Five hidden gems in the Caribbean

Cuban woman in a coco taxi infront of Capitolio Building in Havana, Cuba.

With school starting up again and the weather cooling, now is the perfect time to lift your spirits by planning an exciting fall or winter vacation to a sunny destination. If you book early, you can save money and ensure you get the hotel, travel dates and activities you want.

Need help planning everything? Air Canada Vacations can provide you with ideas for the perfect vacation and make the process smoother and more enjoyable. To get started, look beyond the typical locations and explore the best-kept secret spots in the Caribbean.

Great Exuma. Off the beaten track and the largest of the 365 Exuma islands in the Bahamas, this exotic paradise boasts incredible national parks and historic ruins. You can also explore remote coastal villages framed by aquamarine waters and learn the art of bone fishing with experienced guides. The magic of Great Exuma is apparent in untouched beaches and hidden coves that are perfect for sunbathing or moonlight strolls.

Havana. With its colourful history and friendly people, Havana is the heart of Cuban political, scientific and cultural life. Marvel at the colonial buildings of Old Havana or mingle with locals in a main plaza. At every turn you’ll find lively music, vintage cars or that perfect cigar.

Curaçao. This welcoming oasis of Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch heritages has merged its roots to create a unique culture, cuisine and lifestyle. Combine that with stunning scuba diving, astounding beaches and the rugged beauty of the semi-arid climate and you might just have found the vacation destination you’ve been looking for.

St. Kitts. Discover history and culture in this charming island recognized around the world for the excellent preservation of its ecosystems and its genuinely welcoming people. St. Kitts is ideal for snorkeling, pampering, surfing and golfing. You can hike its volcanic rainforests, relax on many uncrowded beaches, tour sleepy villages or stay up late at the beach bars along the Frigate Bay Strip.

Grenada. Here you’ll find plenty of opportunities for water sports, ecotourism and relaxing on the beach. Be sure to check out Grand Anse Beach in St. George, which often appears in countdowns of the world’s top 10 beaches. If you need a break from the sand, take time to explore centuries-old spice plantations and rum distilleries.

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