The beaches rightly take centre-stage in the Caribbean, with their Curacao-blue waters and squeaky soft sands. But every shore is different – some promise seclusion, some the buzz of water sports, some a fish-filled reef. So, to help you pick, we’re sharing our five favourite Caribbean beaches.
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
The poster child for Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay’s Caribbean credentials have made it a World Travel Awards winner in recent years. With its white cashmere sands, its rippling reef-protected waters, and those all-important coconut palms, it may appear pure and untouched, but you’ll still find action with its water sports and diving trips out to the barrier reef.
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Meads Bay, Anguilla
Frothy white surf licks the sands of Meads Bay beach, making paddling a pleasure as you stroll along its wide arcing shoreline, pausing for Instagram-worthy snaps of the tamarind tree (something of a landmark here), drinks in the beach bars, and perhaps a bite to eat at the world-famous Blanchards Restaurant.
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Gouverneur Bay, St. Barts
The jet set may flock to St. Barts, but there are still some spots that remain serenely remote and virtually deserted, like Gouverneur Bay. Hiding between dramatic rocky headlands and backed by shade-providing trees, you’ll find there’s literally nothing to do here but swim, sunbathe, and relax.
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Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
You won’t find footprint-free sands at Seven Mile Beach (this is a popular hangout that’s drawn in the big hotel players), but its fame means a stroll along the crushed coral shoreline can be interjected with cocktails at beach bars, adrenaline-raising water sports, and snorkelling at neighbouring Cemetery Reef.
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Trunk Bay, St. John
Its unique underwater snorkelling trail has put Trunk Bay on the map, with its submerged plaques sharing facts about St. John’s fishes and coral. Once you’ve pulled off your snorkel and fins, you can wander along the white sands to find a little more seclusion at the western tip of this St. John favourite.
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