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TTC Special: The Caribbean in the best lists of tourist destinations for 2017

St. Lucia has one of the preferential positions.

By F. Martin

TTC Service.- Caribbean countries are among the best tourist destinations proposed by specialized media for 2017, no matter the global warming or the economic crisis.

Based on user votes and expert insights, the U.S. News and World Report placed the British Virgin Island on top of the list of the Caribbean destinations recommended to be visited this year.

“Why go: “Posh” is the best word to describe the British Virgin Islands. The shoreline at Cane Garden Bay is particularly picturesque and The Baths are mystifying. Infused with refined British culture, this archipelago is the epitome of Caribbean luxury”, the Magazine estimates. St. Lucia, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, Curacao, St. Kitts & Nevis, Barbados and Havana are in preferential positions.

About the Cuban capital, the publication believes that Culture hounds, architecture buffs and amateur historians will find plenty in Havana. “Though it’s not as easily accessible as its neighbors, the island’s cultural offerings are unparalleled. Plus, if you’re craving a little beach time, just head east of the city to Playas de Este”.

Havana, however, is not in The New York Times list of its more than 50 global proposals, led by Canada.

The places that the New York newspaper prefers in Latin America and the Caribbean are headed by the Atacama Desert, in Chile. “The Atacama draws adventure seekers and stargazers to its vast, otherworldly landscape of wind-carved dunes and kaleidoscopic salt lakes”, the NYT expert wrote.

The publication added Tijuana, Mexico in the eight position of its international list, Pedregal, Ecuador ranked In place thirteen, Kingston, Jamaica in the 24th position, the Northwest of Puerto Rico on step 29 and Puerto Escondido, Mexico, in the 32.

The prestigious tour operator Trip Advisor heads its own list of Caribbean tourism destination proposals in 2017 with Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

“Punta Cana is the land of rest and relaxation. Where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, large resorts offer all the comforts of modern living right on the beach. Punta Cana is a golfer’s destination, with 11 courses located all along the strip”, according to the web page Dominican Republic Has It All.

Trip Advisor put San Juan, the Puerto Rico capital city in second place, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios both in Jamaica in third, Havana, Cuba in tenth, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic capital, in the eleventh place.

Lonely Planet coincides with the New York Times topping its worldwide list with Canada. Colombia is its second option. About the South American country wrote that “decades of civil war and violent crime meant Colombian passport stamps were once for hardcore travelers only. Fast forward to the present day, and the lost years seem but a dust speck in Colombia’s rear-view mirror”.