Best Caribbean Beach (2017)


When you think 'Caribbean,' you probably think 'beach.' This region of the world has been blessed with some of the most spectacular stretches of sun-kissed sand in the world, and we're on the hunt for the best of the best. We asked a panel of Caribbean experts to nominate their favorite Caribbean beaches, and 10Best readers voted daily to decide 10 winners.

  • Anse Chastanet

    Anse Chastanet
    St. Lucia

    Those lucky enough to be sprawled out on the sands of Anse Chastanet Beach on St. Lucia enjoy stellar views of the Piton Mountains and snorkeling just 10 yards from the beach.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Grand Anse Beach

    Grand Anse Beach

    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

  • Grace Bay

    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

  • Playa Kenepa

    Playa Kenepa

    Shaded by manchineel trees, Curacao's Playa Kenepa is a bit off the beaten path, which makes it a quiet, serene beach for relaxing. Visitors can snorkel from the shore or rent paddle boards to take out onto the calm water.
    Photo courtesy of Charles Hoffman / Flickr

  • Dickenson Bay

    Dickenson Bay

    Situated on the north coast of Antigua, Dickenson Bay is a favorite for its white sand, shallow and calm waters, and the abundance of activities available – everything from restaurants to water sports.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Sandy Island

    Sandy Island

    Paradise-seekers in Anguilla may just find what they're looking for on tiny little Sandy Island, a tiny speck of sand a short boat ride from the main island. With 360-degree ocean views, Sandy Island has its own seafood restaurant serving some of the best food around.
    Photo courtesy of alljengi / Flickr

  • Bavaro Beach

    Bavaro Beach
    Dominican Republic

    Palm-lined Bavaro Beach is one of the most developed of Punta Cana's beaches, and it's a beautiful stretch of sand for sunbathing or trying out a water sport like parasailing. An offshore reef keeps the waters calm.
    Photo courtesy of Andrei-Daniel Nicolae / Flickr

  • Arashi Beach

    Arashi Beach

    While Aruba isn't hurting for stellar beaches, Arashi Beach appeals because it's quiet, while it's gentle currents and abundant underwater life make it a great spot for snorkeling. It's not wonder this is a favorite with locals.
    Photo courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority

  • Horseshoe Bay Beach

    Horseshoe Bay Beach

    Two words: pink sands. Bermuda's iconic Horseshoe Bay, a horseshoe-shaped beach lined with natural limestone cliffs, is the crowning jewel of the island's several pink-hued beaches covered in sand made from crushed sea shells and coral. It's one of only a handful of public beaches in the Caribbean that employs lifeguards, making it a favorite of beach-loving families.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Trunk Bay Beach

    Trunk Bay Beach
    St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

    Beautiful pearly white sand, aquamarine water (complete with a marked underwater snorkeling trail) and a stunning location inside Virgin Islands National Park make Trunk Bay on the island of St. John a serious contender for the best beach in the Virgin Islands (or the Caribbean ... or the world).
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock


The top 10 winners in the category Best Caribbean Beach are as follows:

  1. Anse Chastanet - St. Lucia
  2. Grand Anse Beach - Grenada
  3. Grace Bay - Turks and Caicos
  4. Playa Kenepa - Curacao
  5. Dickenson Bay - Antigua
  6. Sandy Island - Anguilla
  7. Bavaro Beach - Dominican Republic
  8. Arashi Beach - Aruba
  9. Horseshoe Bay Beach - Bermuda
  10. Trunk Bay Beach - St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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 Liliana Erasmus (10Best), Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon (, Melanie Reffes and Chelle Walton (10Best) were chosen based on their expertise of the Caribbean region.

Next time you're planning that ultimate beach getaway, keep these 10 award-winning Caribbean beaches in mind.

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Liliana Erasmus

Liliana Erasmus

Liliana Erasmus

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon

Melanie Reffes

Melanie Reffes

Melanie Reffes

Chelle Walton

Chelle Walton

Chelle Walton