A perfect tropical vacation is synonymous with sun, sand, and surf. The best Caribbean beaches have become hotspots for guests who want to simply relax on the sand or try some exciting water activities.
Choosing a destination based on the local beaches is a great way to plan your getaway. Here are the best Caribbean beaches to add to your travel bucket list.
Trunk Bay – St. John
Trunk Bay is by far the most popular beach in St. John. This paradise is surrounded by coconut palms, lush vegetation and soft white sand that extends right into the ocean for a quarter mile, making it a great beach for a long stroll. Trunk Bay also features hiking trails and a historic sugar plantation that you can explore. It is a great place to snorkel as the water is shallow and clear with many fish that bask just below the surface in the warm Caribbean sun. There are great facilities available including bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, outdoor barbecues and a great snack bar.
Turtle Beach – St. Croix
Turtle Bay is located on the uninhabited island of Buck Island in St. Croix. This small island is home to several endangered species and can only be reached by boat. Turtle Bay is the perfect beach for an afternoon of tranquility, sun, and panoramic views. While sailing over to the beach, it’s a great idea to hop in and do some snorkeling. A visit to Turtle Beach is a must if you love exotic fish of all shapes, colors and sizes. It’s also home to sea turtles – something you don’t see everyday!
The Baths – Virgin Gorda
Visiting The Baths is an absolute must when staying in the British Virgin Islands. This unique beach is a perfect picture of what you imagine Caribbean life to be, and that’s why it has become one of the most photographed attractions on the island. It is covered in large rocks which form a series of grottos and provides a fun experience for swimmers and snorkelers of all levels. Meander among the giant granite boulders, swim in the warm coastal waters, and delight in the wildlife that thrives within a hidden paradise. Be sure to check out The Cathedral Room, an enchanted natural wonder of a small cave with a shallow pool you can explore. Walking through the grottos is also a great activity for the whole family.
Seven Mile Beach – Jamaica
Jamaica’s Seven Mile Beach (also known as Negril Beach) is commonly voted as one of the best Caribbean beaches. This 11 km stretch of beach is nothing but powdery white sands that are kissed with the bluest of waters, and shady coconut palms and sea grapes that offer rest and relaxation in the shade. A variety of beachfront bars and restaurants are available as well for you to refuel after a blissful day in the sun. This spot the ideal place for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling and beachcombing. It’s important to note that Seven Mile isn’t the best beach for families, however, as the entire beach is highly popular for nude bathers.
Bathsheba – Barbados
Barbados boasts many stunning beaches, but along the rugged east coast of Barbados is where you’ll find the famous Bathsheba beach. This beach is a photographer’s and surfer’s paradise. For photographers, Bathsheba provides a unique and breathtaking backdrop. It’s the perfect place to take stunning photos of the striking rock formations that line the sand. And for surfers, they come from all over the world to challenge the large rolling waves in the famous Soup Bowl. While Bathsheba is a beautiful place to post up on the sand, it’s not a safe place to swim, unless you know the area. You unfortunately won’t find any restaurants within walking distance from this beach, but if you’d rather grab some drinks with a view, check out the two nearby rum shacks that serve up some amazing Caribbean cocktails.
Grace Bay Beach – Turks & Caicos
Voted Best Beach in the World multiple times by Conde Nast Traveler, and various others, Grace Bay is one of the longest and most beautiful beaches to discover in Turks and Caicos. The beach is located in Providenciales and stretches more than 8 kilometres. This is the center point of tourism on the island, which is lined with luxury hotels and private villas. Here you can peacefully swim in crystal clear waters and also make a visit to the Princess Alexandra Marine Park where you’ll catch a glimpse of sea turtles, rays, and a variety of tropical fish swimming around the reef. Grace Bay is the ideal spot for families to stretch out on the soft sands, go for a scuba dive, or even try to catch a glimpse of “JoJo”, the wild bottlenose dolphin.
Flamands Beach – St. Barts
Luxury is synonymous with the island of St. Barth, and Flamands Beach is no exception. This beach, situated just three miles northwest of the island’s capital of Gustavia, is recognized for its powdery white sand and pristine turquoise waters. Flamands Beach is, at times, referred to as “Billionaires Beach” due to the amount of high end vacation homes that come with exquisite views. A peaceful spot to unwind and relax, it’s a favorite for celebrities and tourists alike. Flamands is one of the only beaches on the island that offers cool shade and a calm, relaxing environment after the heat of a tropical day. Swimming is popular here when the conditions are perfect, but surfing and boogie boarding are also great options.
Shoal Bay – Anguilla
From the water that sparkles to the soft sands that caress your toes, Shoal Bay Beach is unlike any other beach in Anguilla. Tourists love this beach because it’s one of the best beaches on the island and is also a popular day trip from nearby Saint Marteen. This is a great beach to be enjoyed by the whole family. The calm waters here are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, diving, kayaking and windsurfing. Apart from the obvious charms of the beach itself, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, live music and equipment hire facilities which make your visit to Shoal Bay Beach Anguilla an unforgettable one.
Bavaro Beach – Dominican Republic
With over 10km of soft, white sands and palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze, Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in the Dominican Republic. This seemingly endless beach is paradise at its finest. At sunset, visitors can sit back and watch the colors change as they reflect off of the ocean’s surface. A variety of exciting activities await you at Bavaro Beach. Choose to parasail, go on an epic glass bottom boat tour, ride on speedboats or swim with dolphins. There is so much to experience that you won’t know where to start! The beach is also lined with restaurants and shops, so that you can dine on delicious meals or pick up some souvenirs for your friends back home.
Half Moon Bay – Antigua
Half Moon Bay is a little coastal paradise on the southeastern end of Antigua. The beach has been acclaimed as among the finest in the world, with a 3,200 foot crescent of white sparkling sand that creates a seductive and peaceful setting next to crystal-clear turquoise waters. Surrounded by idyllic scenery and tropical plants, the beach here is popular with locals and visitors alike. A beautiful beach for sunbathing, swimming or taking a leisurely stroll. The ocean is calm and there is a reef which makes for great snorkeling. There is also a little beach shack serving light snacks and beverages to keep you fueled and refreshed.
Seven Mile Beach – Cayman Islands
The azure waters and dazzling white sands of Seven Mile Beach have been the destination of choice for travelers in the Cayman Islands for many years. If you’re looking for some seclusion, head to the north end of the beach to beat the crowds coming from cruise ships. Set beneath the shade of palm trees, you can comfortably lounge on soft sand and listen to the gentle lapping of waves touching shore. It is also one of the best beaches for swimming in the Caribbean as the waters are calm and pristine. Diving is a favorite activity for most visitors to the Cayman Islands, and there are some excellent shore diving sites right on this beach!
Grande Anse – St. Lucia
While not the easiest beach to get to, once you arrive you will be glad you made the trek there. An unspoilt tropical paradise with white sand and crystal-clear waters, Grand Anse is a photo-worthy beach dream location. It is one of St. Lucia’s most secluded beaches and is quiet, calm and peaceful; perfect for those wanting to unwind in the beauty of nature. The beach is also home to leatherback turtles, which nest there from March to August. During this time, come and take part in a one of a kind experience–the Grand Anse beach turtle watch.
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