Lesser Antilles Vacations

The Lesser Antilles are a long string of islands that form the eastern boundary of the Caribbean Sea. As far as beach travel goes, the Lesser Antilles should not be overlooked!  Many of these small islands are volcanic and tourists can split their time between beach activities and fascinating hiking and sightseeing in the interior.  Visit the French overseas territories Martinique and Guadeloupe for eco-tourism, beach sports, and a strong French influence over language, food and culture.  The Netherlands administers Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire and these luxurious islands have a reputation for good living.  Funky Trinidad and Tobago is a two-island nation with a strong music culture, fun carnivals and excellent diving opportunities. The British Virgin Islands have good beaches and beautiful mountainous interiors. The U.S. Virgin Islands have a resort for every budget.  The Lesser Antilles consists of three smaller island groups: the Windward Islands (Martinique, Barbados, Tobago, Trinidad, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, & Grenada), the Leeward Islands (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Anguilla, SabaSt. Eustatius, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, & Barbuda & Antigua), and the Leeward Antilles (Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Los Roques, & Margarita.).  

Windward Islands

The Windward Islands are the northern islands of the Lesser Antilles island group in the Eastern Caribbean. They are so named because the trade winds touch here first, placing these islands upwind from the Leeward Islands.  The Windward Islands include Martinique, Barbados, Tobago, Trinidad, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, & Grenada.

Martinique

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Martinique is known for many things: food, culture, art, and, of course, world-famous rum distilleries. But few are aware of the extent and number of exceptional beaches in Martinique, from wide white-sand beaches to secluded coves and hideaways.  Here are Martinique’s top beaches:

Les Salines

Located on the southern coast of the island of Martinique, 1.7 miles south of Sainte-Anne, You should think about stopping by even if you aren’t staying particularly close by. This beach is not just a tropical beauty, it’s special in that it’s one of the few quiet beaches on Martinique. While Les Salines may be a little more trouble to reach, it’s the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.  Relax on the sugary white beaches or jump in the water, Les Salines is one the brightest and warmest beaches on the island. Back to Windward Islands Top

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Anse Dufour

Located a few meters from the Anse Noire, Anse Dufour is quite different. The sand is white gold. Two small restaurants along the beach. Small palm trees allow to have some shadow areas.  The beach is fairly uncrowded and seabed are very pretty. The beach is ideal for those who want to enjoy the beach peacefully.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Anse Noire only beach in the south of Martinique where the sand is black.  The water is calm and clear, but it can sometimes form large rolls. It is possible to see the turtle that seems to have taken up residence.  This beach is uncrowded. Besides the sand, it is also famous for the beauty of its seabed.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Anse Couleuvre

Access is via a small path in the middle of the remains of an old house in ruins – the Tardon House – in the middle of a tropical forest, thus reinforcing this impression of the end of the world. This is a beautiful black sand beach, the only one on the island to be as dark. The contrast with the white foam of the waves is striking and the spectacle is magnificent when the sun is on the part to reveal all the nuances of the colors of the sea and the vegetation. The crystal clear waters are great for swimming and snorkeling. The beach can be crowded on weekends in the dry season.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Barbados

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Barbados is home to many beautiful beaches. Barbados beaches are as diverse as the island, and there is a beach for everyone.  On the west coast, palms sway on white sandy shores while the azure waters lap gently at the shore. The more lively surf in the south and south-east are ideal for a host of water sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing and boogie boarding.  Along the east coast the beaches are wide and wind-blown. Here the shore is pounded by the Atlantic making it a delight for the surfers who come from all over the world.  And in the north, coral and sandstone cliffs rise straight out of the sea reaching up to a hundred feet in height. But even here, you’ll find the occasional sheltered cove.  Barbados is a coral island and its beaches are made from finely ground coral forming a clean fine grain.  Read below for the best beaches in Barbados.  Go to the Top

Silver Sands Beach

Aayo windy outcropping ideal for windsurfing, Silver Sands beach is internationally recognized as a world-class beach for this sport. Located on the southern coast of Barbados, Silver Sands holds the Waterman Festival every February; a competitive contest for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Crane Beach

Crane Beach, originally a harbor, is one of the most beautiful beaches along the coast of Barbados. It’s home to one of the prettiest and oldest resorts on the island, The Crane Beach Hotel. The waves here are perfect for beginner surfers or for body surfing, while the coastal coves offer sheltered swimming close to shore.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Bathsheba Beach

This picturesque East Coast fishing village hums with activity when the surf contests come to town. That’s because this popular beach is the surfing capital of Barbados; the surfing sweet spot is known as Bathsheba’s “Soup Bowl.” If you don’t surf, there are pools and reefs ideal for snorkeling and sunbathing. The breathtaking beach’s wild landscape makes it one of Barbados’ most popular.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Accra/Rockley Beach

This beach, known either as Accra or Rockley, is one of the widest and most popular stretches of sand along the Barbados coast. Several vendors line the beach selling clothing and local jewelry. Waves are moderate without an undertow, making it a great place for windsurfing, sunfish sailing, snorkeling, boogie boarding and body surfing.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Tobago

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The waters of Tobago are crystal clear and full of life. Whether you want to just relax and enjoy a boat trip , or enjoy fishing or kite surfing, the island has it all. Tobago is small, so no activity is far away from you, and it’s all accessible from wherever you’re staying.  If you want to lie on the beach all day but your partner wants some Caribbean sporting action, you can do that here.  Kite surfing and windsurfing are both popular water sports in Tobago.  Read below for the best beaches in Tobago.  Go to the Top

