There’s no shortage of things do in the Caribbean, from snorkeling and hiking to sailing along the coast with a rum punch in hand. But let’s face it, most people visit the islands for one main reason: to hit the beach. After all, there’s something about slipping your toes into soft white sand and looking out over shimmering turquoise waters that’s basically guaranteed to lower your blood pressure. But which stretches of sand are the best Caribbean beaches for your next trip?
Well, here are the top 6 best Caribbean beaches you can include in your check list:
Picture the classic Caribbean beach, and it probably looks a lot like Grace Bay. Situated in Turks and Caicos this is one the most beautiful beaches in the world. It has a wide stretch of pristine, powdery-white sand fringed by curving palm trees on one side and clear azure waters on the other. Because it’s protected by an offshore barrier reef, this beach rarely sees large waves, making it family-friendly and ideal for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, and other watersports.
Massive volcanic rocks shelter a series of ocean pools and caves at the edge of this unique beach on the island of Virgin Gorda. It makes for an otherworldly place to swim or snorkel. When you reach the end of the caves, guided by ropes and ladders, you’ll emerge onto yet another lovely beach called Devil’s Bay.
Maracas Bay is Trinidad’s most popular beach for many reasons: the scenic rainforest drive that brings you there, the lush hills that frame its soft sand, and the beachside vendors offering up the delicious local specialty: bake and shark. It consists of fried shark meat served on flatbread with your choice of toppings and sauces, from standard lettuce and tomatoes to citrusy tamarind or spicy pepper sauce.
Sunny Aruba has no shortage of fantastic beaches, but Eagle Beach is the best of the bunch—spectacularly beautiful, not overly crowded, and home to a few of the island’s photogenic divi divi trees. Keep an eye out for the sea turtles that nest here.
If you want your vacation to be in a calm and beautiful place, consider this beach on the top priority.
Set between St. Lucia’s Twin Pitons, Sugar Beach—also known as Jalousie Beach—offers some of the most Insta-worthy views on this list, as well as some of the island’s best snorkeling. Many resorts are located nearby, and people often do prefer staying in these resorts. One of the reasons behind this trend is: these beautiful resorts overlook the marvelous seashores.
Big Major Cay:
This small island in the Exumas isn’t exactly uninhabited, but you won’t find any humans living there. Instead, it’s home to friendly pigs who will happily paddle along beside you as you swim or snorkel in the waters off the white sandy beach. Have fun with the animals, but be respectful, too: In 2017, seven of the pigs died after tourists fed them the wrong foods. Play it safe and resist feeding the animals any human food or drink.