Words by Carlos Mota
Images by Carlos Mota
For Carlos Mota, the Caribbean represents the very best the world has to offer. The crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches and exquisite natural beauty make these islands some of the most sought after travel destinations across the globe. Thank goodness we have Carlos as our guide across the Caribbean's 7,000 islands, islets and cays.
Oh to live in a country by the Caribbean sea. I was born in Venezuela, and we have thousands of miles of Caribbean Sea bordering our coasts. There are more than 7,000 islands in the Caribbean, each with its own heritage and history: in part shaped by the French, Dutch and English. As a Latino at heart, I am drawn to the Latin and Spanish-speaking islands, but here are some of my favorite destinations. They all reflect the unique character of the Caribbean.
Anguilla is an island paradise, but beyond the sand and sea there lies a vibrant and culturally eclectic community. Exploring its capital, The Valley, and four surrounding hills reveals a patchwork of Caribbean, African and colonial influences, from colorful clapperboard houses, lively markets and reggae festivals to historic churches and British-style red post-boxes.
"For the ultimate slow living retreat, stay at the design-conscious Cap Juluca, a Belmond Hotel, in Maundays Bay."
After a day exploring, unwind at the Arawak Spa at Belmond's Cap Juluca – an indulgent retreat at the water’s edge where treatments use locally sourced ingredients, such as Anguillan salt. For a refined taste of Anguillan cuisine, try the interactive nine-course ‘Chef’s Table’ menu at Cap Juluca’s Maunday’s Lounge.
Las Aguilas is recognised as the most beautiful beach in the Dominican Republic. This eight kilometer diamond-white stretch of sand boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters and not a single hotel, shop or restaurant. Protected as part of the country’s Jaragua National Park, a spectacular rocky landscape hugs this beach all along its coastline.
Hands down, Saint Lucia is one of the finest vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Of all the amazing things to do there, climbing the Pitons is one of the most popular. These incredible twin peaks are a UNESCO world heritage site and a trek to the top of Gros Piton is not easily forgotten.
Los Roques is a large archipelago in front of Caracas, Venezuela. For me, it is the closest thing to heaven. Spend a day here lounging on a deserted stretch of white beach, go island hopping, or enjoy top quality snorkelling and scuba diving in waters rich in sea life. Sample freshly caught seafood, try kitesurfing, or go hiking and enjoy the pristine natural surroundings.
Where to Stay
What to See
- Vieques, Puerto Rico
- St. German Catholic Church, Anguilla
- Heritage Collection Museum, Anguilla
- Fountain Cavern National Park, Anguilla
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