Our diva, Shelley Seale, explored the islands and found amazing deals, destinations, and dining! While some may have heard the Caribbean are full of tourists and artificial entertainment, all is not lost. Lucky for you, Shelley debunked these myths by exploring the islands for original, non-touristy excitement. Full of secluded spots and personalized excursions, Shelley’s insights will have you booking your first flight.

Curaçao: The Anti-Tourist’s Caribbean

Shelley says it best, “The best part of exploring Curaçao is that it feels undiscovered; there are no ‘tourist traps’ here.” And sometimes, that’s all one really wants from a vacation, but that doesn’t mean Curacao is not full of exciting adventures; Snorkel in an underwater cavern, visit Den Paradera to discover an array of natural healing herbs and beauty potions, or shop at the Venetian floating market. Check out the article now!

Also, read her review on the amazing Hotel Kura Hulanda in Curacao.

Aruba: The Island with Two Faces

While Shelley admits that Aruba is a lover of tourism, she was pleasantly surprised by everything there is to discover on the beautiful island; mainly, an adventure vacation! Explore gold mines, secluded chapels, natural pools, hiking, and beyond-comparison dive sites set among historic sunken ships. Read the full review!

Puerto Rico: Exotic Destination offers the Best of Both Worlds
Puerto Rico is perfect for U.S. travelers looking for exotic adventure close to home. Bonus: you don’t have to go through customs or immigration either way! “The Island of Enchantment” has beautiful cities, clear blue water, and secluded beaches. Shelley went on an amazing bike tour stopping along amazing sites, not to mention a tequila shop! Read her adventure now.

Calling All Beach Babes!

If beaches are your vacation forte, try these destinations for beautiful, secluded stretches of sand:

Trinidad & Tobago

Englishman’s Bay Beach, Tobago: Named by Travel Channel as one of the best Caribbean beaches, it’s bordered by lush headlands that cradle a U-shaped beach stretching for approximately one mile. A freshwater stream flows from the island’s rainforest to the sea and bright coral reefs teem with tropical fish. There are no official facilities, which makes this beach ideal for relaxing in complete untouched surrounds.

Maracas Bay Beach, Trinidad: Maracas Bay is home to a tranquil, well-maintained beach of fine golden sand and palm trees that framing unforgettable sunsets. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Trinidad, it’s is an hour from the capital city of Port of Spain. One of the most famous aspects of Maracas Bay Beach is the huts serving Bake and Shark, a traditional Trinidadian dish that consists of deep-fried shark stuffed in a pocket of deep-fried bread.


Eagle Beach: White-powder sand, tranquil water and fewer crowds set Aruba’s Eagle Beach apart from neighboring Palm Beach. Nestled on 14 acres of the widest section of Eagle Beach, the 104-room, adults-oriented Bucuti Beach Resort is a popular romantic getaway. Bucuti helps maintain the beach’s beauty by supporting local conservation initiatives and provides guests with the opportunity to get involved with monthly beach clean-ups, sea turtle protection programs and more.

Photo provided by Bucuti Beach Resort

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