Why vacation on a Caribbean island when you can skip a second?

One of the benefits of living in Miami is its proximity to some of the most beautiful places on the planet: take a flight and you’re on a Caribbean island. Why, however, stop at just one?

Many Caribbean islands are located within a few miles of each other, which means you can extend your vacation by island hopping and taking the opportunity to experience a completely different culture. Best of all, you won’t need to book any additional flights or hotels – these four pairs require nothing more than a quick ferry ride.

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Park Hyatt

St. Kitts to Nevis

St. Kitts is perhaps one of the most underrated destinations in the Caribbean. The tiny island — home to lush mountains and golden-sand beaches — is about a three-hour flight from Miami. Once there, you’ll find one of the oldest rum distilleries in the Caribbean, Old Road Rum, as well as towering volcanoes and mischievous green monkeys.

Start your stay at Park Hyatt St. Kitts. The luxury resort has 126 gorgeous rooms, and it’s the only resort on St. Kitts that offers suites with private plunge pools and terraces. Each of the contemporary rooms has a private balcony or terrace, and many offer stunning views of St. Kitts’ sister island, Nevis. Dining options include The Stone Barn, an adult-only restaurant that offers a five- and six-course tasting menu along with an impressive portfolio of international wines.

Then towards Nevis

The resort’s concierge can arrange a ferry service that departs directly from its private pier. (Those staying elsewhere can take advantage of public ferries and water taxis, the latter being considerably faster than the former.) In less than 10 minutes, you’ll land on the shores of Nevis, where you can spend the day exploring its botanical gardens, hike to the top of Nevis Peak or sip a rum punch at the locals’ favorite watering hole, the Sunshine Bar.

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham St. Thomas

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham St. Thomas

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham

St. Thomas to St. John

Along with St. John and St. Croix, St. Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands chain of islands. It’s a less than three-hour flight from Miami, and of course US citizens won’t need a passport to enter the USVI, making it an attractive option for a last-minute getaway.

Book a few nights at the Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham St. Thomas, located directly on the white-sand beach of Water Bay on the east end of the island. Rooms are ideal for large groups, with each suite — from studios to two-bedrooms — offering kitchenettes as well as living and dining areas. Accommodations are adorned with sleek hardwood floors and punchy tropical decor; all suites are equipped with an outdoor seating area, perfect for watching the sunset. With yoga classes, snorkeling, and access to jet skis, you can be as active (or inactive) as you want.

Then to Saint-Jean

To get to neighboring St. John, you will need to take the ferry from Red Hook, which is about 10 minutes from the resort. After a 15-minute ride, you can hail an open-air taxi to hike Peace Hill Windmill (watch out for the donkeys), grab a burger at the popular Skinny Legs restaurant, or hang out on one of the many beaches in white sand, like Trunk Bay or Honeymoon Beach.

Frangipani Beach Resort Anguilla

Frangipani Beach Resort Anguilla

Frangipani Beach Resort

Anguilla to St. Maarten/St. Maarten

American Airlines now offers direct flights from Miami to Aguilla, and part of the island’s draw is its “low-key” factor. There are no tall skyscrapers or huge sprawling resorts on the island. Instead, you’ll get boutique hotels and villas, miles of pristine beaches, and world-class diving and snorkeling spots.

Plan your stay in Anguilla around the Frangipani Beach Resort. The family-friendly resort with just 23 rooms and suites sits on Meads Bay, one of Anguilla’s most popular beaches. If you need space to stretch out, the hotel has a 5,000-square-foot four-bedroom villa, perfect for families or large groups of friends. Hotel perks include a weekly cocktail party, tennis courts (with lessons), and massages and beauty treatments at the Plumeria Balinese Spa. Water sports like water skiing, wakeboarding and kayaking are included in your stay.

Then direction St. Martin/St Maarten

Frangipani guests can book a catamaran through the resort or take a public ferry to island hop in St. Martin/St. Maarten, the dual island nation which is about 10 miles away. The 20-minute ferry ride from Anguilla will drop you off in French St. Maarten. Here you can climb Pic Paradis, the highest point on the island, and zipline down. You can also head to the Dutch side, St. Maarten, to watch the planes roll into Maho Beach or visit the 6,000-square-foot Topper’s Rum Distillery and take home a bottle of craft rum.

North Pointe Villa, St. Lucia

North Pointe Villa, St. Lucia

The Windjammer Landing Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia to Martinique

Considered one of the most romantic islands in the Caribbean, Saint Lucia is home to the Pitons, two volcanic peaks that rise majestically from the ocean. The island is located in the Eastern Caribbean – expect a four-hour flight from Miami.

One of the island’s top resorts, The Windjammer Landing St. Lucia, is an all-inclusive property with accommodations ranging from one- and two-bedroom suites to spacious beachfront villas with up to four bedrooms. The resort spans 60 rolling acres, with six pools, five restaurants, and three bars, plus access to windsurfing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding. Those looking for a more sedentary vibe can relax in one of the overwater hammocks.

Then direction Martinique

Martinique is 90 minutes away by ferry. Once there, visit St. Louis Cathedral, built in the 18th century, and its elaborate stained glass windows. Habitation Clément is a rum distillery and museum where visitors can learn about the rum-making process (and taste samples, of course). And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can head to Mount Pelee to climb this active volcano before returning to St. Lucia.

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