The Caribbean is certainly a region of variety, and travellers from all over the world visit the beautiful islands to absorb the wonderful blend of cultures, to photograph the stunning scenery, to sample the cuisine, and to learn more about the rich and vibrant history that surrounds this part of the world.
But let’s be honest – if there’s one reason to visit the Caribbean that trumps all others, it’s the beaches!
The Caribbean is home to some of the best beaches in the world, the picture-postcard beaches boast powder like white sands, blue seas, and offer complete relaxation in luxury surroundings.
If you are planning a Caribbean cruise, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the sheer number of beaches you can choose to visit at every port so if you are looking for help in narrowing down your options, here are 5 beaches that epitomise the stunning Caribbean beach;
Eagle Beach, Aruba
Just a 10 minute taxi ride from the cruise port in Oranjestad, you would think that this beach gets over-crowded with other cruise passengers wanting to experience what is perhaps the most stereotypically ‘Caribbean’ beach on the island. However, you would be wrong!
While Eagle Beach is certainly a cruise passenger favourite, it also happens to be the largest beach in Aruba, which means that it still maintains a sense of calmness, serenity, and isolation, even on its busiest days.
The sand here is a fine white powder, the waters are an eye-popping shade of blue, and there is always a huge variety of activities going on, such as parasailing and rafting.
Many travellers try to arrange their visit to Eagle Beach to coincide with the mid-summer months, hoping to catch the ‘march of the turtles’ – the tiny hatchlings making their way into the sea. Eagle Beach has some of the largest number of turtle nests on the island, and is especially known for its population of leatherback turtles.
Great Bay Beach, St Maarten
Located right in the heart of Phillipsburg where your cruise ship will dock, this beach is very special. Park yourself up towards the eastern end of the beach and you can sit back on the sand while enjoying breathtaking views of your cruise ship in the background – it’s one of the best places for photographing your ship against the truly stunning St Maarten backdrop.
The sand here may not be the same fine white powder that you’ll find elsewhere, but it does contain plenty of interesting-looking shells, so if you’re cruising with children this is a great place to take them to play and explore.
Alternatively, this is also a wonderful beach for swimmers as there’s a sharp drop off just as you enter the water – this means you can enjoy a dip without having to venture too far out from the coastline.
Great Bay Beach is perfect for those who like a little more excitement, rather than the relaxation of a more isolated beach, as there’s a lively and vibrant environment with watersports, restaurants, and local vendors selling snacks and beers.
Morne Rouge Beach, Grenada
When visiting Grenada, many cruise passengers automatically make a trip to Grand Anse – widely considered to be the best and most lively beach in Grenada. However, if you’d prefer a quieter, more relaxing day, or if you’re travelling with children, you can’t beat a day out at Morne Rouge Beach.
It is just a 10 minute taxi ride from the cruise port in St George’s, and the waters are much more shallow and calm than at Grand Anse, so it’s a safe swimming spot even for the kids.
The shallowness also means that the waters warm up much quicker under the Grenada sun so you’ll find this a pleasant place to take a dip even in the early morning. There is very little noise at the beach as the calm conditions don’t particularly lend themselves to watersports, but you’ll often find snorkellers checking out the colourful sealife that lies just below the surface.
Taino Beach, Freeport
Do ypu enjoy spending the day lazing on a beautiful beach?
Then Taino Beach is perfect.
While swimming is permitted, the waters aren’t as clear as they are elsewhere, however, the beach is stunning, and it’s so lively and energetic that you really could spend an entire day here without getting bored. It’s such an amazing beach, in fact, that many cruise lines offer beach excursions, which can include anything from access to a thatched beachfront hut for the day, a beach buffet, or even a beach barbecue where you can cook up conch fritters and pigeon peas.
It is well worth checking out what your cruise line offers in terms of Taino Beach excursions, as this is a great way to really make the most of everything the beach has to offer. If you opt to visit independently, it’s just a 10 minute taxi ride from the port, so access is easy and it takes no time to get back to your ship at the end of the day.
Mahogany Beach, Jamaica
Located in Ocho Rios, Mahogany Beach is considered to be a quieter, more secluded alternative to nearby Turtle Beach. Although small, Mahogany Beach is beautiful, and it is remarkably well equipped for one of Jamaica’s quieter stretches of sand. If the weather is warm and you’re keen to cool off by taking a dip in the water, then this is one of the best places to do so. A small area of the water is roped off, allowing for safe swimming away from ships and watersport equipment.
The beach is also very well protected by the curvature of the bay, so you’ll find pleasant conditions here even if the winds are a little strong while you’re docked in Jamaica. If you don’t fancy spending all day soaking up the sun, you could browse the small craft stalls set up around the beach area, or you’re right by Dunn’s River Falls if you wanted to explore even more of Jamaica’s natural beauty.