With 28 island nations and thousands of individual islands, the Caribbean offers hundreds and hundreds of amazing beaches with the best sand and the most sparkling of waters. If you’re thinking about heading to the Caribbean for an island getaway, here are just a few of the amazing beaches that can be found there.

10 Great Caribbean Beach Destinations

1. Eagle Beach, Aruba

The island of Aruba is a pretty popular one among tourists, and Eagle Beach is one of the best beaches in all of the Caribbean, let alone in Aruba. It’s free to the public like all of Aruba’s beaches and offers miles of powdery sand beach and gentle waters that are great for swimming. The popular Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort and other hotels are located near the beach.

2. Trunk Bay, St John

Located in the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John east of Puerto Rico, you can find Trunk Bay, one of the best spots in all of the Caribbean. The beach has silky, soft sand and beautifully colored warm waters surrounding it. Facilities on the bay offer snorkeling equipment rentals, which is a lot of fun with the over 200-yard Underwater Trail that offers plenty of great underwater scenery. Visitors can also go hiking in the park if they get tired of bathing in the tropical sun.

3. Palominos Island, Puerto Rico

Palominos Island in Puerto Rico is a beautiful private island for guests of the magnificent El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa, but visitors can purchase day passes to get on the island for around $129 with up to four guests. The beautiful white sand is great for beach goers and the island offers snorkeling, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, horseback riding and more. It’s an incredible getaway if you’re staying at the resort.

4. 17-Mile Beach, Barbuda

You can tell just by the pictures that visiting 17-mile beach is a very cool experience. It’s unspoiled and natural and very fun to walk along and swim in the crystal clear waters surrounding the strip. If you love walking along a beach, this is one of the best ones in the world to walk along.

5. The Baths, Virgin Gorda

On Virgin Gorda’s north shore is an amazing spectacle in The Baths. Amazing large granite boulders surround the white sandy beaches here and are a great geological wonder and tons of fun to explore. There’s great snorkeling at The Baths as well and it’s just a very unique experience for visitors and a must see if you’re travelling to the British Virgin Islands.

6. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos Islands, north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is home to Grace Bay, a beautiful beach filled with great resorts and hotels. While it’s heavily commercial along the beach, it’s an amazing experience for travellers. The Grace Bay Club offers the nicest experience for travellers who have a good budget for the trip but there are plenty of other hotels in the area. The area is filled with great dining, shopping and entertainment as well along with the beautiful sandy beach and crystal clear water for swimming and watersports.

7. Crane Beach, Barbados

Crane Beach is another great beach offered by Barbados with magnificent resorts on the beach including the famous Crane Resort. The fine sand and beautiful palms make beachgoers feel as if they’re in heaven. Crane Beach is known for its strong waves, which makes it ideal for surfers and body boarders, but not as favorable for swimmers.

8. Anse Chastanet, Aruba

Saint Lucia is a very small island located northwest of Barbados and offers an amazing experience in Anse Chastanet, which is home to a beautiful resort with some of the best scuba diving in all of the Caribbean. You basically have to see the pictures to believe this place is even real with the beautiful beach in front of the very lush tropical greens behind it. It’s so picturesque and one of the best experiences you can get in the Caribbean.

9. Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Aruba

The Bahamas is one of the most popular vacation spots of all the Caribbean islands for many reasons and tourists can find one of them at Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island. Yes, the beaches are actually a pale shade of pink, making it a beautifully unique experience for visitors. The beach is also home to some great scuba diving, snorkeling and other activities along with the great resorts on the island.

10. Seven Mile Beach, Aruba

Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman is one of the most popular beaches in the Caribbean and is home to some of the best resorts. The soft coral sand on the crescent shaped shore makes it a favorite among beach goers and sun bathers and the calm waves make it great for swimmers and snorkelers looking to see some of the beautiful coral and fish off the shore. On the north end of the beach is a Calico Jacks, one of the most famous beach bars in the world that is constantly visited by celebrities. It’s an extremely fun experience on Seven Mile Beach and very much worth the trip.

This article was written by Cameron Lafontaine.