The Caribbean is made up of many captivating sun-kissed countries, but ask those of us who are fond of the region and you'll find we all have a few personal favorites.
Keep tabs on your top vacation spot or find a new island of intrigue with these six websites covering news, activities, culture and lifestyle in the Caribbean.
Caribbean Journal is an excellent source for news, travel information, photos and videos on all things Caribbean, and even covers nearby beach hot spots like the Bahamas and Cancun.
Browse news and content by destination or by a list of topics, including culture, nature, cruise planning and Caribbean cooking, among others. There's even a separate "rum" section for connoisseurs of the region's most beloved liquor. Those who can't resist the allure of all-inclusive getaways can read the publication's news and reviews of these resorts, including adults-only properties.
Brothers Steve and Patrick Bennett created Uncommon Caribbean to show a deeper, more dynamic side to the region in contrast to the superficial version most outsiders have been shown in traditional media.
Learn what Carnival is like in various Caribbean countries, or delve into the islands' many opportunities for ecotourism. Explore the musical side of the Caribbean, especially the lesser-known aspects, such as scratch band music of the U.S. Virgin Islands or tambour drumming in Martinique.
Launched in 2005, Caribbean360 covers news, entertainment, business, lifestyle and other topics with a Caribbean-centric focus. Keep current on your favorite island under the "destinations" page, or browse the home page, a mix of articles on politics, business and culture. Especially helpful is the weather and hurricane coverage — you can even sign up for storm alerts by email or text.
Featuring the reporting of almost a dozen experienced travel journalists and editors, CaribbeanTravel.com is the official site of the Caribbean Tourism Development Company. Get familiar with under-the-radar destinations in the region, such as Montserrat, St. Eustatius and Saba, or brush up on popular countries like the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. You'll find introductory information on each destination, plus expert tips on where to stay, where to eat and what to do.
With a focus on upscale architecture and design, RealLife's digital magazine issues highlight some of the Caribbean's most enchanting properties and destinations, taking you on a virtual vacation with swoon-worthy photography of luxe interiors and inviting beach scenes. Current issues are available for browsing, and additional news on travel, lifestyle and people can be found at the RealLife site. But readers beware — you can easily dream away a few hours flipping through this sleek publication.
Describing itself as "the ultimate guide to Caribbean travel and luxury lifestyle," this stylish online publication covers a broad range of topics, including weddings, festivals, ecotourism and investment opportunities. Dreaming of a trip to a certain Caribbean island? See tips on things to do and where to stay. Convinced you'll want to stay in the islands forever? Explore content under the "Live and Work" section, helpful for soon-to-be expats.