The allure of relaxing on an unspoiled beach with nothing more on the day’s agenda than to finish that best seller is hard to resist. And in the Caribbean there are just as many must-see beaches as there are must-read books. This is what makes the Caribbean one of the greatest travel destinations in the world – its seemingly endless supply of powdery sand and crystal-clear water, one more beautiful than the next.
We narrowed down seven of our favorite Caribbean beaches, which, as it turns out, was a very difficult task. If we missed your ultimate slice of paradise, please share it with us in the comment area below.
And now, without further ado, here are the Caribbean’s seven heavenly beaches:
GUSTAVIA, ST. BARTS – St. Jean Beach
One of the Caribbean’s true gems, St. Barts is where Riviera chic meets Caribbean cool – and nowhere else is that unique intersection more evident than on the soft, white sands of St. Jean Beach, which is conveniently steps away from fine restaurants and shopping. Explore Gustavia on the 17-night Sun-Splashed Seas itinerary departing November 6, 2014, which includes excursions to this beach, among other tours that invite you to sail over the clear blue waters on a catamaran or explore the diverse marine life aboard a semi-submersible vessel.
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA – Coconut Grove Beach
Touting 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, Antigua is the quintessential Caribbean destination. One of our many favorites in St. John’s is Coconut Grove Beach, which is located within a pristine cove on Antigua’s Northwest coast, making it one of Antigua’s truly hidden tropical treasures. The crystal blue waters here are calm, warm and utterly inviting. Enjoy the best of St. John’s on the 10-night Pink Sands and Palms itinerary departing January 17, 2015, where you may choose to visit this beach, as well as enjoy an unforgettable champagne and lobster catamaran cruise and swim with stingrays as part of your free shore excursion menu.
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Blue Lagoon Island
One of the best beaches in the Bahamas can be found on Blue Lagoon Island. As soon as your catamaran arrives, you will want to do nothing more than to grab a beach chair and sit back and relax in the sun until you’re ready to swim in the turquoise waters. Make no mistake, there are plenty of activities available, from encounters with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins to organized games – it’s up to you to do as little or as much as you want. Discover a different side of Nassau on the 10-night Caribbean Colonies itinerary departing November 13, 2014, where you may choose from several excursions that bring you to Blue Lagoon Island.
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS – Carlisle Bay
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Spend a day relaxing at one of Barbados’ beautiful white sandy beaches while sipping on a rum cocktail and enjoying the warm water in the middle of winter. Carlisle Bay is a small natural harbor located in the southwest region of Barbados and is exceptionally tranquil with placid and clear water with no undertow. If you are an avid scuba diver or are interested in learning, the harbor boasts six spectacular dive sites that range in depth, accommodating beginners to more experienced divers. Explore this and many more pristine beaches in Bridgetown on the 24-night Salsa, Sand & Serenity itinerary departing on November 23, 2014.
TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – White Bay, Jost Van Dyke
If your idea of a perfect day includes a nap in a hammock below the palm trees, then this is the beach for you. White Bay on Jost Van Dyke is the ultimate beach paradise for sunbathing and simply relaxing. The only way to get here is by high-speed boat and, once you arrive, your first item of business is to jump into the crystal clear water and swim a few feet to make it to the shore. It’s definitely worth the effort and sets a carefree tone for the rest of the day. Enjoy the best of Tortola on the 11-night Toast to the Holidays itinerary departing December 27, 2014, where you may choose to visit this beach, among other beautiful ones, such as Cane Bay Garden beach and the Baths on Virgin Gorda.
PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN – Mullet Bay
Mullet Bay is arguably the prettiest beach on this island that is shared by two sovereign states. It fits the picture of a tropical beach: wide and flat with a stand of palm trees on the fringe. The moon-shaped beach is next to the only island golf course of the same name, Mullet Bay Golf Course. Therefore, if you are an avid golfer, you may want to play a round of 18-holes before or after your beach escape to get the most out of this paradise. Enjoy the best of Philipsburg on the 10-night Island Rendezvous itinerary departing February 6, 2015, where you may choose to visit this beach on your own or as part of a relaxing snorkeling tour on a catamaran cruise.
CAYO LEVANTADO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – El Valle Beach
It is possible to explore the entire island of Cayo Levantado, with its golden sand and sparkling turquoise waters, on foot. But, the best way to disconnect from your daily routine is to laze the day away lulled by the breeze on the lovely and unspoiled El Valle Beach. Nestled between two tropical rainforest mountains, this beach is paradise. If you are feeling adventurous you can journey into the lush forest to swim under El Valle Waterfalls. Don’t miss your chance to earn your status as the quintessential beachcomber, journey to Cayo Levantado on the 11-night Toast to the Holidays itinerary departing December 27, 2014.