With its bounty of islands boasting beautiful beaches, it’s no wonder the Caribbean allures. Year-round heat means you can take comfort in its tropical embrace no matter the season, and bask on some of the loveliest of the world’s sandy waterfront stretches.Barbados: Crane Beach
Crane Beach in Barbados
brings not only beauty – surrounded as it is by cliffs and home to the elegant Crane Beach Hotel – but waves perfect for beginning surfers and bodysurfers as well as coral reefs for snorkelers and scuba divers to explore.
Aruba: Eagle Beach
Fronting many resorts and other accommodations on Aruba
, Eagle Beach is acclaimed for its aqua waters and wide swath of pristine sand. Come at the right time of year, and you may also be in for a wildlife treat – the beach serves as a popular sea turtle nesting ground.Turks and Caicos: Grace Bay
Miles of powdery sands and translucent waters ideal for swimming as well as snorkeling in the reef just offshore means Grace Bay, on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands
, regularly lands on lists not just of the Caribbean’s best beaches, but the world’s.Bermuda: Horseshoe Bay
Horseshoe Bay has the signature pink sand – a natural phenomenon to do with the area’s single-celled marine organisms with shells – for which the beaches of Bermuda
are famous. Add to the mix lifeguards and watersports rental facilities, and you have an idyllic shorefront for families.
St. Maarten: Orient Bay
For those who detest tanlines, clothing-optional Orient Bay in St. Maarten
is the place to be for soaking up the sun. While the surf is rough for swimming, it’s popular for parasailing and windsurfing, and the happening beach scene also encompasses eating, drinking and live music.
Cayman Islands: Seven Mile Beach
Technically about 5.5 miles long, the Cayman Islands
’ Seven Mile Beach nonetheless makes for a splendid spot to stretch out on, with its crescent shape, coral sands and calm waves, which lend themselves to numerous watersports. Jamaica: Seven Mile Beach
Yet another gorgeous Seven Mile Beach frequently tops lists of the Caribbean’s best beaches, this one in Negril, Jamaica
. Backed by resorts and condos, this sandy stretch has a party vibe, with vendors, bars and clubs on the beach, as well as some nudist sections.US Virgin Islands: Trunk Bay
Protected by the U.S. National Park Service, Trunk Bay in St. John, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands
, is a popular destination famous for its 225-yard-long underwater snorkeling trail – markers guide you along the reef to discover who knows how many underwater wonders.