Winter Park, Fla. — With more than 150,000 votes cast, Bonnier Corp.’s Caribbean Travel + Life has announced its readers’ favorites in its annual Best of the Caribbean special issue (March 2012), on newsstands Feb. 14. All 24 award recipients, including the biggest winner, the Cayman Islands, will be featured in the magazine and will be honored at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s Caribbean Marketplace on Jan. 22-24, 2012, in Nassau’s Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

 

The Cayman Islands edged out Aruba and the British Virgin Islands for the top-destination prize. Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman was picked as the best beach in the region, and the Cayman Islands also picked up several honorable mentions in multiple categories, including Best Snorkeling, Friendliest Destination and Best Beach Bar. Grand Cayman also had an honorable mention for the Best Family Hotel with an award presented to the Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa.

 

The editors of Caribbean Travel + Life have spent the past 25 years scouring the Caribbean to find the region’s best beaches, hotels, restaurants and attractions. Each year, Caribbean Travel + Life invites its readers to vote for their favorites in the annual Best of the Caribbean Readers’ Choice awards.

 

In the resort category for the second year in a row, Jade Mountain in St. Lucia has won for Best Romantic Resort and Best Luxury Resort. For the third time, Beaches Turks and Caicos won the Best All-Inclusive Resort category, and an honorable mention for Best Family Resort. The honor of Best Restaurant in the Caribbean was bestowed upon The Cliff in Barbados. Voted the Best Island to Live On was Tortola, BVI.

 

Caribbean Travel + Life publisher Sue Gilman says, “The response for the 2012 awards was overwhelming, with more than 10,000 registered voters and more than 150,000 individual votes cast.”

 

For the fourth time, the awards will be presented at CHTA’s Caribbean Marketplace, which is widely regarded as the most important marketing event in the region. The CHTA represents the entire spectrum of the hospitality industry’s private sector, including 36 national hotel associations across the Caribbean region, more than 850 hotel members with approximately 125,500 rooms, and more than 600 supplier companies represented as allied members.

 

Published eight times a year by Bonnier Corp., Caribbean Travel + Life also produces a Caribbean travel website, CaribbeanTravelMag.com, and a television series, Caribbean Travel + Life’s Best of the Caribbean, that airs on the Discovery Channel, Velocity Channel, Sun Sports and CaribVision.

 

Bonnier Corp. is one of the largest consumer publishing groups in America and is the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences, through 50 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events. Bonnier Corp. is the U.S. division of the Bonnier Group, a 200-year-old family-owned media group based in Sweden with business operations in 25 countries.

 

Complete List of 2012 Best of the Caribbean Awards

 

Best Destination
Overall Winner Cayman Islands
First Runner-up Aruba
Second Runner-up British Virgin Islands

 

Best Destination for Adventure
WINNER Puerto Rico
Honorable Mentions
Belize
Jamaica

 

Best Destination for Snorkeling
WINNER Cayman Islands
Honorable Mentions
Belize
British Virgin Islands

 

Best Island to Live On
WINNER Tortola, BVI
Honorable Mentions
Aruba
St. John, USVI

 

Sexiest Destination
WINNER Antigua
Honorable Mentions
Cancun
St. Barts

 

Friendliest Destination
WINNER Cayman Islands
Honorable Mentions
Aruba
Jamaica

 

Best Beach
WINNER Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Honorable Mentions
Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island
Trunk Bay, St. John

 

Best Beach Bar
WINNER Rick’s Cafe, Jamaica
Honorable Mentions
Iggie’s, St. Thomas
Wreck Bar, Rum Point, Grand Cayman

 

Best Beach for Skinny Dipping
WINNER Couples Tower Isle’s Private Island, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Honorable Mentions
Cupecoy Beach, St. Maarten
Hawksbill Beach, Antigua

 

Best Romantic Resort
WINNER Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Honorable Mentions
The Caves, Jamaica
Peter Island, BVI

 

Best Small Hotel (up to 75 rooms)
WINNER Somerset on Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Honorable Mentions
Cotton Tree, Grand Cayman
Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

 

Best Eco Resort
WINNER Maho Bay Camps and
Concordia Eco Resort, St. John, USVI
Honorable Mentions
Hamanasi, Belize
Jungle Bay Resort & Spa, Dominica

 

Best Luxury Resort
WINNER Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Honorable Mentions
Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
Peter Island, BVI

 

Best Mega Resort
WINNER Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Honorable Mentions
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino
Sugar Bay Resort and Spa, St. Thomas

 

Best Villa Company
WINNER St. Barth Properties
Honorable Mentions
Destination St. John
Luxury Retreats

 

Best Family Resort
WINNER Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Honorable Mentions
Beaches Turks and Caicos
Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Grand Cayman

 

Best All-Inclusive Resort
WINNER Beaches, Turks and Caicos
Honorable Mentions
Sandals Emerald Bay, Exumas Bahamas
The Veranda, Turks and Caicos

 

Best Restaurant
WINNER Cliff, Barbados
Honorable Mentions
Sugar Mill, Jamaica
Windows on Aruba

 

Best Street Food
WINNER Jerk, Jamaica
Honorable Mentions
Ceviche, Belize
Conch fritters, Turks and Caicos

 

Best Cocktail
WINNER Pina Colada
Honorable Mentions
Bahama Mama
Mojito

 

Best Rum
WINNER Appleton
Honorable Mentions
Cruzan
Tortuga Rum

 

Best Spa
WINNER Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Honorable Mentions
CuisinArt, Anguilla
Jalousie Plantation, St. Lucia

 

Best Shopping
WINNER St. Thomas
Honorable Mentions
Aruba
St. Barts

 

Best Big-Ship Cruising
WINNER Royal Caribbean International
Honorable Mentions
Carnival Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Line

 

Best Small-Ship Cruising
WINNER Windstar Cruises
Honorable Mentions
Yachts of Seabourn
Crystal Cruises