What spectacular trips! Thanks to @ + @ we were able to swim at seven beaches; go on three incredible hikes, including swimming and hiking in our first rainforest (El Yunque); and experience incredible people and eat amazing food in technically four countries (Puerto Rico, US; St. Martin, French Republic/ Kingdom of the Netherlands; St. Barth, French Republic; and Anguilla, British territory). Here are our takeaways. (1) All of these islands were impacted by recent hurricanes. While Anguilla and St. Barth have been quicker to recover than St. Martin and Puerto Rico in terms of infrastructure, all have suffered to some degree by the loss of tourism. Each place is open for tourists and has remarkable natural beauty, and each rely on tourist dollars to support their economies. (2) On all of the islands we visited, tourists and local residents interact. I’m always suspect of places where the local population is comprised of 80-90% of a particular race or ethnicity but are segregated to separate areas from tourists who are not from the same background. We love to explore, meet people, get out of segregated resort areas, and respectfully share space with local communities that make the destinations we visit so special. (3) St. Martin and St. Barth lean toward the more liberal side. While some Caribbean islands have laws on the books that specifically outlaw homosexuality, St. Martin and Barth do not have such laws, nudity on beaches (and body positivity without harassment) is accepted, and I have personally experienced a sense of freedom to be myself and travel to those islands without fear of being assaulted, including verbal attacks, catcalling, and being groped. (4) Come hungry to Anguilla. We learned only after we were there that it is considered the culinary capital of the Caribbean. So if you’re thinking of visiting any of these destinations, we highly recommend! Feel free to comment or DM for suggestions!