Pigeon Point

Stretching for miles, this narrow, white-sand beach, fringed by small trees, hugs clear, blue waters. Pigeon Point Road is lined with fishing huts – some converted into restaurants – and stalls selling trinkets (calabashes and the like). Further along the peninsula there is a beach facility with cabanas, bars and a restaurant. This beach is probably the most beautiful beach in Tobago. The water is calm and warm and lifeguards patrol the sand.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Englishman’s Bay

With a backdrop of rain forest that matches the emerald-green sea of the bay, it’s surprising that Englishman’s Bay is not overrun by an army of beach lovers. But golden-sand beaches such as this in Tobago are often empty: that’s the beauty of the island. Approached through a cluster of almond trees, this is a quiet and secluded stretch, but – thanks to Eula’s restaurant here – you don’t need a packed lunch or icebox. The clear water is great for snorkeling and exploring the marine life of the rocky headland jutting away from the sand.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Bacolet Bay

Walt Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson was filmed here in 1960. It is a romantic driftwood-strewn beach, overlooked by the Blue Haven Hotel. A large beach-hut bar is set back from the sea, providing shade as well as drinks. The sea here gradually deepens, unlike some beaches in Tobago that go from shallow to deep in an instant, so taking a dip at Bacolet Bay is a relaxing experience.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Speyside, Tyrell’s Bay

On the windward coast of Tobago, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, the landscape becomes wild and rugged. Speyside is a fishing village with a beach stretching for about a mile. The waves are rougher on the Atlantic side, less suited to bathing, but great for diving. The views are the real highlight, however.  Dotted along the beach front are seafood cafes, little rum shops and diving schools.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Trinidad

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Trinidad is unlikely to be listed on the “top 10 Caribbean beaches” listings – though Grande Rivière was recently listed by British Airway’s High Life magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful in the world.  But there are countless beaches and activities to fill a day or weekend on a Trinidad beach. The four coasts are distinct, being on  three different bodies of water.  The most popular beaches are on the north coast: Maracas, Las Cuevas, and Blanchicheusse. The Atlantic waters can get rough between November and April.  Read below for the best beaches in Ttrinadad.  Go to the Top

Maracas Bay

Crescent-curved bay. Swaying palms. White sand and gentle waves. If there were such thing as a perfect beach, Maracas Bay would be it.  The beach’s tall, towering palm trees — set against dramatic rain forest cliffs — make this Trinidad’s most popular strip of sand. The waves are prime for paddling, but diving, surfing and hiking are right at your fingertips, too.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Las Cuevas Bay

The waters here are less robust than at Maracas Bay and attract sun bathers who appreciate the calmer breakers of 80 centimeters. It is also more secluded and less crowded than Maracas Bay. It’s a sheltered horseshoe bay which provides protection from the wind, making it an ideal spot for swimmers. However, surfing is usually done on the western end with waves sometimes as high as 1. 5 meters between November and April. There is a restaurant near the car park that serves local dishes.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Blanchisseuse Beach

A perfect stretch of tan colored sand and gorgeous dark blue waters greet visitors to this tranquil and heavily secluded beach. Located at the edge of a rain forest, Blanchisseuse Beach’s setting is absolutely breathtaking.  There is also a concession stand available. You may also have the option to buy food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.  Unfortunately, you won’t find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Blanchisseuse Beach is a bit out of the way for island guests and therefore remains relatively secluded. Tourists come out in small numbers to enjoy the beach and watch for turtles.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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St. Lucia

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St. Lucia is a lush tropical island adorned with pristine sugar sand beaches and exotic black sand beaches. More and more vacationers are drawn to this little Caribbean hideaway, whose charm lies in its friendly atmosphere and its stunning seaside scenery.  All of the beaches on St. Lucia are public. A number of beachfront hotels and resorts are located on the north shores of the island.  Read below for the best beaches in St. Lucia.  Go to the Top

Reduit Beach

By most measurements the best, and certainly busiest, beach on the island: more than a mile of fine golden sand, with lovely views across the bay to double humped Pigeon Island.  The beach, which shelves fairly gently, is excellent for safe swimming. You can also try your hand at a wide range of watersports, be pulled around the bay on a rubber ring or banana, or play around on Splash Island, a huge inflatable water park.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Pigeon Island

On the southern side of Pigeon Island, just inside the entrance to the national park, are two sheltered, shaded and extremely picturesque little strips of golden sand.  Families and those looking for a peaceful alternative to busy Reduit Beach across the bay visit Pigeon Island.  You can swim, sunbathe, and explore.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Anse Cochon

Halfway down St Lucia’s west coast, between Castries and Soufrière, this 200-metre-long strip of dark sand is a magical, unspoiled spot backed by jungle undergrowth.  Enjoy the peace and beauty of the pristine bay, and go snorkeling as it’s one of the best spots on the island to do so, with the reef beginning very close to the beach. You can rent sun loungers, kayaks and snorkeling equipment here.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Anse Chastanet

Anse Chastanet’s 150 metres of dark, silvery sand is one of the best beaches in the south-west of the island. It’s dotted with palms and the thatched umbrellas of the hotel of the same name, and is surrounded by steep, forested hillsides.  This is the best snorkeling spot on St Lucia, with a coral reef teeming with fish just offshore.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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St.Vincent & the Grenadines

