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Caribbean beach holiday guide

While there are thousands of gorgeous beaches in the Caribbean, all offering their own charm and beauty, there are a few singularly beautiful beaches that are truly spectacular and exceed one's every expectation for the ultimate beach holiday.

We feature a choice of the very best beaches in the Caribbean, from secluded stretches of sand framed by ancient wind and sea carved rocks lapped by turquoise water to gorgeous white-sand beaches with every amenity close to hand.

Discover also comprehensive information about the nearest resorts, things to do and see, the best time of year to visit each beach holiday destination and how to get there.


Palm Beach – Aruba

Unwind on the soft sugar-white sands of this idyllic 2km-long beach fringed by towering coconut and date palms and lined with a choice of luxurious 5-star high rise hotels.
   Water sports include diving, snorkelling, parasailing, kite surfing, windsurfing, jet skis and Hobie cats. Relax on the white sand, go swimming in the warm turquoise sea or sip a cocktail and people-watch.
  Read more about Palm Beach . . . and Aruba . . .

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Cayman Isands

Seven Mile Beach – Grand Cayman

Pick your own spot to sunbathe on the soft powder-white sands of this gorgeous 9km-long beach that fringes the west coast of Grand Cayman Island, from George Town to Long Point.
   Edged by shady palms, casuarinas and pine trees, Seven Mile Beach is lapped by calm, crystal clear turquoise waters that offer ideal conditions for swimming, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling.
  Read more about Seven Mile Beach and the Cayman Islands . . .

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Grace Bay, Turkes and Caicos

Grace Bay Beach – Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Find your own secluded spot to unwind on this majestic 19km-long sweep of soft white sand that shelves into the calm and clear turquoise waters of Grace Bay.
   Follow shallow snorkel trails above coral gardens teeming with colourful marine life in the offshore marine park, just a short swim from what is often described by travel magazines (such as Condé Nast Traveller) as one of the best beaches in the world.
  Read more about Grace Bay and the Turks and Caicos Islands . . .

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The Baths, Virgin Gorda

The Baths – Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Once the hideout of buccaneers and pirates, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) offers couples unspoiled white-sand beaches for sunbathing, clear turquoise waters for snorkelling, offshore reefs, walls and wrecks for diving, as well as numerous hidden coves, uninhabited cays and islets that combine with gentle sea breezes to make BVI a sailor’s paradise.
   The 50-odd islands of this British Crown Colony offer a very laid-back lifestyle that is in stark contrast to the crowds, casinos and mega-tourism resorts of the nearby US Virgin Islands.
  For a perfect beach holiday in the Caribbean, read more about The Baths and the British Virgin Islands . . .

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Flamenco Beach, Culebra

Flamenco Beach – Culebra, Puerto Rico

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best beaches, Playa Flamenco is located on Culebra’s west shore and is easily accessible by a thrice-daily ferry service from Fajardo.
   Surrounded by rolling green hills and bordered by the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, this idyllic white-sand beach stretches for 1.3km around a sheltered half moon-shaped bay and gently shelves into reef-protected waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
  Read more about Flamenco Beach, Culebra and Puerto Rico . . .

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Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island

Pink Sands Beach – Harbour Island, Bahamas

Unwind on one of the world’s most famous beaches – often voted the world's best beach by numerous travel publications. This tranquil 5km-long strip of soft, pink-hued sand mixed with sugar-white coral sand stretches the full length of the island’s eastern side.
   An outlying coral reef provides calm waters for safe swimming, snorkelling and diving.
  Read more about Pink Sands Beach and Harbour Island, Bahamas.

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Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach – Bermuda

Relax on this wide, 550m-long crescent of pink sand that curves around a charming bay framed by bush-clad rocky headlands. An adjoining beach set in a sheltered cove with shallow waters offers perfect conditions for small children.
   Set beneath the grassy landscape of South Shore Park, Horseshoe Bay is a favourite of locals and has a good range of facilities that isn’t found on other public beaches, including changing rooms, toilets, showers, lifeguards and a snack bar (the Horseshoe Bay Beach Café), from which you can hire umbrellas, sun loungers and snorkelling equipment.
  Read more about Horseshoe Bay Beach and Bermuda . . .

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Seven Mile Beach Negril Jamaica

Seven Mile Beach Negril – Jamaica
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on arguably the best beach in Jamaica – an 11km-long, palm-fringed white-sand beach that shelves gently into a wide, protected lagoon of clean aqua blue water. Although undeveloped in places, this laid-back beach is mainly lined with a choice of open-air restaurants, bars, clubs and low-rise resorts.
   Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers and toilets. Numerous water sport activities include scuba diving, fishing, tubing, glass-bottom boat trips, sailing, sea kayaks, water-skiing, windsurfing and snorkelling.
  Read more about Seven Mile Beach Negil and Jamaica . . .

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Crane Beach, Barbados

Crane Beach – Barbados
Dip your toes into the powder-soft pink-hued sand of this gorgeous 300m-long beach. The calm turquoise waters here are protected by an offshore coral reef making the beach perfect for swimming and bodysurfing.
   Edged by low, rugged cliffs indented with soaring palm trees and framed by imposing cliffs at one end and a rocky outcrop at the other end, picture-perfect Crane Beach is often voted by travel magazines as Barbados’ most beautiful beach. Sunbathe on the beach, swim in the calm waters or stroll past the rocky outcrop to find a stunning, pristine beach that continues for around 500m.
  Read more about Crane Beach and Barbados . . .

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