10 Cool Secluded Islands in the Caribbean That You Can Visit Shannon Durso August 24, 2021 Caribbean This blog post was updated on May 5, 2022. Picture this: A remote island with no crowds, white powdery sand (as clichéd as it sounds), peace and quiet, and a deep blue swimmable ocean. It doesn’t get any better than that! The Caribbean has some of the most lavish resorts and beaches that we bet you didn’t think about traveling to. While the islands below are not exactly private — in the sense that they prohibit trespassing — these are as close to private as it gets. From celebrity hideaways to your average traveler wishing to go remote for a few days, here are some secluded islands to visit in the Caribbean! Parrot Cay – Turks & Caicos This 1,000-acre island located in North Caicos is home to the exclusive resort COMO Parrot Cay, and has became a tourist attraction that has eliminated some of the completely-private feels. Nevertheless, its exclusivity alone will warrant some element of privacy, as you can only visit Parrot Cay if you are a guest of the resort. The island of Turks and Caicos is a hot spot for celebrities as it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You can access this destination only by a 35-minute private boat ride provided by the island after flying into Providenciales. Young Island – St. Vincent & The Grenadines This resort was developed by John Houser of the Hilton Group, but the current owners are from St. Vincent. This secluded destination is nothing short of a tropical heaven, especially for those who love their flora and fauna. Accessible via a very short boat ride, Young Island is best reached after flying into St. Lucia Airport and also through Barbados and San Juan. And, beware of the unexpected guests like the gorgeous peacocks that are VIP residents of the island…they may even join you for breakfast! Guana Island – British Virgin Islands This intensely exclusive private island markets itself as the “virgin island that still is.” It’s a privately-owned isle and only 850 acres, most of which are left in its raw, naturally beautiful stage. Guana Island has seven pristine pure white beaches and accommodations for only 36 guests at a time, so there’s no fear of rubbing elbows. The best way to get there is to fly into British Virgin Islands’ Beef Island Airport via San Juan, St. Thomas or Antigua. Renaissance Island – Aruba Looking for cheap flights to Aruba to fully enjoy the Caribbean? Renaissance Island is exactly what you need. This man-made paradise features two distinct beaches (one for families and one for adults only) and is available only to guests of the Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. This destination is just a short boat ride away from the island’s capital: you’ll need to show them your room key to validate the free boat ride. Renaissance Island is a secluded sliver of an island filled with palm trees, hammocks, and a private beach bar. Oh, did we mention the pink flamingos? Yup, the island is home to these gorgeous creatures who just love to hang out on the beach. Little Cayman Island The smallest island in the Cayman Islands is home to the Pirates Point resort and dive center, which is targeted towards those who really want to “get away from the crowd.” It’s a good choice for both divers and beach junkies. The resort has only 11 rooms available in the cottages, and seven acres of sandy white beach. There are no standard amenities like televisions in the rooms (you’ll find one at the bar, though) so be prepared to truly unplug. The best way to get to there is to fly into Grand Cayman and take a charter flight that is usually not very expensive into Little Cayman. There are also flights directly from Miami to Cayman Brac, and continuing on to Little Cayman. Nevis As St. Kitts sister island, Nevis offers beautiful beaches fringed with vibrant palms and jeweled coral reefs. The island encompasses 36 miles with colonial windmills, magnificent bougainvillea and charming donkeys and goats roaming throughout the lush surroundings. Nevis is not a typically manicured resort, but an untamed tropical hideaway ideal for anyone craving beauty and tired of crowds or the hustle and bustle of the city. Days pass quickly here with fishing, windsurfing and sailing on the shimmering waters. Taking it easy and relaxing on Nevis is referred to as liming. Imagine how much fun it will be to tell friends and family an entire tropical vacation was spent liming. Saba Among all of the Caribbean islands, Saba is the least touched by tourism. This is the ideal destination for divers because the water temperatures are perfect for exploring coral and fish throughout the year. Mt. Scenery is the highest point offering exquisite views. The peak is called Elfin Forrest with panoramas of mysterious clouds, orchids and unique plants. Only a 15-minute flight is necessary from St. Maarten to reach Saba. This is where the shortest themed airstrip across the globe is located. Bird watchers and hikers flock to the island for majestic cloud forests, bananaquits, hummingbirds and air plants. Although there are no sandy, flat stretches of beaches due to the volcanic island’s sheer sides, Saba is a glorious paradise for tourists. Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos For anyone wanting to escape the crowds, we recommend Salt Cay, with a population of just 60! The warm sands and vibrantly blue seas seem to beckon. Although this destination does not offer many modern amenities, the modesty of the islands is deceiving. People from all over the world come to dive, snorkel, search secluded beaches for amazing treasures and watch whales in the magnificent green seas. Salt Clay is one of the most relaxing Caribbean islands with one restaurant and bar. This is not about a fast-paced nightlife, but rather encountering humpback whales every January through April and spending the day snorkeling and watching mamas teach calves about living in the ocean in the shallow waters. These islands are a treasure trove of water activities ideal for couples, families and singles alike. You may also like: Best Islands Around the World for Road Trips Dominica Dominica is referred to as the nature island. The tropical forests are filled with a wide range of wildlife and over 1,000 different plant species. The first Eastern Caribbean UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park is located on this island in addition to the first long-distance Caribbean walking trail, the Waitukubuli National Trail. The natural appeal of Dominica includes canyoning, hiking, diving in one of the 10 best spots anywhere in the world, watching sperm whales throughout the year and the famous boiling lake. Any nature lover will enjoy Dominica so much, a return trip will most likely be planned in the near future. Isla Holbox, Mexico Isla Holbox is nothing more than a spit of sand, but it is just a 15-minute trip from Cancun by boat. Once on this magical island, high-rises disappear in the distance. Tourists enjoy this sleepy little island filled with comfortable hammocks and quaint thatched roofs. June through August is an exciting time on the island because this is when snorkelers come to take boats on the open waters. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to look for cheap flights in September too! Isla Holbox is a quiet and peaceful destination and a paradise from the rest of the world year round, where it’s easy to lose yourself among blooms of plankton that bring in by the dozens the largest fish in the world: the majestic and gentle whale shark. Anyone interested in peaceful relaxation among beautiful surroundings will adore Isla Holbox! Did we miss your favorite exclusive island in the Caribbean? If so, tell us about your trip in the comments below!