When the first Caribbean destinations began reopening in June, the travel world was filled with uncertainty. But in the six months since, the Caribbean has sent a message to the world that tourism reopenings can largely be done in a safe, effective manner — an important step for the future of the most tourism-dependent region on earth.
Of course, not everyone is returning to traveling, and every traveler needs to carefully consider their trip and the risks.
But a growing number of visitors are returning to the Caribbean — and that’s why we’ve brought back our monthly edition of Places to Go.
If you decide to go, make sure you do so while being conscious of everyone around you — most importantly, the people of the communities you’re visiting.
And when you travel, wear a mask, practice safe hygiene and please comply with each destination’s health protocols — each of which we’ve linked to below.
The Bahamas Last month, The Bahamas entered the newest phase of its tourism reopening, one that eliminated the quarantine requirement and opened up most of the country’s hotels (and its ever-popular boating sector). It should be noted that the reopening is country-wide, meaning all of the major islands are ready to welcome you back, with a different island for every type of traveler.
For adventure, make the journey to Andros and the Small Hope Bay Lodge; for a cosmopolitan getaway, try Nassau (where top hotels like Atlantis and the Baha Mar reopen this month, along with already-relaunched mainstays like Graycliff) for undiscovered beaches and private villas, there’s Grand Bahama. For historic charm, there’s Harbour Island. For boating, get a charter boat in Abaco.
You can find the country’s travel protocols here, headlined by negative PCR result within five days of your flight to The Bahamas.