The Caribbean region continues to be the number one destination for international travelers and 2014 looks like the area will remain the world’s most popular hot spot.
For 2012, over one billion international tourists vacationed in the Caribbean region and took the top place in world travel. To date for 2013, it looks like the Caribbean will have another banner as traffic is surpassing that of 2012.
We wanted to share with you several picks for the Caribbean region’s top travel destinations for 2014.
Honduras and the Birding Boom:
Honduras is truly a natural paradise and is becoming more popular as awareness grows. The Central America country is already a popular eco-destination. James Adams is the head naturalist, at The Lodge at Pico Bonito and has declared Honduras as the ‘toucan capital of the world.’
Birding is a popular activity around the world. For example, in the U.S. it’s the 15th most popular and the fastest growing outdoor recreational activity. Birders love to travel so Honduras makes the ideal destination for these birding enthusiasts.
The Lodge at Pico Bonito offers its hotel guests access to a multi-story canopy observation tower plus naturalist guides who can lead birding hikes to spot over 400 species of birds that have previously been seen on the nature lodge site.
Mexico is still another popular tourist destination, although the drug wars over the last several years has tarnished the country’s travel industry. In 2012, over 20 million U.S. tourists visited Mexico and greater than 20% of those travelers visiting the scenic Riviera Maya region on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
At one time, Hotel Esencia was the private retreat of an Italian Duchess and has become the area’s top boutique hotel. The resort property offers guests the Riviera Maya’s first world-class organic spa – featuring a wide variety of new healing spa rituals, incredible regionally inspired gourmet cuisine plus 29 luxuriously outfitted rooms and suites.
Be sure to explore several of Mexico’s amazing archaeological sites with nearby trips to Tulum, Chichen Itza, Uxmal and many more.
An undiscovered hideaway that awaits you, the Samana Peninsula provide stunning beaches to relax and enjoy the Caribbean weather.
You will find the Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences in the community of Las Terrenas. the Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences is a luxury 20-room boutique resort that offers guests six miles of private beachfront. It’s also the area’s top luxury hotel.
Ciudad Colonial in Santo Domingo:
The Dominican Republic is another Caribbean gem that must be seen. As the oldest city in the new world, the colonial city of Santo Domingo increases in popularity. Santo Domingo is proud to be home to the first church in the Americas, and offers visitors to see experience numerous museums, fine dining restaurants and non-stop nightlife.
The first luxury hotel, Las Casas del XVI, is scheduled to open later this year in November. Hotel guest of Las Casas del XVI will have access to nine rooms and suites in the recently renovated houses that date back to the sixteenth century. The hotel is also perfectly situated as it’s within walking distance to many local area attractions.
If you need help in booking a reservation for a memorable Caribbean vacation, please contact one of our travel concierge specialists at The Life of Luxury.