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Just the name St Vincent and the Grenadines evokes visions of exotic, idyllic island life. Imagine an island chain in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by tourist exploitation; with white-sand beaches on deserted islands, sky-blue water gently lapping the shore and barely a soul around.  All beaches on mainland St. Vincent are public, and many of the best border hotels, where you can order drinks or lunch. Most of the resorts are in the south, where the beaches have golden-yellow sand.  Read below for the best beaches in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  Go to the Top

Villa Beach

Villa Beach is the island’s most popular beach, and only a 10-minute drive from Kingstown. Its tranquil waters make swimming safe, and there are numerous simple cafes and water sports stands. This beach does get crowded and weekends are extremely busy.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Indian Bay Beach

Indian Bay Beach is similar to Villa Beach and also attracts lots of beach goers on weekends. Monday to Thursday, however, you’ll probably have plenty of room on this narrow strip. The sand is slightly golden but tends to be rocky. The reef-protected tranquil waters are ideal for both swimming and snorkeling. You’ll find both bars and restaurants here.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Buccament Bay

Buccament Bay has a beach in two parts. On one part, where the locals hang out, the sand is black – the natural color of most beaches on volcanic St Vincent. On the other, it is blindingly white. The white sand was imported from Guyana, to meet the expectations of guests staying at a new resort being built there.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Grenada

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By visiting the mesmerizing island of Grenada, you can enjoy one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world. This beautiful island features more than 45 beaches full of countless opportunities for adventure, snorkeling, or just plain relaxing. Even better, all beaches on this island are public. That means no matter how exclusive or expensive looking the area, it is open for all to enjoy.  If you like to spend your time soaking up the sun, swimming in the cool seawater or snorkeling, there’s a lot to choose from in Grenada.  Read below for the best beaches in Grenada.  Go to the Top

Grand Anse Beach

Grenada’s most famous, and justifiably most popular, beach is a fabulous long curve of soft, white sand, shaded by sea grapes, almond trees and palms, and backed by low-rise hotels. The sea is usually calm here and perfect for a dip, and the beach shelves gently and is sandy under the water. There are also various water sports available here.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Morne Rouge Beach

This stunning 400 yards of white sands arcs around the rear of horseshoe-shaped Morne Rouge Bay, one of the more sheltered spots on Grenada’s coastline.  Sea grapes and almond trees provide some shade on the sand.  Come here to chill, paddle and swim. As the beach is so sheltered, the sea is usually millpond calm, and ideal for families with young children.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Magazine Beach

This beautiful 500-yard-long sweep of soft sand lies in the south-west corner of the island. Weekdays it’s usually pretty quiet. At weekends, locals have barbecues in the park behind the middle of the beach.  Come here to snooze, stroll, swim, and snorkel – there’s good snorkeling around 50 yards out from the western (Aquarium) end of the beach. You can rent beach loungers, kayaks and snorkeling equipment from the Aquarium.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Bathway Beach

Part of Levera National Park in the far north-east of the island, Bathway is a mile of windswept sands pummeled by the Atlantic ocean. It’s an invigorating spot, with frigate birds flying over the waves, and the perfect place for a break if you’re exploring this part of the island.  Off the central section of beach, you can bathe safely in a large natural pool protected by an in-shore reef. Swimming beyond the reef is dangerous. The national park includes Levera Pond, a beautiful tract of golden sand that is an important nesting spot for turtles.   Back to Windward Islands Top

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Leeward Islands

The Leeward Islands – St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Anguilla, SabaSt. Eustatius, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, & Barbuda & Antigua – have dreamy beaches flanked by crooked palms and lapped by cerulean waters.

St. Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands)

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St. Croix has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Many of the beaches are regarded as some of the most beautiful in the world! Picture crescents of white sand lining secluded coves, crystal-clear turquoise waters all with lush tropical hills as a backdrop… like the image? Read below for the best beaches in St. Croix.   Go to the Top

Jack’s and Isaac’s Bay Beach

These two are considered “secret treasures” of the island.  You have to hike to reach Jack and Isaac’s Bay St. Croix, but it is worth it. The first beach which you’ll reach is Isaacs Bay Beach USVI.  Continue walking over the small peninsula to reach Jack Bay Beach St Croix, and the view will stun you. It looks just like a postcard.  There are no restaurants or facilities on Jack and Isaac’s Bay beaches.  But for sheer natural beauty, these rank as the best beaches in St. Croix.  Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Cane Bay Beach

This is a popular family beach  with lots of fun activities. Its calm water makes it ideal for young kids and inexperienced swimmers. If interested in scuba diving or snorkeling, this is the place to go. You can dive right off the beach and the famous “The Wall” is only 500 yards offshore, where the water suddenly drops to incredible depths of 13,000 feet.  You’ll also find beach lounge chair rentals, beach umbrella rentals and snorkeling gear rentals here.  There are also a few good restaurants close by.  Try the Cane Bay Beach Bar; it is one of the most popular spots for authentic St Croix nightlife!   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Turtle Beach on Buck Island

