The Caribbean is blessed with gorgeous islands, friendly people and most importantly miles and miles of crystal clear, blue stunning beaches! each island in the Caribbean boasts of its own charms and today we check out some of the best beaches in a few of these spectacular islands!
Antigua & Barbuda
The island of Antigua and Barbuda boasts 365 beaches for each day of the year! The challenge here is not how to gain access to the best of them but simply how to find the beach that suits your taste. Exploring with a companion or group is a great way to do this and with so many to choose from i’m sure you’ll be hard pressed to find just one beach that’s your favorite!
17 Mile Beach – Barbuda
Like the name suggests this 17 mile stunning stretch of pink tinged sand lapped by some of the clearest aqua sea is located on the western side of Barbuda. You can stroll this entire beach and find perfect secluded spots and sometimes you may have the entire beach to yourself.
There are very few facilities here and its recommended you walk with all your beach supplies including food and drinks.
Half Moon Bay – Antigua
Located on Antigua’s Southeastern coast, the Half Moon Bay beach boasts famous pink sands and crystal clear waters. Although facing the Atlantic where the water tends to get rough sometimes the large reef here helps calm the waters and protects the shore and offers a cooling breeze.
It should be noted there are no restrooms on site but drinks and snacks can be bought from various concessions at the beach or you can pack up your beach basket find an isolated spot and enjoy the ambiance.
The small island of Anguilla is warm and welcoming destination located in the northern Caribbean. Showcasing some of the most amazing pristine white-sand beaches and breathtaking turquoise seas, Anguilla is a beach lover’s delight and you will find yourself immersed in this luxurious but laid back island.
This two-mile expanse of feathery white sand that glitters in the sun is one of Anguilla’s most beautiful beaches. Shoal Bay is split into two parts, Upper Shoal Bay and Lower Shoal Bay separated by a curved point of the beach rightly called “the bend”. On most days the “lower” side of the beach is occupied by swimmers, snorkelers and people lounging on the beach chairs sun tanning or enjoying a good book. Lower Shoal Bay is lined with many beach-bars and restaurants.
Turks and Caicos
The island of Turks and Caicos is actually an archipelago of 40 low lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean. This easygoing but luxurious island is known for its endless beaches and world class resorts, spectacular diving and scuba diving sites including a 14-mile barrier reef on Providenciales north shore and a dramatic 2,134m underwater wall off Grand Turk island.
Taylor Bay – Providenciales
Located off the south coast of Providenciales, this gorgeous and scenic beach with its pink sands is only about 600 meters long and is sheltered by the small Ocean Point peninsula from the regular southeast trade winds, the water here is very shallow, calm and clear and great for kids and adults alike.
It should be noted this beach is a bit difficult to find but with a map and a bit of asking around it will be worth it when you get there.
Grace Bay -Providenciales
Rated as one the worlds best beaches and THE best beach from Tripadvisor, the magnificent Grace Bay boasts pillow-soft sand, crystal-clear blue water, an amazing underwater world surrounded by third largest barrier reef in the world. This Bay is dotted with some of the most exclusive and luxurious resorts but its never crowded so you’ll be sure to find a secluded spot if you wish.
This beach is host to numerous villas, resorts, bars, restaurants and shopping centres so you have everything at the tip of your fingers.. What more can you ask for!
The Cayman Islands comprises of 3 islands in the western Caribbean Sea. Grand Cayman, the largest island, is known for its beach resorts and varied scuba diving and snorkelling sites. Cayman Brac is a popular launch point for deep-sea fishing excursions. Little Cayman, the smallest island, is home to diverse wildlife, from endangered iguanas to seabirds such as red-footed boobies. The Cayman is also known as a major world offshore financial haven for many wealthy individuals.
Seven Mile Beach
Located on the western shore of Grand Cayman, the Seven Mile Beach is the most well known beach on the islands, featuring breath taking crystal clear waters and coral sands, this Seven Mile beach serves as the home to many of the Caribbean island luxury resorts and homes on the Cayman Islands. Its an absolutely stunning stretch of beach that encompasses what beach life is all about.
Seven Mile Beach is public beach and as such you have access to a multitude of restaurants, beach bars, beach facilities and various beach activities including parasailing, snorkeling and much more!
Sometimes you may want a beach that’s bit more quiet and yet still absolutely stunning and that’s where Smith’s Cove comes in. Situated on the west coast of Grand Cayman and a favorite of tourists and locals alike, the turquoise waters of Smith’s Cove are protected by coral reefs and limestone formations. The sea is very clear and a variety of underwater life can easily be spotted beneath the gentle waves.
There are beach facilities including showers and restrooms but walk with your snacks and coolers as the nearest restaurant is a taxi ride away.
British Virgin Islands (Virgin Islands)
The British Virgin Islands comprises of about 60 tropical Caribbean islands, ranging in size from the largest, Tortola 20 km long, to tiny uninhabited islets. Its known as one of the world’s greatest sailing destinations, and charter sailboats are a very popular way to visit the less accessible islands nearby. So with over 60 islands, there are plenty of beach picks for everyone, from lively bar scenes to uninhabited spits.
The Baths & Devils Bay – Virgin Gorda
The Baths in Virgin Gorda represent one of the most unique destinations in the BVI. The Baths were created naturally over time and are full of exotic pools and grottos formed by giant boulders. Be prepared for walking, crouching and breaking a small sweat but its worth it to take in this absolutely breathtaking natural wonder.
Granite forms from the slow cooling of magma at depth nowhere close to surface volcanoes. The granite only appears at the surface after geologic ages have eroded away all the overburden covering it. Once exposed, erosion continued to isolate the granite into large boulders and round their surfaces. The boulders form natural tidal pools, tunnels, arches, and scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. – courtesy wikipedia
Plan a day trip here as I guarantee you won’t want to leave this stunning beach and you can also explore Devils Bay as well. Note to selves experiencing this beach involves a lot of walking, crouching, wading and hiking but its well worth it!
Devils Bay – Virgin Gorda
A 15min hike from the Baths brings you to maybe one of the most stunning beaches ever! the water here is crystal clear and from far away looks turquoise blue and there is no doubt why they say it is the most beautiful beach in Virgin Gorda. The area is a little quieter than the touristy Baths area, and the long stretch of white sand makes for a fantastic place to sit, sunbathe or snorkel for a few hours.
Check out these tips for new visitors to the Baths and Devils Bay from Cruiseable.
Smugglers Cove – Tortola
Smuggler’s Cove is a quiet and secluded beach on Tortola, a bit hard to reach but is accessible by car on an unpaved, but passable road. When you get there you’ll discover warm, clear water, adventurous snorkeling and sea turtle sightings. This crescent shaped beach has sugary white sand and the water is stunningly blue.