When you’re looking to hit up the Caribbean for your vacation, there’s likely one thing that you’re dreaming about more than anything else… You’re dreaming about hitting the beach and letting that Caribbean breeze waft over you, of course!
And, you’d better believe that there are innumerable Caribbean beaches where you can do just that. We’re not about to tell you that there are any Caribbean beaches that are truly terrible… However, it’s important to remember that when it comes to having the best experience possible, there are some that are better than others!
Below, we’re going to take a look at 20 Caribbean beaches in total. 10 of these beaches are going to be ones that we recommend without any caveats what so ever. 10 of these beaches are going to be ones that you might wish to avoid, even in spite of the things that they have to offer.
So, what are our 10 picks for the best Caribbean beaches and our 10 picks for the ones that you might want to avoid? There’s only one way to find out! Check out what we’ve pulled together below, and see if you agree with our picks or not…
1. AVOID: Cane Garden Bay (BVI)
If you’re looking for excellent surfing (or else want to check out the surfers), then this is a worthy destination.
2. CHECK OUT: Smuggler’s Cove (BVI)
However, if you’re looking to stay away from the crowds, then this wonderful beach on Tortola is a perfect alternative.
3. AVOID: Dickenson Bay (Antigua)
If you’re fine with crowds and are looking to get your fill of water sports, then by all mean’s check out Antigua’s most popular beach.
4. CHECK OUT: Ffyre’s Bay (Antigua)
But, if you want something more relaxing and more authentic, then check out this beach, which is the favorite of Antigua’s locals.
5. AVOID: Pinney’s (Nevis)
One of the most photographed beaches in all of the Caribbean, this stretch of sand is quite popular, if a bit crowded and laden with resorts…
6. CHECK OUT: Lover’s Beach (Nevis)
Just like the name of the beach says, this is one place that’s idea for a vacationing couple. Just gorgeous!
7. AVOID: Paradise Beach (The Bahamas)
This 2-mile stretch of sand and surf is beautiful, but also home to a number of resorts, which means it can get crowded.
8. CHECK OUT: The Out Islands (The Bahamas)
Instead of competing with the crowds, head to the Out Islands – such as Abaco – which offer a quieter and more authentic experience.
9. AVOID: Seven Mile Beach (Jamaica)
If a party is what you’re after, then you’re sure to find it at the famed Seven-Mile Beach of Jamaica…
10. CHECK OUT: Boston Bay (Jamaica)
However, if you’re looking for a more authentic Jamaican experience, then you may wish to mingle with the surfers at Boston Bay.
11. AVOID: Maho Beach (St. Maarten)
Once this novelty of seeing planes fly overhead wears off, you may find yourself looking for something more peaceful.
12. CHECK OUT: Mullet Bay Beach (St. Maarteen)
For that, head over to Mullet Beach, where you can enjoy the sun and surf without the jet wash, and where you’ll also find exceptional restaurants and shops.
13. AVOID: Long Bay Beach (Turks & Caicos)
Actually, you don’t need to avoid this beach. It’s really great! However, great is only so good when you can easily visit one of the best in the world…
14. CHECK OUT: Grace Bay (Turks & Caicos)
When it comes to beaches you HAVE to check out in the Caribbean, this is at or near the top of the list, as it’s one of the best in the world.
15. AVOID: Shell Beach (St. Barts)
While worth checking out for the reason this beach has gotten it’s name, it’s certainly not a place for soaking in the sun.
16. CHECK OUT: Gouverneur Beach (St. Barts)
If you really want to get a flavor for how the other half lives, then you’ll want to check out this exclusive beach in St. Barts.
17. AVOID: Blue Bay (Curacao)
Offering a fun experience, especially for families, there’s a reason that this beach is well trafficked.
18. CHECK OUT: Cas Abao (Curacao)
But, you can get a far better experience if you make the short trip over to this beach, which many consider to be “full service”.
19. AVOID: Shoal Bay East (Anguilla)
No doubt this is a beautiful stretch of beach, however it’s also the most highly trafficked of Anguilla’s beaches.
20. CHECK OUT: Junk’s Hole (Anguilla)
Don’t let the name fool you! This is an awesome stretch of beach, and there’s a possibility you might be the only person there at certain times of the day.