Turtle Beach is truly the most beautiful beach, consistently ranked in the best beaches in the US Virgin Islands.  Buck Island is an uninhabited island, so take a quick boat or kayak ride to reach it.  You’ll find truly some of the best snorkeling available anywhere in the whole Caribbean. The beach has white powder sand that feels silky under your toes, and the water is so crystal clear.  Here you will find the best snorkeling in St Croix .   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Buccaneer Beach

Buccaneer Beach is actually three separate beaches.  The Buccaneer beaches are great because there is so much to do!  Big families of different ages like to come here because they offer something for everyone. There’s also one of the better beach restaurants in St. Croix and beach bars close by.  Whistle Beach is considered by many as the best Buccaneer beach, and favored for its seclusion.  If you are limited for time, this is a great way to do a “3-in-1″ experience of St Croix beaches.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands)

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Two-thirds of St. John is a national park. Its comfortable pace is perfect for enjoying the island’s world-renowned beaches such as Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay. All beaches on St. John are open to the public. It is illegal to collect shells from beaches in the Virgin Islands; shells are confiscated at airport customs.  Read below for the best beaches in St. John. Go to the Top

Trunk Bay

St John Island’s most visited beach, the most photographed beach and voted one of the top ten beaches in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine! If that isn’t enough for you – it lives up to all the hype! Conveniently located with good parking and taxi service, you’ll find plenty of  beautiful white sand beach with towering coconut palms, aqua blue water and terrific snorkeling.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Hawksnest

This is one of the great beaches of St John. It has plenty of parking, a soft sand beach, a dramatic shoreline and plenty of shade under the sea grapes that line the water. Depending on the tide, Hawksnest can be a very narrow beach – so grab your sun early and enjoy the shade later in the day.  Hawksnest isn’t as protected as some of the other beaches, so expect a bit of surf.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon Beach has a soft white sand beach, easy shallow water access and the shade of coconut palms. This beach can be one of the island’s true gems. With the addition of a water sports “shack” featuring the Honeymoon Beach All Day Pass including kayak rentals, SUP / stand up paddle board rentals, masks/fins and beach chairs – this wonderful beach offers a bit of everything!   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands)

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St. Thomas’s beaches are renowned for their white sand and calm, turquoise waters. Chances are that your hotel will be right on the beach, or very close to one. All the beaches in the Virgin Islands are public, and most St. Thomas beaches are only 2 to 5 miles from Charlotte Amalie.  Read below for the best beaches in St. Thomas.  Go to the Top

Lindquist Beach

Lindquist Beach is one of St. Thomas’ most beautiful and pristine beaches. It has gorgeous, crystal clear, turquoise water is perfect for swimming. To the west is a very shallow shelf with tide pools. The shore is covered in bright white sand with a faint touch of pink.  There is great snorkeling on the right side of the beach.  There are plenty of coconut and grape trees for shade on the right side of the beach.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Sapphire Beach

Sapphire is a pretty white sand beach. Sea grape trees on the right side offer shade to beach goers; and sun worshippers can enjoy basking in the sun on the left side where trees are fewer. There is a water sports booth that offers wind surfing, kayaks and snorkel gear rental, as well as chair rentals. At the nearby marina you can rent jet skis or go parasailing. Sapphire is a great beach for relaxing and for enjoying water sports. A shallow rocky ledge and reefs on the right side offer good snorkeling. Food and drinks are available from a a small open air grill, drink vendor and from the nearby condo restaurant.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Magens Bay

Magens Bay is St. Thomas’ most popular beach. The beautiful one mile stretch is a public park, and is the only beach on St. Thomas that has an entry fee. The water is usually very calm with no waves or current, great for floating along and for swimming. The bay deepens gradually from shore making it perfect for small children. A water sports booth rents paddle boats, kayaks and sunfish. Beach chairs, floats and snorkel sets are available at the concession.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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St. Martin

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As hard as it might be to believe, St. Martin has thirty-seven beaches on its thirty-seven square miles! Whatever your vacation style is, there will be a beach suited to your desires. For the action seeker, many beaches offer water sports of every description.  St Martin has a fairly relaxed attitude towards beach nudity. The island is the leading Caribbean destination for nudists. Topless sunbathing is the norm almost everywhere, except at some resorts catering to a mostly conservative American clientèle.  Read below for the best beaches in St. Martin.  Go to the Top

Happy Bay Beach

This quiet beach is like a dream! It is the right spot for romantic beach lovers, for snorkelers, and also for people dropped-off for a couple of hours during a boat excursion.  You will be taken by the beauty of this tropical, intimate bay, with gorgeous views, a beautiful white, sandy beach, and palm trees to provide shade. Take your snorkel gear with you! Happy Bay is one of the best snorkel spots of St. Martin.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Grand Case Beach

The beach is also home of several beach bars, restaurants, and small hotels.  This very Caribbean beach is unique as it combines beach fun with village life! Grand Case is, indeed, best known for fine dining. The Grand Case Boulevard and the beach are lined with restaurants that built up the image of “The Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean”. That´s why some people call the beach “gastronomic” or “Gourmet Beach”!   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Orient Beach

Orient Beach is the most popular and busiest beach on the island, probably the most famous beach in the entire Caribbean. The beach is reputed as much for its natural beauty and setting as it is for being the island´s foremost swimsuit optional beach.  A major attraction of Orient Bay is of course the nude beach and the world´s famous Club Orient, the island´s only naturist resort at the southern end of the beach.   Orient Bay is the only beach on St. Martin with a large number of beach bars and restaurants directly located on the beach.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Anguilla

