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  1. Barbados

    This undated photo courtesy of the Barbados Tourism Authority shows Harrismith Beach, Barbados. Sun, surf and sand are the main draws on this tropical Caribbean island. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Barbados

    This undated photo courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority shows The Watering Hole rum shop in Barbados. The rum shops on the island are good places to sample local food and drink, watch a game of dominos, or just get to know the friendly and hospitable Bajans. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. St. Lucia

    Developed, beautiful and situated in the Eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia is accessible from Europe and Canada, and reachable -- albeit not as easily -- from the United States. St. Lucia is known as a romantic destination. The island gets plenty of visitors, including wedding parties. (Holger Leue  / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. St. Lucia

    Cocoa pods lie on the ground ready to be processed at Fondoux Plantation in Soufriere, St. Lucia. Cocoa is one St. Lucia's main produce alongside the more obvious banana crop. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. St. George's

    The capital of Grenada, St. George's is considered one of the prettiest harbor towns in the Caribbean. Grenada's unique layout includes many finger-like coves, making the island a popular sailing destination. (Richard Cummins  / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. The Cayman Islands

    The Cayman Islands very popular attractions, Stingray City and the nearby shallows known as the Sandbar, provide the only natural oportunity to swim with Atlantic Southern Stingrays. (David Rogers / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Stingray City

    The Cayman Islands very popular attractions, Stingray City and the nearby shallows known as the Sandbar, provide the only natural oportunity to swim with Atlantic Southern Stingrays. (David Rogers / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. St John's

    In high season, up to five cruise ships visit St John's, Antigua, each day. The boats unload mostly American and European passengers who fan out across the island visiting the casinos and beaches. Antigua is easily accessible, and can offer good values for tourists. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Antigua

    Antigua, located in the Northeastern Caribbean, is a popular tourist spot. While there are high-end, stylish hotels, the island also features a large number of mid-priced options. Visitors will find beach bars, restaurants, casinos and shopping. (Richard I'Anson  / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Antigua

    People walk along an area known as Devils Bridge in Indian Town Point, Antigua. Antigua is a wintertime destination for many visitors from the north. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Dominica

    Not as well known as other Caribbean islands, Dominica is green, fertile and mountainous. Visitors will find some opportunites to scuba dive, but watersports are not its main draw. The island does, however, offer a slew of rainforest trails -- great for hiking and sightseeing. (Greg Johnston  / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Dominican Republic

    An old church building is seen in La Romana, the third-largest city in the Dominican Republic. (Wayne Walton / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Belize

    Belize gets more than 850,000 visitors each year. The hot spot allows watersports such as kayaking and snorkeling, as well as inland activities like hiking and birding. The Mayan ruins of Altan Ha, pictured, are easily accessible from Caye Caulker. (Andrew Marshall / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. La Tortuga

    A fisherman repairs his nets on Cayo Herradura, off the island of La Tortuga in Venezuela. The country offers visitors a variety of activities to choose from, but remains undervisited -- especially compared to its South American neighbors. (Lynne Sladky / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Cuba

    Cuba blends the fantastic attractions associated with other Caribbean destinations with an amazing history. Tourists can stroll white sand beaches, take in the incredible architecture and party into the early-morning hours. (Javier Galeano / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. St. Barthelemy

    St. Barthelemy is a vacation spot of stars and millionaires. Trendy, chic and sexy, St. Baarths is safe for tourists, but expensive to visit. About 8,700 people reside on the island. (Mark Mainz / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Puerto Rico

    A man climbs to a 40-foot waterfall at the south side of the Caribbean National Rain Forest, commonly called El Yunque, near Naguabo, Puerto Rico. Most visitors hike the well-marked paths in the northern half of the park's rain forest but the trails in the south allow hikers and nature lovers to explore the only tropical forest in the U.S. national forest system. (Herminio Rodriguez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Puerto Rico

    The cupola of San Juan Cemetary as well as colorful homes sit next to the ocean in Old San Juan, the original capital city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The old city is a historic district of seven square blocks made up of ancient buildings and colonial homes, massive stone walls and vast fortifications, sunny parks and cobblestoned streets. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Puerto Rico

    Men play dominos in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Old San Juan is a well-preserved colonial city that allows tourists a peek into the past. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Guadeloupe

    Guadeloupe isn't as developed as some other Caribbean islands, but it offers a variety of beaches -- some active with watersports, some secluded. The island also offers beach bars, restaurants, mid-range hotels and other tourist amenities. (Marcel Mochet / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 9/21/2005 1:35:52 PM ET 2005-09-21T17:35:52

