The postcard sea par excellence: pearl beaches, blue expanses that are lost in the horizon, shady palm trees and the clear sensation of being in the heart of a paradise on earth. Welcome to the Caribbean beaches, the most famous in the world for their evocative beauty.
They are the most coveted, the most desired and the most loved in the world, and it is certainly not by chance. When you think of a beach, you'll immediately imagine the enchanting and delightful scenery of a sunset over an expanse of ivory sand bathed in clear waters in your mind.
We at Costa cruises have selected the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, the perfect ones to treat yourself to a day of relaxation, wonder and fun:
- Boca Chica (Santo Domingo)
- Sainte-Anne (Guadalupe)
- Anegada (British Virgin Islands)
- Seven Mile Beach (Grand Cayman)
- Eagle Beach (Aruba)
- Seven Mile Beach (Jamaica)
- Bayahibe (Dominican Republic)
- TrunkBay (American Virgin Islands)
- PlayaParaiso (Cuba)
- Pink Beach (Barbuda)
- Flamenco Beach (Porto Rico)
- Grace Bay (Turks and Caicos)
- Varadero Beach (Cuba)
- Englishman’s Bay (Trinidad and Tobago)
Boca Chica (Santo Domingo)
Perhaps one of the most famous seaside resorts in the Dominican Republic: we are talking about Boca Chica, a beautiful urban centre overlooking a bay protected by the coral reef. Here the water is shallow and turquoise in colour. Under the sun, the white beach becomes an enchanting expanse.
The urban centre of Boca Chica is located just 30 km from Santo Domingo and is often the destination for tourists and residents who want to treat themselves to a day at the beach. The beach is often crowded, but it's always worth it.
Boca Chica is surrounded by an enchanting sea and a series of natural parks that make it a real pearl of beauty in a place of uncontaminated nature. If the main attraction of the location remains, of course, the beach, about 3 kilometres long, know that the Caribbean Sea here is perfect for the whole family. The warm and spectacular water never exceeds two metres in depth and is protected by the coral reef, offering mild currents and an ideal space for swimming and diving. The beach is well equipped with everything you need for a relaxing stay: rental of sun beds and umbrellas, restaurants, clubs and bars. Those who want to dive should move to La Caleta, where the coral reef offers its maximum beauty to the swimmer.
A spectacular place that must not to be missed in the Boca Chica area is Cueva de las Maravillas. It is about 40 kilometres along the east coast, where a series of caves have been found, preserving ancient petroglyphs and rock paintings made thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans on the Caribbean island. Here there is also a small clinic of iguanas that you can admire up close.
Sainte-Anne Beach is located on the southern side of the Grande-Terre, near the town of the same name, rich in history and archaeological beauty. It is a wonderful expanse of white, almost blinding sand, streaked with pink shades that make it an even more precious sight.
The crystal-clear sea is perfect for swimming, for both young and old, and is also ideal for long swims. There are also beautiful palm tree shades. Due to its beauty and proximity to the city, the location has become one of the most coveted and crowded. The area contains bars and kiosks to cool off during the day.
Anegada (British Virgin Islands)
The easternmost of the British Virgin Islands is called Anegada. This ‘submerged’ island is about 20 kilometres from Virgin Gordae and is named after the island. Its highest point reaches eight meters above sea level where the only inhabitants are the iguanas and flamingos - in addition to the residents of accommodation facilities.
The island's fame is characterised above all by the fact that many boats could not see it in time and crashed ashore. It goes without saying that nowadays Anegada has become a fabulous destination for diving lovers who want to enjoy the spectacle of the wrecks, such as those of the British steamer Paramatta or the HMS Astrea, an English frigate with cannons. Anegada is also the home of the Flamingo Pond natural reserve in the west of the island, a large salt pond populated by pink flamingos and an ideal place to take unforgettable photographs. Also, worth seeing is the Rock Iguana Hatchery, a facility where iguana puppies are bred before they are released into the wild.
Let's not linger any longer and move on to the real highlight of the island: The beaches. Let yourself be seduced by the beauty of Pomato Point, on the southern coast of the West End, where the sand is white and the sea turquoise. A short distance away is Cow Wreck Beach, where the beach and the crystal-clear sea are absolute spectacles. Here you can also rent kayaks for a sea trip, or you can snorkel. As for the East End, take a trip to Loblolly Beach, a huge beach on the bay of the same name with bars, baths and water sports equipment rental facilities. Finally, is ‘Flash of Beauty,’ a small paradise of sand from which you can take off on an unforgettable excursion on the coral reef.
