Caribbean Beaches

From Instagram-worthy pink-hued sand to glinting sea glass beaches, joyous swimming piglets to postcard-perfect bays, there’s good reason why the Caribbean beaches are some of the most iconic in the world. But before you jet set to paradise, stop and consider which beach is right for you? Combining the reviews of seasoned travellers and locals alike, we’ve analysed the data to select the ultimate favourites. Read on to discover our curated list of the best Caribbean beaches to make your holiday planning that little bit easier. Ready for sand between your toes? Shop our exclusive holidays in the Caribbean.

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Arashi Beach

Noord, Aruba

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Compared to the busier, more upbeat stretches of sand further south on Aruba, Arashi Beach remains calm and uncrowded all year-round. Offering ample sealife and ideal for snorkelling, beginners can seek the southern end of the beach, whilst more advanced snorkelers can swim out through the northside to spot large expanses of Star and Pillar Coral.

Baby Beach

San Nicolas, Aruba

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Whilst the half-moon sandy expanse of Baby Beach may be man-made, its beauty appears au naturel. Named after its suitability for young ones, this calm, protected bay features bathtub warm water. Stop by the beach shack on the shore when you arrive for your days snacks or hire a beach chair or umbrella for resort-worthy comfort.

Bavaro Beach

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Punctuated by lush resorts and popular restaurants, Bavaro Beach is a veritable beach playground in the heart of the Caribbean. Take a dip among the waves or kick back under the palm trees. The facilities here are top-notch thanks to the resort staff who tend to the beach daily.

Bloody Bay

Jamaica

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A real diver's paradise with its cliffs providing a series of fantastic hidden coves, Bloody Bay is known for having plentiful sea life making it ideal for snorkelling and scuba adventures. Also known for its pirating history, ask the locals and they'll be sure to share many-a-tale about Bloody Bay.

Boca Catalina

Boca Catalina Beach, Aruba

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Known as a snorkelling hotspot in the Caribbean, Boca Catalina offers plenty of reef and rocky outcrops that native fish love to call home. Dive in and explore the bay underwater for guaranteed sightings. A word to the wise, pack some reef shoes, the shore is more rock than sand making it a little tough on the feet.

Cable Beach

Nassau, The Bahamas

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With water temperatures that hover at 22 degrees Celsius all year-round, the turquoise waters of Cable Beach offer seemingly endless visibility making this an ideal place for snorkelling and diving. When you've had your dose of salt water, venture off the beach to one of the many resorts or swing by the local golf course or casino.

Clearwater Beach

Bermuda

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If you're hoping for a turtle-sighting on your Caribbean holiday, Clearwater Beach is the place to go. Known to few, this secluded beach on the east coast of Bermuda offers peaceful waters filled with sea life. Clearwater Beach also offers fantastic facilities with a cafe, restrooms, watersports for rent and lifeguards on duty, and, with the island airport nearby, you're sure to spot a plane or two.

Darkwood Beach

Antigua and Barbuda

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Pristine and undeveloped, Darkwood Beach's authenticity will make you feel as though you're on your own private island oasis. With its western exposure, you can expect some larger waves during the day, and if you stay around for sunset you'll also be treated to a show - wait for the magic moment where the light glimmers off the rocky hills behind you.

Dickenson Bay

Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua's beaches are known for their electric blue waters and Dickenson Bay is no exception. With easy access straight off Anchorage Road, try a spot of lunch at the Warri Pier beach restaurant right on the water or pack your own picnic to enjoy on the sand and rent a sunbed from Sneaky Petes.

Druif Beach

Aruba

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Just a short-trip from the bustling downtown of Oranjestad, Druif Beach offers quiet contemplation away from the crowds. Both motorised and non-motorised water sports are on offer and plenty of beach huts and chairs make for great beach lounging. Keep watch for the many pelicans in the area who love to stretch their limbs on the water poles.

Eagle Beach

Aruba

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Away from the hubbub of the bigger towns, Eagle Beach's tree-lined shore has a trademark silhouette. Popular with locals as a prime location for a game of beach tennis, it's also a hotspot for resident turtles who visit each summer to lay their eggs on the shore. Best to keep an eye out for the hatchlings between March and September.

Elbow Beach

Bermuda

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Dotted with 5-star resorts and dusted with pink-hued sand, at Elbow Beach you can enjoy the best of both worlds; head out on the water and hire a kayak or paddleboard, or kick-back with a drink at Mickeys Bistro right on the shoreline. For those who love to snorkel, the Pollockshields shipwreck is a great site just 100 yards offshore.

