The days are short. The temps are dropping. And, I’m already starting to get a little cabin fever.
About this time every year, I start jonesing for the beach. The sun. The sand. The water… and a tropical drink melting in my hand…
Honestly, I’m going to have to stop daydreaming about the beach or I’ll never finish writing this piece. Ha!
Anyway, back to reality.
If you’ve followed us for a while, you know that we travel the globe for pennies on the dollar. (Side note: We’re especially obsessed with Europe and the Caribbean!) Although we travel about once a month now, it wasn’t always that way.
Our travel obsession started when we visited our first all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. Since then, we haven’t been able to get enough. We’ve visited the Caribbean nearly 20 times over the last few years, so it’s safe to say we’ve been to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Since I feel like daydreaming today, here’s a list of some of my favorite beaches in the Caribbean. This is by no means an all-inclusive list, and I’m sure I’ll be adding even more beaches as we continue visiting the area. Enjoy!
My Favorite Caribbean Beaches
Seven Mile Beach – Grand Cayman
Quite simply, Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The sand is like powder. The crystal clear water is as still as a bathtub. And the entire area is super safe.
What’s not to like? The only thing I can come up with is the price.
Grand Cayman is definitely beautiful, but it isn’t cheap. Although you can use points for your flights and hotels (there are plenty of options if you have Chase Ultimate Rewards points), the food and beverages are pretty spendy. In fact, we paid about $60 USD for a case of beer at the liquor store. Yikes!
In addition, this particular beach is lined with hotels. Although I enjoy walking down the beach and checking out the other hotels, you may not. So, if you’re looking for a more natural experience, you might want to try somewhere else.
Sandy Lane Beach – Barbados
I’ll be honest, I love the entire Platinum Coast of Barbados. But, if I have to pick just one spot along the coast, I guess I’ll go with Sandy Lane.
Like Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, the Platinum Coast of Barbados is famed for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. Again, the “waves” aren’t really waves at all. The water is so still that it barely laps against the beach every few seconds.
Sandy Lane Beach sits in front of the luxurious Sandy Lane Hotel. As with all beaches in Barbados, the beach itself is public. However, you’ll need to bring your own blanket, chair, and umbrella if you wish to have one. It’s also important to note that there are no facilities available unless you’re staying at the hotel.
Arashi Beach – Aruba
Palm Beach is beautiful and home to dozens of hotels. Baby Beach gets all the love. But, Arashi Beach is my favorite beach on Aruba.
Seriously, this is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. Just north of the hotel district, Arashi Beach feels like you’re a million miles away from anywhere. Other than a facilities building and a small snack stand, the only thing on the beach are people and a few palapas. Across the road, you can enjoy some serious cacti and sand dunes, which I found rather unique for a Caribbean island.
The sand is like powder and the water is one of the most incredible shades of turquoise that I’ve ever seen. Like the beaches listed before, the water is calm and inviting. The natural setting is a great place to get away from it all. At just a 5 to 10 minute ride from the hotel zone, I highly recommend checking it out!
2 of My Favorite Beaches Affected by the Hurricanes
As we all know, 2017 was one of the most devastating storm seasons to hit the Caribbean in years. While the previously mentioned beaches weren’t affected by the hurricanes, some of my favorite beaches were. Here are a couple of beautiful spots that will hopefully be back to their old selves soon.
Trunk Bay – St. John
If you love natural settings, Trunk Bay is it.
Located on the American territory of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Trunk Bay was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush green forests, this incredible beach is actually a U.S. National Park. I adore the powdery sand, and the views from the beach – including the nearby St. Thomas and British Virgin Islands – are absolutely incredible. While the beach itself seems to still be intact, the trees were practically wiped out. #sadface
Snorkelers can find a snorkeling “path” mapped out around a small little island just 50 yards or so off the beach. The water was a bit choppy the day we visited, but some of our friends tried it and enjoyed it. Here’s hoping to a speedy recovery!
Maho Beach – St. Maarten
The world-famous Maho Beach on St. Maarten was also wiped out by Hurricane Irma last summer. This isn’t the first time a hurricane has destroyed this beach, and efforts are underway to repair it as we speak.
While beautiful in its own right, this beach is far more famous because of its location. Maho Beach sits between the runway of St. Maarten’s airport and the water. Beach goers flock to the beach for the thrill of having giant airplanes fly of their head while landing in St. Maarten. If you’re brave (or stupid) enough like me, you can even stand on the beach and get blasted by jet engines as the planes prepare for take off. It’s definitely a thrill!
The beach itself is relatively small and nice. It is surrounded by resorts on one side and a few restaurants on the other. The water can get very choppy, but that’s not why you’re there. Holly and I enjoyed laying on the beach all day, watching the planes come in and scoping out the tourists enjoying their thrills! Once it’s ready for visitors again, I’d highly recommend checking it out.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of my favorite Caribbean beaches! As a certified beach lover, I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of these spots. Feel free to add your favorites to the comments below.
Oh, and now that you’ve read about my favorite beaches, you might want to check out some of my favorite places to visit in Europe!
Thanks again for reading. Until next time, happy traveling!