The Top 10 Sights of the Caribbean

The Caribbean offers not only dreamlike beaches! At second glance, the small paradises of fine sand and coconut palms reveal historic old towns, botanical gardens, lively markets and lush green natural beauty.

When vacationing in the Caribbean, bathing and relaxing on the paradisiacal beaches are of course in the foreground. But even away from the picture-book beaches, the Caribbean islands have some interesting sights to offer. Some of them tell of the colonial past and are of enormous historical value, others tell of the dark chapter of slavery.


Nature lovers get their money's worth in nature reserves and botanical gardens, which present the unique tropical flora and fauna of the Caribbean. Those who look inland, away from the sailing, diving and swimming areas of this paradise, really get to know the Caribbean soul and dive deep into the history of its breathtaking islands.

Old Havana, Cuba

You can stroll for hours through the typical Caribbean alleyways in Old Havana, Cuba - © Kamira / Shutterstock
© Kamira / Shutterstock

Havana's historic center and its massive fortifications in Cuba are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most worth seeing old town districts in the world. In the colorful mix of African, Indian and Spanish culture, you can stroll through typical Caribbean alleys. Museums present interesting history, colonial cathedrals and palaces show the wealth of the Spaniards at that time and cozy bars serve cool mojitos.

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Ponce, Puerto Rico

The Castillo Serralles Mansion in Ponce, Puerto Rico - © Alberto Loyo / Shutterstock
© Alberto Loyo / Shutterstock

The architecture of the Puerto Rican city of Ponce is so special that it even got its own name: Ponce Creol. Puerto Rico's unique architectural style runs through the entire city, turning not only churches and museums, but also simple homes and even the fire station into impressive landmarks.

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Diamond Botanical Gardens, St Lucia

The Diamond Botanical Gardens on the Caribbean island of St Lucia boast a diverse plant life and the most colourful waterfall in the Caribbean - © Chris Collins/Shutterstock
© Chris Collins/Shutterstock

The privately run Diamond Botanical Gardens in southwestern St. Lucia are set in the lush green Caribbean jungle just outside Soufrière. Hidden among cocoa and mahogany trees are mineral hot springs, an old sugar cane mill, and the idyllic Diamond Falls.

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Oranjestad, Aruba

Entrance to the "New Plaza" in Oranjestad, an unmistakable square built on the Dutch model - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

In the colorful old town of Oranjestad, capital of the dream island of Aruba, candy-colored facades exude Dutch-Caribbean flair. Thanks to the numerous U.S. guests, you will find luxurious resorts and shopping opportunities of the finest behind the beautiful beach promenade.

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Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica

Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica - © Julie Fine / Shutterstock
© Julie Fine / Shutterstock

Hard to believe, but the Dunn's River Falls are often called the main attraction of Jamaica. The over 200m long waterfall shoots over countless cascades into the Caribbean Sea, between which natural pools invite you to splash around again and again. Those who have had enough of swimming can tackle the popular challenge of climbing up Dunn's River Falls.

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Historic Centre of Willemstad, Curaçao

The brightly coloured houses built directly on the waterfront in Willemstad, Curacao - © Tilo Grellmann / Fotolia
© Tilo Grellmann / Fotolia

The capital of the Caribbean island of Curaçao cannot hide the fact that it once belonged to the Netherlands. Willemstad's old town, which is well worth seeing, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers picturesque 17th-century architecture, colorful markets, the revolving Queen Emma Bridge and the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.

In one of the world's largest natural harbors, huge tankers drop anchor, while three imposing fortresses still guard the channel there, with a magnificent view over the sea.

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Caroni Marshes in Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

The Caroni Marshes on the island of Trinidad are home to entire flocks of the red ibis, considered the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago - © Matt Cuda / Shutterstock
© Matt Cuda / Shutterstock

The mangrove wetland on the west coast of Trinidad is an important nature reserve covering 80 square kilometers. The lush green Caroni Marshes are home to boas, caimans and some 200 birds - of which the impressive flocks of the bright red Scarlet Ibis are the most spectacular to behold.


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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

As the first house of worship in the West Indies, the Cathedral of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic has long held a position of supremacy - © fototehnik / Shutterstock
© fototehnik / Shutterstock

Santo Domingo was the first city in the New World to be founded by none other than Christopher Columbus and is today the capital of the Dominican Republic. In the historic center, one building steeped in history follows the next. The old town of Santo Domingo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bears the name Colón (Columbus) on every corner.

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Balata Botanical Garden, Martinique

The Balata Botanical Garden was created at the end of the 20th century and is one of the most beautiful gardens in the Caribbean, Martinique - © Pack-Shot / Shutterstock
© Pack Shot / Shutterstock

With its breathtaking plant life, the botanical garden of Balata on the "flower island" of Martinique is one of the most beautiful gardens in the Caribbean. On an area of about 3 hectares, around 3,000 different flowering plants and palms from all over the world are on display, swarmed by flocks of iridescent hummingbirds.

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Straw market in Nassau, Bahamas

Straw hats at the market in Nassau, Bahamas - © Kamira / Shutterstock
© Kamira / Shutterstock

Nassau, the capital of the vacation paradise Bahamas, is home to one of the largest straw markets in the world. Since it was no longer possible to earn money with sponges, the locals relied on impressive works of art made of sisal and palm leaves with the Nassau straw market - with resounding success!

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