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