With the holidays behind us, now the snow and cold temperatures are not so charming. To break up the ever-getting longer winters, start planning your Caribbean getaway at one of the best Caribbean beaches of 2017. From the Bahamas to St. John and Cuba, get your toes ready for the powdery white sand, palm trees swaying, and a local brew or cocktail in your hand.
Great Exuma, Bahamas
The lesser-known Outer Islands of the Bahamas and Great Exuma are perfect for your paradise island getaway. The serenity and sublime natural beauty make Great Exuma a beach lover’s favorite. Ranked as the number one location by SCUBA Diving Magazine, you can snorkel and dive the Exuma Cays National Park alongside beautiful coral reefs and amongst colorful schools of tropical fish. For an amazing stay in Great Exuma, enjoy Sandals Emerald Bay and its mile long beach. The unspoiled setting combined with all the comfort and sophistication of the resort will make your Caribbean vacation unforgettable.
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
St. John is the least commercial of the three U.S. Virgin Islands. With over half of the island as a national preserve, you will be one with nature under the shade of its coconut palms and sea grapes. Whether you choose to swim in the tranquil waters along the protected reef or stroll along white sand beaches, St. John is ideal for a family vacation or romantic escape. Only accessible via boat or ferry, Caneel Bay is by far one of the best resorts in St. John. With seven secluded beaches to choose from as well as nature trails for walking and hiking, Caneel Bay provides a little piece of paradise in St. John.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Yeah mon! Jamaica’s powder-sand beaches and azure waters made the list. With reggae tunes, a cocktail in hand, and feet in the sand, Jamaica inspires you to unwind. With its fine sand beaches, coastline, and emerald mountains, Jamaica is perfect for a couples’ getaway. Located in Ocho Rios, Couples Sans Souci is an adult-only, all-inclusive resort. During your stay, pamper yourselves with gourmet dining and unlimited golf while enjoying the peaceful tropical gardens and stunning beach of Ocho Rios.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Ready for thirty kilometers of golden sand beaches? Punta Cana and its Bavaro Beach are world-renowned for being the crème de la crème of Caribbean beaches. With pleasant swimming all year round, Punta Cana is a tropical playground. Whether you are in the mood for a family vacation or romance, the Paradisus Palma Real Golf and Spa Resort provides luxurious tropical gardens, crystal-clear waters, pristine white sand beach, fine dining, spa, and golf. Punta Cana is ideal for any occasion.
Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
The once forbidden island is home to some of the best Caribbean beaches. Whether you decide on Varadero or Cayo Santa Maria, both located on the North Shore of Cuba, you will not be disappointed. Cuba’s soft white sand beaches and outstanding marine life for snorkelers and divers alike are only a quick hour flight from Miami. The Starfish Cayo Santa Maria is a luxurious option for all ages. Located on eleven kilometers of beach, it’s an excellent way to experience Cuba. Remember Cuba is famous for its rum and cigars. Don’t forget to try a refreshing mojito and a Cuban cigar while watching the sun go down!
While your neighbors are shoveling snow and ice, go ahead and get a reprieve from the winter blues with a dose of another type of blue, that unforgettable Caribbean aqua blue. Whether you enjoy walks on the beach, peaceful hammock time, or exploring underwater with tropical fish, this winter the Caribbean is calling. Which beach will you choose? (Secret: there is no right answer. Life is better at the beach!)
Hotels Mentioned in this Article
Paradisus Punta Cana Resort
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Melding with the lush tropical plant life surrounding it, Paradisus Punta Cana Resort occupies a prime spot along one of the Dominican Republic’s famously breathtaking powdery beaches…