Why vacation on one Caribbean island when you can hop to another?

One of the best things about living in Miami is its proximity to some of the most beautiful places on earth: Hop on a flight and you’re on an island in the Caribbean. But why stop at just one?

Many of the islands in the Caribbean are within a few miles of each other, meaning you can extend your holiday by island hopping – and take advantage of the chance to experience a completely different culture. Best of all, you don’t need to book additional flights or hotels—these four pairings require nothing more than a quick ferry ride.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts Park Executive Suite Pool

Park Hyatt

St. Kitts to Nevis

St. Kitts may be one of the most underrated destinations in the Caribbean. The tiny island – home to lush mountains and golden sandy beaches – is about a three-hour flight from Miami. Once there, you’ll find one of the oldest rum distilleries in the Caribbean, Old Road Rum, plus towering volcanoes and playful green vervet monkeys.

Start your stay at the Park Hyatt St. Kits. The luxury resort has 126 luxurious rooms, and it is the only resort in St. Kitts, offering suites with private swimming pools and sun decks. Each of the modern rooms has its own balcony or terrace, and many offer unobstructed views of St. Kitts’ sister island, Nevis. Dining options include The Stone Barn, an adults-only restaurant offering a five- and six-course tasting menu alongside an impressive portfolio of international wines.

Then on to Nevis

The resort’s concierge can arrange a ferry service that departs directly from its private jetty. (Those living elsewhere can use public ferries and water taxis, the latter being considerably faster than the former.) In less than 10 minutes, you’ll land on the shores of Nevis, where you can spend the day exploring its botanical gardens, hike to the top of Nevis Peak or sip rum punch at locals’ favorite watering hole, the Sunshine Bar.

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham St.  Thomas

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham St. Thomas

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham

St. Thomas to St. John

Together with St. John and St. Croix is ​​St. Thomas part of the island chain in the US Virgin Islands. It’s a less than three-hour flight from Miami, and of course, US citizens don’t need a passport to enter the USVI, making this an attractive option for a last-minute vacation.

Book a few nights at the Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham St. Thomas, which is located directly on the white sandy beach of Water Bay, at the eastern end of the island. Rooms are great for large groups, with each suite – from studio to 2-bedroom – offering a kitchenette along with living and dining areas. The homes are decorated with sleek wooden floors and striking tropical decor; all suites have an outdoor seating area, perfect for watching the sunset. With yoga classes, snorkeling and access to jet skis, you can be as active (or inactive) as you want.

Then on to St. John

To get to neighboring St. John, you have to catch the ferry in Red Hook which is about 10 minutes from the resort. After a 15-minute ride, hire an outdoor taxi to hike the Peace Hill Windmill (watch out for the donkeys), grab a burger from the popular eatery Skinny Legs, or hang out on one of the many white sand beaches, like Trunk Bay or Honeymoon Beach.

Frangipani Beach Resort Anguilla

Frangipani Beach Resort Anguilla

Frangipani Beach Resort

Anguilla to St. Martin/St. Maarten

American Airlines now offers direct flights from Miami to Aguilla, and part of the island’s draw is its “low key” factor. There are no high-rise buildings or huge sprawling resorts on the island. Instead, you get boutique hotels and villas, miles of pristine beaches, and world-class diving and snorkeling spots.

Plan your stay in Anguilla around the Frangipani Beach Resort. The family-owned resort with just 23 rooms and suites is located on Meads Bay, one of Anguilla’s most beloved beaches. If you need some space to stretch out, the hotel has a 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom villa that’s perfect for families or large groups of friends. Hotel perks include a weekly cocktail party, tennis courts (with lessons), and massage and beauty treatments at the Plumeria Balinese Spa. Water sports such as water skiing, wakeboarding and kayaking are included in your stay.

Then on to St. Martin/St Maarten

Guests at Frangipani can book a catamaran through the resort or take a public ferry for island hopping to St. Martin/St. Maarten, the dual island nation that is about 10 miles away. The 20-minute ferry ride from Anguilla will drop you off at French St. Martin. Here you can climb up Pic Paradis, the highest point on the island, and take a zipline back down. You can also travel to the Dutch side, St. Maarten, to watch the planes come into Maho Beach or visit the 6,000 square meter Topper’s Rhum Distillery and take home a bottle of handcrafted rum.

North Pointe Villa, St.  Lucia

North Pointe Villa, St. Lucia

The Windjammer Landing St. Lucia

St. Lucia to Martinique

St. Considered one of the Caribbean’s most romantic islands, Lucia is home to the Pitons, two volcanic peaks that rise majestically from the sea. The island is located in the eastern Caribbean – expect a four-hour flight from Miami.

One of the island’s best resorts, The Windjammer Landing St. Lucia, is an all-inclusive property with accommodation options ranging from one and two bedroom suites to spacious oceanfront villas with up to four bedrooms. The resort is set across 60 rolling acres with six swimming pools, five restaurants and three bars, plus access to windsurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding. Those looking for a more sedate atmosphere can relax in one of the hammocks over the water.

Then on to Martinique

Martinique is a 90-minute ferry ride away. Once there, you can check out St. Louis Cathedral, built in the 18th century, and its elaborate stained glass windows. Habitation Clément is a rum distillery and museum where visitors can learn about the rum-making process (and, of course, taste). And if you’re feeling adventurous, head to Mount Pelée to climb this active volcano before heading back to St. Lucia.

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