Nicknamed the Nature Island, Dominica is known for its landscape: lush green mountains, steamy hot springs, towering waterfalls. Hiking is a must-do activity, with more than 300 trails that wind past iconic sites like Boiling Lake and Trafalgar Falls. Diving is outstanding, with steep underwater canyons and rich coral reefs providing the ideal habitat for frogfish, sea urchins and many rare species of fish. Both divers and snorkelers will enjoy Champagne Reef, where volcanic gases create steady bubbles and the water temp can reach almost 90 degrees.
THE DEAL: Ready to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul? The five-night Fort Young Hotel’s Ultimate Wellness Retreat features daily breakfast and a relaxation massage, plus yoga, a garden tour and a hot-spring bath.
Mountains carpeted in rainforest sweeping downward to soft, shimmering sand and impossibly blue water — that’s St. Kitts. But that’s a lot of other Caribbean islands too. What makes it a standout are the well-preserved historical sites, including Fairview Great House, a restored French colonial home dating back to 1701, and Romney Manor, a 17th-century sugar plantation surrounded by acres of gorgeous gardens.
THE DEAL: St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino is a four-star oceanfront property. Islands readers can get 67 percent off room rates by booking a special seven-night, all-inclusive package with Caradonna.
Turks and Caicos
Picture-perfect beaches are what this low-lying archipelago of 40 islands is famous for. The best known is Grace Bay Beach, a 12-mile stretch of powdery-white sand fronting crystal-clear waters on Providenciales, aka Provo.
Want to see what Turks and Caicos used to look like before the tourists arrived? Ferry over for the day to North and Middle Caicos, where you’ll find unspoiled, empty beaches and nary a luxury resort in sight.
THE DEAL: On a secluded stretch of Grace Bay Beach, The Tuscany resort offers one- to three-bedroom oceanfront suites and a 70-foot pool.