The key to a stellar vacation is more than just getting away. It starts with a decision to leave real life for a while and ends with the assurance that it was well worth it. While every Caribbean destination boasts sparkling turquoise water, pristine white-sand beaches, prime shopping opportunities, and delectable cuisine, certain places and activities stand out from the pack.
Presenting our picks for the top five sun-drenched stretches of white sand in the Caribbean region. It wasn’t easy choosing just five, so if we missed your favorite spot be sure to let us know in the comments.
1 Palm Beach, Aruba
Palm Beach boasts a two-mile shoreline of tufts of downy sand that seems to stretch endlessly. Ranked as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s top beaches in the world, Palm Beach is known for water sports, bars, restaurants, and shops flanked by swanky high-rise buildings.
2 Magens Bay, St. Thomas
Acclaimed as one of the 10 most stunning beaches in the world by National Geographic, Magens Bay’s gorgeous shoreline is complete with ivory sand and teal water. Stroll, swim, and soak up some rays while taking in the breathtaking view.
3 Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Actually, it’s only five and a half miles long, but the beach unfurls before you for seemingly miles farther. It’s bordered by upscale resorts and condos. Seven Mile Beach is renowned for its wide array of water sports and its translucent 80-degree waters.
4 Dickenson Bay, Antigua
In the northwest corner of Antigua, Dickenson Bay sprawls before you in an enthralling display of turquoise water and white sand. Recline in a lounge chair while relishing a tasty Indian lunch of curried chicken, coconut rice, and sweet corn. Then cool off under an umbrella with a frozen rum drink.
5 The Gold Coast, Barbados
Some of the Caribbean’s most superb beaches can be found along Barbados’ Gold Coast. Take an excursion to the Beach Club at Paradise Beach, where you can relax under an umbrella and sip a refreshing tropical concoction and waste the day away in paradise.