7 unknown islands of the Caribbean
It is difficult to decide which of the many large and small islands in the Caribbean are the most beautiful. In the west the big Antilles with the Caribbean classics Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, in the east the small Antilles, which is shaped like a pearl necklace and consists of small island beauties like Antigua, Guadeloupe, Barbados or St. Lucia up to Trinidad and Tobago and in the south shortly before you get to Venezuela, the Netherlands pearls Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba.
If you have the time, you should visit several islands in the Caribbean making sure that you do not miss the smaller, more unknown islands.
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Bequia is 18 square kilometers and has about 5,000 inhabitants and belongs to the Caribbean state St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which consists of 32 islands, of which Bequia is the largest. The island is popular with sailors who travel in the protected nature reserve. Visitors can expect beautiful beaches and a diving holiday.
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Canouan is a tiny island belonging to the Grenadines. The small island, which is only 13 km away from Mustitique, has only two big holiday resorts and nothing else: nothing but dreamlike sand beaches, turquoise sea and a fascinating underwater world in front of the coast. One of the Caribbean’s largest reefs is located here.
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Barbuda offers only a small number of options for tourists. The island is about three hours by boat (approx. 45 km away) from its big sister Antigua. The two islands used to be joined: they were separated about 12,000 years ago due to rising sea levels. On Barbuda there are deserted beaches and a large population of magnificent birds.
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Another less known destination is Culebra, which belongs to Puerto Rico and is 27 kilometers away. Despite the small distance to the main island, the approximately 1,800-inhabitant island has retained much of its original charm and offers an impressive array of wildlife alongside untouched beaches.
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Visitors to the 93 square kilometer island of Nevis will find plenty of untouched nature and long, barely populated dream beaches. The name goes back to Columbus. He christened the tropical land because of the always cloudy cover over the volcano cone "Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves", "our woman of the snow". On the small cave, which is part of the sister islands of St. Kitts & Nevis, there are still old ruins from their glorious times as a sugar island.
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The Caribbean island Saba is actually the tip of a volcano, which last erupted about 5,000 years ago. There isn’t a classic Caribbean vibe here - but the island is perfect for hiking and offers great diving spots. Saba is also known for its airplane runway, which is a real challenge for pilots due to its very short length.
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Virgin Gorda belongs to the British Virgin Islands and is particularly loved because of her unusual rock formations, but here there aren´t as many tourists as on the larger main Caribbean islands. Columbus called the island "The Fat Young Woman", because her silhouette resembles a round woman lying on her back. Virgin Gorda is 22 square kilometers large and has about 4,000 inhabitants.