Top ten islands for holidays in the Caribbean

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Looking for a holiday in the Caribbean? Whether it's a cruise holiday or a fly-and-flop break, these paradise isles provide the perfect retreat for Brits, particularly in the winter months: during peak season (between December and April) we flock there in our thousands.

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There are more than 700 Caribbean islands to choose from, and there's a lot to see and do. Swim alongside stingrays on Gran Cayman, kayak through the tranquil turquoise water at Mosquito Bay, experience breathtaking views on a guided volcanic hike in St. Lucia or chill out in the baths at Virgin Gorda.

But how do you know which islands are right for you? To make your decision a little easier, we've teamed up with TripAdvisor to bring you the ten best Caribbean islands to visit in our photo gallery below, taken from reviews from millions of travellers. Is your favourite island here?

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Top ten islands for holidays in the Caribbean
Highlights: Explore your adventurous side on a hiking trail or watch the wildlife in the national park. Relax on the sandy white beaches and cool down in the clear blue waters with some snorkeling and swimming.
Highlights: Enjoy the vibrant buzz on Grand Cayman's busy docks or relax on the beautiful Seven Mile Beach. A trip to Gran Cayman wouldn't be complete without a visit to Stingray City. Swim alongside the stingrays or take a boat ride through the tranquil waters.
Highlights: The most populated of the Turks and Caicos islands, Providenciales is recognised as one of the world’s top beach destinations. Take advantage of the miles of coral reef with some diving and snorkelling or go kayaking through the bright turquoise waters surrounded by the cliffs of Chalk Sound. The luxurious resorts of Grace Bay make it a popular choice for beach getaways.
Highlights: Bask in the beauty of the glowing electric blue water at Mosquito Bay. Take advantage of the neon waters with a trip in a clear-bottomed boat or a kayak trip. There is plenty of nature and wildlife to see, from the undeveloped beaches to the feral horses you will find exploring the dunes to the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.
Highlights: This beautiful unspoiled island is the perfect location for nature lovers. With more than 200 species of birds and as many flamingos as people, this island is brimming with natural charm. Join divers from all around the world in the reef-lined coast, a National Maritime Park. And if you can bear to drag yourself away from the beach for an afternoon, why not visit the Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary.
Highlights: This blissful island is the perfect location for a romantic getaway. Relax on the white sand beaches or explore the colourful rainforests, take a stroll through the historic towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted, and indulge in the diving experience of your life with vibrant ocean life and mysterious shipwrecks to explore.
Highlights: Barabados is a popular choice for both thrill seekers and honeymooners. Head to the east coast for massive surfing waves or head west for a relaxing stay alongside the tranquil, turquoise waters. 

Highlights: La Soufrière, one of the most popular attractions in St. Lucia, provides a surreal volcano experience. Give yourself a volcanic facial with the medicinal mud of Sulfur Springs, or enjoy the breathtaking views on a guided hike of the two volcanic plugs. For an intimate beach experience, hit the private black sands of Anse Mamin.

Highlights: For the ultimate laid-back relaxing break, head to Virgin Gorda (so named because this British Virgin Island resembles a large reclining woman). Embrace the slow moving pace of the island, whether you’re wading along the granite grottoes of The Baths, snorkelling in Devil’s Bay, or exploring the stone ruins of a 19th century Copper Mine. Hanging out in the hammock at Mad Dog while you sip a Painkiller is the ultimate in Virgin Gorda relaxation.

Highlights: Also known as Nature Island, this gem is remote, affordable and, as yet, unspoiled. Spend a week (or more) exploring mountains covered by tropical rainforest, endless hiking trails, some 40 dive sites and black-sand beaches. Visit the breath taking Middleham Falls & Ti Tou Gorge or wander through the Papillote Tropical Gardens.

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