNESCO World Heritage site in Antigua as region's best

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. We asked a panel of Caribbean travel experts to nominate their 20 top picks, then we asked our readers to vote for their favorites.

  • Nelson's Dockyard
    Antigua

    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 / Maxian

  • 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 Dubdem Difusora Cultural / Flickr

  • Rainforest Adventures
    Sint Maarten

    Recently opened in fall of 2017, Rainforest Adventures in Sint Maarten is home to the world's steepest zipline, where riders reach speeds of 56 miles per hour while descending 1,050 feet along the 2,800-foot line. Other attractions in the park include an aerial tramway, chairlift and bobsled.
    Photo courtesy of Rainforest Adventures St Maarten / Facebook

  • Clifton Heritage National Park
    Bahamas

    Historical and cultural remnants of the Lucayans, Loyalists and Africans live on within Clifton Heritage National Park. Trails winding through the park grounds offer visitors the opportunity to spot local birds and wildlife, while offshore coral reefs attract snorkelers.
    Photo courtesy of Clifton Heritage National Park

  • Gros Piton
    St. Lucia

    One of the best hikes on St. Lucia takes visitors to the top of 2,619 foot Gros Piton, one of the island’s most recognizable volcanic mountains. Views from the top extend across much of the island and into the Caribbean.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / jaminwell

  • Maria Islands Nature Reserve
    St. Lucia

    Declared a Nature Reserve in 1982, the Maria Islands are notable for their impressive biodiversity. Visitors will find more than 80 species of plants, five endemic reptile species (including one of the world’s rarest snakes) and numerous tropical plants. The reefs surrounding the islands offer excellent conditions for snorkeling.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / tentpole

  • 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

  • Jardin de Balata
    Martinique

    Situated outside Fort-de-France, this botanical garden ranks among Martinique’s most popular attractions. Well-marked, tree-shaded trails lead visitors through the gardens, and an English audioguide is available for those who’d like to learn more about what they’re seeing.
    Photo courtesy of Šarūnas Burdulis / Flickr

  • Virgin Islands National Park
    U.S. Virgin Islands

    Virgin Islands National Park, covering two thirds of the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, packs an adventurous punch with more than 20 hiking trails and miles of shoreline to explore. Lucky visitors might spot wild donkeys, iguanas or hawksbill sea turtles within the park.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Joel Carillet

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

  1. Nelson’s Dockyard - Antigua
  2. The Bob Marley Museum - Kingston, Jamaica
  3. Rainforest Adventures - Sint Maarten
  4. Clifton Heritage National Park - Bahamas
  5. Gros Piton - St. Lucia
  6. Maria Islands Nature Reserve - St. Lucia
  7. Arikok National Park - Aruba
  8. Jardin de Balata - Martinique
  9. Virgin Islands National Park - U.S. Virgin Islands
  10. Dunn's River Falls - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Melanie Reffes and Chelle Koster Walton (10Best Local Expert) were chosen for their knowledge of the Caribbean.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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