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The oldest port city in the Americas continues to enchant travelers with new openings, not to mention warm Caribbean breezes, Spanish-colonial mansions, and Afro-Cuban rhythms at lounges like La Vitrola. JetBlue launched nonstop service from New York’s JFK in 2012 and has just added a new daily route from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Clued-in cruise lines have been stopping here for years, and luxury hoteliers are angling for real estate.

16 Places to See Before the Year is Over

Barbados celebrates its 50th year of independence in 2016, giving travelers new reason to visit the Anglophilic island, whose fortuitous Eastern Caribbean location has kept hurricanes at bay for more than 20 years. Travelers departing America’s east coast will have easier access to all the anniversary festivities thanks to JetBlue’s newly launched flights out of Boston, plus upcoming JetBlue Mint service from Boston and NYC.

Martinique

Martinique: For a long time, Martinique remained a sleepy, rainforested isle often overlooked among the rest of the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles islands. But this year has brought new energy into downtown Fort-de-France.