10 Beautiful Beaches in the Caribbean

  • Sandy stretch of Michel Beach

    Michel Beach in Ste-Marie, Trinite', Martinique

    The overseas region of France known as Martinique sits in the eastern Caribbean as part of the Lesser Antilles. The island's five bays and countless coves give travelers plenty of sandy real estate to choose from, such as Michel Beach near Sainte-Marie in the northern part of the island.

    Photo courtesy of Antoine Hubert

  • Peeking through the trees at Macaroni Beach

    Macaroni Beach in the Grenadines

    Besides being one of the most stunning beaches in the world, Macaroni Beach on Mustique Island in the Grenadines stays quiet throughout the year, and in the off season, you may have the entire stretch of sand to yourself. Gentle waves moderated by a reef offshore create ideal body surfing conditions. With only 500 year round inhabitants on the island, it's easy to feel worlds away from civilization on this island paradise where Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Prince Philip have all vacationed.

    Photo courtesy of Jason Pratt

  • The BVI are famous for attracting sailors

    Tortola in the British Virgin Islands

    Tortola Island, capital of the British Virgin Islands, is also the largest and most populous. Calm waters and passing trade winds attract flocks of barefooted sailors, but even without a boat, the island has plenty to enjoy. Most of the island's beaches remain uncrowded year round, and reefs just off the shore, teeming with coral and parrotfish, await snorkelers.

    Photo courtesy of denisema4

  • El Castillo guards the beach

    Tulum, Mexico

    Located on the Mayan Riviera, Tulum Beach sits just south of the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum, one of the best preserved coastal sites. Cabana resorts lining the beach mean a lounge chair and a cold cocktail are always close at hand, yet the crowds don't get quite as large as nearby Cancun. If you want more seclusion, head south along the seven mile stretch of sand.

    Photo courtesy of Dennis Jarvis/Flickr

  • Lounging on Grace Bay

    Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos

    In the chain of islands just a 90-minute flight from Miami known as Turks & Caicos, Grace Bay stands out as the most spectacular beach amid an archipelago of stunning beaches. The velvety soft sand lining the 13 mile stretch of beach feels like it was made for bare feet, and reefs just beneath the surface of the calm waters make for excellent beach snorkeling.

    Photo courtesy of Ben Ramirez/Flickr

  • Mid Ocean Club Beach in St George Parish

    Tucker's Town, Bermuda

    Tucker's Town used to house the poorest residents of Bermuda pre-World War I, but today, a house here goes for over $2 million. Accessible only to guests of the Mid Ocean Club, the beach at Tucker's Town is considered the best in Bermuda. If you plan to forgo the exclusive resort, check out the public beach at Tobacco Bay, a generally quiet beach with clear waters, pale pink sand and all the facilities you'd need to spend a day there.

    Photo courtesy of kansasphoto/Flickr

  • Beach-goers on Cayo Pelon

    Cayo Pelon in Morrocoy, Venezuela

    Located in northwest Venezuela, the waters of Morrocoy National Park are dotted with tiny islands of sand, called 'cayos.' Pack a picnic lunch, hire a boat and head out for a day of cayo hopping. Who knows, you may even find yourself on your own private island for the day.

    Photo courtesy of ruurmo/Flickr

  • Snorkel at Mullet Bay

    Mullet Bay Beach on St. Martin

    Mullet Bay Beach, on the Dutch side of the half French, half Dutch St. Martin, snorkeling and treasure hunting for shells next to the swimming pool-calm waters. The best thing about St. Martin? There are 38 other beaches to choose from should Mullet Bay be crowded or the undertow too strong for swimming.

    Photo courtesy of Richie Diesterheft

  • Blue waters of Trunk Bay

    Trunk Bay Beach on St John's Island, US Virgin Islands

    Considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Trunk Bay on St John's Island in the US Virgin Islands has still, clear waters perfect for snorkeling, diving, sailing, wind surfing and swimming. Due to its popularity, particularly among novice snorkelers, the beach is equipped with all the amenities, including nice showers, a snack bar and snorkeling equipment rental stands.

    Photo courtesy of Rennett Stowe

  • Sunbathers at Shell Beach

    Shell Beach on St Barts

    Just a short walk from Gustavia sits shell beach, named for the sands often littered with shells. While not the most bare foot-friendly beach in the Caribbean, this free stretch of coast line makes for great sea glass and shell treasure hunting, as well as snorkeling. If you get hungry, a little Brazilian cafe serves up excellent food right on the beach.

    Photo courtesy of Bruce Tuten

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