Grand Anse Beach wins title of Best Caribbean Beach!
Pink Sand Beach, Grace Bay, Tropic of Cancer Beach and Meads Bay also winners
Beach junkies and sun lovers will find some of the world's most spectacular stretches of sand on the islands of the Caribbean. With so many palm tree-lined, silky sand expanses leading down to warm, azure water, it's hard to narrow it down to just 20. But that's the task we gave our panel of Caribbean travel experts.
Eagle Beach (Aruba)
Aruba's widest beach is also one of it's most spectacular, thanks to its blindingly white sand, warm Caribbean waters and some of the island's most famous (and photographed) fofoti trees. Photo courtesy of iStock / Marc Boettinger
Maundays Bay (Anguilla)
This mile-long white sand beach is a stellar swimming spot (and also excellent for a long, romantic walk on the shore). Beachside tents offer food, drinks and massages. Photo courtesy of iStock / mtcurado
Cas Abao Beach (Curacao)
White sand, clear waters, gently waving palms and many amenities make Cas Abao a paradise for swimmers, sunbathers and snorkelers alike. Visitors to this Curacao beach can even get a surfside massage. Photo courtesy of dronepicr / Flickr
Long Bay Beach (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos)
Long Bay Beach stretches for three miles along the south coast of Providenciales. The calm water remains shallow – only two to four feet deep – going out thousands of feet, making it a popular spot for wading. It's also the most popular kiteboarding destination on the island. Photo courtesy of Jussi Ollila / Flickr
Shoal Bay (Anguilla)
Shaded by coconut trees, two-mile-long Shoal Bay Beach is no stranger to the top of the world's best beaches lists. Broad with gentle water, Shoal Bay is popular with families, and a reef just offshore makes it an excellent snorkeling spot as well. Photo courtesy of iStock / mtcurado
Meads Bay (Anguilla)
Wide and expansive Meads Bay is home to many of Anguilla's top resorts and restaurants, and it's easy to see why. This north shore stretch of sand punctuated by an often photographed tamarind tree ranks among the island's most visually impressive and an excellent spot to watch a sunset. Photo courtesy of iStock / daniloforcellini
Tropic of Cancer Beach (Little Exuma, Bahamas)
The longest beach on Little Exuma, Tropic of Cancer Beach sits right along the eponymous line, and while it's one of the most beautiful in the Bahamas, visitors often have the crescent of sugar white sand all to themselves. Photo courtesy of iStock / PJPhoto69
Grace Bay (Turks and Caicos)
On the north side of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos sits 12-mile-long Grace Bay, a long stretch of sand lined with excellent resorts and tourist services. The endless (and unbelievably soft) white sand and mesmerizing turquoise water are often rather quiet, as there isn't a cruise ship in sight. Photo courtesy of Turks and Caicos
Pink Sand Beach (Harbour Island, Bahamas)
Located on the eastern Atlantic side of Harbour Island, Pink Sand Beach delivers on its name with three miles of 50- to 100-foot wide pale pink sand. Outlying reefs make the beach safe for swimming and snorkeling. Photo courtesy of iStock / zxvisual
Grand Anse Beach (Grenada)
Many a visitor to the Caribbean's Spice Island never leave the 2-mile stretch of creamy white sand known as Grand Anse Beach. Located conveniently close to St. George's, the beach has an old Caribbean feel, plenty of room for walking and loads of restaurants, hotels and shops to meet any beach-goer's needs. Photo courtesy of Grenada Tourism Authority
For the past four weeks, out readers have been voting for their favorites, and the results are in.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Caribbean Beach are as follows:
- Grand Anse Beach - Grenada
- Pink Sand Beach - Harbour Island, Bahamas
- Grace Bay - Turks and Caicos
- Tropic of Cancer Beach - Little Exuma, Bahamas
- Meads Bay - Anguilla
- Shoal Bay - Anguilla
- Long Bay Beach - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
- Cas Abao Beach - Curacao
- Maundays Bay - Anguilla
- Eagle Beach - Aruba
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon (JetSetSarah.com), Melanie Reffes and Chelle Koster Walton (10Best) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of Caribbean travel.
Congratulations to all these winning beaches!
A note on Irma and Maria: The 2017 hurricane season greatly impacted the Caribbean, with hurricanes Irma and Maria leaving destruction in their wakes. Where some islands were able to bounce back quickly, recovery continues on others. Each of our nominees in this contest is either currently open to visitors or has an expected opening date in 2018.