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Travel to the Caribbean during Covid-19: Resources for your trip

CNN StaffUpdated 21st September 2022
JAMAICA - JANUARY 31, 2020: People bathing in the Reach Falls near the city of Port Antonio. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
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(CNN) — If you're planning to travel to the islands of the Caribbean, here are some resources to help you plan your trip during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The first thing to keep in mind is the Caribbean Sea region consists of 13 independent island nations. There are even more overseas territories. Each of them has its own rules, subject to change.
Damage from Hurricane Fiona in mid-September could possibly make a trip to parts or all of some islands difficult or impossible in coming days and weeks -- especially the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico. Check the latest news reports before you leave.
Here's a roundup of 10 popular Caribbean destinations with links that provide the latest information about Covid-19:

Aruba

Aruba is known for its white-sand beaches and colorful buildings in the capital city of Oranjestad.
Aruba is known for its white-sand beaches and colorful buildings in the capital city of Oranjestad.
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What's on offer: Days are usually dry and sunny. Arikok National Park features caves, desert landscapes and giant lizards. Wide beaches bordering clear jade water are the big draw.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

The Bahamas

You'll find Bimini Big Game Club and Marina on North Bimini, which is off the coast from Miami, Florida.
You'll find Bimini Big Game Club and Marina on North Bimini, which is off the coast from Miami, Florida.
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What's on offer: The chain has 700 islands -- from the hustle and funky beats of the capital city, Nassau, on New Providence, to the peaceful beaches on many less-visited islands. You can swim with pigs or dive with sharks.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Barbados

Charles Fort was built in 1650 to protect Carlisle Bay on Barbados from pirates.
Charles Fort was built in 1650 to protect Carlisle Bay on Barbados from pirates.
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What's on offer: Golf, history and architecture get visitors beyond the beach on the most easterly island in the Caribbean. Rum distilleries offer tours and the local cuisine -- a blend of African, Indian, Irish, British and Creole flavors -- will soak up the spirit.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Curaçao

The Penha Building was built in 1708 in the Dutch colonial style and is now a department store in Willemstad, the capital of the island.
The Penha Building was built in 1708 in the Dutch colonial style and is now a department store in Willemstad, the capital of the island.
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What's on offer: The island's coral reefs and sunken ships are accessible via scuba and snorkeling outings. Willemstad, the capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a don't-miss for history buffs. Nature lovers will find orchids and birds at Christoffelpark.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Dominican Republic

Tourists take pictures of flamingoes in Bayahibe, La Altagracia province.
Tourists take pictures of flamingoes in Bayahibe, La Altagracia province.
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What's on offer: Top-notch beaches and a range of resorts await visitors. Diverse geography, including lush forests and mountains and semi-arid areas, contrasts with Santo Domingo's historic Cuidad Colonial -- a lively and romantic spot to explore.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Guadeloupe

The French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe are located within the lower crescent of the Caribbean archipelago.
The French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe are located within the lower crescent of the Caribbean archipelago.
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What's on offer: Gorgeous, white-sand beaches in this French island chain are just the start. The National Park of Guadeloupe offers more than 74,100 acres of rainforest to explore. Music ensembles practice for Carnival by playing a variety of traditional music styles year-round in villages. French Créole specialties such as red snapper delight diners.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Jamaica

Reach Falls, near the city of Port Antonio, is a popular destination in Jamaica.
Reach Falls, near the city of Port Antonio, is a popular destination in Jamaica.
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What's on offer: Jamaica's reggae and dancehall music and laid-back vibe are perennial draws. Tropical beaches, waterfalls and delicious jerk cuisine also lure visitors.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Puerto Rico

Paddleboarders enjoy themselves near a beach in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan.
Paddleboarders enjoy themselves near a beach in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan.
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What's on offer: Charming and historic Old San Juan is ripe for exploration. The island's casinos and El Yunque rainforest are also top attractions that stretch beyond the water activities at the island's many beaches.

Turks and Caicos

Colonial houses line the waterfront in Cockburn town, Grand Turk.
Colonial houses line the waterfront in Cockburn town, Grand Turk.
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What's on offer: This British overseas territory -- northeast of Cuba and southeast of the Bahamas -- is known for its coral reefs, ripsaw music and a low-key vibe. Whale watching, snorkeling and a range of other outdoor activities pair well with the islands' natural aquatic beauty.
US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas saw a lot of cruise ship activity before the pandemic.
St. Thomas saw a lot of cruise ship activity before the pandemic.
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What's on offer: Fine dining, scuba diving and golfing draw visitors to St. Croix. The pristine beaches of undeveloped St. John make it a favorite place to relax. Boating and duty-free shopping are big draws in lively St. Thomas.