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The Very Best Caribbean Beaches For Your Sun-Soaked Winter Vacation

published on February 22, 2023 by

Everyone loves a beach vacation — especially when winter rolls around. The Caribbean is the perfect place to escape from the cold, with beautiful beaches and sunny skies to enjoy. Your options for Caribbean beaches to visit are countless. But maybe you’re wondering which Caribbean beach is the best? We’ve tried to narrow it down for you (along with suggestions on great resorts to stay at in each destination). 

St. Thomas: Magens Bay Beach

Protected by a heart-shaped bay and sparkling blue waters, Magens Bay is St. Thomas’ signature beach. It’s easily one of the most picturesque spots in the entire Caribbean — which means that it’s also the island’s most popular beach, with fishing, snorkeling, sunbathing and swimming all very easily accessible. Fortunately, Magens Bay is big enough for everyone to enjoy, so bring a picnic, a blanket and sunscreen to take advantage of this incredible place. 

Check out RedWeek’s St. Thomas travel guide. 

Where To Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas

Aruba: Palm Beach

Palm Beach is what most of us picture when we think of a Caribbean beach, offering visitors two miles of golden sand and gentle surf, just steps from most of Aruba’s best resorts. It’s always beautiful, but if you’re in the mood for romance, Palm Beach at sunset is downright jaw-dropping. You can even book a candle-lit dinner on the sand for an unforgettable Aruba date night. 

Discover five reasons why Aruba is the perfect cure for the winter blues. 

Where To Stay: Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club

The Bahamas: Cabbage Beach 

Cabbage Beach, located on the Bahamas’ aptly named Paradise Island, will exceed your wildest dreams. Many claim that it has the softest sand in the Caribbean — and once you feel it in between your toes, you’ll probably be inclined to agree. It’s not all rest and relaxation here, though. The hidden cove at the end of Cabbage Beach offers some of the best snorkeling in the Bahamas. 

Check out RedWeek’s Bahamas travel guide. 

Where To Stay: Harborside Resort at Atlantis

St. John: Trunk Bay Beach

Nestled on St. John’s scenic North Shore, Trunk Bay is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. But its most incredible feature is actually hidden beneath the waves. The Underwater Snorkeling Trail is an amazing experience which guides eco-adventurers through an aquatic wonderland. Follow the underwater signs and you’ll discover a colorful coral reef and its many marine inhabitants. 

Check out RedWeek’s St. John travel guide. 

Where To Stay: The Westin St. John – Virgin Grand Villas

Cayman Islands: Seven Mile Beach

A crescent-shaped beauty on the western shore of Grand Cayman Island, Seven Mile Beach actually only spans five-and-a-half miles. Technicalities aside, no one could come away from a visit here feeling disappointed. Seven Mile Beach’s clear waters and coral sands have made it a favorite of international travelers for over a century. The gentle waves make it a great place for watersports, from paddleboarding to jet skiing.  

Where To Stay: Morritt’s Tortuga Club

St. Martin: Long Bay Beach

There are 37 beaches on the island of Saint Martin — so you’ll have no shortage of options during your vacation on this particular Caribbean island. But Long Bay, a white-sand wonder located on the destination’s western coast, is the beach that stands above the rest. As you might guess, it’s a long stretch of pristine coastline, and it is often less crowded than other St. Martin beaches. Stick around until sunset for some natural fireworks. 

Where To Stay: Royal Palm Beach Resort

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