Best Beaches in the Caribbean

  • 25/08/2019

What makes a beach rank among the best? Instagram-worthy beauty, for sure, but also — depending on your mindset — accessibility, privacy, shade, seclusion, swimmable water, the quality of the sand and the potential for fun. Incurable beachcombers that we are, took all these factors into consideration while revisiting our most memorable Caribbean sun-and-sand experiences. The result is our list of 25 best beaches in the Caribbean, complete with scores (10 being best) for the things we think matter most.

1.Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

If you want your field of vision go full IMAX, this is the spot. Yes, Turks and Caicos’ most famous beach is lined from end to end with resorts, but the “ahh” moment that occurs every time you gaze out at Grace Bay Beach’s dazzling white sand (it’s talcum-soft, too) and clear aquamarine water is a natural sedative. And the upscale ambience, beachfront pools, soothing spas and casual beach bars have a vibe that’s equally right for romance or family time.

2. Shoal Bay East, Anguilla

A little bit peaceful retreat, a little bit party central — and a whole lot of flawless sand and soothing blue sea — is the recipe for this 1-mile stretch on Anguilla (often cited as the best of the island’s 33 beautiful beaches). Walk its length and enjoy serene views along with legendary local eateries Uncle Ernie’s (for BBQ) and Elodias Beach Bar (for grilled mahi mahi), washed down with rum punch, of course.

3. Trunk Bay Beach, St. John

Most beaches aren’t postcard-perfect — but Trunk Bay isn’t most beaches. Located on the northwest coast of the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, where 60 percent of the land is national park, it’s renowned for its talcum-soft sand and underwater snorkel trail. And while St. John (along with St. Thomas and St. Croix) was slammed during 2017’s hurricane season, Trunk Bay has rebounded and continues to win new fans.

4. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

5.White Bay Beach, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Whether you're a day-tripper sipping a rum-laced drink at a beach bar or a sun-seeker enjoying a siesta in a rental villa, the soft sand and casual vibe of White Bay Beach on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands are impossible to resist. After being damaged by the 2017 hurricane season, the lively Soggy Dollar Bar (home of the Painkiller cocktail) and other beloved beach bars are happily back in the intoxicating business of pouring infamously strong BVI cocktails — just enjoy White Bay's great swimming and snorkeling beforehand.

7. Eagle Beach, Aruba

Like an unassuming cousin from the country, Eagle Beach has an offhand charm that outshines the swagger of its more famous, more crowded Aruban relative, Palm Beach. This wide curve of sand is home to low-rise resorts, breezy tropical palms, a smattering of thatched palapas and two legendary wind-sculpted divi trees. It’s the perfect spot to inhale deeply and be happy.

9. Sandy Island, Anguilla

Catch a boat named Happiness to a tiny offshore cay surrounded by sublime blue sea? Yes, please. This terrific little spot, which first welcomed tourists in 1984, has rebounded from (and been reshaped by) seven hurricanes, including Irma in 2017. The reason to visit: a lunch of grilled lobster, crispy grouper and drunken coconut shrimp chased by JoJo's Rum Punch. Wear your swimsuit to enjoy a dip and relax on an umbrella-shaded chaise — until Happiness returns you to Anguilla proper.


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