5 Great Caribbean Beach Vacation Choices
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When you are traveling to the Caribbean there is one thing in common with virtually all the islands you will find or discover there. That’s the numerous beaches all through the Caribbean. Whether you are going for a romantic getaway for two or taking your children along with you, or going with friends as a group, you can find the right Caribbean beach vacation destination in the Caribbean.
From pure relaxing to snorkeling, jet skiing, wind surfing and many other activities the many beaches can keep you very busy if you try to visit them all. All kidding aside, there are way too many beaches to try to visit them all, but you’ll have fun and a great time at the ones you do choose to visit.
Below is a short list of five Caribbean islands with beaches that offer something for almost everyone. Obviously this list is not complete since there are loads more Caribbean beaches well worth visiting.
1. The Gorgeous Beaches of Anguilla
Anguilla has some 33 beaches thus giving you plenty of choices to enjoy your beach outing. Anguilla beaches are open to the public. Most are calm with a perfect temperature great for swimming. Go to the Atlantic side of the island and you can find a few beaches that generate surf during the winter months. There are also beaches that receive enough wind power to make kite and wind surfers happy.
Situated within the British West Indies and part of the Leeward Island chain, Anguilla is very small and only covers a land area of 35 square miles. Despite its small size, Anguilla Island is blessed with gorgeous white beaches and clear turquoise waters. This is what many have come to expect of Caribbean islands and Anguilla won’t let you down.
You will find grand resorts, beachfront villas, fine dining restaurants and legendary live music all ready for you to enjoy once you arrive.
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2. Incredible Negril Beach
Here you’ll find white powdery sand, clear turquoise water, a luscious environment, and spectacular island sunsets. Negril Beach Resort truly is one of Jamaica’s most prized vacation destinations. Negril has been dubbed by travel magazines and blogs as the “seven mile beach.” Although the actual length of the beach is speculated to be less than seven miles, it’s still a great spectacle which will leave most visitors in awe.
Negril Beach’s clear, calm, smoothing waters do not allow high tides or big waves. So it is ideal for anyone to have a nice refreshing swim at any time. But for those looking for more action, you won’t leave disappointed. Negril offers water sports and activities such as windsurfing, waterskiing, kayaking, and banana boat riding. There is even hydro biking and a lot more activities! You can also hop on a boat and go for a tour around the Caribbean waters. Click here for more on Jamaica’s beaches.
3. Magens Bay Beach at Saint Thomas
For a top class beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands you should to experience Magens Bay on Saint Thomas Island. Magens Bay is a one mile sandy stretch of beach hailed by travel experts such as National Geographic, as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Some think it may be perhaps, the most beautiful beach in the entire world. That’s probably a stretch since there are so many beautiful beaches worldwide, but nevertheless you should experience it if you are in the American Virgin Islands.
The heart-shaped Magens Bay has clear turquoise water that is usually calm and generates very little waves or current. From the shore, the depth of the water is gradual. These characteristics make this beach a perfect swimming destination for families with little kids. But swimming is not the only activity to be enjoyed on this beach, as snorkeling is also a popular activity here, especially on the rocky northern and southern coasts of the bay. Click here for more on Magens Bay Beach.
4.The Beaches of Saint Maarten
If you go to St. Maarten you just cannot ignore its beaches. Possibly the most popular of all the beaches is Maho Beach, which continually draws in locals and visitors alike. It has a nice relaxing vibe. Saint Maarten, strictly speaking, refers to the part of Saint Martin Island that is controlled by the Dutch. The other half is governed by France. Unlike some islands where there are only one or two beaches, there are some 37 beaches on St. Maarten’s.
Aside from enjoying and relaxing there are many things to do on this side of the island. Sightseeing, sailing and fishing are some of the common family-friendly activities that keep tourists on St. Maarten busy and happy. Want to go exploring the waters? There are many ways to explore these beautiful waters surrounding the island like diving, snorkeling and windsurfing. Click here for more on St. Maarten’s beaches.
