Survey Shows Bahamas As Top Caribbean Destination For American Luxury Travelers

The over-the-water villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay are connected to the resort’s private island by bridge.

Lighthouse at Nassau harbor, the BahamasA recent survey conducted by Resonance Consultancy and The Luxury Institute revealed that the Bahamas is the most popular destination in the Caribbean for affluent U.S. travelers. The Resonance Report on Affluent Travel and Leisure surveyed more than 1,200 affluent U.S. households with incomes of over $150,000. The goal of the survey was to understand affluent households’ plans for travel, recreation and the purchase of vacation homes within the next 12 to 24 months.

According to The Resonance Report, the Top 10 most visited island destinations for U.S. luxury travelers are currently the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Aruba, Barbados and the Dominican Republic. In 2012, the Bahamas welcomed approximately 5.8 million visitors, which is a 6 percent increase over 2011 arrivals. While the Bahamas ranks number one as the most-visited destination for American luxury travelers, it is not the location that they would most like to visit. In the Top 10 island destinations that U.S. travelers would most like to go to, Turk and Caicos was at the top, with 26 percent of affluent households voting it as their number one preference. The other nine destinations on the list include Aruba, the Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, St. Lucia, St. Barts, St. Kitts & Nevis, Barbados, St. Maarten and lastly, the Bahamas.


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