The Caribbean’s Seven Luxurious Beaches

Sparkling, tempting, sapphire-blue waters promise adventures above and below the waves. 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 favorite, please share it with us in the comment area below.

GUSTAVIA, ST. BARTS – St. Jean Beach

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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 14-night Paradise Found itinerary departing March 25, 2016.

ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA – Coconut Grove Beach

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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 11-night Sun & Style itinerary departing November 4, 2016.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Blue Lagoon Island

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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 26-night Caribbean Warmth & Southern Charm itinerary departing March 25, 2016.

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. Explore Bridgetown on the 14-night Serene Islands itinerary departing on December 4, 2016.

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – White Bay, Jost Van Dyke

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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 10-night Caribbean Dawn itinerary departing December 18, 2016.

PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN – Mullet Bay

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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 Islands in the Sun itinerary departing February 4, 2017.

CAYO LEVANTADO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – El Valle Beach

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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. Don’t miss your chance to earn your status as the quintessential beachcomber, journey to Cayo Levantado on the 10-night Caribbean Dawn itinerary departing December 18, 2016.

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