One of the cornerstones of the Caribbean is the fact that nearly every resort is set along a stunning strip of sand. What sets the truly great hotels apart from everyone else is what you find away from the beach-fortes or phenomena that advance the guest experience to a whole different level.
Nowhere is that more true than at the hotels that made the Forbes Traveler 400 list of Caribbean resorts. All boast great service, awesome edibles and designer-savvy décor, of course; but there's also some niche theme or specialty that no other resort in the region can match.
For instance, Half Moon on Jamaica's north shore is the best place in the Caribbean for golf. Not so much because the resort has its own championship course and golf academy, as the fact there are so many other world-class courses nearby-White Witch, Ironshore and the legendary Tryall among them. You can easily go a whole week at Half Moon without repeating the same 18 holes.