Not only do readers of Caribbean Travel & Life vote with their feet by bolting for their favorite region in the world every chance they get, but once a year they get to vote with an actual ballot for their faves in a variety of categories that define the vacation experience. From the ultimate spas, dive spots, adventure destinations and small, medium and large resorts, to the region's friendliest people, favorite bars and finest local beers, here are the Caribbean's best places to go, things to do and people to meet. (For contact information for all of this year’s winners, go to: www.CaribbeanTravelMag.com/bestofwinners

All-Around Destination
St. John
Cayman Islands
Turks and Caicos
Jamaica

Resort Hotel
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas
Cap Juluca, Anguilla
Four Seasons Resort, Nevis
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

All-Inclusive Resort
Divi Aruba All Inclusive
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa
Hedonism II, Jamaica
SuperClubs Grand Lido Braco Resort & Spa, Jamaica

Romantic Resort
Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia
Caneel Bay, St. John, U.S.V.I.
Sans Souci, Jamaica
Cap Juluca, Anguilla

Resort for a Wedding
Caneel Bay, St. John
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas
Cap Juluca, Anguilla
SuperClubs Grand Lido Negril, Jamaica

Resort for a Family Reunion
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa
Atlantis, Paradise Island
La Cabana All-Suite Beach Resort & Casino, Aruba
Westin Resort, St. John

Resort With a View
Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, St. Maarten
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino

Mega Resort (300+ rooms)
Atlantis, Paradise Island
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino
Wyndham El Conquistador Resort, Hotel & Golden Door Spa, Puerto Rico

Large Hotel (150-299 rooms)
Westin Resort, St. John

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, St. Maarten
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort & Villas

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Mid-Size Hotel (75-149 rooms)
Bucuti Beach Resort, Aruba
Royal Plantation, Jamaica
Bolongo Bay Beach Club, St. Thomas
Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.

Small Hotel (20-74 rooms)
Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, Aruba
Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia
Gallows Point Resort, St. John
Peter Island Resort, British Virgin Islands

Boutique Hotel (fewer than 20 rooms)
Blue Parrot, Playa del Carmen
Montpelier Plantation Inn, Nevis
The Caves, Jamaica
Eden Rock Hotel, St. Barts

Eco Resort
Maho Bay, St. John
Cinnamon Bay Campground, St. John
The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize
Xpu-Ha Palace, Playa del Carmen

Hotel Spa
Oasis, BodyHoliday at LeSport, St. Lucia
Mandara, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Boutique Spa, Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
Spa at Four Seasons Resort, Nevis

Resort Golf Course
Four Seasons Resort, Nevis
Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club, Puerto Rico
Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall, Jamaica
Sandy Lane, Barbados

Restaurant
Madáme Janette, Aruba
El Gaucho, Aruba
The Mill, Montpelier Plantation Inn, Nevis
The Sugar Mill, Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda

Friendliest People
Aruba
Jamaica
Cayman Islands
St. Martin/St. Maarten

Shopping
St. Thomas
Aruba
St. Martin/St. Maarten
Nassau, Bahamas

Duty-Free Store
Colombian Emeralds International
A.H. Riise
Little Switzerland
Diamonds International

Local Food
Jamaica
Mexican Caribbean
Barbados
St. Martin

Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean International
Carnival Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Princess Cruises

Cruise Port
St. Thomas
Grand Cayman
Aruba
St. Maarten

Nightlife
Aruba
Jamaica
Cancún
San Juan

Bar
Foxy's, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I.
Bomba's Surfside Shack, Tortola, B.V.I.
Rick's Café, Negril
Charlie's Bar, Aruba

Caribbean Beer
Red Stripe, Jamaica
Balashi, Aruba
Kalik, Bahamas
Carib, Trinidad

Rum
Mt. Gay, Barbados
Cruzan, St. Croix
Appleton, Jamaica
Bacardi, Puerto Rico

Beach
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Magen's Bay, St. Thomas
Trunk Bay, St. John
Orient Bay Beach, St. Martin

Clothing-Optional Beach
Orient Bay Beach,St. Martin
Saline Beach, St. Barts
Hedonism II, Jamaica
Sorobon Beach, Bonaire

Adventure Destination
Belize
Dominica
Jamaica
St. John

Dive Destination
Cayman Islands
Cozumel
Bonaire
Turks and Caicos

Snorkel Destination
St. John
Cayman Islands
Bahamas
Aruba

Caribbean Travel & Life is the magazine for anyone in search of the perfect tropical getaway. Each issue presents expert insider’s advice on where to find the Caribbean’s best beaches and attractions, its finest resorts and spas, liveliest beach bars and activities, and its friendliest people.

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