Indecisive beach lovers, listen up. If you’re scouting out your next holiday but can’t quite pin down a location, we’ve got your back. Whether you’re looking for secret sandy spots, watersports-ready waters or Instagram-pretty locations, we’ve got the lot. Keep scrolling to get the lowdown on the best beaches in the Caribbean…
Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica
Despite its name, this beach isn’t actually seven miles long… more like seven kilometres, but we won’t split hairs, because it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s home to all the usual suspects in the watersports department, along with clapboard shacks where Red Stripe beer flows all day. There are plenty of beach resorts to choose from in sand-front spots, too. Book one of these and you’ll have plenty of time to explore the beach from one end to the other.
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Crane Beach, Barbados
If you’re a fan of a fly-and-flop holiday, Barbados will be right up your street. You’ve got the so-called Platinum Coast to the west of the island and plenty of beach babe territory in the south. But Crane Beach really is where it’s at for standout sands. You’ll find this place on Barbados’ rugged east coast, tucked between belts of green forests and blue waters. The best part? The pink sands.
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Eagle Beach, Aruba
Aruba’s Eagle Beach often tops the charts in lists of the best beaches in the world, let alone the Caribbean. This two-kilometre stretch of bounty-white sand is a patchwork of divi-divi trees and thatched palapas. Plus, the calm water means you can spot little fish working their way through the waves if you go in for a dip. Surprisingly, tourists are in short supply at Eagle Beach, expect just a handful of watersports places and the odd cocktail-shaking beach bar.
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Varadero Beach, Cuba
Cuba’s full-to-the-brim with beautiful beaches, but it’s not hard to pick the best – Varadero has over 20 kilometres of white sandy beaches to its name. The sand-side hotels all have their own private stretches, topped with loungers and brollies. But worry not, there’s plenty of public space, too, so you don’t need to stay at one of the hotels here to find your perfect spot by the turquoise water.
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Uvero Alto Beach, Dominican Republic
Looking for a stretch of sand where the ‘do not disturb’ sign is firmly in place? Give Uvero Alto beach a try. This ribbon of powder-soft sand’s sandwiched between a string of lofty palms and clear Caribbean blue waters. There’s a rainbow-tinted reef to snorkel over here, too. Back on dry land, R&R is priority number one – think time to top up your tan and catch some zzzs under the palm trees.
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Deep Bay Beach, Antigua
Sun worshippers come in their droves for Antigua’s sugary belts of sand. Our pick of the bunch is made for travel mag covers. Head to Deep Bay Beach – a 20-minute drive from St John’s – with your camera in hand because you won’t want to miss getting the perfect shot of this strip of talc-white sand. It’s tucked into a pocket-sized bay surrounded by tree-cloaked hills. There’s a shipwreck to explore just off the coast, too.
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Reduit Beach, St Lucia
There’s way more to St Lucia than its beaches… but we think they’re pretty important. Beyond those dramatic, tree-blanketed mountains, there are plenty of sandy spots that are just begging you to roll out your towel. Pop to Reduit Beach in the north of the island and you’ll find over a kilometre of caramel-coloured sand. The beach also comes with amazing views of Pigeon Island National Park.
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