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Anguilla has 33 pristine beaches and over twelve miles of stunning, white powder sand and tranquil waters ranging from aquamarine to cobalt blue.  Beaches of all kinds, from the long, gentle shoreline of Rendezvous Bay perfect for strolling, to the colorful beach bars that rest on the blinding white sands of Shoal Bay.  All of Anguilla’s beaches are public, uncrowded and unspoiled.  Every cove, bay and stretch of sand is marked by unique characteristics, such as rock and coral formations and picturesque tropical plants. There is a beach for everyone, for every kind of beach day, for every mood.  Read below for the best beaches in Anguilla.   Go to the Top

Shoal Bay East

Not to be confused with Shoal Bay West or Upper Shoal Bay, this is one of the most popular beaches on the island, thanks to a handful of small resorts, an array of restaurants and rental equipment for snorkeling and diving the offshore reef. The beach does get crowded. The road that leads to the beach dead-ends at Uncle Ernie’s: The classic beach bar boasts the cheapest beer on the island and a world-famous rum punch. Along with barbecue ribs, chicken, burgers or freshly caught fish. Be sure to bring cash as they don’t accept credit cards.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Rendezvous Bay

This crescent-shaped swath on the island’s Caribbean side overlooks neighboring St. Maarten. With over 2 miles of sand, it’s a prime spot for a nice, long stroll. The beach never feels overly crowded. Plan a visit to Dune Preserve, the restaurant owned by musician Bankie Banx. The eclectic hangout is made from shipwrecked boats, driftwood, and coconut trees, and it features live music most nights, with Banx himself performing.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Maunday’s Bay

Spend a day lounging at this pristine strand, where the calm water is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. A singular resort, Cap Juluca, with iconic whitewashed, Moorish-inspired architecture, fronts the wide stretch of sand. (Bonus: Free public parking can be found near the property.) When evening falls, spring for a fancy dinner at Pimms, the resort’s open-air restaurant.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Saba

Saba is often considered a hidden gem of the Caribbean, retaining its unique beauty and simple way of life long after other islands have become packed with high-rises and crowds. Saba has largely been overlooked by international tourists perhaps because of its small size, but a more likely culprit is the island’s lack of beaches.  To plan your beach vacation to Saba, visit our Saba Island Travel Guide here.  Go to the Top

Cove Bay

Set on the island of Saba, You might want to drop by even if you are not staying nearby. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it’s special in that it’s one of the few quiet beaches on Saba. While Cove Bay may be a little bit out of the way, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.  The cove provides a visually stunning view of the ocean and the rock cliffs that line the entirety of the cove. There are great snorkeling opportunities here.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Well’s Bay Beach

Set in West Coast, fairly close to the Bottom, Well’s Bay Beach is on the North West edge of Saba.  Flanked by jagged mountains, Well’s Bay is a beautiful spot for sightseeing. The small beach itself is often shaded entirely by the cliffs behind it, depending on the time of day.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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St. Eustatius

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St. Eustatius, or sometimes called Statia, has  beaches that are small, narrow strips of volcanic sand. The best beaches are on the tranquil Caribbean side. Swimmers will find the beige and black sands of Orange Beach suitable for, while Crook Castle Beach draws beachcombers for the blue beads underneath the sands. Read below for the best beaches in St. Eustatius.  Go to the Top

Lynch Beach

If you’re looking for a solitary beach, this is your best bet on St. Eustatius. A romantic getaway on which to spread your towel, this quiet stretch of paradise is covered with fine brown sand, but don’t even think of swimming here as the undertow will sweep you into the Atlantic where you’ll become a meal for sharks and other hungry fish.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Oranje Beach

Also known as Smoke Alley Beach due to the unusually dark and varied color of its sand, it’s an easy stroll north from Lower Town.  Bring your own drinks, towel and other amenities as nothing else is available here apart from the beach and the water. Waves are smaller on this side of the island, but there are no life guards on duty. This is largely due to the lack of strong currents and dangerous creatures such as sea urchins.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Zeelandia Bay

This beach is 3 km of deserted black beach and tremendous views of the ocean. It also happens to be the main nesting site of sea turtles, but unfortunately the undertow is dangerous on this side of the island and a proper clean-up of the beach would make it much more alluring. Bring your own food and drinks as the nearest bar is located inside a nearby local brothel.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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St. Kitts

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The best beaches on St Kitts are on its south-eastern peninsula with pale sands, clear waters and a laid-back atmosphere despite the growing development in this area. The sea is calmest on the western, Caribbean side of the island, while the Atlantic coast is more wild and windy. Beaches in the north have grey volcanic sand and an austere appeal.  Read below for the best beaches in St. Kitts.  Go to the Top

Majors Bay

A rarely busy gem of a beach, is located a few yards from the tip of the south-east peninsula highway. It’s a longish, narrow stretch of golden sand, warm blue water that always seems to be calm, and nothing by way of beach bars or other amenities.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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South Friars

South Friars is a long stretch of golden sand located off the south-east peninsula highway just beyond the Frigate Bay tourist area. This is a favorite for its excellent sun bathing and wide choice of places to eat and drink. A word of warning: you will notice North Friar’s beach just over the road from South Friar’s and will be tempted by its beauty and emptiness. Resist the temptation: it’s deserted because the Atlantic water is treacherous, even in shallow areas.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Frigate Bay South

