Would you like to know where my best Caribbean beaches are? But what’s best for you might not be best for a fellow cruiser. It all depends what you intend to do on the beach.
You want to just get a beach chair and soak up the sun, while reading a good book?
You want a beach where you can take long walks?
You want a beach that offers great snorkeling?
You want a beach that is not far from the port?
Here are my favorite best Caribbean beaches
Seven Mile Beach – Grand Cayman
Not quite 7 miles but it is very long, has white sand, calm waters. You can take a taxi from the port, it’s not very far. Not best for snorkeling as there isn’t much fish to see, but you can take long walks, rent a chair and umbrella. We prefer to go further away from the crowds and ask our taxi driver to drop us off at Governor’s Beach, which is in front of the Governor’s house and at the end of the Seven Mile Beach.
Eagle Beach – Aruba
I love Aruba, for the beaches, the snorkeling, the interior of the island with its desert-like landscape. Eagle beach is the most popular one on the island and is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. It’s very easy to reach, by bus, car or taxi. We always take the bus, the terminal is a very short walk from the port, across the main street. It’s really cheap and comfy. Ask the driver to let you know when you get there. Eagle Beach is located in the low-rise section. The hotels are across the street from the beach.
Sapphire Beach -St-Thomas
Most people will head over to Magens Bay, which we did a long time ago but we were disappointed. It was far, there were sand flees and it was so crowded. Then we discovered Sapphire Beach, beautiful sand, great view, nice snorkeling and much less people. You can rent chairs, and there is a restaurant. We prefer to walk a bit to the left when facing the ocean, in front of the condos, it’s quieter.
Tabyana Beach – Roatan
Beach is beautiful, white sand, and great snorkeling, since it’s close to the second largest reef system. It’s about 30 minutes from the port but so worth it. The water is clear and beautiful. You can take long walks. If you go by taxi, ask either for West Bay Beach or Tabyana beach, it’s all the same beach. If you want to go snorkeling you’ll walk towards the cliff on the left when facing the ocean.
Private Cruise Line Beaches
These are cruise line-owned or -leased land which are used exclusively by passengers of those cruise lines. We’ve only been to Princess and Holland America’s private beaches. The others are: Castaway Cay in the Bahamas is Disney’s; Royal Caribbean has 2, Labadee in Haiti and Coco Cay in the Bahamas; Norwegian Cruise Line has Great Stirrup Cay also in the Bahamas.
On all of these, you can pay for shore excursions, equipment rentals and drinks, even shopping with your key card and it will be added to your onboard account.
Princess Cays – Princess Cruise Line – Bahamas
A long stretch of white sand, lots of free chairs, BBQ lunch, nice snorkeling, beautiful views, cabana rentals and activities for a fee.
If you want to be close to the food and a nice swimming beach, then you’ll find chairs near the beginning of the beach. If you want quieter and less crowded, walk further away pass the pier and in front of the cabanas. There is a little beach to get in for snorkeling or just float. It’s not really a swimming spot, more for snorkleing. There is a bar not far and bathrooms are close by.
Half-Moon Cay – Holland America – Bahamas
Similar to Princess Cays, a long stretch of white sand, lots of chairs, activities, BBQ lunch, etc. Horseback riding on the beach and in the surf which is exclusive to Half Moon Cay. You’ll also find private two-story villas and beachside cabanas, a children’s water park and a chapel for weddings or renewal of vows.
Do you have a favorite Caribbean beach? Please let us know in the comments below. 🙂