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The best beaches in the Caribbean

23 February 2017

If there is one thing the Caribbean isn't short of, it's beautiful beaches. Here's our guide to the top 5 beaches to visit on some of the best Caribbean islands.

Crane Beach, Barbados


If there’s one thing the Caribbean isn’t short of it’s beautiful beaches. There is a reason this part of the world is synonymous with paradise islands and palm tree-lined golden sandy shores. 

You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere that beats this wealth of picture-perfect beachfronts.

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This bounty of natural beauty makes the region the finest in the world for those of us who want sun, sea, sand, and relaxation on holiday. 

Fortunately, Saga offers a wide range of different cruise packages to the Caribbean, so you can experience this beauty for yourself. 

To help inspire you to take your own Caribbean holiday we’ve whittled down its beaches into a top five. So, take a look at the five most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and start planning your trip today.

Tulum Beach, Mexico

Tulum Beach, Mexico

Perhaps the most scenic stretch of Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, the area around Tulum is popular with tourists for its natural tropical beauty and picturesque historical ruins. 

The soft sands also mean you can walk barefooted around this semi-private beach. 

The sedate charm offers a marked contrast from the more develop area around Cancun to the north, even if Tulum boasts plenty of high-end resorts and first-class amenities of its own. 

The area also offers a fine base to explore the rest of Quintana Roo and the wider Yucatan.

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Crane Beach, Barbados

Crane Beach, Barbados

The most famous beach in Barbados, Crane Beach is a popular tourist destination all year round. 

Thanks to the surrounding vegetation-covered limestone cliffs and coconut tree-lined white sands, Crane Beach offers the archetypal tropical island getaway. 

Very much an exclusive destination, the area is blessed with plenty of five-star resorts.

Grand Anse, Grenada

Grand Anse, Grenada

There are few beaches that match Grand Anse for tranquillity. The calm sea and sand-covered sea floor make this a perfect location to enjoy a swim in the gentle Grenadian waters. 

Or you could just relax on the beach as you watch the lights of the island's capital St George's flicker in the distance.

Shoal Bay East, Anguilla

Shoal Bay East, Anguilla

With chalk white sands and a crystal blue sea, this beach is a quintessential tropical island paradise

Due to the area's popularity, there are plenty of amenities in easy reach, with a wealth of restaurants and bars nearby should you want a break from the sunshine. 

But that doesn’t mean the area feels overcrowded. In fact, you are likely to find a stretch of this 2.5km-long beach all to yourself. There are few better beaches in the Caribbean for a quiet and relaxing walk.

Pink Sands, Harbour Island, The Bahamas

Pink Sands, The Bahamas

This unique and well-named beach needs to be seen to be believed. Watching the setting sun turn the sands of the beach into a rose-coloured marvel is an unforgettable experience. 

The surrounding area is not the most budget-friendly, but it is all worth it to experience what is often referred to as the most beautiful beach in not just the Caribbean, but the entire world.

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