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 are on the road to recovery and eager for travelers to return.
To help shed light on this slice of tropical paradise, 10Best is asking readers to help us name the Caribbean’s best resorts, beaches, attractions, bars, distilleries and restaurants that are open (or will be open) in 2018. Vote once per day, per category until voting ends on Monday, February 5 at noon ET.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Caribbean Attraction
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico — Photo courtesy of iStock / dennisvdw
There’s more to the Caribbean than just beautiful beaches (though we love those, too). From waterfalls and caves to zip lines and historic plantations, Caribbean travelers have no shortage of things to see and do.
Best Caribbean Beach
What’s your Caribbean dream beach? — Photo courtesy of iStock / cdwheatley
Beach junkies and sun lovers will find some of the world’s most spectacular stretches of sand on the islands of the Caribbean. With so many palm tree-lined, silky sand expanses leading down to warm, azure water, it’s hard to narrow it down to just 20.
Best Caribbean Beach Bar
The Caribbean is the beach bar capital of the world — Photo courtesy of iStock / PhotoTalk
Nothing says “vacation” quite like sipping a tropical cocktail while digging your toes in the sand. The Caribbean could be called the beach bar capital of the world with countless places to sip the day away.
Best Caribbean Dive Site
Clear waters and impressive biodiversity make the Caribbean a prime dive destination — Photo courtesy of iStock / Tammy616
The Caribbean has long attracted adventurers to its clear waters and technicolor underwater world, and today, it remains one of the most popular scuba diving destinations on the planet. From wreck dives to plummeting walls, there’s a dive for just about everyone in this sun-kissed region.
Best Caribbean Golf Course
Golfing in the Caribbean is a relaxed, fun experience — Photo courtesy of iStock / sjoeman
Laid-back, fun, insanely beautiful – these are a few of the phrases you could use to describe the experience of golfing in the Caribbean, and there are more choices than ever for teeing off in the tropical sun.
Best Caribbean Resort
Which resort is on your vacation wish list? — Photo courtesy of iStock / cdwheatley
Powdery soft sands, crystal clear waters, sumptuous accommodations and exquisite service characterize these top tropical escapes in the Caribbean, chosen by a panel of Caribbean travel experts as the best in the region.
Best Caribbean Rum Distillery
Rum was invented in the Caribbean — Photo courtesy of iStock / Woodkern
If there’s one thing the Caribbean is known for as much as its beaches, it’s rum. The spirit was first distilled on the islands during the 17th century when sugar plantation slaves discovered that molasses – a byproduct of the refining process – could be fermented into alcohol.
Caribbean rum producers have spent centuries perfecting the process of distillation, aging and blending, and many of the world’s best rums come from the Caribbean.
Best Restaurant in the Caribbean
Myriad international influences make Caribbean food a singular cuisine — Photo courtesy of iStock / jmsilva
The Caribbean is a melting pot of cultures and ethnic influences, and that diversity is reflected in its food. Culinary gems here range from fine dining to beachside seafood shacks, serving up dishes good enough to make even the most discerning foodie swoon.
Don’t forget you can vote in each category once per day. And check back on Friday, February 9 to see which Caribbean nominees took home the crown.