Grace Bay Beach

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands

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The paradise of Turks and Caicos - Grace Bay Beach is tucked away in the Caribbean and boasts electric blue waters and softest white sand you're likely to come across. From jet skis to beach bars - discover why the travel blogger, RumShopRyan, just cannot get enough of this pristine beach, even after travelling around the Caribbean islands.
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Grand Anse Beach

Grand Anse Main Rd The Lime Grenada

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While the island of Grenada offers more than 40 beaches, none compare to the fun and adventure of Grand Anse. Its 2-mile expanse perfectly showcases the breadth of watersports available. Beyond the beach, the local Saturday market offers a plethora of exotic produce; stock up and pack a picnic for your day on the sand.

Half Moon Bay

Antigua and Barbuda

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A true icon from the air, Antigua's Half Moon Bay is a narrow strip of pristine tropical beach formed between two uninhabited cays. With no road access, take the short boat trip from Provo or grab a kayak and paddle over. Its location certainly provides a remote feeling and thanks to this there's certainly no shortage of wildlife with herons, pelicans and ospreys frequenting the lagoon.

Hellshire Beach

Jamaica

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With local fare that is almost as famous as its waters, your Caribbean beach holiday simply wouldnt be complete without a visit to Hellshire Beach in Jamaica. Known for its local fried fish, you can step out of the water and settle straight in for lunch set against the sounds of native music in this vibrant local village.

Horseshoe Bay Beach

South Road, Bermuda

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You simply cant visit Bermuda without a trip to Horseshoe Bay. With its rocky outcrops and pink sands, there's so much to love about this beach. If you're feeling adventurous, venture up the hill for a spectacular view, or follow the coastline along to the left to discover quieter, smaller bays like Hangover Hole.

Jolly Beach

Antigua and Barbuda

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Located on the west coast of Antigua, Jolly Beach is one of the islands most popular destinations. Brimming with all-inclusive resorts making it an ideal destination for families. This hotspot offers countless watersports, nearby golf courses and a local marina with daily-departing water cruises.

Lighthouse Beach

Bahamas

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Immediately identifiable by its electric blue water dusted with rocky outcrops, Lighthouse Beach has been named time and again as one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches. The access road may be rough, but the effort is certainly worth the reward because most often you'll find you're the only soul on the sand.

Long Bay

Long Bay Beach, Antigua and Barbuda

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Kick back, relax and enjoy the spectacular beach show at Long Bay. Here you'll find coral reefs in water so shallow you can walk out to see them. Once you've had your dose of salt and sand, take a stroll around town to explore the many local businesses who celebrate the real island flavor of Antigua.

Long Bay Beach

Long Bay Hills, Turks and Caicos Islands

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The Caribbean's Long Bay Beach, named for, you guessed it, its long bay, stretches 3 miles along the coast of Turks and Caicos offering pristine, clear waters every inch of the way. A true barefoot oasis, the shallow water of the bay also makes it ideal for kite surfers on a breezy day. Try a beach walk at sunrise to enjoy the sandy expanse all to yourself.

Manchebo Beach

Aruba

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Nestled between entertaining Eagle Beach and peaceful Druif Beach, Manchebo combines the best of both worlds on Aruba. If you're staying at one of the Manchebo Beach resorts, enjoy the high life with access to facilities on the sand including deck chairs and thatched umbrellas for the ultimate beach bliss.

Morne Rouge

Morne Rouge Beach, Grenada

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Blissfully free of crowds, Morne Rouge offers a more relaxed beach option for families visiting Grenada. Also known as BBC Beach, Morne Rouge remains one of the most popular beaches with locals, especially on public holidays. Stop by in the early evening for a torch-lit dinner on the sand.

Negril Beach

Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica

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Located on the westernmost coast of Jamaica, Negril Beach was once a haven for pirates. Today its picturesque location reigns supreme with sunseekers. The gateway to this 7 Mile beach, this holiday hotspot offers an endless expanse ideal for beach walkers. Try visiting in the morning to get the sand to yourself.

Palm Beach

Noord, Aruba

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Noted as one of Aruba's most popular destinations, Palm Beach boasts sugar white sands and brilliant blue waters. Ideal for holidays with little ones thanks to its calm sea, the beach is also lined with resorts and restaurants, so you can take your pick of breakfast or lunch without having to stray too far from the shore. Stick around for cocktail hour, because the north-westerly aspect makes it perfect for a sunset cocktail.

Paradise Beach

Avenida Andes, Grenada

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In a phrase, Paradise Beach is what you would call a 10/10. This quiet, laid-back spot offers a true Caribbean feel with its mile-long stretch of sand, bright green trees and gentle blue waters. Watch for starfish in the sea, chat to the locals, watch the boat-builders at work or listen for the traditional drummers. Theres no hint of tourism here which makes it all the better for your authentic island experience.

Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point Heritage Park, Trinidad and Tobago

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Located at the most western point of Tobago, Pigeon Point is considered one of the islands best beaches. Offering a postcard-worthy scene, its thatched-roof jetty has been widely used in tourism campaigns, making it a symbol of Tobago. Spend the day relaxing on the sand or take a glass-bottomed boat tour of nearby Buccoo Reef.

Pigeon Point Beach

Antigua and Barbuda

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Located just 5 minutes drive from English Harbour on the south east coast of Antigua, Pigeon Point Beach is considered a snorkelling hotspot with locals and visitors alike, but be sure to bring your own mask and fins. With its warm, calm water, this beach is ideal for swimmers of all ages, year-round.

Pink Sands Beach

The Bahamas

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Pink Sands Beach located on Harbour Island in The Bahamas gets it's hues thanks to crushed shells, creatures and coral that mix with the native granules. This three-mile beach is known as one of the most picturesque pink sand beaches in the world. Take a quick trip from Nassau to Harbour Island and discover if it really is that pink with travel blogger, Keep Calm and Travel.
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Playa Grande

Dominican Republic

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Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic is consistently among the ranks of the Caribbean's best beaches. Renowned for its raw coastline, the beach is surrounded by more than 400 acres of virgin rainforest that line the lush hillsides. Combine this with the beachs ocean club of the same name and youll find Playa Grande offers an undeniably alluring mix of wildness and prestige.

Reduit Beach

Saint Lucia

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Nestled in the heart of St. Lucia's most popular beach district, this hotspot offers surprising seclusion, quiet ambience and great facilities. Hire chairs, umbrellas, games and more to make your day by the sea complete, and why not arrive via water taxi for the total experience?

Sandy Island

Grenada

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This 20 acre island is just 30 minutes away from the northeastern shores of Grenada. The beach is surrounded by pristine turquoise waters which is also home to a coral reef bursting with multi-coloured fish - making it the perfect location for snorkelers. The island is also famous for viewing tropical birds against the lush, green backdrop of its large hills covered in coconut palms and fruit trees.

Sea Glass Beach

Bermuda

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Miniature in size yet big on impact, Sea Glass Beach is a holiday-photo opportunity you shouldnt miss. While slightly off the beaten track, take the 30 minute walk from the nearby dockyard and when you arrive, close your eyes and listen as the waves tumble the smoothed glass back and forth. Beach shoes recommended, for obvious reasons.

Tobacco Bay

Tobacco Bay Beach, Bermuda

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Explore a different side of Bermuda at Tobacco Bay Beach. Now a national park, it's the history of this beach that makes it so fascinating. Once known for the wild tobacco that grew here in the 1600s, now you can explore Tobacco Bays shallow waters filled with ample sealife. Take a dip and keep your eyes peeled for the many local parrotfish and groupers.

Treasure Beach

Jamaica

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Once a string of sleepy fishing villages, Treasure Beach has, in recent years, become known for its barefoot, boho and off-the-beaten-track appeal. Whilst not all glitz and glamour, this distinctly Jamaican beach on the islands south coast offers a truly authentic experience attracting those seeking somewhere rustic and local, complete with Reggae music drifting on the breeze.

Tropic of Cancer Beach

The Bahamas

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Aptly named for its actual intersection of the worlds Tropic of Cancer, this memorable beach offers a graceful crescent of white-powder sand bordering translucent blue-green water. But like they say, good things dont come easy, be prepared to walk a ways down an unpaved road to reach the shore, but once you arrive, youll see why its been consistently voted one of the Caribbean's best beaches.

Turtle Beach

St Kitts & Nevis

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Valley Church Beach

Antigua and Barbuda

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Another picturesque spot, Valley Church Beach offers a palm-tree lined shore with facilities to boot. Rent a chair or umbrella at the kiosk for ultimate comfort, and you'll even find free wifi on the sand for those Instagram snaps. The beach bar isn't to be missed, serving up tropical drinks and local Antiguan fare daily.

Warwick Long Bay Beach

Long Bay Place, Warwick, Bermuda

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If you're seeking a quieter beach experience away from the hustle and bustle of your fellow tourists then Warwick Long Bay Beach might be just what you're looking for. Known for turquoise blue waters, semi-submerged rock formations and large expanses of sandy coast, Warwick Long Bay was made for lovers of salt, sand and sea.

Frenchman's Cove

Frenchman's Cove beach, Jamaica

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Known for its iconic inlet of crystal blue water, Frenchman’s Cove on the island of Jamaica offers some of the most picturesque coastline in the Caribbean. Often referred to as ‘paradise’ by locals, this narrow cove is shrouded by jungle-covered rocks making the beach reminiscent of a deserted island.