Caribbean: five of the best beaches
By ABTA Magazine staff
Anse de Pitons, St Lucia
Location is everything and Anse de Pitons occupies perhaps the best spot in St Lucia. Directly in front of the luxurious Sugar Beach Resort in the shadow of the Piton Mountains, the stunning beach shelves gently for a few metres, then dives dramatically into a wall of coral. All beaches in St Lucia are public, so you don’t need to be a guest at Sugar Beach to enjoy it. It helps if you are, though…
Crane Beach, Barbados
Directly below the Crane Resort in St Philip, Crane Beach is the classic Caribbean experience – a white strip of sand looking east to the wild Atlantic. Enjoy the view from L’Azure, the Crane’s lunch spot, then bag your place in the sun. Again, all beaches are public so you don’t need to pay.
James Bond Beach, Jamaica
So-called because of Bond creator Ian Fleming’s link with Jamaica (his villa, GoldenEye, is just next door and the beach appeared in the first film, Dr. No). There’s a £2 entry charge, but for that you get changing rooms and a chilled atmosphere without a crowd. And what price for a slice of pop culture heritage?
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
For real exclusivity, stay at Carlisle Bay in Antigua, which has a private beach adjacent to the hotel’s secluded Bay Suites. Owing to the hotel’s location on the peninsula, it is the only place to stay on this particular stretch of sand, making it one of the quietest in the Caribbean and a popular choice for honeymooners. B&B is from £660 per night for a Bay Suite. carlisle-bay.com
Pink Sands, Harbour Island, Bahamas
Is it really pink? Incredibly, yes – that hue is not just an Instagram filter. The Bahamas have about the prettiest beaches anywhere thanks to the high deposits of broken coral and shells in the sand. Depending on what time you catch it, the colour can change, turning almost salmon at sunset. It is soft, too, and shelves gently into the Atlantic.