The Southern Caribbean includes the French West Indies (Martinique, Guadalupe and St. Bart’s), lush St. Lucia, Dominica, and Grenada, and the sandy ABCs (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). December through April is peak season throughout the Caribbean. The islands of the Southern region are less traveled.

Antigua and Aruba have soft, sandy beaches. Martinique, Guadalupe and St. Lucia are full of beautiful scenery including volcanoes and rain forests.

Bonaire and Curacao are great Southern Caribbean places for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Aruba is home to Eagle Beach, which has very soft white sand and warm crystal clear water. It is family friendly and only a couple of mile from the cruise port.  Aruba is also home to one of the top golf courses in the Caribbean.  With its Robert Trent Jones design and sweeping views, even non-golfers will enjoy a visit.  In addition to it’s seafood, Aruba is a great place for steak.  Argentinian beef is the highlight of many restaurants in this small island.

Dominica has a great site to see known as Trafalgar Falls, which are twin falls with an upper “Father” cascade and a lower “Mother” waterfall. This site does have a hike that will take about 20 minutes to complete but is rather easy to do. In Dominica, you can also see Boiling Lake – in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park – it is full of bubbling blue-grey water.

Martinique has a smoldering volcano. It also has a lot of shopping to include but not limited to French luxuries and traditional Island crafts. This island has alot of rain forest trails and beaches to take advantage of.  The island isn’t known for being as tourist friendly as some but I think its because they want to keep their special treasures to themselves.

If you choose to visit Bonaire, check out the Harbour Village Resort and take advantage of their day pass.