Magen’s Bay Beach, St. Thomas: The most popular beach destination in St. Thomas, Magens Bay features a well-protected white sand beach stretching for nearly three quarters of a mile. The beach sits in a bay, which means that the waters are usually calm. This beach is not well known for snorkeling, but the water is easily accessible from the beach making it ideal for families. There are bathrooms and restaurants located onsite for convenience and local fishing boats can anchor in the eastern part of the bay where there is a boat ramp. Fun fact: the Nature Conservancy created a trail to Magens Bay from a spot off the road in the hills above. The trail provides signs identifying native trees. It is approximately ¾ mile long.
Maho Beach, St. Martin: Ever thought it would be possible to sip a daiquiri on a lounge chair and watch a plane land right over your head? Well, that’s a typical afternoon at Maho Beach. Located right next to the runway at Princess Juliana airport in St. Maarten, the unique topography of the island and the design of the airport have delighted beachgoers for years. Huge 747s landing just a few feet away make for great pictures – and thrills! In addition to the warm white sand, great snorkeling, and clear water, there are umbrella and chair rentals and food vendors for lunch making this a beach full of conveniences.
Mero Beach, Dominica: Looking for something different on your next Caribbean cruise? Then head over to Mero Beach in Dominica – famous for its black sand. The closest beach to Roseau, this silver-grey beach features water both warm and calm. It has toilets, showers, food and drink and on the weekends you can find a lot of the local community there as well.
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman: Seven Mile Beach is public property, and therefore possible to walk the full length past all the resorts. There are restaurants open to the public at most of the resorts and several public beach bars. Whether you are looking to work on your tan and watch the waves roll in, partake in some adventurous parasailing or shallow snorkeling in the Caribbean with the family this beach has it all. It’s well maintained and clean, and surprisingly not that crowded. It’s close to some of the favorite activities in the area, like Stingray City and the Turtle Farm, which you can visit as a part of your day in Grand Cayman.
Cabbage Beach, Bahamas: Located on Paradise Island, a short ferry ride from where your cruise ship docks, this beach is known for having some of the bluest water in the Caribbean. The water is clear and the sand is soft, and there are several convenience stores in the nearby vicinity where you can pick up drinks and snacks for your day. There are chairs and umbrellas for rent so bring cash, but note that there aren’t any restrooms so plan accordingly.
Long Bay Beach, Tortola: This beach is notable for its spectacular scenery featuring the famous green, hilly humps that dot the British Virgin Islands, on a half-mile slice of sand. It’s fairly quiet since it is accessible only by a small dirt road. If you are looking for a perfect getaway for the day this is the beach for you!