Best Caribbean Beaches - It's Not a Place, It's an Experience

The Caribbean is known for the diverse beaches that it offers. From the pink sand to the soft white...the deep blue waters to the bright turquoise...and the isolated to the partying… you wouldn’t find a beach that wasn’t at the top of some list!

Equipped to give you the most authentic experience, the world’s best beaches are all nestled amidst the company of one another. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, or some family time, the perfect beach beckons you. Compiling this list has been an absolute joy, and I can’t wait to explore these exceptional islands for myself! Take a look at the best Caribbean beaches and plan your trip at the earliest! 

1. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

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With the recent achievement of being named as "The Caribbean’s Best Beach", the Seven Mile Beach has quickly risen to fame. The golden blue crescent is like a tiny precious piece of jewelery that the Caribbean waters have adorned. Although the name says seven, the shoreline is a stretch of a little more than 6 miles, offering exciting water sports as well as relaxation, and the best of both. You may make some four legged friends here, as this is a pet friendly beach!   

Activities: Snorkelling, parasailing, picnicking, volleyball, boating, fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, kitesurfing, cruise.

Best time to visit: Mid November to May

Ideal for: Families, youngsters, for adventure seekers

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2. Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla

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Voted as the best beach in the cosy island of Anguilla, is the Shoal Bay Beach. Also one of the busiest, this beach boasts of a great crowd, thrilling water activities and delicious seafood. But what is most enticing is the light sand and the clear, fresh turquoise waters. The waters shine bright blue in the sun making for a vibrant picture. The scenic beauty of this beach is enough to bring you back here again and again! 

Activities: Snorkeling, kayaking, diving, distance swimming, parasailing, scuba diving, kitesurfing, surfing, sea caves exploration, fishing. 

Best time to visit: May to August

Ideal for: Youngsters, couples, for adventure seekers

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3. Eagle Beach, Aruba

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Famous as the best white sand beach, Eagle Beach is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful beaches of the Caribbean. The warm sand is the perfect place for relaxation, teamed up with the shady trees and a couple of chilled drinks. A simple activity of standing in the water is blissful, gentle waves playing with the sand between your toes will have quite a magical effect on you. Spend some romantic moments with your special someone, isolated from the rest of the world, with only the sapphire waters for company.  

Activities: Turtle rehabilitation, picnicking, swimming, snorkelling, diving excursions, surfing, canoeing, parasailing.

Best time to visit: April to August

Ideal for: Families, couples

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4. Crane Beach, Barbados

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Top on the list of Caribbean destinations to visit in December, Crane Beach is a secluded, serene beach on the coast of the island of Barbados. A favourite amongst honeymooners and young couples, it is also one of the top most romantic places. The coarse pink coral sand is a lovely change from the other beaches. You can enjoy the strong waves of this isle, but the best way to spend some special moments with your loved ones would be exploring the caves and the waters through excursions. Tour through the submarines, hike up the caves, and at the end of the day, watch the setting sun turn the waters into a dark beauty. To make it better, the island is also known to be one of the cheapest Caribbean islands!

Activities: Paddling, body surfing, shelling, fishing.

Best time to visit: December to April, June to mid-August

Ideal for: Couples, for honeymoon

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5. Pink Sands, Harbour Island, The Bahamas

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Named as the best island in the Bahamas, Harbour Island is known for the unique shore that it boasts of. While most of the beaches showcase their soft light sand with fashion, the Pink Sands Beach of this island flaunts its unique pink hues. With the corals mysteriously working their ways to make this shoreline perfect, their contribution to the azure waters is unparalleled. An offbeat destination to enjoy the spring break, this island offers more of exploration and an easy going culture, rather than the cliched parties. 

Activities: Snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, bone fishing, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, boating, sailing, wind surfing, swimming, kayaking.

Best time to visit: November to mid-April

Ideal for: Youngsters, for spring break

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6. Grand Anse, Grenada

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Grand Anse is a serene beach in Grenada. The calm waters and the playful white shore is what makes it a popular destination for families. You can either enjoy the warm sun and laze on the sand, or go for a dip in its cool waters. The 2-mile long coastline overlooking the gorgeous sea, is overlooked by cities rich in history. So, do take some time out to explore the intriguing past of this heavenly island. 

