Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Independent (UK, 1979)
Capital: Kingstown, St. Vincent
Average RT airfare from US: $530
Islands included: St. Vincent and the Grenadines comprises 32 islands, nine of which are populated
Why visit? Next to the BVI, St. Vincent is the Caribbean's top destination for yachters. Also, medical students -- it's home to three medical schools with direct ties to the States.
Trinidad & Tobago
Independent (UK, 1976)
Capital: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Average RT airfare from US: $340
Islands included: Trinidad, Tobago, and the accompanying islands of Chacachacare, Monos, Huevos, Gaspar Grande, Little Tobago, and St. Giles Island
Why visit? The topography and the people of these islands are markedly different than the rest of the Caribbean. The population is heavily East Indian -- with a serious Asian influence -- so the food, music, and culture are unlike that found on other islands. And because they are the closest group to South America, the landscape is more mangroves and swampy jungles than tropical volcanic islands.