From sandy beaches to crystal clear waters, it’s really no surprise American travelers love visiting the Caribbean Islands. For a short trip and affordable price, you can find yourself on some of the World’s best beaches, surrounded by incredible nature and beauty.
With thirteen independent countries, over 700 islands, and endless sandy shores, how do you choose the best beaches to visit when planning a trip?
Luckily, the Caribbean offers diverse options for travelers visiting throughout the year. Whether you’re an avid nature lover or just looking to relax in the sand, USA Today has narrowed it down to the top 5 picks of best Caribbean beaches to visit in 2024.
Paradise Beach: Carriacou, Grenada
The sister island of the Spice Isle, Carriacou is a hidden gem in the Caribbean often overlooked by most tourists looking for a sunny spot. With its picturesque white beaches and warm waters, Paradise Beach earned its name for good reason.
How to get there: A separate Island to Grenada’s mainland, one of the best ways to get here is by flying to Grenada’s Maurice Bishop Airport, and then taking a separate flight over to Lauriston/Carriacou Airport. From here, a bus or taxi is recommended.
Bambarra Beach: Turks & Caicos Islands
If you’re looking for a true escape from people and long to be surrounded by never-ending sands and palm trees, then this is the spot for you. While there are barely any stores or restaurants around at all, you’ll feel as though you’ve landed in paradise.
How to get there: A tricky spot to find, getting to Bambarra Beach is best by car or private transfer. Follow the main paved road from North Caicos to Middle Caicos, and you’ll be well on your way. Utilize maps, ask locals, and you’re halfway there!
Meads Bay Beach: West Anguilla
Nothing like relaxing by a beach with a cocktail and some good food… Am I right? Luckily for tourists, Meads Bay Beach has a couple foodie options for visitors. Located in Anguilla’s Northwest region, it’s easier than others to find.
How to get there: Unless you’re staying in the area, one of the best ways to get here is via taxi. From the airport, it’s about a 15-minute drive.
Eagle Beach: Aruba
With four species of sea turtles, here’s your chance to spot wildlife along crisp white shores. Lined with unique-looking Fofoti trees, you’ll feel as though you’ve landed in an oasis. Eagle Beach is located near the neighborhood of Oranjestad – a trending spot in Aruba for travelers.
How to get there: West of Oranjestad, it’s recommended to take a bus or taxi (which should take around 10 minutes)… Unless you don’t mind a long walk, which is also doable.
Shoal Bay: Anguilla
If isolated and serene isn’t your vibe, then why not visit one of the most popular beaches in the Caribbean? Known for its incredible snorkeling conditions, Shoal Bay is filled with locals and tourists looking for a slice of paradise throughout the year.
How to get here: This one is a difficult one to get to. If you want the easy way out, then book a day trip through a tour provider. If you want the adventurous route, it’ll require a bus, ferry, and taxi to get there.
Of course, it’s important to keep track of the best time of year to visit these destinations to ensure safe conditions and the best weather –as many of them are quite remote, and safety comes first… Followed by rest and relaxation!
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