Beach hunters and old-school holiday lovers might be letting go of their European summer dreams this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get a good dose of sun sand and the sea. Most Caribbean islands are set to open in time for summer vacation and prepping up for a near-perfect beach vacation hopefully with not much trade-off. Here are the 5 best.
1. The Bahamas
The Bahamas over the year has become very popular among travellers wanting to blow off the steam with some pina colada by a poolside villa. This trend will only increase as North and Latin Americans turn towards classic beach vacations in the Caribbean coastal regions. The Bahamas reopened its borders to international travellers on July 1.
2. Puerto Rico
American Airlines, one that serves as the primary outbound carrier of the Caribbean anticipated the summer travel trend and started operating by early June. This cemented the reopening plans of many island destinations including Puerto Rico which reopens to travellers on July 15.
Belize is prepping up to welcome travellers from August 15 with no restraints on nationality. While it seems bold at first glance, the Belize government has thought this through with the safety and wellness of travellers at the epicentre. From allowing accommodation only in safety-stamped hotels to enforcing strict social distancing measures in restaurants, pubs, etc Belize has diligently planned each touchpoint of the tourism revival.
4. Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia has implemented the quarantine-free “Caribbean travel bubble” with 22 bordering destinations and travellers from outside the bubble need to undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival in this phase. Saint Lucia welcomes travellers from July 9, who need to submit a pre-arrival registration form online and those outside the bubble also need to get a negative-COVID test taken not early as 7 days before arrival.
Jamaica reopened to travellers on June 15, with rules similar to that of Siant Lucia. Travellers from slightly risky areas need a negative-COVID test taken 7 days before arrival.
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