TODAY's Sara Haines makes Batik sarongs, shakes a traditional cocktail and shows how you can add adventure to your vacation by island-hopping across the Bahamas.
Ready to expand your horizons? Chart a new path to paradise with this guide to the lesser-known gems.
Best for: Social butterflies and sun-worshippers.
The largest and most cosmopolitan of the Dutch-allied ABC Islands (along with Aruba and Bonaire), Curaçao also has some of the region's best weather — it lies outside the storm-prone Hurricane Belt.
Best for: Adventure junkies and solitude-seekers.
Dramatic, rain-forest-cloaked peaks, bubbling volcanic lakes, excellent diving and a 115-mile-long hiking trail that leads from one end of the island to the other. The drawback? No direct flights from the U.S.
Best for: Just about anyone.
The Spice Isle has every tropical flavor: mountains, forests and waterfalls: black- and white-sand beaches; laid-back, affordable guesthouses; and bucolic villages that haven't been tarnished by tourism.
Best for: Thrill-seekers (that volcano's still technically active).
Check out the Soufrière Hills volcano (it created a modern-day Pompeii out of the former capital in 1995) from the observatory or just enjoy the empty beaches, lush hiking trails and robust marine life.
Best for: History buffs and animal-lovers (vervet monkeys hang around some beaches).
Long in the shadow of pricier Nevis, St. Kitts is home to a thriving West Indian culture and remarkably preserved architecture. A few 17th-century plantation homes have been converted to inns.
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