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Best Caribbean Beaches


The beauty and remoteness of Anguilla beaches rank them among the Caribbean's best.

South America

Pinamar beachBoth outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for a quiet place to sun will find Argentina beaches worth their visit.


See Martinique beaches including photos and descriptions of some of the best to visit.


Cuba is the largest Caribbean island, so it is not surprise that it has nearly 300 natural beaches.


Grenada photoThough Grenada is a prime tourist destination with a variety of attractions, most visitors go there to experience its wonderful beaches.


Nevis sunsetWe present some of the most exotic beach bars in the region, where visitors can rest, relax, rejuvenate and completely escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

South America

Ipanema beachCaressing the feet of the nearby green peaks towering over the city, Rio de Janeiro’s beaches are well known and well loved.

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Playa Blanca beachAmong the great attractions of Cartagena are plenty of sandy beaches visited by locals and tourists alike.

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Brazil offers thousands of beaches, from small river beaches to one of the country's hippest cities, Florianópolis.


Belize beachCruise visitors to Belize City may not find many beaches. But a few good options are nearby.


Antigua claims 365 beaches or one for every day of the year, but it's the good ones that matter.


Aruba beaches are among the best in the Caribbean because of their size, sand and atmosphere.


Crane Beach is the most famous, while Brandons Beach is nearest the cruise port.

St. Barth

Shell Beach St. BartsSt. Barth has at least 16 named beaches. All are public and free, but they are rarely crowded. All the better to enjoy their beauty.

Dominican Republic

Dominica Republic beachWhile most of the Dominican Republic beaches are pleasing to the eye, here are five definite must-sees that seem to top the rest.

Mexican Riviera

The Pacific Ocean beaches is one of the main draws to Puerto Vallarta. Visitors can enjoy golden sand along with aquamarine waters.

Mexican Riviera

Playa San MiguelTravellers flock to the beautiful beaches of Ensenada where they can unwind near the powdery sands and crystalline waters.

South America

Las Grutas beachThis guide has everything you need to know about the best beaches of Buenos Aires.

South America

Miraflores BeachLima has several good beaches within its limits, but the best beaches in Lima can be found by venturing an hour or two from the capital to outlying areas of the central coast.

Mexican Riviera

Manzanillo beachThe best Manzanillo beaches depend on whether people want to swim, snorkel, surf or sail.

South America

Made up of a long stretch of beautiful beaches, Santos is one of the most appealing destinations in South America.


Bonaire makes it easy for cruise visitors to find a beach with four right by the Kralendijk cruise port.

Mexican Riviera

Medano Beach is one of the best and most popular beaches for cruise visitors to Cabo San Lucas.


Cancún is home to some of the Caribbean’s most popular beaches. Here are a few good ones beyond the hotel strip.

South America

Playa Blanca near CartegenaVisitors to Cartagena will discover plenty of great beaches for play, sunning and swimming.


Cozumel beaches provide easy access to underwater paradises for swimmers, divers and snorkelers.


Curaçao beaches near the cruise port are few in number, but we found four good ones.

St. Maarten

Any advice about St. Maarten beaches starts with the two best -- Orient and Great Bay Beach.


The many beautiful Jamaican beaches offer a place for leisure, relaxation, recreation, and breathtaking scenery.


Most hotels on Guadeloupe are located either directly on a beach or less than 20 minutes away from one.


Dominica beaches offer another angle of diversity on “The Nature Island of the Caribbean”.


For beach lovers looking for the wonderful mix of sun, sand, sea and wonderful people, they need look no further.

St. Kitts

Considering the beauty of the naturally crafted beaches, it’s no mystery why tourists come to St. Kitts from all over the world.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia is one of the most spectacular islands on any Caribbean itinerary -- thanks in part to its beaches.

St. Vincent

St. Vincent beaches attract visitors because of the laid back nature of the island.


Trinidad beachNot only is Trinidad known for its copious oil reservoirs, but for its excellent beaches as well.

South America

Kelp gooseFalkland Island beaches offer plenty of wildlife and some chilly surfing to cruise visitors.


The best beaches on Nassau Island require a taxi, rental car or excursion bus to reach them.

Costa Rica

Playa HermosaPuntarenas is Costa Rica's favorite spot for surf and sand on the central Pacific Coast.


Roatan off the coast of Honduras is home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Magens Bay St. ThomasThe best St. Thomas beaches are known for their pristine beauty and crystal blue waters. Welcome to relaxation.

Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman beaches are public up to the high water mark. It's good news for cruise ship visitors.


Panama touches both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and the beaches vary from coast to coast.

Turks and Caicos

The turquoise seas and sandy beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands draw visitors from around the world.

Costa Rica

The Puerto Limon cruise port is more known for its ecotourism, but it does have some good beaches.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico beachesPuerto Rico has beaches that will fit the needs of adventurers, families and romantics alike.

South America

Sao Paulo beachesVisitors won’t want to miss out on the region's aquamarine waters, tropical sun, soft white sand and swaying palms.


Farallon beachDespite having hundreds of kilometers of coastline on both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, only a few of Panama's beaches are noteworthy.

South America

Montevideo beachIf Uruguay can muster no other reason for its attractiveness, it is at least unquestionable that this Latin American country can speak of the lure of the pristine beaches.

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