5. Dominica Beaches – Less Tourism makes it a Standout
Dominica, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, is not normally thought of as a beach vacation getaway. But that very fact is to your advantage if you want less distraction and more fun or adventure. The volcanic nature of the island has attracted scuba divers. The island has several protected areas, including Cabrits National Park, as well as 365 rivers.
Dominica is mostly volcanic and has few beaches; therefore, tourism has developed more slowly than on most of the neighboring islands. Nevertheless, Dominica’s mountains, rainforests, freshwater lakes, hot springs, waterfalls, and diving spots make it a very attractive eco-tourism destination.
Cruise ship stopovers have increased following the development of modern docking and waterfront facilities in Roseau, the capital. Beaches are few considering the size of the country, but there are a number of beaches you can choose from. The Calibishie area in the country’s northeast has sandy beaches.
The beaches in Dominica are accentuated with white sand and rocky black pebbles. On a few beaches in the country, you can even find black sand. This island a great find for the adventurer and has many exciting activities for the outdoorsy type, from hiking in Cabrits National Park to scuba diving in Champagne reef or Soufriere Bay
Soufriere Bay, Lastote Beach and Woodford Hill all have golden sand beaches, famous in the Caribbean. Some Dominica beaches are part of the Cabrits National Park, such as the beach at Douglas Bay, which is one of the island’s best. Like many Dominica Baches, there are nearby hotels that offer rentals for windsurfing or boats for sailing.In the Southwest of the country, Champagne and Soufriere have hot springs. Swimming in the ocean off Champagne Beach feels like taking a warm bath. A cool thing to do is dive or snorkel off this Dominica beach. You can see the unusual formations of air bubbles rising in the ocean from the hot springs below.
Soufriere Beach is another Dominica Beach that has several dive shops with tours that lead you to healthy reefs and lots of beautiful fish in the blue waters. Some of the notable black sands beaches are: Longberry Beach; Hampstead beach, which requires a 4WD vehicle to reach; Mero Beach, a grey sand beach; and Castle Bruce Bay, another beautiful black sand beach on the Atlantic coast.
Another black sand beach is Batalie nearby the Dominica Beach Resort, Sunset Bay Club. The beach south of Portsmouth, in Prince Rupert’s Bay, has a cottage hotel. The area is where the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie was filmed. Click here for other aspects of Dominica (goes to our sister travel quiz site.)
A Bonus Beach Adventure well worth Visiting
While not exactly in the Caribbean, the island atmosphere and feeling is similar, and Bermuda is a very popular travel destination. But Bermuda is subject to more severe weather due to its location. It’s about 1000 miles from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
6. Discovering Bermuda’s Beaches
Just north of the Caribbean in the Atlantic Ocean lies the beautiful British territory of Bermuda. With over 100 islands and islets, the territory has a reputation of being a vacation paradise. Complementing the luscious landscape are its incredible beaches. Various types of beaches surround the island. Some of them are tiny coves while others are enveloped by rocky cliffs. If you like snorkeling a couple of beaches are blessed with coral reefs, which make them perfect spots for snorkeling.
You won’t find the usual white powdery sand beaches. You will be pleasantly surprised to see that some Bermuda beaches have the elusive pink sand you may have heard about. Science explains that this coloration is due to the small red organisms under the coral formations, which are washed onto shore. They are mixed in with the corals shells and sand to reflect the slight pink hue. It’s a nice conversation piece, but it is more incredible to actually see it! Click here for more on Bermuda’s beaches.
Attend to Passport and Visa Details
As with virtually all travel outside the country you live in, you need to make sure all papers or documents are in order. Some countries require a visa, others don’t. If you are leaving from the United States be sure your passport is in order. In some cases this might mean it will not expire within the next six months of your visit, so be aware of that seemingly small detail that some countries demand.
If you are going to the Virgin Islands (the American Virgin Islands) you will not need a passport or visa. At least that’s how it was when I went. But be sure to check on this yourself before you leave. When I went I also went to the British Virgin Islands too which was not far away from there.
More information on this vital documentation topic can be found here.
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