Nestled between two Americas, the Caribbean boasts pristine waters, clear sands, and a perpetual summer weather that make it the ultimate holiday destination. It goes without saying that every inch of the region looks straight from a postcard — or, if you’re part of the social media generation, the epitome of the perfect Instagram shot. One look at its palm trees and majestic sunsets can leave you lusting for a vacation accompanied by endless mojitos. While there’s no shortage of beautiful sights captured in photographs, it’s certainly much different to experience the islands first hand in all their “sand-in-your-toes” glory.If you’re heading to the Caribbean soon, don’t miss these Instagram-worthy destinations. And while you’re at it, check out our previous post on FIV Magazine to find out how you can take the best shots!
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Flamingo Beach, Aruba
Flamingo Beach has all the makings of a gorgeous beach getaway, from its soft sands to the warm waters. But one thing sets it apart from the rest, and you only need to look at its name to take a wild guess: at Flamingo Beach, its most popular locals are none other than a small group of flamingos. Here, guests can roam around with these friendly pink-feathered residents, putting all those inflatable swans on your Instagram feed to shame.
Callejon de Hamel, Havana
Havana might be known for its iconic rum and revolutions, but its historic art scene is not to be missed. Head down to the Callejon de Hamel, a funky alley lined with colorful murals and sculptures that pay tribute to Afro-Cuban religions. There are also some museums and artisan markets in the area to enrich your experience. However, the icing on the cake is their street dancing culture. Every Sunday, the streets are filled with people playing rumba music and dancing the cha-cha. Don’t miss out, and bring a comfortable pair of shoes that can take you through its rustic streets and a round or two of dancing. The No. 6 Mid-Heel Clogs boast the comfort of your favorite sneakers, with the advantage of looking fabulous with a dress. It’ll have you Instagram-ready in no time.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Known for their luxury hotels and spas, the Turks and Caicos Islands have miles and miles of unspoilt beaches and vivid reefs. Amazingly, only eight of the islands and cays are inhabited, which makes it the best choice if you’re looking to avoid crowds. It’s perfect for lounging on the sand for hours, so come prepared with a trusty beach towel. The Dock & Bay’s Microfiber Beach Towel is a good choice because it’s built to repel sand, while its vibrant designs makes it a lovely addition to your pictures.
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Despite being often overshadowed by its sister islands, Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao has its own distinct charm. One of its most popular locations is downtown Willemstad, which you’ll recognize by its signature colorful blocks of houses and brightly hued structures. For the best angle, visit the floating Queen Emma bridge that connects the Punda and Otrobanda neighborhoods. Here, you’ll get an unparalleled view of the historical town to the backdrop of its panoramic waters.
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Secret Bay, Dominica
Think the Caribbean has nothing to offer but beaches? Dominica happens to have that, plus incredibly rich jungles. With about 600 miles of flora and fauna, Dominica is home to 365 rivers, countless nature preserves, and a few glorious volcanoes. If you’re looking for the right amount of seclusion, Secret Bay feels like an exclusive paradise. Here, you can even book your own cliff-top bungalow. And because you’ve got the best of beach life and forestry, you have to have more than your favorite swimsuit. In this regard, Woman Within’s cover-ups will keep you dry as you hop in and out of the water. Its lightweight fabric is ideal for taking you from coast-side to the heart of the jungle. They’re also the more stylish option rather than wrapping yourself in a towel, so you can be ready to pose for the camera in no time.
Mt. Scenery, Saba
Resting on the pyramid-shaped Saba, Mt. Scenery is the highest point in the Kingdom of the Caribbean Netherlands. This dormant volcano last erupted in 1640, so now it’s simply a hiker’s haven. Lined with centuries-old mahogany trees, orchids, and other epiphytes, the gorgeous views make climbing Mt. Scenery’s 1,064 stairs worth it, but of course, it’s no walk in the park. Be sure to bring a backpack that can carry all your essentials for the day. Patagonia’s range of backpacks are as stylish as they are functional, with various designs for each purpose. Whether you’re looking for something waterproof, lightweight, or simple, these backpacks have something for you.
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