Seven Mile Beach (Grand Cayman)
As the name suggests, Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands - with an area of about 122 square kilometres. In this splendid location, it is possible to dedicate oneself to a series of relaxing activities and, for more indomitable spirits, to throw oneself headlong into the excursions offered by the island.
The most spectacular part of the Grand Cayman is certainly the Seven Mile Beach, where the coral-free sea is perfect for a dip without having to worry too much about running into some rock. It is also one of the most popular places on the island, located near the main port from which tourists arrive on cruise ships. The beach is large enough to accommodate everyone without being too crowded.
In Grand Cayman, you can admire several natural attractions that will leave you speechless. One example is the botanical park Meander Queen Elizabeth II. Those who want to dive should come here: there are 365 diving areas with not only the coral reef but also shipwrecks, such as those of the USS Kittiwake submarine. Those who pass through Grand Cayman should also stop by Starfish Point, an excellent location to see starfish up close. Remember that it is severely prohibited to touch or remove them from their environment, as a protected species.
Eagle Beach (Aruba)
The largest beach on the island of Aruba is also one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world. It’s very white and well-equipped expanse offers a breath-taking seaside experience where comfort is paramount. The beach boasts top-notch facilities such as ample parking areas, shaded areas, cabins, umbrella rentals and sunbeds, as well as points of reference for an infinite number of water sports.
Eagle Beach is also home to some of Aruba's most beloved fofiali trees, with their characteristic shape that has become the spectacle of some of the island's advertising campaigns. On the weekend, Eagle Beach turns into an infinite number of tennis courts for children and adults alike. The beach is also the ideal location for watching turtles of four different species.
Seven Mile Beach (Jamaica)
If there is a reference for the classic Caribbean beach, it is probably Jamaica's Seven Mile Beach. A tropical setting of a pearl beach, calm and beautiful sea and, of course, dozens of facilities for fun and relaxation. The beach is an hour and a half's drive from Sir Donald Sangster Airport on Montego Bay.
The first thing that will strike you at Seven Mile Beach is the white sand that mixes with the intense blue of the sea and sky, almost always clear of clouds.
What do you do at Seven Mile Beach? Anything related to water sports: think jet skiing, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and catamaran excursions. The facilities also organize horseback rides along the beach for a romantic and unforgettable experience at the same time.
Bayahibe (Dominican Republic)
Located a few kilometres from La Romana, Bayahibe is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic. This is due to the many natural attractions that this magical place has to offer tourists.
The first stop is definitely Playa Bayahibe, a starting point to discover the wonders of this place. Located less than 2 kilometres from the centre of the village, the sandy and pristine beach is ideal not only for relaxation but also for all the facilities that are made available to tourists, such as water sports. Organised excursions for snorkelling and diving in the coral reefs also start from here.
Trunk Bay (American Virgin Islands)
Why visit the American Virgin Islands? The question is answered by itself as you can even just admire the photography of pearl beaches hemmed in with dense vegetation, crystal clear water and shining depths.
On the most extraordinary of the Virgin Islands, St. John, you will certainly be bewitched by the hilly territory covered by lush forests that fall into strips of white sand that finally dissolve into the turquoise sea.
This paradise is part of Virgin Island National Park thanks to the foresight of its owner, Laurence Rockefeller, who has donated his possessions to humanity. In addition to your experience in the park, you should also stop off at Trunk Bay. It's a dreamy, sheltered and pristine cove with a dense aquatic life to admire.
Playa Paraiso (Cuba)
Among Cuba's most beautiful islands Cayo Largo del Sur stands out, better known as Cayo Largo. Those who reach this extraordinary location, do so because they are attracted not only by the crystal-clear sea and the opportunities for relaxation but also by the endless opportunities for snorkelling offered by the breath-taking beauty of the coral reef.
The name Cayo Largo comes from its elongated shape that continues for about 26 kilometres, 25 of which are dedicated to the beaches.
It is a true paradise, considered among the most beautiful beaches in Cuba and the world. It will not surprise you to know that one of the most important coastal areas is called Playa Paraiso, small but not to be underestimated, for it’s an expanse of a white beach from which you will never want to leave. If you visit Cayo Largo, you can also visit Playa Sirena, Playa Landemar, Playa Blanca, Playa Los Cocos and Playa Tortuga, where the turtles lay their eggs.
