When in the Caribbean
To discover quintessential island life, take your cue from a classic tune.
By JD Andrews
Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take you to
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go…
Now that you’ll have that song bouncing around in your head for the rest of the day, you’re welcome. One of the most classic tunes about the Caribbean, “Kokomo” does highlight some great island destinations. As someone who is equally as fond of the Caribbean as The Beach Boys, I bring you my No. 1 “Kokomo” moments.
Aruba: Eagle Beach
Aruba’s slogan is “One Happy Island,” and with its wealth of incredible beaches and stunning vistas, it’s no wonder it’s so cheerful. Every beautiful beach is known for its white sand and turquoise waters, but Eagle Beach in particular is described as being the widest beach in Aruba. The beach’s signature and much-photographed fofoti tree lives here, and has become one of the symbols of the beach as well as Aruba itself. Eagle Beach is just a few miles outside of Oranjestad, the capital.
Jamaica: Blue Hole (Ocho Rios)
The Blue Hole in Ocho Rios has always been a local favorite, known for its beautiful, lush surrounds and vibrant-blue water. And now visitors are also discovering the small waterfalls that flow into this fun, little swimming hole, where you can take a dip or grab a hold of the rope swing and try out your best Tarzan yell. The Blue Hole is only a few miles outside of Ocho Rios, but it’s a pretty bumpy, uphill ride to get there. However, once you reach the top, you’ll see that it’s well worth the trip.
Bermuda: Horseshoe Bay Beach (Southampton Parish)
Pink sand and clear, blue water with surrounding limestone rocks makes Horseshoe Bay one of Bermuda’s most famous beaches and a must-see on every visitor’s list. If you’re a snorkeler, you’ll love exploring the large …
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