We've tallied up all the nominees for the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards and are happy to announce the winners for each of our eight Caribbean Travel award categories. The top five nominees in each category competed for the right to be named the 2013 Readers' Choice Award winners in voting in February and March, and winners were announced on March 27
Congratulations to all of our 2013 winners -- read on to find out what makes each of these great destinations, hotels, cruise lines, beaches, beach bars, attractions, and rums our readers' favorites!
Our 2013 winner for Favorite Caribbean Destination is historic, Dutch-flavored Curacao
, also the 2012 award winner in this category. Curacao beat out fellow finalists like the upscale and very British Barbados
, the birthplace of rum; little Bonaire
, known as the diving capital of the Caribbean; Grenada
, the "Spice Island" which boasts some fine beaches and of course great dining; and St. Kitts and Nevis
, where new resorts and cruise ship calls are introducing more travelers to this twin-island nation each day.
2012 Winner: Curacao
© Bob Curley
The phoenix-like Four Seasons Resort, Nevis
, restored to full glory after recovering from a devastating hurricane a few years back, is our 2013 Readers Choice Award winner for Favorite Caribbean Hotel .Some of the finest hotels in the Caribbean were among the finalists in this category, including Jamaica's legendary Half Moon
resort, a RockResort that's a favorite of visiting royalty; The Regent Palms
with its luxury rooms, elite restaurants and fine spa on Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos; The Marriott St. Kitts Resort & Royal Beach Casino
, a pioneering full-service resort on St. Kitts; and the private island resort Jumby Bay
off the coast of Antigua.
2012 Winner: Seven Stars Resort, Turks and Caicos
© Sandals Resorts
© Grenada Tourism
The winner of the 2013 Favorite Caribbean Beaches category is lively Grand Anse Beach
in Grenada, which beat out Pink Sands Beach
in the Out Islands of the Bahamas; historic Rendezvous Bay on Anguilla; the famous Seven Mile Beach
on Grand Cayman; and upscale Grace Bay Beach
in Turks and Caicos.
2012 Winner: Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
© Paradise Moon
The winner for this new award category for 2013 is the Paradise Moon
on Bonaire, a diver's favorite. Other finalists were Sunshine's
on Nevis, home of the famous Killer B punch; Mr. X's Shiggidy Shack
on Frigate Bay in St. Kitts; Umbrella's Beach Bar
on Grenada with its great roof deck views of Grand Anse Beach; and Le Petitbonum
in Martinique, the beach bar with gourmet food prepared by the legendary Chef Hot Pants.
© Island Windjammers
Two-ship Island Windjammers
, which offers a tall-ship sailing experience and was the dark-horse winner of this award last year, has won again! This little giant -- with its two ships but a fleet of loyal customers -- won out over Oceania
, Royal Caribbean
, and Celebrity
2012 Winner: Island Windjammers
© Brinley Shipwreck Rums