These 3 Caribbean destinations are trending for Americans this winter

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The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) just had its 40th edition of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

During the event, CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig presented recent data from the travel analytics firm ForwardKeysrevealing the top 3 trendy Caribbean destinations this winter.

Presentation at the Caribbean Travel Marketplace
CHTA President, Nicola Madden-Greig, October 4, Caribbean Travel Marketplace 40

Data presented on October 4 shows the best performing destinations for arrivals from the United States for October, November and December 2022, as of September 21. To find the destinations that have seen the strongest growth, the latest data was compared to 2019 levels. The top 3 destinations are outlined below, and the results might surprise you.

Boat floating in Blue Bay, Curacao, Caribbean

These are the best performing Caribbean destinations for travelers from the United States:

  1. curacao
  2. Dominican Republic
  3. US Virgin Islands

During the press conference, which was attended by journalists from Travel Off Path, Madden-Greig also pointed out that in other countries – such as Colombia – Curaçao and the Dominican Republic are also among the growing destinations for The travellers.

Compared to 2019, arrivals from the United States to Curaçao increased by 68%, to the Dominican Republic by 58% and to the US Virgin Islands by 34%. American travelers’ interest in the Caribbean is still high, but this time the destinations they choose are not the most obvious.

A unique experience in Curacao

Bridge during sunset in Willemstad, Curacao, Caribbean

This spectacular Caribbean island gained popularity in 2022 by becoming the 13th country in the world to remove Covid-19 entry requirements, allowing travelers from the United States to visit. Its proximity – less than 4 hours flight from the United States – and its fascinating beaches and local culture make it an ideal vacation spot. According Air connectionsdirect flights are currently available from Charlotte, Miami and New York to Willemstad, the island’s capital.

Man jumping into the ocean off a rock, Caribbean

Curacao is popular among divers for its incredible coral reefs and marine life. Plus, its clear blue water beaches and unique Dutch architecture – and UNESCO-listed historic town center – make it a spectacular destination from the first sight. And the best part? Americans can stay for up to 6 months without visa requirement.

Time to relax in the Dominican Republic

Couple sharing drinks and a snack at an all inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic

It’s no secret that the Dominican Republic is the perfect vacation destination. It’s a favorite winter vacation spot for Americans and Canadians, and it’s also why airlines like Frontier, Swoop and Air Century recently announced new seasonal flights. In August, the country set a new record – which surpasses 2019 pre-pandemic levels – when more than 620,000 tourists visited this Caribbean paradise.

The Dominican Republic is the ideal destination to enjoy nature and relax. Visitors have many accommodation options, from hotels, hostels and Airbnbs to over 100 all-inclusive resorts.

couple walking on a beach holding hands

Punta Cana is one of the favorite cities for tourists in this country, and its international airport has been named one of the best in Latin America and the Caribbean. Here, travelers enjoy beautiful beaches, warm, crystal-clear waters, and all the attractions available.

US Virgin Islands

harbor harbor

Not too far from Puerto Rico, Americans can enjoy the beauty and all the benefits of the Caribbean in their own territory. The US Virgin Islands are a convenient destination for Americans since major airlines and even low-cost airlines offer cheap flights, many cruises stop there, and for US citizens, a the passport is not even necessary!

The territory has three main islands, Sainte-Croix, the largest, Saint-Jean and Saint-Thomas. In this spectacular archipelago, travelers can enjoy the beautiful beaches and local culture. Visitors can take a day trip to explore or hike, snorkel the 225 meters of scuba diving trail, spot leatherback turtles and eat the traditional fish and mushrooms.

Woman Paddlingboarding in the US Virgin Islands

Even though this territory is part of the United States and English is the official language, it is a very different experience from what Americans have on the continent. This destination has its own culture, traditions and dialects which will enrich the experience of visitors and definitely add a touch of exotic vacation.

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