The quintessential Caribbean getaway -- sans the hordes of tourists
This Caribbean island is best known for being Rihanna's home country. Without its abundance of plantains to feast on, its postcard beaches, and its appeal to celebrities like Jay Z, where would pop music be today? Still, not many Americans think to journey here, so if you're looking for paradise without the busses of tourists, this is just the ticket.
The western coast of the island -- north of Bridgetown, the capital -- is famous for its glassy-clear water. Spend an entire day exploring beaches like Paynes Bay, where you can paddleboard with more turtles than you can count, and Sandy Lane Beach, where you can peep Rihanna's beachfront condo. Then head to Mullins Bay to feast on fresh fish at the waterfront eatery, laze around on beach pontoons, and chat with the local fishermen.