Jessica Sample

These destination specialists as the go-to agents for booking a vacation in the Caribbean.

Travel + Leisure
August 10, 2017

The A-List is Travel + Leisure's annual selection of the world's best travel agents and destination specialists, as chosen by the editors. Rely on these industry experts to plan the perfect trip to the Caribbean. For more about our methodology and how to apply, read How We Choose the Travel Agents for T+L’s A-List.

Margie Hand

When vetting Caribbean resorts with families in mind, Hand pays close attention to amenities to help families with youngsters (kids’ clubs and menus, cribs, diaper-delivery services) as well as seniors (bed railings, wheelchair-ready showers).

Best for: couples/honeymoons, families, adventurers

Extras: Hand occasionally accompanies a group to ensure a seamless trip. She’s always one step ahead of her clients, securing the best tables at restaurants, inspecting boats for private snorkeling charters, and vetting guides’ handling of group dynamics on island tours.

Other expertise: Destination weddings

Minimum daily spend: $500

888-234-0046; margie.hand@andavotravel.com; andavotravel.com


Janet McLaughlin

McLaughlin stays in or personally inspects every villa or hotel she recommends to her guests. Even on islands dominated by all-inclusives, she makes a point of getting to know the best options beyond the resorts.

Best for: luxury seekers, multigenerational groups, adventurers

Extras: McLaughlin keeps tabs on details like chef turnover at restaurants—“the entire vibe can change,” she notes—and gets to know shop and gallery owners who showcase local products rather than dime-a-dozen souvenirs.

Other expertise: Italy

Minimum daily spend: $350

513-533-7867; jmclaughlin@providenttravel.com; providenttravel.com

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