The Caribbean has some of the best beaches in the world, so selecting the best of the lot is a little like having to choose your favorite chocolate. Armed with snorkels and swimsuits, the editors of Caribbean Journal have selected their Top Caribbean beaches.
Lighthouse Bay, Barbuda
Lighthouse Bay is a paradisiacal sliver on quiet Barbuda, an island home to less than 2,000 people.
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
With what might have the Caribbean’s warmest waters, Seven Mile Beach is a haven for diving, snorkeling, and doing nothing at all.
Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island, Bahamas
This public beach, on the north side of Paradise Island down from the Atlantis Resort, boasts the whitest of sand and an unmatched turquoise that only the Bahamas can deliver.
Maundays Bay, Anguilla
Maundays Bay is one of the jewels of tiny Anguilla.
Trunk Bay, St. John
The white-sand Trunk Bay is part of the Virgin Islands National Park, a nature preserve that covers much of this U.S. island.
Le Carbet Beach, Martinique
Le Carbet is notable for its very soft sand and incredible sunsets.
Pinney’s Beach, Nevis
Home to the world-famous Sunshine’s Beach Bar, Pinney’s Beach is a miles-long stretch of sand beginning at the Narrows, which passes between St. Kitts and Nevis.
Frenchman’s Cove, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Frenchman’s Cove is frequently used for movie locations, most recently the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz flick Knight and Day.
Grand Anse Beach, Grenada
This beach fronts a number of top hotel properties, and the wide stretch of sand represents the best of laid-back Caribbean beach vibes.
Long Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Notable for its spectacular scenery featuring the famous green, hilly humps that dot the British Virgin Islands, along a half-mile slice of sand.
Courtesy of caribbeanjournal.com.
MMGY Reports Strong Interest in Caribbean Travel
According to MMGY Global’s 2013 Portrait of American Travelers, the Caribbean outranked Europe, Mexico and Canada with mid-income consumers considering an international leisure trip in the next two years. The report ranked destinations according to annual household income, with the Caribbean coming out on top with consumers earning less than $125,000 annually, while Western Europe trended higher with consumers making above $250,000.
Bahamas to Welcome New Mega Resort
Construction is in full swing at Baha Mar, the largest single-phase resort development in the history of the Caribbean. This $3.5-billion development in in the Bahamas encompasses 400 hectares along one of the world’s most beautiful white sand beaches. Once finished in December 2014, Baha Mar promises astonishing surprises and artful luxury unique to the Caribbean—a distinctive melding of world-class hospitality and authentic Bahamian culture through four distinguished hotel brands: Rosewood, Mandarin, Grand Hyatt, and the centerpiece of the resort complex, The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel.
Water sports will abound – snorkel, scuba, windsurfing, sailing or simply relaxing on the over half-mile-long beachfront. Resort amenities include a 100,000-square-foot casino, a signature, 18-hole championship golf course by Jack Nicklaus and a private island experience via a short 15-minute boat ride where groups can enjoy fully catered affairs or simple picnics on an exclusive piece of paradise.
For more information, visit bahamar.com.