It might be the low season in the Caribbean right now, but this is the time of year that many of us start planning for our winter getaway. With over 7,000 islands spread amongst almost 30 countries, choosing the right destination can be a challenge.
Some people are looking for a social hot spot while others want something quiet and out-of-the-way. If your goal is just to find a beautiful beach and throw down your towel, you’ve got plenty of options. Here are a few of our favorites, although every island seems to hold at least one hidden gem.
17-mile Beach, Barbuda
You may never get closer to paradise on earth than on this stretch of sand that separates the Barbuda lagoon from the Caribbean Sea. The beach is absolutely stunning with no crowds or resorts. Be sure to bring your own supplies and settle in for a day of magical solitude.
Grand Anse Beach, Grenada
Two miles of gorgeous white sand in a picture-postcard setting on the southwest coast of Grenada. This one comes with hotels, restaurants and boutique shopping, but if you turn your back to the shore there’s nothing but aqua waters, local fishing boats, and a distant view of the capital on the horizon.
French Leave Beach, Bahamas
The best beaches in the Bahamas are on the island of Eleuthera, and this one is an absolute stand-out. The pink sand feels like icing sugar and you can walk for miles along the turquoise waters that lap against the shore. An unspoiled and uncrowded treasure.
Anse du Gouverneur, St. Barthelemy
One of St. Bart’s more remote beaches, this one is worth the drive for the feeling of absolute seclusion you’ll find at the other end. No resorts, vendors or hype – just a clear blue ocean with gentle waves and clean white sand. There’s not much shade so bring an umbrella, some snacks, and plenty of water.
Loblolly Bay, British Virgin Islands
Miles and miles of unspoiled white sand with a really wide beachfront and secluded beach bars, hammocks and thatched shelters. This one is consistently ranked among the world’s best beaches, and once you get to the island of Anegada, you’ll know exactly why.
Baie Longue (Long Bay), St. Martin
If you don’t mind a bit of nudity, this beach is one of the least crowded on the island with the quiet only broken by the occasional pelican. It’s the first you’ll come to when driving from the Dutch to the French side, along a road lined with the villas of the rich and famous.
Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos
Grace Bay beach has received countless awards and kudos so even though you won’t be the only one there, you’ll love this gorgeous part of the Princess Alexandra National Park. No major currents, no rocks, no seaweed, no pollution and no swells. It’s a perfect place to swim, sink your toes in the sand, and think about absolutely nothing at all.
It’s pretty near impossible to rank Caribbean beaches when there are so many that define tropical perfection. On the other hand, trying them all out to make your own list of favorites is a nice problem to have. Enjoy the journey!