The Caribbean, comprising over 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays, is a spectacular region within the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean. This is the place where many of us flock to as we seek to escape to warmer weather—indulging in sun-soaked beach days, relaxing spas, and exciting aquatic adventures.

When you’re planning your next Caribbean island getaway, consider these five best beaches in the Caribbean. From laid-back to adventure-filled, these picks are sure to dazzle your senses and leave you feeling refreshed for your journey back to reality.

Seven Mile Beach — Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Located in the Caribbean Sea, Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands and offers a large roster of activities—from scuba diving and crystal cave tours to golfing and boutique shopping. Seven Mile Beach, located on the west side of Grand Cayman, is an award-winning, crescent-shaped beach that features picturesque waters and a coral-sand coastline. This beach is world renowned, ranking among the best beaches in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor and MSN. Seven Mile Beach has so much to offer—parasail along the sparkling waters, catch a tan, or take a stroll along the shoreline and stumble upon quaint beach bars and gorgeous resort restaurants.

Grand Anse Beach — Grenada, West Indies

At the southern end of the Grenadines island chain, bordering the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, is the tropical island of Grenada. Scuba diving, hiking, fishing, and wellness spas are among some of the main attractions that the island provides. Positioned along the southwestern coast of Grenada and named as “the grandaddy” of Grenada’s 45 beaches by Frommer’s, Grand Anse Beach is a 2-mile stretch of silky white-sand beach and aquamarine waters. Experience a quintessential tropical vacation while you bask in the warm cloak of Caribbean sunshine, taking a dip in the crystal-clear waters to burn off the heat. Or, walk to nearby resorts, restaurants, and markets to get a feel for the local Grenadian culture.

Grace Bay — Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

As the third largest island in Turks and Caicos, Providenciales is known for its ultimate luxury and lush landscapes. Play a round of golf at the 18-hole Provo Golf Club, indulge in the island’s Thursday Fish Fry with music and dancing, or relax at any one of the revitalizing spas on the island. Among the many truly serene beaches on the island, Grace Bay Beach is the recipient of the World’s Best Beach award for multiple years running from numerous travel and tourism publications. This postcard-worthy beach is a premier spot to relax and unwind, boasting virtually no rocks, pollution, or seaweed. Its long barrier reef just a mile offshore protects the beach from ocean swells which helps keep the waters calm and the beach safe. Get out and snorkel, kayak, or simply dip your toes in the pristine turquoise water.

Pig Beach — The Exumas, Bahamas

Southeast of the capital city of the Bahamas, the Exumas are an archipelago of 365 islands and cays and are home to high-end resorts, underwater caves, warm waters, and…swimming pigs? Out on Big Major Cay island, abut 80 miles southeast of Nassau, Pig Beach is home to a group of four-legged locals that are the only inhabitants of the island—swimming, eating, and generally enjoying life with the excitement of tourists and visitors a few times a day. There are numerous stories about how they got there, including a shipwreck that they swam away from and a group of sailors that left them behind long ago. This little slice of piggy heaven is a huge tourist attraction for the Exumas and is only accessible by boat. If you’re feeling adventurous, Pig Beach is well worth the journey to get there.

Flamingo Beach — Renaissance Island, Aruba

There are two private islands near Aruba—Renaissance Island and De Palm Islands. Known as one of Aruba’s most impressive beaches, the 40-acre tropical oasis of Renaissance Island has so much for visitors to enjoy. The island is home to the unique Flamingo Beach where wild flamingos roam, free-bathing themselves in the crystalline waters and gleefully eating food from the hands of tourists. Visitors flock to this private island for a chance to encounter these majestic creatures with their long, curved beaks, peachy pink feathers, and overall calm demeanor. This secluded beach provides visitors the chance to really relax with shallow waters, swaying palm trees, and the perfect salty breeze. Head to Papagayo Bar Grill or Mangrove Beach Bar for some authentic flavors and refreshments.

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