5 Beautiful Caribbean Beaches and Where to Holiday to enjoy
Rum; reggae music; spices; how to party are just some of the heady culture the Caribbean has shared with the world. Topped off with some of the most beautiful, wild (Atlantic Ocean side) and glass plane calm (Caribbean sea side) beaches found anywhere in the world.
The Caribbean, named for the native Amerindians who lived on the islands at the time of the early European explorers, is made up of some 700 islands or more. Similar and yet unique in their own way. Some more world renowned than others and others more inhabited than some.
And as with any island there are no shortage of beaches. And with this many beaches the Caribbean islands hosts a pageant of black, white, gold and pink sand beaches! No Dolce and Gabbana rose gold tinted sunglasses required.
Governor's Beach - Grand Turk
Want to walk up to a wreck on the beach? Visit Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
These islands are absolute stunners where beaches are concerned. Matter of fact, the islands must have been given VIP passes to an exquisite selection when the universe was allocating beaches.
Grand Turk is not as commercialised and developed as Providenciales but it's beaches are no less draw dropping! Sand so white it sparkles! Sea and sky so endlessly azure, they become one! Add to that a wreck on the beach and you have another story to tell.
This is Governor's Beach. Frequented by the locals and shied away from by three thousand strong tourists off a cruise ship. The good news is - it remained empty but for three local families and their Sunday picnics sat at wooden beach tables and chairs in the shade of the pine trees having a good old gossip. The kids on the other hand took utmost great pleasure in frolicking around the omnipresent 'Mega One Triton' shipwreck.
The story is this cargo ship became marooned following a hurricane. With no means of moving his beloved ship and no income coming in, the captain seemingly drank himself to death some months later from the dilemma.
On the other end of the beach, well its just beach - miles of it. Wander the beach or relax on your beach lounger and enjoy the calm and serenity.
This beach is especially convenient to the cruise terminal in Grand Turk. If only a few hours to idle away and are looking for a beatific time away from your madding three thousand strong cruise crowd, calm waters; sugar white sandy beach and an imposing shipwreck in your photo frame, head over to the Governor's Beach. It is named for the nearby Governor's mansion.
Facilities: Shower, Jack's Shack, beach loungers and umbrellas and parking
[Fly from London to Grand Turk via Providenciales]
Pigeon Point Beach - Antigua
What Antigua lacks for in fresh water rivers, ponds and pools it greatly compensates with beaches and lagoons. This is the island with as many as 365 beaches to lay on.
With 365 beaches to choose from do you get sucked in to one of the overly subscribed tourist melting pots? Although with this many beaches do they ever become crowded?
Hang with the locals and head for the warm waters of Pigeon Point Beach for a more relaxed affair and a beach nearly all to yourself.
Pigeon Point is one of the more southerly beaches on the island. Approximately one hour's drive from the capital St Johns if driving as a tourist or forty five minutes - horns tooting; music blaring if driving like a local!
The water is all calm and inviting. Relax on the beach or wonder at the guests in the yachts docked in the bay.
Facilities: The facilities at this beach includes and outdoor shower and an open shelter.
But for the peace, calm and serenity this location affords what feels like your own private beach - packing a towel and a beach picnic would be all too irie!
[Fly direct from UK to the capital St Johns, Antigua with most major airlines]
Little Bay - Montserrat
Whilst Antigua is awashed with white sand beaches and clear blue seas, take a flight on a nine seat commuter plane (imagine it's your little private jet) and in twenty minutes, discover an island that is quite the opposite.
With its mix of black, grey and light brown sands (it is a volcanic island), this is Little Bay on the north western coast of the island of Montserrat. Where tourists delight in the same laid back lifestyle as expats and locals.
Though the locals are more than happy to indoctrinate you into the charms of a mellow island living, the beach does not always mirror that mellow lifestyle. Sometimes the waves do come rolling in.
And when they do, find your spot at one of four breezy, thatched, open air beach bars where the seafood served must surely be the 'freshly caught' on the day.
Facilities: complimetary wi-fi, a dive shop and public restrooms on location.
[Fly from the UK to Antigua with twice weekly ferry connections or daily commuter to Montserrat]
Pointe du Bout - Martinique
Martinique is an absolute surprise!
As with other non English speaking islands in the Caribbean, not as much is known.
But French speaking or not, this island in the Caribbean is no less charmed or any less blessed when it comes to beaches. The sands may not be as white and the sea not so crystal clear but what it lacks in white sand and turquoise blue waters they surely make up for with brown and black sands.
On the western side of the island where the mountains kiss the calmer waters of the Caribbean sea you can find Pointe du Bout. The sea is a slightly darker and mysterious shade of green. Ah yes, Martinique is another volcanic island!
Barely a twenty minute ferry ride from just outside the cruise terminal in Fort de France and you are there. It may have been due to the fact it was a week day, but here too once again the beach was relatively quiet. This is also another of the smaller beaches and because of it's you quickly develop that familiar feeling.
Facilities: beach loungers and umbrellas are available to rent; bars and restaurants; rest rooms.
[Fly London to Fort De France, Martinique via Paris]
Carlisle Bay - Barbados
Carlisle Bay, Barbados (not to be confused with Carlisle Bay - Antigua) has a long and wide expansive beach; a lively atmosphere with a very jolly crowd.
As busy as the beach is it never feels overcrowded. The water is unbelievably blue and the sand truly soft under your feet. As it's on the western side of the island, the water benefits from the chilled out and calming characteristics of the Caribbean sea.
There's a lot to do here in the way of water sports. There is scuba diving; jet skiing; snorkelling are but a few. If the thought of any sports is far too exerting, there's always Pirates Cove Bar.
Your very own laid back, rustic beach shack where the only exercise required is lifting your bottle of Banks (locally brewed lager) to your lips and nodding to the sounds of the live band present on the day.
And did I say there is complimentary wi-fi?
Facilities: umbrellas and beach chairs available to rent, showers, toilets, changing room.
[Fly direct from the UK to Bridgetown Barbados with most major airlines]