The Caribbean is a place of wonder. Beautiful beaches, friendly people, stunning scenery and perfect weather. But as you would expect, that means everyone wants to go there. Yes, the Caribbean can get very busy. While the island is still a paradise, sometimes you feel like you are walking shoulder to shoulder with thousands of other tourists. And when there are lots of tourists all of a sudden prices go up, there is more trash around and it can become a lot less enjoyable. But, fear not we have put a list of the most untouched Caribbean Islands for you. You may not find many 5 star hotels here, but you can walk around all day and not find another tourist in site. A far more relaxing environment to enjoy your vacation or retirement on these generally smaller islands.
Here’s our top 5 most untouched Caribbean Islands.
Cat Island, Bahamas Out Islands
Bahamas, as a whole, is the most visited island chain in the Caribbean. But with 700 islands there are plenty of quiet spots. With only 1,500 people Cat Island is one of the best ones. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and beautiful beaches you will have to yourself. We suggest Greenwood Beach as the pick of the beaches, though there are several good ones to pick from.
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Jost Van Dyke is another quiet island on a popular island chain. With less than 300 people on the island and electricity and paved roads only being around for about 20 years you will definitely feel like you are getting away from it all. This tiny 3 square mile island has an interesting history for such a small island. Jost Van Dyke is a famous 17th century pirate that was rumored to use this island as his hideout, though there is no record of it ever happening (I guess it was a good hideout then!).
It is accessible only by boat (from Tortola and Saint Thomas).
Los Roques, Venezuela
1500 people occupy this archipelago consisting of 350 islands and cayes. El Gran Roque is the only populated island of the group. With so many ’empty’ islands it’s easy to find one all to yourself if you have a boat. This island is probably the most tourist popular of this list, but by no means is it over run. The government is strict on development meaning the islands still have that remoteness feel to them. The islands are teaming with marine and bird life for the nature enthusiasts.
While Carriacou is the largest of the Grenada Islands you won’t find all the tourist traps here. Carriacou has a rich fishing tradition. In fact you will still find the locals building their boats by hand. For such a small island it loves it’s festivals. You will find 4 scattered throughout the year with the biggest ones being Carnival and Carriacou Regatta. The Regatta sees locals race their traditionally built boats and is well worth watching if you are in the area during the first weekend of August.
Saba, Lesser Antilles
The island is a public body of the Netherlands and inhabits around 2,000 people from all over the world. The island itself is predominately Mount Scenery (a potentially active volcano). While the island is only 5 square miles it has a high point of almost 3,000 feet (which actually makes it the highest point of the Kingdom of Netherlands) due to the volcano. The volcano gives the island a striking look as steep lush green mountains plunge off into the ocean. While the beaches here aren’t as stunning as some of the other Caribbean Islands, the diving is second to none. It also has some of the toughest, yet most rewarding, hiking trails you will find.
Just remember while visiting these islands you are not going to have your normal comforts of life. You will need to live a little more natural. You won’t be wearing designer clothes here. Just relax and enjoy one of the most untouched Caribbean Islands.
Photo credits – Cat Island, Jost Van Dyke, Roques, Carriacou & Saba