Frigate Bay is home to St Kitts’ major tourist hotels and most of the island’s big houses, and over the past decade a string of beachfront bars, known collectively as ‘The Strip’, has sprung up. The bars have become a big attraction for locals and tourists, many of whom enjoy taking a dip and a drink – not necessarily in that order.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Nevis

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The locals will tell you that the best beaches on Nevis are on the northern and western shores. And, all the beaches are well-cared-for, public and free. And because they are never crowded, you might have an entire beach to yourself.  Probably the most famous and most popular beach on Nevis, Pinney’s Beach runs for about three miles and can be found on the outskirts of the capital, Charlestown. Choose to relax on the sand or enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the rustic beach bars or nearby Four Seasons Resort.  Read below for the best beaches in Nevis.  Go to the Top

Pinney’s Beach

Probably the most famous and most popular beach on Nevis, Pinney’s Beach runs for about three miles and can be found on the outskirts of the capital, Charlestown. Choose to relax on the sand or enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the rustic beach bars or nearby Four Seasons Resort.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Gallows Bay

Located in Charlestown, Gallows Bay is wide, sandy and scenic but it’s probably more popular with fishermen than sun worshippers.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Paradise Beach

Close to Pinney’s Beach, this sandy location attracts visitors and locals alike – always a good sign. An ideal spot to relax, meet friends and swim in the inviting water.   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Antigua & Barbuda

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There’s a beach for every day of the year on the Caribbean island of Antigua, many of them stunning sugar-white strands protected by coral reefs.   Take a ferry to “the last frontier of the Caribbean,” Barbuda, the sister island of Antigua, for undisturbed lounging on pink-and-white sandy beaches.  Read below for the best beaches in Barbuda & Antigua.  Go to the Top

Galleon Beach (Antigua)

Galleon Beach is one of the less well known beaches. It can be reached by road but has limited parking – it is mostly enjoyed by the people staying at the resorts / villas on this beach. There are few facilities but a good natural shade. If you stay in a villa close by you won’t be disappointed as you will not have the parking problem or lack of amenities problem.  This beach is one of the better beaches for snorkeling at Cades reef.  For our Antigua & Barbuda Travel guide, visit here and plan your trip today!  Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Runaway Beach (Antigua)

Runaway Beach is on Antigua’s western coast and features rocky Corbinson Point on it’s north end and a salt water pond on it’s inland edge. It’s the perfect beach for a sunset stroll.  Umbrellas are available for guests hoping for a relaxing spot in the shade. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you’re wanting to check out the underwater sites. Runaway Beach is a peaceful area usually populated by honeymooners and families, so there’s a good mix of people. For our Antigua & Barbuda Travel guide, visit here and plan your trip today!   Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Hawksbill Bay (Antigua)

On the Northeast side of Antigua, Hawksbill Bay flows effortlessly into the Caribbean Sea. With the exception of the Hawksbill Hotel, the area is fairly undeveloped, the perfect place to find your missing piece of mind. Palm trees elegantly line the beach, which boasts soft gray sand.    You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you’re looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.  Hawksbill Bay is in an area which is rather congested, so plan accordingly.  For our Antigua & Barbuda Travel guide, visit here and plan your trip today!    Back to Leeward Islands Top

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Leeward Antilles

The Leeward Antilles includes the islands of Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Los Roques, & Margarita.  The islands of the Leeward Antilles are mostly coral and fairly flat with little volcanic activity. They lie on the southern boundary of the Caribbean Plate which is slowly moving towards and under the South American Plate.

Aruba

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Platinum-blonde sandy beaches line its west coast, but the east coast is rugged, with craggy limestone cliffs, sand dunes, and crashing breakers.  Some of Aruba’s best white sugary stretches are found on the western and southern shores.  All of Aruba’s beaches are public, but chairs and palapas provided by resorts are the property of the hotels and for guest use only. If you use them at a hotel other than your own, expect to be charged.  Read below for the best beaches in Aruba.   Go to the Top

Arashi Beach

A visit here is certainly worthwhile, as the turquoise water is calm, the white sand is soft, the snorkeling is excellent and the beach is shaded with many palapa huts. On rainy or windy days, Arashi turns into the perfect body boarding and surfing beach, with decent waves to ride. Shell collectors can stroll along the peaceful strip of Arashi to find peculiar pieces, like sea urchins, sand dollars and maybe even a starfish.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Baby Beach

This beach has calm, shallow waters that make it perfect for babies – and timid swimmers! This is the beach that the locals frequent on their days off, whether they live close by. Snorkelers will also enjoy this area thanks to the coral formations that shield the lagoon. Bring your own towels and any gear that you will need, because even if there are some facilities available, like a snack bar for refreshments and quick bites and shaded areas for cooling off, Baby Beach doesn’t have a convenience store nearby.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Mangel Halto

Named after the tall mangroves that grow abundantly here and that provide a perfect underwater environment for one of Aruba’s most precious reefs and beaches.  Not only is this a wonderful picnic spot for families and romantic couples, but snorkelers and shore divers will be thrilled by this rich and colorful marine life experience. The shallow waters make it possible to walk further out to the edge of the reef before plunging into the depths of this unique site.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Eagle Beach

