While the Caribbean was hard hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, much of the region was spared from damage. And many impacted islands have reopened for business and are eager for travelers to return.
To help shed light on this slice of tropical paradise, 10Best asked our readers to help us name the Caribbean's best resorts, beaches, attractions, bars, distilleries, golf courses, restaurants, dive sites and islands for romance.
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners.
Best Caribbean Attraction: Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua
Winning attraction is also a UNESCO World Heritage site — Photo courtesy of iStock / Maxian
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.
Best Caribbean Beach: Gold Rock Beach in the Bahamas
You'll find this winning beach within Lucayan National Park — Photo courtesy of iStock / espiegle
Located within the protected Lucayan National Park, Gold Rock Beach comprises a spectacular and secluded stretch of sand known as Grand Bahama's "welcome mat." Beachgoers can make use of BBQ pits, picnic tables and benches, and at low tide, the sand stretches for yards out to sea.
Best Caribbean Beach Bar: Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke
Winning bar invented the Painkiller cocktail — Photo courtesy of iStock / cdwheatley
The Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands is known for creating the Painkiller, a rum cocktail featuring cream of coconut, pineapple, orange juice and freshly grated Grenadian nutmeg.
Best Caribbean Dive Site: Butler Bay Wrecks on St. Croix
This dive site in the U.S.V.I. is filled with sunken wrecks — Photo courtesy of iStock / DurdenImages
There's a wreck for just about every type of diver in Butler Bay off the coast of St. Croix, as well as a few sunken abandoned cars. Among the more popular options are the Rosa Maria, a 177-foot freighter; Coakley Bay, an oil refinery tugboat; and Suffolk Maid, a large trawler.
Best Caribbean Golf Course: Old Quarry Golf Course in Curacao
Winning course designed by Pete Dye — Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
The Pete Dye-designed Old Quarry course at the Santa Barbara Golf & Beach Resort in Curacao affords views of both the Caribbean and the craggy limestone formations of Mount Tafelberg. The course itself is characterized by wide, rolling fairways, raised greens and a sense of seclusion thanks to separations between holes.
Best Caribbean Island for Romance: Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas
Winning island is known for its New England-style architecture — Photo courtesy of iStock / Matt Claiborne
Green Turtle Cay gets its name from the many sea turtles that inhabit its waters. Couples visiting this long and narrow island enjoy New England-style architecture, outstanding beaches and a charming village complete with picket fences, all accessible by golf cart or bicycle.
Best Caribbean Resort: The Shore Club in Turks & Caicos
Winning resort sits on beautiful Long Bay Beach — Photo courtesy of The Shore Club
Located along the secluded Long Bay Beach on Providenciales, The Shore Club pampers guests with four swimming pools, three restaurants, a full-service spa and luxe accommodations in a suite or villa. The resort even has a private yacht available to charter.
Best Caribbean Rum Distillery: Topper's Rhum Distillery in Sint Maarten
Winning facility blends and bottles in Sint Maarten — Photo courtesy of Topper's Rhum Distillery
Visitors to this 6,000-square-foot facility in Sint Maarten gain insight into the history of rum-making while seeing the blending and bottling process firsthand. Visitors also get to sample new flavors in development, along with the full lineup of artisan rums, in the tasting bar. Those who'd like to take some Topper's home can even bottle their own.
Best Restaurant in the Caribbean: Graycliff Restaurant in Nassau
Winning restaurant features Continental cuisine and an excellent wine cellar — Photo courtesy of Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant
An inimitable Nassau experience, Graycliff Restaurant is a five-star dining establishment serving Continental cuisine with a Bahamian twist. The dining experience feels like you are settling into an intimate dinner party with friends at their historic, colonial-style mansion that just so happens to house an award-winning wine cellar.
Congratulations to all our 2019 Caribbean winners!