What are the Top 12 Beaches in the Caribbean?

The image of a white sand beach shaded by swaying palm trees sustains many of us during long cold winters. For those of you are fans of “Top Ten” lists, we have put together a list of the 12 best beaches in the Caribbean and note what makes them special. Better still, we provide a link to private villas that are located on or near each of these Caribbean beaches. Find your beach, rent a villa, book your flights, and relax.

Turks and Caicos – Grace Bay Beach

Turks and Caicos Grace Bay Beach with white sand and blue waters. seven mile beach

Named after Grace Jane Hutching’s, wife of Commissioner of the Turks and Caicos islands in 1933 – 1934, Grace Bay Beach is world renowned for its clean white sand beaches and crystal clear water. It’s several miles long, quiet and undeveloped in places, and populated with beachfront hotels and restaurants in other parts. Private villas line the beach near Turtle Cove and Leward passage, while hotels like Gansevort and Beaches populate the center of Grace Bay beach. This northern shore is also known for spectacular dive spots and the worlds third largest barrier reef which lies less than a mile off the beach Start your Turks and Caicos search here or read more about Turks and Caicos Beaches.

Anguilla – Shoal Bay East

Anguillas Shoal Bay East a white sand beach with clean blue water.

Shoal Bay East beach in Anguilla combines beautiful white sand beaches with laid-back beach bars.  This quiet unpopulated beach offers calm turquoise water with a group of coral reefs just  offshore,  perfect for snorkeling.  You can bring your own gear or rent some on the beach. This is an ideal beach for families with the snorkeling, fine white sand, and ample restaurants.  Search for villas in Anguilla here.

St Barths – Colombier beach (for peace and tranquility)

St. Barths Colombier beach with blue water and sail boats anchored.

Part of the magic of Colombier beach in St Barts is that it is only accessible by walking trail or by boat.  A quiet lane ends a mile from the beach, requiring a 30 minute walk along a waterfront trail that snakes along a rugged coat, each turn in the trail revealing a beautiful view.  This secluded beach is great for picnics and all day beach trips..  This beach is also well known for snorkeling because it is home to many giant orange starfish and sea turtles. Search for St. Barths villas here.

St. Barths – St. Jean beach (for beach bars and people watching)

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St. Jean Beach in St Barts is the best place to people watch, with multiple beach bars like Nikki Beach and Pearl Beach, and water sports activities to keep you busy. You can watch the tiny single engine planes fly over the beach as they approach the nearby airport while enjoying a cold drink under a colorful beach umbrella. St Jean beach is home to several highly rated hotels including Eden Rock, Emeraud Plage and Les Islets. Private villas dot the hillside overlooking the beach, and ideal repeat at the end of the day. Check out villas in St. Jean here.

St. Martin – Orient Bay beach

Orient Bay beach in St. Martin is known for its beach bars.

Orient Bay Beach in St Martin is home to many water sports rental companies offering windsurfing, jet skiing and snorkeling. You’ll also find scores of beach bars and restaurants. One end of the beach is clothing-optional, so keep that in mind! We’re not the only ones who think this is one of the top beaches in the Caribbean. Orient Bay Beach made the list for Condé Nast’s Top 20 Beaches in the World in 2017. Private villas overlook the beach from the surrounding hillsides.  Start looking at St. Martin Villas today.

Grand Cayman – 7 Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman with lounge chairs and palm trees.

7 Mile Beach on Grand Cayman island is perfect for the vacationer looking for a little bit of everything. Because the beach is all public property it is possible to walk the entire length of the beach past some of the most amazing private villas, colorful shops and lively beach bars in the Caribbean.  7 Mile Beach has everything from water sports to beautiful picnic spots under palm trees. Vacationing on this beach is a breeze, the only hard part is deciding where to stay.  Grand Cayman Villas.

Barbados – Mullins Beach

Mullins Beach in Barbados has great swimming and snorkeling.

Our vote for the best beach in Barbados goes to Mullins beach on the northwest coast. Mullins beach offers great swimming and snorkeling, and you’ll find colorful relaxed beach bars for food and beverages. A number of water sports are offered along the beach as well as boat tours to see the local population of sea turtles.  Browse Barbados villas here.

Barbados – Crane Beach

Crane Beach in Barbados with ocean waves and cliffs on each side of the beach.
Crane Beach (The Maritime Explorer)

Crane Beach is located on the Southeast coast of Barbados. Known for its active surf, its a popular spot for body surfing and boogie boarding.  If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous the unique geography of Crane Beach offers spectacular cliff jumping locations. Barbados Villas.

Virgin Gorda – The Baths beach

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The spectacular rock formation known as “The Baths” is home to several pristine pocket beaches, and gets our vote for the top beach in of Virgin Gorda. Located on the southern tip of the island, its marked by hundreds of house-sized boulders which spill down the hillsides into the ocean. This results in dozens of hidden pools, scores of caves and underwater caverns, and several secluded pocket beaches. The Baths are also home to some of the best snorkeling  in the British Virgin Islands, making it one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Two open air restaurants sit atop the hill that overlooks this stretch of coast, and private villas dot the coastline as you head north. Search Virgin Gorda Villas.

St. John – Trunk Bay beach

Trunk Bay on St. John has white sand beaches and turquoise waters.

Trunk Bay Beach on St John in the USVI boasts stunningly beautiful turquoise waters and one of the most scenic crescent shaped beaches you will ever see. The beach is known for its signature underwater snorkeling trail which travels along the coast line of the tiny island that lies just off shore The trail has an abundance of fish and other marine life that call the local coral reefs home. Much of the north shore where this beach is located is a National Park, so you’ll see miles of undeveloped green hillsides and quiet bays. Take a short drive into Cruz Bay to grab a beverage and burger afterwards. Browse St. John villas..

St. Thomas – Magens Bay beach

Magens Bay on St. Thomas with clean clear water and sandy beaches.

Magens Bay beach is one of the most popular beaches on St. Thomas, USVI. Well managed by the island’s parks organization the beach has bathrooms and changing rooms as well as a beach bar. The crystal clear water is home to a large amount of marine life, the crowd favorite are the sea turtles. The beach is family friendly with life guards on duty and calm clean water for swimming. Private villas overlook the beach from the hillside that line both sides of the bay.  Browse through our great list of villas in St. Thomas.

Nevis – Pinney’s Beach

Pinneys Beach on Nevis with beautiful waters, white sand and palm trees.

Pinney’s Beach makes up around three miles of coast of Nevis and is one of the most popular beaches on the island. There are multiple beach bars along the beach that offer cold drinks and beach chairs to rent. The beach is known for its calm clear waters and lack of crowds because of its size. Villas in Nevis.

With over 7,000 different islands in the Caribbean a list of the best beaches is of course subjective. We hope you will tell us what your favorite beaches are in the comment section below. Which ever Caribbean beach you are inspired to visit, WIMCO’s Villa Specialists can find you a villa nearby, and our Air Department can get you there.. ping them at airreservations@wimco.com and they will get you booked for an amazing Caribbean vacation.

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