Welcome to our special gallery featuring a collection of the greatest beaches of the Caribbean to help with your ultimate Caribbean beach vacation!
We’re very proud to present the best of the best beautiful tropical beaches, featuring both some of the most popular beaches you’ve probably heard of and some of the more private, isolated beaches that you may not have heard of.
The islands, and by extension, the beaches, of the Caribbean, are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This is in part due to the year-round sunshine, warmth, and the massive variety of scenic locations to visit.
1. The above beach is Baby Beach in Aruba, which is a shallow, manmade lagoon on the southeast end of the island.
The water here is very calm and perfect for snorkeling or for small children. Visible in the photo is a palm roofed shelter with stone supports.
So whether you’re a regular beachgoer or more of a shopper, a vacation in the Caribbean just isn’t quite complete without visiting the beautiful blue or crystal clear waters of the white-sand beaches. Look for not only the bright white sands and crystal blue water, but look for the subtle variations of each beach, from the size of the beach to weather-worn boulders that dot the shore.
Each of these beaches is beautiful and unique, and each is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean–some in the entire world! Please enjoy this collection of tropical paradises.
2. Bathsheba Beach, Barbados
Bathsheba beach is known for the local and international surfing competitions held in its waters. One of the most famous features, shown here, is the large moss-covered boulder that sits slightly offshore, known to some as “Bathsheba Rock.” The narrow shore just beyond this lush grassy area provides a vivid, colorful sight.
3. Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island, Bahamas.
A beautiful white sand beach lined by resort homes and coconut palm trees. The narrow beach is topped by a lush green hill. The soft sand is warmed by the sun and is delightful to scrunch your toes into.
4. Crane Beach, Barbados
A white sand beach named for the resort hotel of the same name. The wide beach accommodates a number of beachgoers, and to the rear of the frame is a large rocky outcropping extending out into the sea. The palm trees on the sloping hill behind the beach arc out towards the sun and are buffeted by the wind.
5. Eagle Beach, Aruba
The shores of Eagle Beach are dotted by low-rise resorts and a wide public beach. The combination of soft white sand and gentle lapping waves makes this beach one of the most frequently rated best in the world. Pictured here is a beautiful sunrise before any other sun worshippers have arrived. A trail of footprints that haven’t yet been washed away lines the shore.
6. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
A white sand beach that quickly descends into deeper waters for swimming. This beach is popular for swimming, sports fishing, and diving. The beach extends for about a mile around the horseshoe-shaped bay and is known as the best beach in Puerto Rico. Pictured here is an old military vehicle that acts as a focal point and has been painted by generations of beachgoers.
7. Galley Bay, Antigua
A beautiful resort beach with shallow waters and a narrow beach. Far off the coast is a sailboat, just barely visible, that gives you an idea of just how large the swimming area of this beach is. This photo is taken from on top of one of the lush hills on either side of the bay’s beach and shows the entire length of Galley Bay beach.
8. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
A 5-mile long beach dotted by wooden shelters and palm trees. The entrance to the beach is a wooden boardwalk. This beach is popular for snorkeling, due to the miles and miles of coral reef just off the coast. The shelters along the beach are topped by wood, while many other beach shelters are topped with dried palm leaves.
9. Grand Anse Beach, Grenada
This beach is the largest tourist center of Grenada and frequently appears in the top 10 world countdowns. Featured in this picture are the worn boulders stacked around parts of the beach. The spaces between the boulders are filled in by tropical flora. The heavily lined boulders, when hit by the light, look almost unreal.
10. Harrismith Beach, Barbados
A beach on the southeast coast that’s just a short walk from Bottom Bay. The beach is narrow but has a shallow lagoon that is ideal for quiet relaxation, as this beach is not quite as busy as Bottom Bay. Overlooking the beach are the ruins of an old plantation home that visitors can safely view from outside.
11. Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
A beach on the south Atlantic side of the island with fine white sand. This section of the beach has large water-weathered boulders. Even on a rare cloudy day, the waters are clear and calm. These rocks have a much more jagged appearance than other boulders on the beaches to come. The name of the beach refers to the shape of the shore.
12. Long Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
A half-mile strip of beach that’s isolated and private, because it’s only accessible by a long, winding dirt road. The depth of the water varies along the coast, as can be seen in the above photo. This aerial view of the beach also shows the forested mountains and lush greenery.