“Travel + Leisure” magazine named this stretch of powdery soft white sand, one of the “10 Best Beaches in the World.” This public beach offers plenty of parking, shady picnic areas and palapa huts. Swimming is wonderful here and local hotels can set you up with equipment for water sports or other beach activities. There are plenty of facilities right on the beach, if you want to book a skiing trip, a jet ski or banana boat ride on the spot.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Curacao

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Curacao’s beaches are its best-kept secret. The best beaches are not the long, expansive patches of sand found in other islands, but rather smaller, more intimate beaches found in secluded inlets, called “bocas” in Papiamentu. Many of the best beaches are found at the west end of the island, which is fittingly named Westpunt, or “west point”.  The island claims to have 38 beaches in all, yet you’ll certainly find more along the secluded and rough coastlines of the eastern and northern coasts. Topless sunbathing and swimming is tolerated on most beaches in the resort areas, but not on resort grounds.  Read below for the best beaches in Curacao.  Go to the Top

Knip Beach

Knip Beach is very popular with the Curacaoan’s themselves. Knip Beach lets you swim and sunbathe in one of the most beautiful surroundings on Curaçao. For the well trained swimmers, the reef can be reached from the beach, but it is quite a long swim. Snorkeling can be done much closer to the shore near the rocks on either side of Knip Beach.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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PortoMari Beach

White sandy beach with parasols. There are showers and toilets and a bar with a large terrace. A very suitable beach for children. Attractive snorkel and diving spot with special facilities for divers. Even in the weekends the beach is quiet.  There are several snorkel and dive routes available.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Seaquarium Beach

This beach, right next door to the seaquarium has all facilities, palm trees and beautiful white sand. During the day it’s the perfect place for children to play in the shallow water. There are shops, several bars like Mambo, Cabana, Wet & Wild, Aloha and Blue Oceans. There are facilities for all water sports. The beach is popular with families and young people. At night, specially in the weekend it can be a very crowded hot spot. There are concerts and even movies on the beach.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Cas Abao Beach

Cas Abao offers you a white sandy beach, crystal clear waters, waving palm trees and many gazebos for shade. The beach combines a natural country setting with all the conveniences of a full service beach. Cas Abao is ideal for swimmers of all ages and its reefs are a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers. A raft for sunbathing and playing is moored off the beach. There is a bar, restaurant, showers and a massage facility.    Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Bonaire

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Bonaire has over 22 beaches. On Bonaire and sister island Klein Bonaire, the sands of some beaches are soft and blindingly white, while others are coarser and darker due to the high content of crushed shells and coral. But that’s a fair trade for having such spectacular reefs.  Read below for the best beaches in Bonaire.  Go to the Top

No Name Beach on the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire

Klein Bonaire is a little piece of paradise right in front of Bonaire. No inhabitants, no buildings and no facilities are found here. You can enjoy a beautiful drift snorkel along the reefs that surround Klein Bonaire. Take a water taxi which takes about 15 minutes.  Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Sorobon Beach

The beautiful shallow water Lac Bay is located in the South-West of Bonaire. From your beach chair you have the most amazing view over the bay, where local and international windsurf champions practice their tricks. Watch the pros, have a drink at the Sorobon Beach Resort or at the Hangout Beach Bar and enjoy life.  Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Te Amo Beach

Together with Donkey Beach, Te Amo is one of the local people’s favorite beaches. During weekends there’s a lot of sunbathing, swimming, playing and BBQ-ing going on! A nice reef is located right in front of Te Amo, so definitely bring your snorkel gear. Great asset at this beach is the presence of Kite City, a food truck that serves excellent fresh (fish) dishes.  Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Bachelor’s Beach

Bachelor’s Beach consists of a small, sandy, white beach, accessed by a rocky path/stairs. Atop is a small seafront area with some tables and benches. Bring your cooler and watch one of Bonaire’s spectacular sunsets from up here.  Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Los Roques

There is but one town on this collection of tiny atolls in the Caribbean Sea. Remote and romantic, Los Roques is more or less unknown to North American visitors but frequented by Venezuelans who know that its beaches and mangrove lagoons are unmatched.  Read below for the best beaches in Los Roques.  For our Los Roques Travel guide, visit here and plan your trip today!   Go to the Top

Cayo de Agua

The peace and tranquility found in the beaches of Cayo Agua is highly treasured by visitors. They compliment the landscape of the Punta Cocos light house and the sand bar which separates this point form the rest of the key. This sand bar is one of the park’s most photographed areas. Its size varies continuously due to currents and weather; at times it is a long dune which connects Punta de Cocos with the rest of the key and at others the sea passes over and joins the waters of the coasts of the two keys.  Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Cayo Madrisqui

This is one of the best islands in Los Roques archipelago, Venezuela. The sand is white, and sea water is azure, – as elsewhere around, but there is also something unique. Firstly, there are trees with saving shadow, – that can be rarely met on the other islands of Los Roques. Secondly, there is a fishing village (Cayo Pirata). It’s a miracle, but it survived after the island obtained the status of National Park. We recommend local cafes with delicious and cheap seafood.  Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Cayo Crasqui

Cayo Crasqui is one of the outer islands in Los Roques group, Venezuela. The island’s beach is very long with several trees and superb sand spit, which however goes under water during the high tide. In the center of the beach there is a small fishing village with several cafes.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Margarita

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Margarita has a big choice of beaches. There is one for everyone: With or without waves, with or without crowds, with or without wind, with or without hotels, with or without facilities (restaurants, shades, chairs… ).  Margarita Island has a wide variety of outstanding beaches to suit all tastes.  Read below for the best beaches in Margarita.  Go to the Top

