Luxury Caribbean vacation spots will undoubtedly involve the beautiful sea that surrounds the more than 7,000 islands. Because this group of islands is located so close to the United States, it has been a prime winter destination for American visitors seeking luxury beach vacations since the early part of the twentieth century. This is when American movie stars, politicians, wealthy industrialists, and gangsters flocked to Cuba with its relaxed gambling and alcohol laws during Prohibition. These visitors wanted their luxury trips to the Caribbean to include opulent hotels, decadent casinos, and elegant dining and drinking establishments.
Luxury Caribbean holidays have also been enjoyed by tourists from Europe, since many of the groups of islands have historically been colonies. The islands of the Netherlands Antilles are still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Curacao is known as one of the luxury Caribbean vacation spots with a substantially high percentage of exclusive upscale resorts and villas. But, exclusive resorts can be found everywhere throughout the region. The lovely Cap Juluca Hotel on Maunday's Bay Beach in Anguilla is so exclusive that it offers transportation from the United States on its own private Gulfstream jet and boasts sumptuous private pool villas with as many as six bedrooms. You can bring your own staff including a butler, housekeepers, and chef, or you can book your villa to include staff.
Luxury Caribbean holidays can be found on virtually all of the islands, though some are better known for upscale accommodation. Which island you choose really depends on personal taste. If you're interested in golfing, you might want to try head to Jamaica and stay at the sumptuous Half Moon Resort. For terrific scuba diving, you'll find the Harbour Village Beach Resort in Bonaire, the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman, and the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Some people will choose luxury Caribbean vacation spots based on the available gambling. Numerous islands have casinos, but the Bahamas (most especially Nassau) probably have the most casino resorts. One way to enjoy luxury at a cost affordable to many is to utilize all inclusive resorts that are found on most islands. There are internationally known chains such as Breezes, Club Med, and Sandals that include the cost of virtually everything from alcoholic beverages to daily meals and water activities.
Many visitors enjoy luxury trips to the Caribbean onboard ships. Numerous cruise lines from around the world offer Caribbean cruises. Some travel to/from other regions, most often from ports including Miami, New Orleans, and Houston. But there are cruises that make port stops a various islands and continue on to even more far-flung places like Europe or even traveling through the Panama Canal to Asia to see some of the best tropical luxury vacation spots. Some cruises are on large ocean-going liners accommodating hundreds and thousands of passengers. Other luxury Caribbean holidays are onboard smaller, more intimate ships that pride themselves on the high standard of accommodations and service. Even more exclusive are yachts that can be chartered fully crewed and provide the kind of experience you might associate with Aristotle Onassis. In fact, one of the yachts available for luxury trips to the Caribbean is the former Onassis ship Christina O, able to accommodate 34 privileged guests in over-the-top luxury.