If you’re looking to get away somewhere warm during November, a Caribbean island is the perfect choice. You’ll get to experience gorgeous turquoise waters, white sands, and plenty of sunshine while enjoying fewer crowds and cheaper prices.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that November is still hurricane season for some destinations in the Caribbean. While a storm at this time is rare, you’ll want to have travel insurance.
There are so many Caribbean islands to choose from. To help you choose the perfect one for you, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best islands to visit in November in the Caribbean.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is one of the Caribbean’s luxury destinations, offering five-star luxury resorts along its gorgeous bright white beaches and clear waters.
This dual-island nation is famous for being home to the Turks and Caicos Barrier Reef, making it one of the best islands to visit in November if you enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving.
When you visit, it’s almost imperative to attend an Island Fish Fry, a weekly event where vendors, restaurants, and performers gather to create a fun-filled evening of entertainment and delicious food, suitable for all the family to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a destination that’s both modern and rich with culture and heritage, why not visit Puerto Rico?
At this popular Caribbean island, you can experience the beauty of Ciales, a town in which you can find caverns, waterfalls, and coffee plantations; kayak at the bioluminescent bays; go ziplining at the Toto Verde Nature Adventure Park; take a cave-tubing tour of the Tanama River; or visit the United States’ only tropical rainforest, El Yunique.
There is so much to experience in Puerto Rico in addition to the beach. Visiting in the cooler month of November means you can enjoy all the fun activities without getting too hot.
Even though Jamaica is located right in the middle of the Caribbean, it’s still a great place to visit during the cooler months such as November. While it is in the hurricane zone (meaning you’ll definitely need travel insurance, and to double-check the forecast before you go), the surrounding islands surrounding create somewhat of a barrier to protect it from strong winds and adverse weather.
Like Puerto Rico, Jamaica offers a huge variety of fun activities and adventures, including beautiful natural sights as well as vibrant nightlife. Traveling to Jamaica in November means you can enjoy fewer tourists and great deals on accommodations.
Bonaire is an island that isn’t too well known yet. Don’t let this put you off, though; due to it being largely undeveloped, Bonaire boasts some truly outstanding and untouched beaches. It’s also outside the hurricane zone.
The perfect spot to disconnect from the world, Bonaire feels like a private, unspoiled paradise, just begging to be explored. Enjoy excellent snorkeling or scuba diving at the surrounding tropical reefs; take a photography tour of the island’s beautiful landmarks; or explore the gorgeous, untouched caves.
The mountains which Nevis is famous for provide great barriers against the winds in the area at this time of year, which is why it’s one of the best islands to visit in November.
This Caribbean destination is a great choice for an action-packed vacation for all the family. You’ll enjoy a range of activities such as tours of historical sites, seeing sea turtles, shopping at the Nevis Artisan Village, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, and horseback riding–in addition to enjoying the sand and surf.
Barbados is right on the edge of the hurricane zone, so it doesn’t frequently experience storms. You should be pretty safe from hurricanes in November if you choose to visit Barbados, but it is important to get good travel insurance, just in case!
Barbados has a great range of resorts to discover. Be sure to check out the eastern side, where you can surf on the rough waves of the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re looking for a beautiful beach to relax on, head over to the western side of the island.
Aruba is one of the most popular choices for a Caribbean vacation during November, as it is located outside of the hurricane zone and offers lots to do. Situated in the southern Caribbean, Aruba is near South America, less than 20 miles away from Venezuela.
If you’re looking to stay in a fun resort with stunning, dreamy scenery, then Aruba has plenty to offer you. Be sure to take a trip to Flamingo Beach while you’re here to meet and feed flamingos.
With some of the most stunning views imaginable, Montserrat is a British overseas territory with a small population and a strong sense of community.
This is the perfect island destination if you’re interested in history and culture. Be sure to visit the buried city of Plymouth, the island’s capital before the volcanic eruption of 1995 affected it. You can also learn plenty of history on a Soufriere Hills boat cruise, or enjoy a picnic on one of the breathtaking beaches.
Although a small island, St Barts is not to be underestimated. This little French slice of paradise boasts countless activities and stunning beaches to relax on, as well as a very luxurious lifestyle.
Whether you’re looking to relax at a swanky spa, discover wonders below the sea in a semi-submersible submarine, or experience an exhilarating jet ski tour around the surrounding waters, there’s plenty to keep you entertained on a trip to St. Bart’s.
Curacao is a gorgeous destination, located outside of the hurricane belt near Venezuela, making it another of the best islands to visit in November. It is popular with both experienced and newbie scuba divers all year round.
Recently growing in popularity, Curacao is beginning to open more and more new resorts, but it’s not just great for divers. Be sure to visit Willemstad, the capital of Curacao and a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its beautiful pastel-colored buildings and colonial architecture.
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