For Americans summer has always been the time to go out on holidays and enjoy the beach and the Sun.
What could be a better place for that than the Caribbean Islands with their lovely beaches, blue waters and the most pleasant sun.
In fact, the Caribbean has been such a huge hit with American tourists that today the tourism industry is one of the biggest industries of the place.
There are numerous islands in the Caribbean, but some have been all-time favorites with the tourists.
The biggest destinations are the islands of Anguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Curacao and the British Virgin Islands. A visit to any of these islands will leave you with happy memories, you can hardly ever forget.
One of the best family destinations in the Caribbean, Anguilla is famous for its neat beaches many of which are non-commercial.
And of course you have the rare opportunity to share the waters with dolphins in Dolphin Fantaseas one of the biggest attractions of Anguilla.
Another place to b e in is Scilly Cay which provides the perfect setting for barbecue and snorkeling.
But the most special thing about Anguilla is her people. They are among the warmest in Caribbean and they go all the way to make you feel comfortable and at home
One Cool Family is the program organized by the Aruba government to pull in new tourists as well as bring back those who have already been to this lovely island.
Such schemes emphasize how important tourism has become in these places and when the government is coming up with such ideas you can rest assure there would be enough effort to provide you with the finest holiday ever.
Apart from the exotic beaches and the clear blue seas other attractions of Aruba include Boca Prins, the perfect destination for dune sailing and land sailing.
Of course, there are arrangements for the regular activities like snorkeling and scuba diving.
Bahamas has always been a very popular destination for the American tourists because of its proximity to the country.
Still having a feel of the British colonial days in its buildings and architecture, the Bahamas is also very tropical in spirit.
Known for its beautiful beaches pine forests, Bahamas is the perfect place to sit back and relax.
If you are in the Bahamas you should never miss the Rand Nature Center where you get to see the exact recreation of a Lucayan Village, which has everything, from the chieftains house to the dwelling huts.
And if you are a food freak you got to taste the local snacks from a Bahamian straw market.
Just two and half hour from Miami, Curacao is unlike any other Caribbean island. Of course it has got the beaches and the lovely seas, but this dominion of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is also special because of its diverse mix of history and culture.
The experience you have at Curacao is, in that sense unique among the Caribbean islands.
If yours is a family which is into adventure this can be the perfect destination as you can head for the Hato Caves to witness the amazing dry land sea caves complete with underground pools, cave drawings and fossils which date back to millions of years.
But if you are more interested in just lying back and enjoying your vacation you can do that too while enjoying the best of Curacao culture that has a strong influence of the Dutch.
British Virgin Islands
Once a haven for the pirates, the British Virgin Islands is today the perfect place for diving and snorkeling. It also provides you with the very best opportunities to sail.
And if you have been a fan of Stevensons Treasure Island, you can actually see for yourself from where it was inspired the Norman Island. With calm waters, swimming is also one of the favorite activities among tourists.