Your Guide to Some of the Islands’ Most Stunning Stretches of Sand and Sea
Jimmy Buffet once said, “If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.”
He has a point, as we collectively close our eyes and imagine the acoustic guitar strains carrying over the sea breezes as the waves lap over our feet. Everything is better at the beach. The sun is sunnier, seafood is fresher, cocktails are adorned with umbrellas that seem unnecessary given the vibrant blue skies. Even when the sun departs for the day, it leaves a trail of every color on the wheel in its wake. We tend to breathe more deeply and take life more slowly at the beach, which is good for body and soul.
And while Crystal voyages encompass a world of beaches of varying sizes, topographies, climates and regions, we’re firmly setting our focus this week on the region where beach life is life: the Caribbean. Some of our favorite beaches aren’t just about the beach but what lies beyond, in the surf. Others, we appreciate simply thanks to their pure, pristine nothingness, leaving us to marvel at the harmony between sand, sea and sky. And while the Caribbean boasts hundreds (thousands?) of beaches, we’ve highlighted just a few of our recommendations for your list.
St. Barts, French West Indies
Island of celebrity hideaways and posh bungalows, considered by many to be the most elite and glamorous of all the Caribbean isles, St. Barts is home to 22 incredible beaches! Head to Anse de Flamanes for scenery, Baie de St-Jean for its beachside bistros, and Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac for its water sports.
St. Kitts, West Indies
Pick a color! St. Kitts is known for its exotic black sand beaches—visit Pump Bay to snorkel or the palm-lined Dieppe Bay Beach to bask in the sunshine. For seclusion on a stretch of powder-white sand, Cockleshell Bay Beach offers excellent views of sister isle Nevis, home to the rustic Pinneys Beach, where stunning saffron-colored sands line the shoreline.
Famed for its 365 beaches – one for every day of the year – Antigua has a seaside haven for every wandering soul. Active adventurers will find their desired adrenaline rushes at Dickenson Bay, where a bevy of water sports and plenty of resort amenities and activities abound, and Halfmoon Bay, where the surf is rough for swimming and snorkeling, but absolutely perfect for wind and kite surfing.
Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Seven Mile Beach is the singular most famous beach in the Cayman Islands and for good reason, it’s got it all. From beach volleyball to parasailing, there are activities to indulge whatever you fancy. Smith Cove, on the other hand, is a serene complement to all of this excitement, with great snorkeling and lovely coves and climbing rocks set along the soft sand.
Turks & Caicos, Grand Turk
The beaches of Grand Turk are spectacular, only outdone by the underwater adventures that lie beyond the shoreline. Pillory Beach is one of the world’s most renowned scuba diving and snorkeling spots, teeming with stingrays and spotted drums and other wildlife and walking distance from local shops and eaters. Governor’s Beach is part of Columbus Landfall National Park and also offers fantastic snorkeling, plus plenty of shady trees over the hot sand.
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Cameras ready? Nestled in a deep cove of brilliant waters surrounded by green hills, the mile-long beach at Magens Bay is among the most photogenic of St. Thomas’ 40 beaches – and really, of all of the USVI. Beyond this photo-ready spot are a number of other havens for beachgoers, including hidden coves with rocky surroundings, perfect for sunning and swimming, as well as protected areas with great snorkeling, like Lindquist Beach on the east end.
Find your beachside bliss on a Crystal voyage through the Caribbean and enjoy more flexibility and peace of mind as you plan your journey.