The Best 5 Caribbean Islands By Business Insider

The Business Insider recently did a comprehensive list on the best Caribbean islands using: accessibility, average hotel room cost, number of attractions and beach density index as the main criteria of the rating. With data from, flight times from New York City, number of attractions listed on TripAdvisor, and the amount of coastline offered per square kilometer, The Business Insider feels that they have created the definitive catalogue on isles of the Caribbean. Here are the top 5:

5: The Bahamas

The Bahamas
Distance from NYC: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Average hotel room cost: $333 per night
With around 700 islands and incredible beachside properties, the Bahamas is paradise waiting to be explored. Last year it was dubbed the No. 1 Caribbean destination for wealthy travelers, with around 370 activities. It has a moderate beach-density score of 0.26.

4:St. Martin/Sint Maarten

St. Martin/Sint Maarten
Distance from NYC: 4 hours
Average hotel room cost: $252 per night
St. Martin is split into two sides: the Dutch half of Sint Maarten, which is filled with bustling nightlife, shopping centers, and gleaming beaches; and the French half of St. Martin, which has a quieter ambience, with white-sand beaches and charming mountainside scenery. The island has a very high beach-density score of 1.09 and 123 different activities to enjoy.

3: Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 40 minutes
Average hotel room cost: $182 per night
The Dominican Republic is home to some of the Caribbean’s most diverse landscapes of mountains, desert terrain, colonial buildings, and beaches. There are a whopping 510 activities to choose from here, despite its low beach-density score of 0.03. Indulge in prime seafood at its beachfront bars or witness four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean that rise above Santiago.

2: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 35 minutes
Average hotel room cost: $180 per night
Puerto Rico takes the No. 2 spot thanks to its affordable hotel rates and a staggering 559 activities travelers can enjoy. Despite its low beach-density score of 0.04, it’s home to tropical terrain that has helped it earn its “Island of Enchantment” name.

1: Cuba

Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 35 minutes
Average hotel room cost: $124 per night
Cuba’s unique architecture, ’50s-era Chevy taxicabs, and sandy beaches have been just out of reach for American tourists until recently. Years of US embargo have left the Caribbean island undeveloped compared to its more modern neighbors, so there aren’t too many fancy hotels on the island yet. There are, however, a number of local paradores and Airbnb rentals available for travelers.

See complete Business Insider’s list

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