8 of the best beaches in the Caribbean
By Tristan Ralston on 30th March, 2017
Dreaming of balmy turquoise waters and the perfect stretch of sand? The Caribbean has some of the best beaches in the world – here’s eight of our favorite slices of paradise in and around the Caribbean.
Trunk Bay – St John, U.S. Virgin Islands
One of the most Instagrammed beaches on St John, Trunk Bay boasts over a quarter mile of beautiful white sand surrounded by tropical foliage. Not to be missed is the snorkeling trail, which features underwater information about coral formations and sea life.
Arashi Beach – Aruba
The northwestern-most stretch of beach on Aruba is Arashi, just after the California Lighthouse. The shallow area extends for some distance. With makeshift huts and a large parking area, Arashi attracts snorkelers with its gentle currents and abundant sea life.
Horseshoe Bay Beach – Bermuda
“With this beach on the top 10 lists of ‘best beaches in the world’ – it is a must see,” says The Wondering Dreamer. Named after its curved shape, the translucent, strikingly blue waters and pretty pink sands is enough to make you melt on the spot.
Seven Mile Beach – Grand Cayman
Seven Mile Beach is truly glorious and has won numerous awards, including being hailed as the ‘Best Beach in the World’ by U.S. News & World Report and the ‘Best Caribbean Beach’ by the Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine.
It stretches from George Town up to West Bay, giving visitors the chance to stroll past million dollar homes, condos, stunning hotels or to relax at any number of spots along the way. If you are looking to relax quietly under the trees, then stop off at Governor’s Beach next to Government House. Public Beach is just further along, offering shade under the cabanas, the chance to take part in numerous water sports and swings and slides for the kids. And there is serious snorkelling to be had off shady Cemetery Beach at the north end of Seven Mile.
Orient Bay – St Martin
Situated on the windy Atlantic side of the island, Orient Bay is St Martin’s most famous beach, with wind surfing, kite boarding, paragliding, jet skiing, and a fabulously long stretch of sand to claim for the day. The most popular parts of the beach, including the celebrated nudist section, have some top restaurants to choose from.
Grace Bay – Turks and Caicos
This gorgeous spot has been named the World Travel Awards ‘World’s Leading Beach’ for four years running and last year was declared the world’s No. 1 beach, according to TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards. The stretch of fine sand starts in the island town of Leeward and runs 12 miles to Thompson Cove. Belonging to Turks and Caicos’ Princess Alexandra National Park, Grace Bay Beach offers tranquility and nature-friendly water sports. Sailing, catamarans and snorkeling are all encouraged, but water skis and jet skis are off-limits. Grace Bay Beach offers fantastic snorkeling – Smith’s Reef and Bight Reef are a must do!
Magens Bay – St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Heart-shaped Magens Bay is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The gently sloping sandy bottom extends out into the bay providing safe water play for the smallest or least experienced swimmer. There are toilet/shower facilities and a beach concession with great blender drinks — try a Bushwhacker, excellent pizza, and a shop with an extensive selection of swim and beach wear. You can rent beach chairs, snorkel gear, and non-motorized watercraft.
Long Bay Beach – St Martin
Located in the heart of the Low Lands on the western coast of St Martin, Baie Longue, or Long Bay, is one of the longest and quietest beaches on the island. Lined with private properties and site of the beautiful La Samanna with its restaurants and spa, it’s the perfect place to relax and listen to the gentle lapping of the waves and resident pelicans.