When I think of a vacation, my mind instantly drifts to soft, powdery white beaches, bathtub-warm waters with gentle waves, tropical drinks and hot sunshine perfect for tanning. My ultimate choice for indulging is in the Caribbean, with its spectacular beaches, many of the best in the world. As a sun worshipper and beach junkie, I have visited hundr of beaches around the world and am excited to present my favorites for 2017. Despite the recent damage from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, many of the beaches included in this list are already coming back to life to their former glory.
Enjoy my Best Beaches of the Caribbean, and also the images, many were selected from Instagram users worldwide. I wanted personal memories from travelers rather than professional travel brochure images, and I appreciate them sharing their vacations with the world. You can experience the ultimate in luxury at many of these locations, but the simplicity of the sand, the vistas and sun are what I am attracted to.
Maundays Bay, Anguilla
One of my favorite resorts is the Cap Juluca, and it overlooks this stunning beach with privacy and enough prestige to welcome five-star guests and celebrities. The beach is also dotted with private bars and butler service. This is bliss.
I have visited this beach for over 15 years, and while it can often be crowded with a mix of New Jersey and Venezuelans, the sand and water keep me coming back for more. This is a special place that has become the ultimate getaway for so many people. Come as yourself and never be judged.
Stocking Island, Exumas, Bahamas
Kamalame Cay. Andros, Bahamas
Tennis superstar Serena Williams chose this spectacular location for her honeymoon. This family-run island features one of the most spectacular beaches in the Bahamas. Completely secluded for privacy, this is one of the best retreats in the world. The Kamalame Cay Resort also features villas and bungalows along the stunning barrier reef.
Enjoy the feeling of seclusion on your own patch of perfect beach, while being close to all the happenings of the local village. Take a kayak out to see the sun set over Victoria’s Peak, one of the highest mountains in Belize
I have visited this beach as a cruise ship passenger on multiple occasions, and there is nothing better than drinking from the Soggy Dollar Bar and relaxing with friends on this charming island paradise.
You can only visit by small boat or kayak, but this small stretch of sand is worth the effort.
The beach at Guardalavaca is about 2 miles of white sand with turquoise colored water. Guardalavaca is known for its sporting activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, tennis, windsurfing, volleyball, catamaran sailing, and kayaking.
This spectacular secluded beach is one of the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic and has won many travel awards. The white sand beach stretches about five miles and remains very secluded, far away from any resorts or hotels. Best way to arrive is by ATV to this paradise.
Ilet du Gosier, Guadeloupe
This small islet is a short boat ride from the mainland. This is the type of location where you would imagine a castaway living on its tropical shores.
Spectacular sand on an island that has had so much tragedy. It is an amazing retreat of calm and peaceful repose on its stunning shore.
Aside from the popular West Bay Beach on Roatan, this beach lies tucked away in an isolated corner of Guanaja, a largely undeveloped island. Little tourist traffic makes this the perfect escape for travelers looking for a private tropical paradise, Its coconut trees, and electric blue water, stands as the island’s crown jewel.
Frenchman’s Cove, Jamaica
One of the most talked about beaches of the two islands. The smooth saffron-colored sands of the beach often grace the glossy pages of travel publications, and to most travelers, the beach lives up to its hype although rustic.
Little Corn Island
One of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean, so much so that most Nicaraguans don’t know anything about it. Truly an oasis of tranquility, and a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.
Palomino Island, Puerto Rico
A private offshore isle that’s surrounded by powdered sands and palm trees.
I have visited many times and always keep coming back for more. Beautiful people, the rich and famous and bohemian bliss along its sandy shore ringed by jungle.
Gouverneur, St Barth
It’s a drive to get there, but the reward is a feeling of remoteness and privacy. Celebrities and billionaires often dot this sandy beach to get away from it all. I have had many bottles of champagne reclining on its warm shore.
Cockleshell Bay is a secluded stretch of powder-white sand. Over two miles long, it offers a stunning view of neighboring Nevis island.
The beach is flanked by the stunning Jade Mountain Resort which makes public access here difficult. You can get a water taxi to drop you at this beach. If you want to experience the best of both worlds, a sense of seclusion, and the option for activity, you will love it. I even convinced Jade Mountain to start beachside massages, and they have become very popular.
One of Saint Martin’s quietest beaches, with only the gentle lapping of the waves to disturb you. The bar at La Samanna’s restaurant is the perfect place to view the sunset that is simply the best. Its turquoise seas, white sands, and resident pelicans place this beach in a dreamlike setting.
The three-square-mile beach was little more than a rustic village of 739 islanders with barely a bed for rent. But with a half-dozen picture-perfect beaches, it couldn’t escape notice for long, and a group of investors bought the northern two-thirds of the island, opening what is now a posh resort area.
Grab a bake and shark (fish sandwich) from one of the many beachside restaurants, then savor it on the sands of this northern strand about an hour from Port of Spain.
Turks and Caicos
Lindquist is a stretch of bright, white sand and luminous blue water. Developers have been anxious to build on this prime site for years, but so far it has been left untouched, a secluded gem loved by locals.