The Caribbean's best beach is in the Bahamas

Gold Rock Beach wins Readers' Choice title

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 10. So we asked our readers for help.

  • Gold Rock Beach
    Bahamas

    Located within the protected Lucayan National Park, Gold Rock Beach comprises a spectacular and secluded stretch of sand known as Grand Bahama’s “welcome mat.” Beach goers can make use of BBQ pits, picnic tables and benches, and at low tide, the sand stretches for yards out to sea.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / espiegle

  • Grace Bay Beach
    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

  • Stocking Island Beach
    Bahamas

    Accessible by boat from Elizabeth Harbour, Stocking Island is ringed by white sand beaches, and just offshore lie blue holes, coral gardens and undersea caves perfect for snorkeling and diving.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Valerie Loiseleux

  • 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

  • Eagle Beach
    Aruba

    Aruba's widest beach is also one of its 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 / Diego Mariottini

  • White Bay Beach
    Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

    The waters of White Bay Beach on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands are protected by an excellent snorkeling reef, accessible from shore. Between bouts in the water, beach goers can relax and one of several beach bars along the sandy stretch.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / cdwheatley

  • Dickenson Bay
    Antigua

    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 iStock / Only1BruceC

  • Deep Bay
    Antigua

    Situated on the western end of Antigua, Deep Bay features one of the island’s finest stretches of sand. The crescent-shaped beach fronts a wide, turquoise bay that’s home to the famous Andes Shipwreck diving site. A 10-minute trail from the sand leads to Fort Barrington.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / peeterv

  • Tahiti Beach
    Bahamas

    This beach on the southern tip of Elbow Cay features soft white sand shaded by coconut trees and clear, calm water perfect for swimming. It’s only accessible on foot or by bike or boat, and at low tide, its large sand bar is ideal for shelling.
    Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Bartlett / Flickr

  • Sandy Island
    Anguilla

    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 iStock / Purestock

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

  1. Gold Rock Beach - Bahamas
  2. Grace Bay Beach - Turks and Caicos
  3. Stocking Island Beach - Bahamas
  4. Grand Anse Beach - Grenada
  5. Eagle Beach - Aruba
  6. White Bay Beach - Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
  7. Dickenson Bay - Antigua
  8. Deep Bay - Antigua
  9. Tahiti Beach - Bahamas
  10. Sandy Island - Anguilla

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Melanie Reffes and Chelle Koster Walton (10Best Local Expert) were chosen for their knowledge of the Caribbean.

Congratulations to all these winning beaches!

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