The Caribbean Beaches are definitely the closest thing to paradise on earth. If you want quiet, beautiful scenery, warm, clear water, fine sand in white or pink, ideal tropical weather, spectacular sunsets, visible coral reefs a few meters from the shore, and excellent beach infrastructure this is your ideal destination. With such a large number of beaches dotted along the Caribbean islands, it is quite tough to choose which among the numerous beaches deserves to be visited because every island has their own distinct quality. The best way is to determine what beach fits your lifestyle and passion. To help you arrive at a good decision, the following list briefly describes the 20 best Caribbean beaches to spend your next vacation with friends or family.
1. Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco)
The Flamenco Beach, is located on the Island of Snakes (Culebra) in Puerto Rico. The way to get there is from the port of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on board a mini cruise. Arriving to the island of Snakes will give you a feeling that you are in a small village surrounded by water. Overall, the island of Culebra has an air of peace and magic that inspires a moment to contemplate and relax. Undoubtedly, it is a must-see place to enjoy a perfect holiday in the Caribbean.
2. Trunk Bay
This beach in St. John’s, U.S. Virgin Islands is just everything you could dream of. Absolutely transparent and massive blue warm waters, white sand, no waves and tropical fish swimming around you. It is truly one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The conservation effort of the locals is very good, no waste or any form of debris can be found along the shores and on the sandy coastline.
3. Englishman’s Bay
It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the island of Tobago. The bay is always clean and not crowded with tourists, yet it is very safe. The trees around the beach make a perfect shade. The crystal clear water is nice for snorkeling. Lunch at the restaurant comes with a good food at a great price. The drinks and the usual souvenirs (scarves, shells, wood carvings, and key chains) can be purchased at the small kiosk.
4. The Baths
The beautiful labyrinth of caves to the sea is one of the most visited places in the islands of Virgin Gorda. One of the best beaches in the world, The Baths are made up of a cluster of boulders (batholiths) that run along the coast, which can be accessed down a path that is a little longer than 300 meters. Afterwards, you will arrive in front of a row of caves and small beaches, with an impressive blue colored ocean.
5. Pink Sands Beach
Located in the Harbor Island is a little piece of heaven called The Pink Sands Beach. The island is very quiet, with lots of colorful wooden houses that are very common quality among the Caribbean beaches, the flora, the smell of spices, the locals, all made you feel like being in a movie. The pink sand contrasted sharply with the turquoise sea and the blue sky.
6. Crane Beach
It is an amazing place with talcum like sand that extends between the structures of rock formation and along a lush greenery with tall palm trees in the breathtaking island of Barbados. The entire panorama looks like a scene straight from a postcard. For lovers of high waves and surf boarding, this is the ideal beach.
7. Les Salines
This beach is a must see if you are in the gorgeous islands of Martinique. The Les Salines is referred to as the most beautiful beach on the island, and indeed it is! The long beach is lined with palm trees and the forest, the sea is usually calm, loungers and shades are provided, and numerous food vendors. However, swimming is not ideal for children because the sea is quite rough, better to opt for other quieter beaches if you have small children with you.
8. Grand Anse Beach
The beach is very nice, spacious and long, and never too crowded. The warm and not too deep water allows extended baths. You can go there directly with a service taxi or water taxi from the main port of Grenada Island. It has sun beds and parasols (with a fee). There is even a public park where the locals and tourists’ stop for lunch and where you can access the beach without going through the hotels.
9. White Bay
Strategically located in the British Virgin Islands, the White Bay is a wide, beautiful white sand beach with crystal clear waters and turquoise sea. It is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean that is perfect for snorkeling because of the preserved reef areas that are within close proximity to the shoreline of the island. Enjoy a stress free vacation with an idyllic scenery while resting on the loungers under the palm trees or have a drink or two at the lively Soggy Dollar Bar.
10. Los Roques Cayo Viejo
The Los Roques beach of Venezuela is located in a village full of vegetation and colorful houses, along with small shops and bars where you can enjoy freshly squeezed tropical fruit juices. You can explore the island (speedboats can be arranged via a package tour) and enjoy the spectacle of nature, swim, snorkel, scuba dive, or just lay comfortably under the sun. Go there and you will not regret it.
11. Varadero Beach
Almost three hours away by bus from the city of Havana, you cannot resist the allure of this blue azure colored water of Cuba. The Varadero Beach is a dream come true for most travelers who like to enjoy a variety of water sports activity in the sea. Although punctuated by a continuous succession of resorts and hotels, it is a beautiful place to enjoy, especially at sunset. Indeed, it is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean where you can experience everything and still yearn to go back again and again.
12. Grace Bay
Grace Bay is perhaps the most beautiful beach on the island of Providenciales. Long, white sand, turquoise and crystal clear water, it is one of the best Caribbean beaches where you can have the most unique holiday experience. Even if the skyline is filled with skyscrapers and hotels, fortunately, there are still long stretches of coast that is free from buildings and umbrellas.
13. Palm Island
The best way to enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Palm Island is to take the catamaran cruise of the Grenadines. Aside from seeing the turquoise blue water, white sand, turtles, rays, dolphins, and fish of all kinds, one of the best treat is the lobster barbecue served by the yacht owners.
14. Half Moon Bay
This wonderful bay is highly recommended for those who love beautiful scenery and love having fun in the sea. On the beach front of this famous beach in Antigua, you will be able to enjoy the fine sand, crystal clear sea and ocean waves that reaches almost to the edge of the shore. It has one of the most remarkable locations among the list of the most scenic Caribbean beaches because it is a little off the beaten path than the others but always full of tourists.
15. Silk Cay
It is a magical place and rightfully deserves to be ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, because it has a superb diving site that is full of tropical fish, turtles, rays and dolphins. This island beach in Belize is small but has a charming sandy shoreline. It is a very nice destination, full of things to do with lots of excursions on land too.
16. Shoal Bay
Anguilla’s pride was recently named as one of the best Caribbean beaches in the world and it is indeed true. The whitest and finest sand reflect the sun’s rays and contrast the colors that occurs with the intense turquoise waters of the sea making an enchanting and exceptional difference among the other beaches around the world.
17. Seven Mile Beach
The Seven Mile is a fairly fine white sand beach in the Grand Cayman Islands with calm seas and crystal clear water where you can swim and snorkel in peace. Equipped with a lot of shade, it is the most ideal beach to swim along with the kids. There are lots of activities to explore and the beach is absolutely safe to roam around.
18. Horseshoe Bay
Words are not enough to describe the entire beauty of this place in Bermuda, the vegetation, the beach and the crystal clear waters, and the rest of the island where you can have a taste of the local food, simply superb! You should go and see it in real because it is truly beautiful.
19. Palm Beach
The Palm Beach on the island of Aruba is beautiful, very clean, the water is super tranquil with incredible color. This beach is typical Caribbean in nature with numerous palm trees on its coastline and lively ambiance that makes it an unforgettable place.
20. Playa Paraiso Beach
It is an exceptional playa located along the waters of Cayo Largo, Cuba. You cannot miss this little stretch of sand along the beach, the clarity of its waters, the location of the sun loungers in a very separate and private location. You will also love its fine white sand and the wildlife that inhabits it.
Filled with natural magnificence and probably the most heavenly and pristine landscapes on the planet, wherever you decide to go in the Caribbean you will never go wrong. It is the mixture of white sandy sunny shores and sky blue waters, dazzling sunsets and additionally the romantic atmosphere that entices travelers to visit this group of more than 7,000 islands that comprise the entire Caribbean region.
Source: Ultimate Places