Best beaches in the Caribbean, 2018 edition

By Anonymous

Anguilla

Rendezvous Bay hosts some of the best dunes on Anguilla, beach bars like Garvey’s and SunShine Shack, and the top-drawer CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa.

Anguilla

Anguilla's Merrywing Bay is the capital of calm fronting The Reef by Cuisinart, reopening on April 1.

Anguilla

Maundays Bay in Anguilla never gets crowded, apart from die-hard swimmers and romance walkers who enjoy the mile-long stretch in front of the elegant Belmond Cap Juluca, slated to open in November.

Anguilla

Breezes Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner on Merrywing Bay.

Anguilla

Powdery sand and barely a soul in sight makes Junk's Hole in Anguilla a must-go for privacy-seekers craving solitude in the sun.

Anguilla

Meads Bay on the northwest coast of Anguilla is where you’ll find the swanky Four Seasons Resort and Residences, reopening on March 23.

Anguilla

Anguilla's Shoal Bay East is popular with day-trippers who park their towels on the 2-mile strip and then make a beeline to Gwen's Reggae Grill for a cheeseburger in paradise.

St. Maarten

Wide and flat with a palm fringe, St. Maarten's Mullet Bay Beach is easy to get to via one of the island’s inexpensive public buses.

St. Martin

St. Martin's Pinel Island sandbar is a family-friendly beach.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten's Great Bay Beach is close to the cruise ship pier.

St. Maarten

A few minutes from the Princess Juliana International Airport on St. Maarten, Maho Beach is famous for watching the jets come in for a landing, early morning strolls and late-night partying at the Sunset Beach Bar.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's Isla Verde has hotels dotting the shoreline and plenty of water sports in the surf.

Puerto Rico

Puerto-Rico's Flamenco Beach is open on Culebra.

Puerto Rico

Thirty minutes from San Juan, La Posita is a long family-friendly beach on the Atlantic coast with a rock wall that creates a shallow natural pool.

U.S. Virgin Islands

The tranquil surf and Underwater Snorkel Trail keep the Trunk Bay beach busy with swimmers, divers and sailors.

U.S. Virgin Islands

After months of post-hurricane cleanup, most of the beaches have been cleared on all three of the U.S. Virgin Islands. In St. Thomas, there are 53 beaches, including Magens Bay north of the capital city of Charlotte Amalie.

U.S. Virgin Islands

In St. John, Trunk Bay on the northwestern corner of the Virgin Islands National Park is one of the most photographed beaches in the Caribbean.

Nevis

For a quieter day on a beach chair, Lover’s Beach in Nevis is hidden from the road on the northern shore.

Nevis

The beguiling blue-water beach on the Caribbean Sea side is carpeted in sand the color of saffron and a sandy stroll from the island’s luxe resorts like Four Seasons Resort Nevis and Paradise Beach Nevis.

Nevis

Pinney’s Beach on the west coast of Nevis is the one you see in the travel brochures.

Jamaica

For a party vibe, head to Negril where you’ll find Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica's longest strip. Coming in closer to 6 miles, the boho beach is a true original that gets crowded with sun-seekers, aloe masseuses, hair-braiders and vendors

Jamaica

Laughing Waters in Ocho Rios is the beach made famous in the first James Bond thriller "Dr. No" and the hands-down go-to for shallow water, rock pools and bowing palms.

Jamaica

Also in Port Antonio, fans of unflustered beaches like Boston Bay, where a sunny afternoon means surfer-ready waves, smooth sand and chefs grilling the island’s spiciest jerk chicken, fish and pork.

Jamaica

Jamaica's Treasure Beach is a collection of smaller spots with names like Jack Sprat and Calabash Bay that are more popular with the local artsy community than with tourists.

Jamaica

Another good-time beach is Doctor’s Cave in Montego Bay, where you’ll find plenty of family-friendly conveniences like beach umbrellas, boat tours, showers and a seaside food court.

Jamaica

Find more movie history in Port Antonio and Frenchman’s Cove Beach, the set for the movie "Cocktail" and the beach of choice for Hollywood glitterati like Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor and Errol Flynn.

Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Beach on Turks and Caicos lives up to the hype. Twelve miles of beach perfection on the eastern crook of Providenciales (or Provo), Grace Bay is the Louboutin of beaches and the recipient of umpteen “best beach” awards.

Turks and Caicos

Four-foot water depths going out thousands of feet are ideal for languid swims and the beach is so wide open, you may not see another soul.

Turks and Caicos

Stop at the chic Shore Club, which so far is the only resort even close to the beach (the easiest access is the north entrance next to the resort, where a boardwalk leads to the sand).

Turks and Caicos

Fashionable with kite-boarders and blissfully devoid of everyone else, Long Bay Beach on Provo’s southeast coast is 3 miles of delicious solitude.

Turks and Caicos

On the northwest shoreline, wild and windswept Malcolm’s is the quietest beach on Turks and Caicos, accessible only with a four-wheel-drive but well worth the trip for the superb snorkeling.

British Virgin Islands

On the north side of Tortola, Apple Bay has some of the best surf in the BVIs.

British Virgin Islands

Tortola's Cane Garden Bay rates high with swimmers, windsurfers, paddle-boarders and everyone else who covets the local vibe.

British Virgin Islands

Smuggler’s Cove on Tortola, once frequented by pirates, is still without too many tourists but with plenty of white sand and palm trees.

British Virgin Islands

On the southern coast of Jost Van Dyke, White Bay Beach is a perfect stretch of sand with sailboats docked in the bay, snorkelers in the water and regulars chilling at the Soggy Dollar Bar.

British Virgin Islands

Sunsets are spellbinding at Smuggler’s Cove.

Antigua

On the southwest corner of Antigua, a trio of sandy stretches — Ffrye’s Bay, Darkwood Beach and Crab Hill Bay— come with white sand, small hotels and groovy beach bars where liming with the locals is the real deal.

Antigua

Dickenson Bay on the north coast of Antigua is the island’s most popular beach, where a slew of hotels, water sports kiosks and watering holes keep the stretch busy even on a cloudy day.

Bahamas

If you're looking for a great beach, you're in business in the Bahamas. Although the Out Islands like Exuma and Abaco are circled by some of the most magnificent sandy swaths in the Caribbean, Nassau and Paradise Island also invite with endless stretches.

Bahamas

Cable Beach is a spunky beach 3 miles west of downtown Nassau where tourists in search of fine white sand and gem-toned blue water arrive early to snag a spot.

Bahamas

A few minutes from downtown Nassau, Paradise Beach on Paradise Island lives up to its name with manicured white sand and unflustered water that hosts the impressive Lost Blue Hole dive site.

Barbados

Crane Beach on Barbados has pink-tinged sand soft enough for an early morning stroll and waves ideal for boogie boarding.

Barbados

Barbados' Rockley Beach, also known as Accra Beach, is ideal for young swimmers in the pool-like part of the beach that is protected by wave-breaking rocks.

Barbados

Barbados' Turtle Beach is an all-purpose swath perfectly safe for swimming and courtesy of the breezy breezes; the beach is also popular with stand-up paddle boarders, jet skiers and windsurfers.

Curacao

The adventurous entertain onlookers as they plunge from the rugged cliffs into the water below.

Curacao

It doesn’t get more secluded than Klein Curacao, 8 miles from the southeast coast. Hop a small boat to the big volcanic rock to dive, take a dip in the cool water and dig into a picnic on the beach.

Curacao

Perfect for families, you’ll find a water trampoline, beach chairs, kayaks and banana boats at Curacao's Cas Abao.

Curacao

At Cas Abao, the sand is soft, the water is shallow, rafts invite sunbathers, bartenders at the Daiquiri Bar excel at the fine art of blending a strawberry cocktail and a masseuse sets up shop under a shady gazebo.

Curacao

Other Westpunt beaches worthy of a sunny afternoon include Playa Porto Mari with a double-reef that is eye candy for divers and snorkelers.

Curacao

Playa Knip is the most popular of the Westpunt beaches, with a shallow reef just a short swim from shore.

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