Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
, and this year you have the opportunity to nominate your favorite Caribbean island or country
(including a special category for all-inclusive resorts
, and things to do and see
Plus, for 2013 we have two tasty new categories you can weigh in on: Favorite Caribbean Beach Bars and Favorite Caribbean Rum!
Using the links below, you can nominate up to three of your favorites in each awards category. Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 11. You'll then have the chance to vote on the finalists from Feb. 19 through March 19.
To vote, you'll need to log in with your e-mail account, Facebook, or your About.com account. This information will only be used to keep the voting fair, and you won't be receiving any unwanted newsletters or other communication from About.com. You can vote once each day, so feel free to vote for all your favorites once each day over the next month.
Winners will be announced on March 27. Cast your votes, and tell your friends to nominate their favorites, too! NOTE: Voting is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!
There's a Caribbean destination
for every taste and interest, whether you just want to lay on the beach for a few days or get out and explore rain forests, party into the wee hours, or immerse yourself in island culture. Here's your chance to tell the world which island or country in the Caribbean you love the most!
© Bahamas Tourism
Some of the best beaches in the world
are located in the Caribbean, from sandy stretches bustling with watersports activities and rocking beach bars to secluded strips where your sole companions are seabirds and the sound of crashing waves. Tell us which Caribbean beaches call to you...
© Atlantis Resort & Casino
Of course, the Caribbean isn't just about the beach: There's also an incredible array of other activities to challenge your body and brain when you visit, from zip-lining and jeep tours to get you in touch with your adventurous side to museums, festivals and cultural tours where you can touch base with authentic island culture. What's your favorite thing to do when you visit the Caribbean? (Please name a specific attraction, activity, tour, etc., and which island it is on.)
© Yachts of Seabourn
Cruising is one of the most popular ways to visit the Caribbean, and more cruise lines
operate in the Caribbean than anywhere else in the world. From party boats to sophisticated luxury liners, windjammers to mega-ships, dozens of cruise lines make port calls throughout the Caribbean: which are your favorites?
© Ritz-Carlton Hotels
Even the most adventurous Caribbean traveler spends significant amounts of time at their hotel, and the hotel you choose can truly make the difference between a good trip and a great one. Which Caribbean hotels have exceeded your expectations? (Note:
This category is for non all-inclusive hotels. If you want to nominate an all-inclusive, do so in the Favorite Caribbean All-Inclusive Hotel category
© Galley Bay
Paying one price for your hotel room, meals, drinks, and activities is a concept that was born in the Caribbean, and all-inclusive resorts
remain a popular option for Caribbean travelers who want to keep their budget under control and their wallet on the nightstand. Which Caribbean all-inclusive hotels best lived up to their billing for you?
© Rum Point Restaurant
Every Caribbean island has at least one beach bar, and some have dozens. Not all beach bars are created equal however: the best
have a perfect mix of ambiance, location, mixology, food, music, and local color. Which Caribbean beach bars rank at the top of your personal must-dos?
© Zappowbang via Flickr
Rum is the basis for such famous cocktails
as the mojito, hurricane, and daiquiri, but it's also just fine on its own when you're talking about rum that's finely aged and blended by master distillers. Whether you like your rum straight up, on the rocks, or mixed in a sunny Caribbean cocktail, tell us all about your favorites...