Caribbean destinations continue to be a rage with millions of tourists from different parts of the world. Media reports recently quoted Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) officials as saying that the destinations in the region witnessed tourist arrivals in large numbers as well as spending in 2015. Hugh Riley, Secretary General of CTO, said, “The visitor arrivals and spending data in 2015 has exceeded expectations and set records. This is for the first time that the pace of growth of tourism in the Caribbean region has in fact outperformed world’s other major tourism regions. It’s completely good for us.”
The reports said that tourist arrivals among 28 member destinations of CTO increased by 7 percent y-o-y to 28.7 million in 2015. This has exceeded CTO’s projection of 4 to 5 percent growth. Tourist arrivals in the Caribbean region have also exceeded the projected 4.4 percent global growth rate of World Tourism Organization.
The United States, which is the largest source market in the Caribbean, accounted for 50 percent of all arrivals, to 14.3 million in 2015, reporting an increase of 6.3 percent. Tourists from Canada totaled 3.4 million last year, and increasing 4.5 percent. The Caribbean region reported arrivals growth for sixth consecutive year in 2015, while the world average of the region’s growth exceeded for the second consecutive year.
The Caribbean destinations visited by most tourists from United States included the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao and Barbados. Among other Caribbean destinations visited by tourists from different parts of the world include St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, , Montserrat, Grenada, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Sint Maarten and Aruba. Here are top three destinations in the Caribbean to visit.
With its 700 scenic islands, 2,000 cays and captivating pink sand beaches, The Bahamas is a tropical paradise just waiting to be explored. This prime Caribbean destination greatly favored by wealthy tourists proudly boasts of the clearest water on Planet Earth, with the visibility going to over 200 feet. The Bahamas is home to the third largest barrier reef in the world, and has become one of the top vacation resorts destinations globally. Many Hollywood celebrities have been regularly spotted spending their holidays here. It’s also a favorite hotspot for swimmers and water sports lovers with diving and snorkeling opportunities.
Many tourists from the United States consider Puerto Rico to be a convenient island getaway. With its gorgeous sandy beaches, lush tropical rainforest, stunning coral reefs, and rich flora and fauna, Puerto Rico has indeed lived up to its nickname, the “Island of Enchantment”. Whether you want to explore rich heritage at art museums, let yourself down at nightlife hotspots and trendy bars, or visit posh boutiques, this magnificent Caribbean destination has something to offer for everyone. This tropical island paradise is indeed a dream come true for all those who want something more than just sun and sand.
Jamaica has become synonymous with its reggae music. But there is much more than just reggae in this foremost Caribbean destination. It’s also a place where honeymooners and Rastafarians greatly identify themselves. This Caribbean resort destination attracts millions of tourists from different parts of the world with its white sandy beaches, lush rainforest, misty mountains, coral reefs and year-round sunshine. It’s also a great place for all those who love swimming, diving and snorkeling.