Activities: Diving, picnicking, scuba diving, city exploration.

Best time to visit: mid April to June

Ideal for: Families

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7. Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos

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Welcome to one of the most unadulterated beaches of the Caribbean. Grace Bay Beach is a lovely blend of the blue hues of the sky and the waters, the shore boasting of a smooth crescent, while the sea showcases a rich aquatic life. Perfect for a couple of days of rejuvenation, this beach is a paradise for all snorkelling enthusiasts. The reefs that surround this island are brilliant to say the least, and a dive to watch these colonies is a must! 

Activities: Water sports, diving, snorkelling, fishing. 

Best time to visit: April to June

Ideal for: Couples, families.

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8. Tulum Beach, Mexico

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Tulum Beach is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. A part of Mexico, the long uninterrupted shore makes for a great romantic destination, while the blue waters paint the picture into a perfect paradise. Long walks, the melody of the waves, the cool sea breeze and the company of your soulmate...this would make your vacation here better than perfect! The waters are as soothing as it can be, and the land is purely exciting. The city has an ancient history, and the historical ruins here are surely worth a visit. 

Activities: Sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling

Best time to visit: November to January 

Ideal for: Couples, for romantic getaways

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9. White Bay, BVI

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The gem of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), White Bay Beach, welcomes you into its lovely oasis with a buzzing atmosphere. One of the most pleasant beaches, and the most happening one too, get ready to explore the depth of the sea and the beauty of the surf. You will not only enjoy the exciting sports and activities here, but the fresh seafood feast is somewhat of a gastronomical adventure!

Activities: Scuba diving, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, powerboating, water sports, sport fishing, eco and snorkeling tours, sunset sails.

Best time to visit: September to November

Ideal for: Families, youngsters

10. Exumas, Bahamas

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Ever heard of people swimming with pigs? Or stingrays? Or nursing sharks? No...well, Exumas is an archipelago in Bahamas, which is so rich and diverse in its fauna, that nature lovers are drawn here solely due to this. Looking like an emerald jewel amidst the sapphire waters, the islets all have some or the other unique thing. None of the beaches are overcrowded, and there would be times when you have the entire beach to yourself! Make the most of this place as it has so much to offer. 

Activities: Waterskiing, boating, scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming through the Thunderball Grotto, explore rich fauna, island hopping, conch shell diving, kayaking, kiteboarding, sailing, fishing.

Best time to visit: November to May

Ideal for: Families, couples, youngsters, for adventure enthusiasts

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11. Sandy Spit Beach, BVI

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The untouched, pure and uninhabited islet of the British Virgin Islands is the Sandy Spit Beach. Offering nothing but bliss, peace and tranquility, you will get to experience the most authentic and intimate meeting with nature. Surrounded by the turquoise waters, the golden sand is soft and comforting. Perfect to spend some romantic moments with your partner! 

Activities: Swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, exploration.

Best time to visit: September to November

Ideal for: Couples, youngsters

12. Maundays Bay, Anguilla

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While it may not be as energetic and happening as some of the other beaches, Maundays Bay of Anguilla still makes it to the top beaches in the Caribbean. The azure hues of the sea and the white sand make a very bright combination. The views are refreshing and a couple of hours here are enough to rejuvenate you. A great beach if you want to avoid crowd, and yet not be alone, this beach is a must visit!

Activities: Water sports, snorkeling, sunbathing. 

Best time to visit: May to August

Ideal for: Families, couples

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Now that you have seen our list of the best Caribbean beaches, select the one that suits you best! Are you looking for some quiet time? Or maybe something adventurous? The best plan would be one that includes a little of all…

So, pack your flip flops, a bottle of sunscreen and your beachwear, and set out island hopping across the waters which we call the Caribbean.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ARUNDHATI BHAND ARUNDHATI BHAND

An animal lover at heart, marketer by education and artist by passion, Arundhati aims to seek out to all that satisfies her diverse interests. She believes that it is only through experiences that one learns, and a traveller of sorts, she strives to explore the unexplored. She finds herself drawn to the richness of mythology, and the next minute she may be pouring over the latest comic book. A combination of a carefree happy person and an introvert, you will find her playing with her dogs, or reading Yugandhar or Pride and Prejudice in the quiets of her home, staying true to the quote “Adventure is right where you are…”

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