Pink Beach (Barbuda)
Barbuda is one of the very few islands in the Caribbean where time seems to have stood still for real. Apart from a few visitors staying in one of the few facilities available, the population seems to be made up mainly of birds such as the Magnificent Frigate. The island is composed of limestone and, therefore, is rich in coves and caves to explore, such as Castle Hill and Two Foot Bay.
Another attraction of the island are the frigates of the Bird Sanctuary on the Codrington Lagoon, a spectacular forty-minute boat trip where you can admire beautiful specimens. The experience is also recommended for those who do not have a real passion for bird watching.
Among the most beautiful beaches of Barbuda we naturally remember the Pink Sand Beach, perhaps the most famous of all for the colour of its sand that recalls the shades of pink. This phenomenon is due to the presence of fragments of coral between the grains. The scarce vegetation offers a truly enchanting spectacle to all those who dream of a luxury stay on the island.
Also, worth seeing are Princess Diana Beach, Low Bay Beach, Gravenory Bay, Coco Point, Spanish Point - with one of the most beautiful coral reefs on the island - and North Beach, an exclusive resort so beautiful that it will leave you breathless.
Flamenco Beach (Porto Rico)
Those who go to the Caribbean rarely skip Puerto Rico, one of the most loved by tourists around the world because of its beauty and its ability to always fascinate, even when you return. Here the climate is excellent, and the beaches are a real dream.
Among the most unforgettable beaches in the area, we certainly remember Flamenco Beach, three miles of soft white sand and crystal water located on the island of Culebra. The area has shaded picnic areas and several sites where it is possible to closely observe 1975 American tanks, generally used for military exercises.
Grace Bay (Turks e Caicos)
885 kilometres southeast of Miami there are over 40 islands and islets, of which only 8 are inhabited. Welcome to the Turks and Caicos archipelago, where most of the residents are descendants of African slaves. The area hosted Christopher Columbus' first landing in 1492 and later provided shelter for English loyalists who had escaped witch-hunting in 1776.
The islands are also famous because every year you can see the migration of humpback whales, who always find a haven in Turks and Caicos and reproduce in the Columbus Channel.
Despite being considered a Caribbean destination, it is important to remember that Turks and Caicos are not exactly in the Caribbean and they do not even have much in common with other Caribbean destinations. These islands are much sought-after by Hollywood stars and become, during the peak season, the favourite destination for VIPs and celebrities from all over the world.
Here, tourists can admire the third largest coral reef in the world and relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in existence, the legendary Grace Bay Beach. Imagine unspoilt nature, beaches of the finest pearl sand and crystal-clear waters as far as the eye can see. From here you can rent kayaks, water skis, wave boards and many other water sports equipment.
Varadero Beach (Cuba)
Among the most famous Cuban tourist resorts is certainly Varadero, also known as Playa Azul for its long white beach and crystal-clear sea. If your idea of a holiday is about relaxation, umbrellas and comfort, you're at the right place. Varadero Beach is the perfect location to relax among luxury resorts and enchanting landscapes that will leave you completely breathless.
If you are coming to Playa Varadero, you should also take a look at Caya Buba, a small island at the end of Varadero, rich in wild and unspoilt nature. Also, visit Cayo Romero and Cayo Piedras del Norte. Finally, don't miss the Dolphinarium.
Englishman's Bay (Trinidad e Tobago)
Sun, sea and relaxation? You are certainly talking about Trinidad and Tobago, the perfect destination for lovers of life without too much haste, especially on holiday. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498, during his third voyage, the islands were inhabited by Arawak and Carib Indians at the time. Throughout history, Spaniards, Dutch, French and English alternated control of the territories, leaving indelible traces of their passage, including Fort King George.
Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts should head to Maracas Bay, off the Pigeon Point beach in western Tobago. Here there is a splendid coral reef and at Nylon Pool, there is a mirror of water full of colourful fish.
Among the tropical sites not to be missed is Englishman’s Bay, the most famous and popular location in the area. Among the main attractions of Trinidad there is also the Asa Wright Nature Centre, a reserve that serves as a natural habitat of over 400 species of birds and more than 2000 varieties of flowers.
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