13. Magens Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
On the north Atlantic side, this well-protected white sand beach stretches for about 3/4 of a mile. The narrow entrance to the sea means that the waves are typically calm and gentle, making this an ideal place for young children.
14. Nisbet Beach, Nevis
A view from the white coral and sand beach to a densely forested shore beyond. Nisbet beach is part of an oceanside resort amongst the coconut palms, located on the island’s reef-protected north shore.
15. Orient Bay Beach, Sint Maarten
A sunrise view of the gentle waves rolling up onto the white sand shore. This beach is located on the French side of the island on the east coast. The beach has quickly become the most popular beach in Sint Maarten.
16. Palm Beach, Aruba
A popular tourist beach with high-rise luxury hotels and an enormous shopping district nearby. Pictured here is the white sand shore decorated for a destination wedding on the beach. The beach umbrellas and shacks along the beach are all palm roofed.
17. Palomino Island, Puerto Rico
The forested island of Palomino off the coast of Puerto Rico has two large beaches. One is privately owned and reserved for the owners, while the other is leased to a resort hotel. The gorgeous blue waters are a popular destination for all sorts of water activities.
18. Great Bay Beach, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
The Great Bay Beach of Sint Maarten is a tourist beach near the capital of Sint Maarten. The shallow waters extend far off the shore and are decadently warm and relaxing. This view from above the beach shows the curve and the buildings along the coast.
19. Pink Beach, Barbuda
The beautiful, unique beaches of Barbuda are known for the pink sand along the shore. The island is not a popular tourist destination, and much of the island is still a small village. The amount of pink sand varies from spot to spot, with some places having very little, like the above photo, and others incredibly vibrantly pink.
20. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The shores of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic are a popular tourist destination amongst the cane palms. Seen here are the shallow shores near the white sand beach. The area is popular for whale watching, discovery cruises, sport fishing, and swimming with dolphins.
21. Sandy Point, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
This secluded beach is part of a national wildlife refuge and has crystal clear blue waters and 3 miles of sandy beach, making it one of the longest beaches in the entire Caribbean. This beach is usually very quiet, and exclusive.
22. Seaquarium Beach, Curacao
The popular tourist beach has crystal clear blue waters. The curved shore, shown here from one of the docks, is lined by beachside bars, and the beach becomes a lively party scene at night. This beach is also known as Mambo beach.
23. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
This section of rocky beach belongs to one of the longest uninterrupted beaches in all of the Caribbean, at nearly 5 miles. The crescent-shaped coral-sand beach is well-known for its beauty, and regardless of where you’re staying, you can walk the entire length of the beach.
24. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
The palm trees and white sand of this wide beach lead out into the shallow, warm water off the coast of Jamaica. The swimming area of this private beach is roped off by buoys. The shallows of the swimming area end at a sharp drop off.
25. Shoal Bay, Anguilla
Like most of the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean, Shoal Bay has soft white sand that glitters in the sunlight. Shoal Bay extends for about 2 miles and is rarely crowded, so you can relax in quiet. Offshore, pockets of deeper water can be seen.
26. Taino Beach, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
A quiet expanse of the popular resort beach that’s usually dotted by palm trees and luxury hotels. This section of the white sand beach is surrounded by waving beach grass.
27. Trunk Bay, St. John
The entrance to this beautiful beach with warm, shallow waters is a wooden walkway through the forest. This beach is beautiful, with crystal clear sparkling water and waves that can range from gentle rolling to a pounding surf. Within walking distance are old ruins, or you can explore an undersea trail.
28. Turtle Beach, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
A beautiful, pristine beach just offshore of St. Croix on Buck Island. The island was declared a national monument by President Kennedy, and the coral reefs, deep grottos, and undersea labyrinths are great activities for more experienced scuba divers.
29. Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
A view of one of the many beaches of Virgin Gorda, near the large water-weathered rocks of “The Baths.” The enormous boulders that dot the beach give this white sanded beach a unique look.
30. White Bay, British Virgin Islands
A long white sanded beach protected by a coral reef. The crystal clear water is visible even from the shallows near the sand. Also visible from this angle are the densely forested hills beyond the sailboats.