laid Back Secret Caribbean islands

Who can resist the laid back lifestyle and white sand beaches of the magnificent Secret Caribbean islands that rest within the alluring waters of the Caribbean Sea ? If you tire of the sugary sands and bathtub-warm water of Meads Bay, one of the island’s longest beaches, there are several good restaurants and hotels nearby. Maundays Bay on Anguilla — home to 70-room Cap Juluca — easily ranks among the most sublime beaches in the Caribbean , a photogenic crescent of white sand and turquoise water that’s as calm as can be. At this casual-glam Moorish-style Caribbean beach resort, the sand is just steps from the recently refreshed rooms, suites and private-pool villas; three restaurants feature local and globally-inspired menus (refreshing fruit sorbet is served each afternoon on the beach, too); and an 1,800-square-foot pool, tennis courts, and complimentary water sports keep activity-seekers content. Bermuda: Located off the coast of North Carolina, this British territory gets cool in winter, with an average high temperature of 63. Known for its more formal demeanor (those Bermuda shorts are often paired with ties and suit jackets), the island offers the usual resorts with beaches and watersports, but it’s also popular for those who want to golf, play tennis, ride bikes and roam around on scooters.

Turks & Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands and has so many perfect and empty beaches that we felt it was worth a second mention, largely for the exclusive Como Parrot Cay hotel which also features in my best luxury resorts of the Caribbean​ Once a wild, uninhabited island, now a luxury, whitewashed wellness retreat, this colourful Caribbean destination is popular with the honeymooning A-list. When travelers describe what they’re searching for in a Caribbean vacation – be it a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon, a trip just for the guys or the gals, or a family get-together – the same things always make the list: Great secluded beaches, beautiful blue water, a variety of exciting outdoor activities and a great hotel or resort where you can totally relax. Trunk Bay – U.S. Virgin Islands Consistently rated one of the best beaches in the Caribbean,Trunk Bay is located in the U.S. Virgin Island’s National Park.

While the US and British Virgin Islands are some of the highest rated Caribbean Islands to visit, they do not take the top spot for me. The luxurious resorts and white sand beaches are beautiful but my top Caribbean pick is… drum roll, please… Saint Lucia. Stay in one of the gentrifying port city’s best boutique hotels—the beautifully restored Hotel Casa San Agustin , lush Casa Lola —and make it a point to visit the surrounding islands for a day of paradisiacal beaches and turquoise waters. The Rosario Islands, about an hour by ferry off the coast Cartagena , have long been popular with Colombians and other South American tourists for their Caribbean flair, crystal clear water, snorkeling spots, and famous Playa Blanca beach.

Speaking of the French, if you travel to the South Pacific, make sure you check out the islands of French Polynesia Crystal clear water, vibrant coral reefs, bungalow hotels, and peaceful beaches will have you saying wee wee for more of its tropical delights. They are not touristy, both have beautiful beaches, great snorkeling and diving and St Croix has the best restaurants in the VI. Also there is a lot of history there and the local people in both places are great if you take the time to engage them. The string of islands are relatively close, are home to beautiful hotels, and the iconic sugary beaches and blue waters take on every hue of blue in the Crayola 64-pack.

From quiet and secluded beachfront properties to some of the most dazzling resorts situated on the famed beaches of The Bahamas: Choose one of our Nassau Paradise Island beachfront locations, and wake up to stunning views of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and beautiful blue skies…then fall asleep to the sound of waves gently caressing the shore. The beguiling blue water beach on the Caribbean side of the Caribbean island is carpeted in sand the color of saffron and a sandy stroll from the island’s luxe resorts like the Four Seasons Nevis and Paradise Beach Villas. The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino is a luxurious and relaxing beachfront resort featuring sugar-white sand beaches and stunning crystal blue Caribbean waters.

No matter what your pleasure, Caribbean resorts will provide lush tropical surroundings, powdery sand beaches, warm turquoise waters, and abundant watersport opportunities. About the Out Islands An Out Islands vacation is the real Bahamas experience, full of natural wonders, wildlife, seemingly endless beaches, and a variety of uniquely Bahamian resorts and boutique hotels. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea with miles of azure waters to explore, experience, surprise and delight at every turn is The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, one of the newest Aruba luxury hotels to rise along the island’s spectacular Palm Beach.

Set within an unspoiled out-island enclave dotted with swaying palms and secluded white sand beaches, the hotel offers gourmet cuisine, infinity pool, and water activities. While it may take a few days to reach this speck of land in the middle of the South Pacific, the travel time is worth it. Marlon Brando purchased the island of Tetiaroa back in the ’60s, but it wasn’t until last year that it opened as a resort There are 35 villas (each with a private beach), a spa, two Polynesian-inspired restaurants, and all the activities you would want, from snorkeling to bird watching. The island has plenty of stylish resorts, but we recommend the all-inclusive The BodyHoliday, an integrative health and wellness hotel (which also serves alcohol and gourmet food!) that gets you outside for activities like yoga, beach bootcamps, and the one-mile Wellfit Trail, in which a number of fitness stations (think parallel bars, rope bridges, a tire run, and more) are set along the beach and up into the surrounding hills.

A variety of soft sandy beaches bathed by blue shaded waters, countless activities in theme parks, archaeological sites and natural marvels; always a sunny day in the Riviera Maya. The island has more than a quarter of its land dedicated to a national park, impressive coral reefs, crowd-free beaches, and all of the usual Caribbean island activities like scuba diving and water sports. Since the islands are outside the hurricane belt (unlike most of the other Caribbean islands), they’re a safe bet at this time of year, yet hotel rates are low and beaches less crowded.

Whitehaven Beach is part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park and has more than 2½ miles of sand that’s 98% pure silica – so clean it squeaks. Seven Mile Beach — the name alone is enough to make you go ahhh.” This scenic sweep of champagne-hued sand is home to The Ritz-Carlton Resort Grand Cayman , the island’s top luxury property offering celebrity chef dining (Blue by Eric Ripert is one of the five restaurants), a dreamy Swiss Alps-inspired spa (by La Prairie), and two pools (if you tire of the beach — but you won’t because the water is ridiculously clear and calm). From its prime location on Palm Beach (which offers proximity to dining, shopping and an overwater bar for sunset cocktails) to its architectural pedigree (it was designed in 1955 by Miami-based legend Morris Lapidus), this Caribbean beach resort is an ideal spot to experience this Dutch island’s playful side.