Top 5 Caribbean Beaches – Relax, Rejuvenate, Explore

18 October 2013

Ah, the Caribbean.  Who can resist the laid back lifestyle and white sand beaches of the magnificent islands that rest within the alluring waters of the Caribbean Sea?  Calm blue waters, a light tropical breeze and maybe even a little reggae music in the background and life's worries and cares seem to slip away.  Just add the essential fruity cocktail and this tropical paradise becomes a relaxing and memorable beach holiday that is uniquely Caribbean in flavour. There are over 30 island nations and territories in the Caribbean and each are blessed with an inviting coastline and stunning beaches.  To narrow it down, here is a short list of some of our favourite beaches.

 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Crane Beach - Barbados This secluded beach on the south east shore of Barbados is blessed with miles of coastline.  This side of the island enjoys a gentle breeze and the moderate to strong waves make for perfect swimming and boogie boarding conditions.  The tropical beach setting is capped off with swaying palm trees and lush green cliffs offering an idyllic Caribbean beach scene.  Chairs and umbrellas are available for rent and beachgoers can lounge all day long.  The famous Crane Beach Resort is located on the cliffs overlooking the beach.  Opened in 1887 this historic hotel was one of the first resorts in the Caribbean.  Now fully restored, the Crane is a reminder of the island's rich colonial past.

 Crane Beach, Barbados

Pink Beach - Barbuda The soft white sands of Pink Beach are just that – pink!  The vibrant colour comes from the crushed coral mixture within the sand, creating a beautiful ocean front setting that contrasts beautifully with the bright blue ocean waters.  This island was once a coral reef and there is still plenty of beautiful coral below the waves to discover making this beach a great spot for snorkelling. Barbuda is still relatively unknown, and with fewer tourists, one can walk for miles on the quiet beach without passing a sole.  If it's a secluded beach holiday you're after this just might be the place for you.

Punta Cana - Dominican Republic This famous beach and resort area is located on the far eastern edge of the Dominican Republic.  Known for its lavish resorts and exciting nightlife, Punta Cana offers a sun filled holiday with many activities to choose from.  The beach itself continues for as far as the eye can see and the coconut and palm tree lined sands are an inviting oasis from where to relax and enjoy the scenery.  This is also the place for water sports and you should be able to find lots here to peak your interest.  Choose from a leisurely kayaking trip to an adventurous banana boat ride or try your hand at para-sailing.  If underwater discovery is more to your liking, the crystal clear sea is perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Trunk Bay - U.S. Virgin Islands Consistently rated one of the best beaches in the Caribbean,Trunk Bay is located in the U.S. Virgin Island's National Park.  This gorgeous beach is bordered by lush green rainforest on one side and the exotic waters of Trunk Bayon the other.  As it is located within a national park there is a small entrance fee, however the magnificent views and lovely settings provided are well worth the cost.  One of the most unique activities on this beach is its coral reef underwater trail, a popular site with snorkellers.  There are public facilities and showers located near the beach as well as a snack bar.

White Bay - British Virgin Islands It doesn't get any more beautiful than this! White Bay Beach is on the smallest of the British Virgin Islands and is a relative newcomer to the Caribbean''s "top 10 beaches" list.  The pristine hideaway is situated in a captivating cove with calm, turquoise waters, soft white sand and surrounded by rolling hills covered in dense green forest.  While the beach is generating more buzz, the scene is rather quiet so it's perfect if you're looking for a crowd free experience in an untouched, natural setting. The heavenly beaches of the Caribbean continue to draw visitors from around the world.  Whether you're after a secluded haven, luxury getaway or beach party central, the Caribbean will not disappoint.

Todd Sturm

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia. No matter where my travels take me, I enjoy experiencing each destination from the perspective of the locals. Some of my favourite attractions include historic sites, national parks and architectural landmarks.