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


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(CNN) – If you are planning to travel to the Caribbean islands, here are some resources to help you plan your trip during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The first thing to note is that the Caribbean Sea region is made up of 13 independent island nations. There are even more overseas territories. Each of them has its own rules, which can be changed.
Damage from Hurricane Fiona in mid-September may make travel to some or all of the islands difficult or impossible in the coming days and weeks, especially the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico. Check out the latest news before you leave.

Here is a summary of 10 popular Caribbean destinations with links to the latest information on Covid-19:

Aruba

Aruba is known for the white sand beaches and colorful buildings of the capital Oranjestad.

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What’s on offer: The days are usually dry and sunny. Ariko National Park has caves, desert landscapes and giant lizards. The wide beaches bordering the clear jade water are the big attraction.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

the bahamas

You'll find the Bimini Big Game Club and Marina in North Bimini, just up the coast from Miami, Florida.

You’ll find the Bimini Big Game Club and Marina in North Bimini, just up the coast from Miami, Florida.

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What’s on offer: The chain consists of 700 islands, from the lively and fun pace of Nassau, the capital of New Providence, to the quiet beaches of many less-visited islands. You can swim with pigs or dive with sharks.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Barbados

Fort Charles was built in 1650 to protect Carlisle Bay in Barbados from pirates.

Fort Charles was built in 1650 to protect Carlisle Bay in Barbados from pirates.

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What’s on offer: Golf, history and architecture take visitors beyond the beach on this eastern Caribbean island. Rum distilleries offer tours and the local cuisine – a mix of African, Indian, Irish, British and Creole flavors – will soak up the spirit.

US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Curacao

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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US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Dominican Republic

Tourists photograph flamingos in Bayahib, La Altagracia province.

Tourists photograph flamingos in Bayahib, La Altagracia province.

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US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Guadalupe

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: The stunning white beaches of this French island chain are just the beginning. Guadalupe National Park offers over 74,100 hectares of rainforest to explore. Music groups practice for Carnival in the villages throughout the year playing different traditional music styles. French Creole specialties such as red snapper are crowd pleasers.

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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US CDC travel advisory: Level 3 (high).

Puerto Rico

Paddleboarders enjoy a beach in the San Juan Condado neighborhood.

Paddleboarders enjoy a beach in the San Juan Condado neighborhood.

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Turks and Caicos

Colonial houses sit on the waterfront in the town of Cockburn, Grand Turk.

Colonial houses sit on the waterfront in the town of Cockburn, 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, rap music and low-key atmosphere. Whale watching, snorkeling and many other outdoor activities combine well with the natural beauty of the islands’ waters.

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, diving and golf in St. They attract visitors to Croix. Undeveloped San Juan’s clean beaches make it a favorite place to relax. Boats and duty-free shopping are big attractions in lively San Tomas.

CNN’s Forrest Brown and Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.