Best Caribbean Islands For Beaches

With over 7,000 islands, you'll never be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding that idyllic stretch of white sand and palm trees in the Caribbean. Let the warm turquoise waters lap at your feet, while you enjoy the tranquility that is the perfect beach vacation.

Where: Magens Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Magens Bay is often referred to as one of the world's most gorgeous beaches, but it is only one of St. Thomas' outstanding stretches of white sand. Sapphire Beach, on the island's East End, has picturesque views of St. John and the British Virgin Islands but is also a water sports enthusiast's dream come true with kayaks, jet skis, and sail boats to rent. Coki Beach is known for its clear, calm, warm waters and exceptional snorkeling on the nearby coral reef. Limetree Beach has a cove on one side and tropical foliage, with resident giant iguanas, on the other, and Secret Harbour Beach is appropriately named, with more coconut palms than visitors.

Where: Cape Eleuthera and the Cove, the Bahamas

Coral pink sand, turquoise waters and a only a sprinkling of fellow beach goers to share it with, Eleuthera, one of the Bahamas' out islands, is a captivating destination for sun worshippers, relaxation seekers and even surfers. From the southwest tip's 4,500 acre private beach surrounded by uninhabited wilderness at Cape Eleuthera to the Cove with its stunning cliff views or Surfer's Beach with its beach and reef breaks, the common theme on Eleuthera is privacy and beauty.

Where: Grand Anse, Grenada

You only need to walk a few steps from the beach to one of Grenada's beloved beach bars. The southwest coast is home to sheltered stretches of sand with white sand while the northeast is a little more rugged and a number of pretty secluded coves dot the jagged southern shoreline. Try Grand Anse, L'Anse aux Epines (Prickly Bay) or Morne Rouge for a family friendly feel.

Where: Salt Cay, Ambergris Cay, and Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

Forty islands and cays lined with the finest white sand and swaying coconut palms surrounded by shallow reefs, Turks and Caicos is the definition of the quintessential Caribbean beach destination. Chill out on a hammock, hoist the umbrella over your sun lounge and let the sand get between your toes on magnificent Salt Cay, the uninhabited Ambergris Cay, the exclusive Parrot Cay or the dive mecca Grand Turk.

Where: Sandy Ground, Anguilla

From people watching and yacht coveting at Sandy Ground to the seclusion of Barnes Bay or the sheer beauty of Shoal Bay East, Anguilla's 30-plus beaches are a favorite among Caribbean visitors. The powdery white sand, crystal clear water and beachside restaurants are only matched by the perfect weather and hospitable locals.