No Caribbean destination welcomed more travelers last year than the Dominican Republic. 

And it wasn’t particularly close. 

The surging tourism destination surpassed seven million visitors in 2022, the first time the country has every achieved that milestone, and a new record for the Caribbean at large.

That included a remarkable showing in December, which turned out to be the single-highest-volume month in the history of Dominican tourism, with 765,910 visitors. 

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Caribbean tourism is sizzling: islands across the region are reporting historic levels of tourism arrivals, and that includes a wave of new flights on the way.

Now, one of the top Caribbean carriers is deepening its network in the region.  

JetBlue Airways is adding another pair of new daily nonstop flights to the Caribbean, Caribbean Journal has learned. 

The New York City-based carrier has already launched sales for a pair of new daily routes:

daily service between New York-LaGuardia and Nassau, The Bahamas; and daily service between Newark Liberty and Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

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Punta Cana is the most popular all inclusive resort destination in the Caribbean, and it isn’t really much of a competition. What began with a handful of resorts on the sands of Bavaro Beach has turned into a small country of its own, stretching from Cap Cana to the southeast all the way to Uvero Alto to the north, working together to form what we like to call Greater Punta Cana. 

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One of the Caribbean’s most celebrated culinary festivals is making its triumphant return this week in Grand Cayman. 

Cayman Cookout, the Eric Ripert-hosted gastronomic experience at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is back for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, running from Jan. 9-15. 

This year’s lineup includes Cayman Cookout veterans like Ripert and Jose Andres, along with star chefs like Adrienne Cheatham, Antonio Bachour, Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud, among others. 

TV food personality Andrew Zimmern is also attending. 

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One thing that didn’t stop for very long during the pandemic was hotel construction, particularly in the Caribbean. The region’s hotel pipeline continues to grow, with both large resorts, all-inclusives and boutique hotels of every shape and size continuing to pop up across the islands of the Caribbean. 

That will continue in 2023, with a wave of new hotels opening their doors from development powerhouses like the Mexican Caribbean (where new hotels seem to pop up just about every week) to classic beach destinations like Cable Beach and Punta Cana. 

We’ve gathered a list of the new Caribbean hotels we’re most excited about in 2023, with some that just opened their doors in the last quarter and a number that will be opening up for the first time this year. 

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