El Yaque Beach

Playa El Yaque is the closest beach to the airport. It is always windy here making it one of the world’s three best beaches for windsurfing and kite surfing.  There are many hotels, inns, and some great restaurants on Playa El Yaque. There are also many European tourists, except at weekends when many locals visit the beach, especially those with small children as the water is not very deep.  Here you will find several surfing schools.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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El Agua Beach

This is one of the most famous beaches of Margarita Island.  The beach is about 2 kilometers long and is full of palm trees.  You will need to take your own food and drinks; however, you may rent sunshade umbrellas, canopies and chairs.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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Parguito Beach

This beach is the favorite among local residents of the island, the young, and other tourists from all over the country.  This beach is very active all year round.   The beach is ideal for surfing and surf boards can be rented at the beach. Sea turtles come here to lay to their eggs a couple of times per year.   Back to Leeward Antilles Top

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26 Comments

  1. Derek

    All these places look so beautiful!

    I would love to go to the ones with clear waters. I went to hawaii once and was paddle boarding and I saw something below me. I looked harder and it was a huge sea turtle swimming toward me. It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

    Thanks you so much for all the information!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it’s pretty cool when you see the sea life. I swam with a manatee once, freaked me out at first, but then I thought, wow not too many people see this.

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  2. larry

    These all look beautiful! I would love to go to any of these places on vacation. Now all I need is the time off of work! Thank you for all these options. Is their any language barriers on these islands? Thank you.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No, I don’t think you will have a language barrier at any of the islands. Thanks for visiting my site 🙂

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  3. Charlie

    Many years ago, I did a Windjammer cruise out of St Lucia. We sailed to St Vincent and some of the Grenadine islands. Some of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited. I would love to visit more of the islands.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know Charlie, I think the beaches here are some of the best in the world…hands down!

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  4. Anna

    Oh boy I love all of them and I want to pack right now and go! Los Roques I think will be my first destination and then Grenada. Great article and lots of helpful info, I already bookmarked it 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks so much Anna. Thanks for visiting my site 🙂

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  5. Matt

    Wow, looks like you really did your research! So many nice beaches out there. Margarita looks like an aweseome place to visit and is probably my favorite among the list. Seems like it has so many options to choose from. Thanks for the article.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Matt!

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  6. Gary Tucker

    Hi
    Thanks for the thorough, comprehensive information. I’ve been thinking about going to the places for a vacation. The information you give not only tells you what each place is like but places you can go nearby and activities you can do. Everything you need! Thanks.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You’re welcome Gary. It’s definitely a passion of mine 🙂

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  7. TristaQuack

    Oh my goodness Martinique sounds absolutely amazing. I love the descriptions you have used in in your article. I also thought that you had a really great layout. Easy to use and absolutely love the layout and pictures you showed! I would love to see some more pictures to these places besides the amazingly white sandy beaches. After looking at this I have sooo many places I would like to visit! Add it to the list right?!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      That’s right Trista!

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  8. Daniella

    Hi Lea,

    What an attractive article, the pictures are so beautiful, it makes me want to travel right now!
    If I had to choose from all these fantastic spots, I would have tried the Bonaire in the Caribbean:)
    What language is spoken in the Bonaire? Isn’t French?
    Thank you very much for this excellent post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You’re very welcome Daniella!

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  9. Janelle

    Oh my gosheroonie! So many beautiful places in the Lesser Antilles.
    I am a sailor from the South Pacific and once I’m done with combing all of these beaches I think I need to get over to your part of the world.
    The cruising and diving grounds look fabulous. Can you tell me which are the most popular areas for sailing. Although, once my husband sees this, he will want to explore them all.
    Thanks for the stunning images too.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh, do swing by and pick me up before you sail off! There are lots of great sailing places for sure. The choices are endless, you can sail around the islands of the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten / Saint Martin or St. Barts. The island of Nevis that is almost circular and surrounded by coral reefs, and the five beautiful islands of Les Sainte. Some like to sail the volcanic island of St. Eustatius, and the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.

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  10. Lefty

    umm, I’m getting to where i can’t visit your site anymore! makes me wish of places I’d rather be! such great detail into all the islands, yours is the ultimate travel guide. I went to aruba, curacao and bonaire with my family when I was around 13- what an incredible vacation! have been dying to get back to anywhere in the carribbean. Thanks so much for this 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are more than welcome, and thank you for coming back. I will keep updating and adding more beautiful destinations!

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  11. christinamk

    All of these places sound so incredible, it’s hard to choose a favorite! I think I would want to go to Bonaire and try kiteboarding. The beaches there are incredible too. But Aruba does sound like a lot of fun as well. This is an awesome list though. Each place has it’s own character and things it’s known for. Can’t wait for my next vacation!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for visiting!

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  12. Jaron

    My wife and I love visiting the tropics and crystal clear water. The Leeward Islands look amazing. Going to be adding that to my list of places to see!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      They are amazing! Thanks for looking 🙂

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  13. Laura

    Thank you for this article I have been wanting to take a trip to the Antilles and have been trying to figure out where to go. Did not realize there is so much to it! I saved your site! Great information.
    Laura

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Laura for visiting. Yes, there are so many place to go and they are all amazing!

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