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Eastern Caribbean Islands - Attractions, Beaches, Shopping

Eastern Caribbean islands represent some of the best and most popular destinations in the Caribbean thanks to great resorts, shopping, beaches and attractions.

The fact that most of them are clustered closely together makes it easy to visit multiple islands in a single Eastern Caribbean cruise.

But many of the islands are big attractions as well for longer term visits.

Resorts and Hotels

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana - Luxury All Inclusive
Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
No question about it. Dominican Republic resorts rank high among the eastern islands for their all-inclusive properties.

In fact, the main reason why this destination is so popular -- one of the top three in the entire Caribbean -- is because of a combination of the beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts.

There is almost no reason to leave the resort except to go back to the airport to return home.

Most of the other islands have a smaller number of true all-inclusive resorts. Instead, they have hotels with all-inclusive options (mainly covering food).

Eastern Islands List

The following list is ranked by popularity for long-term visits.

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Bahamas
  4. U.S. Virgin Islands
  5. Barbados
  6. Martinique
  7. St.Maarten
  8. British Virgin Islands
  9. St. Lucia
  10. Antigua and Barbuda

Other islands include:

  • Anguilla
  • St. Barthelemy
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Vincent Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos

Five of the best eastern Caribbean islands for shopping are:

  1. Bay Street in Nassau, Bahamas
  2. Port Lucaya Marketplace and International Bazaar in Freeport, Bahamas
  3. Old San Juan in Puero Rico
  4. Front Street in Philipsburg, St. Maarten
  5. Main Street in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Broad Street in Bridgetown Barbados wins an honorable mention.


Yes, there actually are good beaches and bad beaches among the eastern Caribbean islands.

A good beach has a wide expanse of white sand, few rocks in the water, and extras such as tree shade, nearby facilities and plenty of room to play.

The following five are among the most popular and famous, but there are many more possibilities.

  1. Shoal Bay in Anguilla
  2. Dickenson Bay and Half Moon Bay on Barbados
  3. Many of the beaches at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  4. Grand Anse Beach in Grenada
  5. Grace Cay Beach in Turks and Caicos

Attractions and Excursions

Trafalgar Falls Dominica
Trafalgar Falls; © Dominica Tourism Authority
All of the islands have generic things to do such as golf, sailing, jet skiing, etc.

Our definition of the best attractions is that they are unique and memorable.

  1. Swimming with sea turtles in Barbados
  2. Waterfall hikes in Dominica
  3. Touring historical attractions in Old San Juan
  4. The Baths at Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
  5. Snorkeling in Dominica, Turks and Caicos or the Virgin Islands

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