Best 25+ The Caribbean Beaches

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  • 1. Playa Paraiso // Cuba

    Playa Paraiso
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    Playa Paraiso is a fabulous stretch of beach where soft, powdery white sand runs parallel to a turquoise sea, all under an almost eternally clear blue sky. It is sandwiched between Playa Blanca and Playa Sirena beaches to the east and west respectively. These and a number of other top-rated beaches are dotted around the resort island of Cayo Largo, just off the Cuban southwest coast. Access to the island… read more »

  • 2. The Baths // British Virgin Islands

    The Baths
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    Gigantic boulders and beaches caressed by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea combine to make this an idyllic setting in what has to be a top tourist destination. We are describing the stunning beach frontage of the fabulous area known as "The Baths", on Virgin Gorda, the third largest of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. We forgot to mention caves and caverns, which add to the mystical… read more »

  • 3. Playa Varadero // Cuba

    Playa Varadero
    © Dalgis Lopez
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming
    • Kitesurfing

    Within easy reach of the Cuban capital, Varadero Beach is just two hours west of Havana along good roads. The near-white sand stretches out into the Caribbean Sea on a thin peninsula of land for a staggering 20 kilometres (12 miles).

    Also known as Blue Beach (Playa Azul) because of the colour of the sea at this point, which laps it with warm waters all year round. No surprise then that… read more »

  • 4. Grace Bay // Providenciales

    Grace Bay
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    Grace Bay rightfully ranks as one of the world's most alluring beaches, with an idyllic tropical setting playing its part. It is at the western end of the Turks and Caicos Archipelago, on the north shore of the island of Providenciales, known less formally as Provo. Cuba lies to the west and Miami to the northwest. At Grace Bay, the placid turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean gently caress dazzling… read more »

  • 5. Trunk Bay // US Virgin Islands

    Trunk Bay
    © Sean Pavone

    Trunk Bay is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, if not the world. A regular contender for the best beach spot in Condé Nast Traveler magazine and cited most beautiful beach in the world by the National Geographic Society, Trunk Bay certainly has a lot to live up to.

    Trunk Bay has everything you would expect from a Caribbean beach, and a little bit more. The sand… read more »

  • 6. Cayo Santa Maria // Cuba

    Cayo Santa Maria
    Eric Marshall
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming

    Connected to Cuba's main island at Caibarien by a long causeway, Cayo Santa Maria is one of a series of small islands lining the country's northern shores from Matanzas in the west to Camalote in the east.

    Little more than a sand bank which rises just four metres above the waves of the Caribbean, Cayo Santa Maria has exquisite white sand beaches totalling 13 kilometres in length, alongside warm turquoise shallows… read more »

  • 7. Horseshoe Bay // Bermuda

    Horseshoe Bay
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming
    • Surfing

    Backed by South Shore Park, Bermuda's Horseshoe Bay Beach is the best of a string of beaches which line the island's Atlantic coast. Gently curving from one end to the other for about 300 metres, entry into the waters from the pinky-white sands is gentle, making it ideal for families.

    In the summer, when Horseshoe Bay Beach is at its busiest, there is also a manned lifeguard station, café and… read more »

  • 8. Playa Sirena // Cuba

    Playa Sirena
    gian luca bucci
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming

    Playa Sirena is a white sand beach located within the Caribbean Sea waters of Cayo Largo, a small island off Cuba's southern coast with its own international airport. Dotted with mature palms and thatched tiki-style parasols providing plenty of shade, Playa Sirena (or Siren Beach) is the largest and best-equipped of Cayo Largo's beaches accessible independently of the island's resort hotels. It has a length of around two kilometres, and… read more »

  • 9. Bathsheba // Barbados

    © phbcz
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    One of the island's more laid-back beach destinations, Bathsheba lies amid the fishing village of the same name on the east coast of Barbados. Immediately south of the larger Cattlewash Beach, Bathsheba Beach comprises a good length of golden sand dotted with unusual coral rock formations carved by the action of the waves over centuries.

    The beach is named after the wife of the Bible's King David, since its white-topped waves… read more »

  • 10. Maho Beach // St Maarten

    Maho Beach
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    The small beach of Maho on the western shore of St Maarten is a pleasant enough although by Caribbean standards, fairly unremarkable. Yes, there is white powder sand and yes, the water is crystal clear aquamarine - but around these parts that doesn't make it anything special.

    What puts Maho beach on the map is that it sits right at the end of the main runway of St Maarten's Princess Juliana… read more »

  • 11. Playa Pilar // Cuba

    Playa Pilar
    © Andromachos Dimitrokallis
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming
    • Kitesurfing

    The one kilometre of finely-graded white sand of Playa Pilar sits on the northwest coast of Cayo Guillermo, itself off the northwest coast of Cayo Coco. Part of the cluster of keys which stretch along Cuba's north coast, Playa Pilar makes for a perfect escape, given its sparkling blue shallows. Protected by an offshore coral reef, which is a stunning attraction for snorkellers and scuba divers of all ages,… read more »

  • 12. Crane Beach // Barbados

    Crane Beach
    © Filip Fuxa /123RF

    Crane beach is everything you expect a Caribbean should be. A stretch of pristine white sand with clear, azure waters; it is little wonder this palm-fringed idyll is frequently cited as one of the best beaches on earth. The name of the beach dates back to the days when the beach was used as a harbour and a large crane was located here to load and unload the ships.

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  • 13. Ffryes Beach // Antigua

    Ffryes Beach
    © Michael Utech / iStock

    Considering the relatively small size of the island of Antigua (footprint is 108.5 mi² about the size of a small city), it boasts a remarkable 365 beaches, yes - one for each day of the year, and they are all public spaces. What more could a beach lover ask for?! Ffryes Beach is one of the more popular, with Sundays and holidays busy times for family picnics and local musicians… read more »

  • 14. Arashi Beach // Aruba

    Arashi Beach
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    Located on the west coast of Aruba, towards the northern tip is the small, but lovely Arashi beach. Unlike much of the west coast the area around Arashi is virtually undeveloped with few facilities. Combined with the fact it is a little out of the way this is a perfect get-away spot. Arashi is well known among divers with the calm crystal clear water perfect for swimming and snorkeling too.

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  • 15. Bottom Bay // Barbados

    Bottom Bay
    © Richard Semik / 123RF

    Located on the south-east coast of Barbados, Bottom Bay is just along the coast from the ever popular Crane beach. Unsurprisingly it shares many features with Crane beach; the fine white sand, abundance of palm trees, and azure waters. It can also have powerful waves. Where it differs is in the high coral cliffs which the beach backs onto, giving the beach a more enclosed feel. Sightings of turtles and… read more »