6 Beautiful Caribbean Beaches (And Where to Stay Nearby!)

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Pretty much any beach in the Caribbean is stellar, so narrowing it down to the top ones is a challenge. That being said, there are a few that stand out from the rest, and we’ve gathered them up here for you. Here are six beaches you won’t want to miss in the Caribbean. 

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Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica

As the name suggests, this beach has seven miles of stunning shoreline bordering Negril. Quiet and removed from the busier beaches of Jamaica, you can fill your days just by relaxing in tranquility or by renting a watercraft for some fun in the water. The nearby town of  Negril is home to the famous Negril Cliffs, which you may recognize from the James Bond “Thunderball” movie among others.

Recommended Hotel: Sunset at the Palms Resort

Pigeon Point Beach, Tobago

Pigeon Point Beach is one of Tobago’s most popular beaches, and for good reason. While resorts are plentiful on Tobago, it is still less developed than other Caribbean islands, so the feeling is a bit more rustic than other islands. You’ll find plenty to do other than enjoy the sun and water like trying your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, or snorkeling

Recommended Hotel: Magdalena Grand Beach

Playa Flamenco, Puerto Rico

The serene waters of Playa Flamenco make it ideal for snorkeling and swimming, and for couples and families alike. The beach has lifeguards, showers, changing rooms, bathrooms, and plenty of food available to purchase, making it an ideal spot for a day at the beach. 

Be sure to check out The Tank, a reminder of the US Navy’s occupancy of Culebra. 

Recommended Hotel: El Conquistador Resort

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Located on the southwestern coast of Grenada, this two-mile-long stretch of sand provides your quintessential Caribbean beach experience. Crystal blue waters and soft white sand provide the backdrop for a variety of activities including snorkeling, water skiing, parasailing, and kayaking. For a real adventure, book a dive to Bianca-C, a shipwreck known as the “Shipwreck of the Caribbean.” 

Recommended Hotel: Radisson Grenada Beach Resort

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Part of Princess Alexandra National Park, Grace Bay has insanely soft white sand, crystal clear turquoise waters, and virtually no seaweed or pollution, making this an ideal beach for relaxing, swimming, and picturesque photos. It’s a perfect spot for snorkeling, and the nearby downtown area is great for getting a bit to eat or for doing some shopping. 

Recommended Hotel: Windsong on the Reef

Half Moon Bay, Antigua

The beautiful Half Moon Bay in Antigua seen from above.

A remote oasis, Half Moon Bay is one of Antigua’s finest, most tranquil beaches. While Antigua has its share of resorts, this mile-long crescent-shaped beach is secluded and quiet. Try your hand at kitesurfing, or just enjoy a swim in the serene waters. 

Recommended Hotel: Escape at Nonsuch Bay

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