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With countless miles of sandy shoreline, the Caribbean is a beach-lover’s paradise…and everyone knows it. But if you’re heading to the islands searching for an unsullied spot in the sand, you needn’t be disappointed. What the following beaches lack in amenities, they more than make up for in seclusion and natural beauty.
Colombier Beach, St. Barts
There are 14 beaches on St. Barts, each lovelier than the next. For most secluded, you can’t beat Colombier on the island’s Northwestern tip. Unless you’ve got a private yacht (and if you do, we should be friends), you’ll have to park your car at Flamands Beach and hike in, following an old goat path. The hike takes about 30 minutes, so wear sensible shoes. When you arrive, your reward will be a lush crescent of deserted sand, and if you make friends with someone on one of the boats bobbing in the bay, you may just end up with a cocktail in hand after all.
Petit Tabac, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Choosing just one secluded beach in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is difficult, with sparsely inhabited islands and cays scattered like pearls in the Caribbean Sea, but you could start with Petit Tabac in the Tobago Cays. Only accessible by boat, you’ll need your own sails. Or you join an organized day excursion, many of which incorporate visits to nearby Mayreau and Palm Island. It was featured in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, when Johnny Depp and Keira Knightly spent a rum-fueled night in the movie stranded on its silky sands. Sign us up.
Treasure Beach, Jamaica
Well known for party destinations like Negril and Montego Bay, dig a little deeper in Jamaica and find Treasure Beach, six miles of sandy, untrammeled coastline tucked into four adjacent coves on the southern coast of the island. There are plenty of comfortable guesthouses and locally owned restaurants, many active in community- based and sustainable tourism, so you can feel good about falling off the map.
Reef Bay and Little Lameshur Bay, St. John
Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay steal all the glory on charming St. John in the USVI, but if you’re looking for a little privacy head east from the main town of Cruz Bay into The Virgin Islands National Park, which covers around 60 percent of the island. Pick your way along the Reef Bay Trail, an easy 20-minute downhill walk, past petroglyphs and plantation ruins, and you’ll end up at Reef Bay beach, perhaps not as dramatic as the island’s showstoppers, but completely secluded and encircled by untouched green hills. Continue on the trail for another 3.6 miles if you wish to Little Lameshur Bay, another quiet stretch of sand. Just remember you’ve got to walk back—uphill.
Mudjin Harbour, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos
Despite being just south of the Bahamas—at one time it actually was part of the Bahamas—mention the Turks and Caicos to many people and you’ll get a quizzical “where is that?”. Few visitors stray far from glorious Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales (Provo), but those who do will find sands just as soft and utterly untouched by development on Middle Caicos, the chain’s largest island, but also least inhabited, with only 300 residents. Make your way to Mudjin Harbour, which is much prettier than it sounds, with a gorgeous half-moon of sand that juts out from the land and links up with an offshore cay.
La Blanquilla, Venezuela
Day-tripping castaways can swim and snorkel the sparkling coves of the “white island,” one of Venezuela’s remote Federal Dependencies (offshore islands) in the western Caribbean. No one lives here but the Guardia Costera (Coast Guard), wild donkeys and the occasional fisherman, boater, or tour group on a desert-island sojourn. With alabaster beaches and tranquil seas, it’s a favorite anchorage for cruisers. Divers can explore the undersea wall 65 feet offshore, encrusted with rare black coral. A good way to see La Blanquilla, 70 miles northwest of Margarita Island, is by chartered boat. Explore Yacht Tours (tel. 0212 6352166; ) is a Caracas, Venezuela-based company that charters crewed powerboats and sailboats.
Smuggler’s Cove, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
It’s a bumpy ride by four-wheel-drive or a leisurely stroll down a long dirt road to this quiet, secluded beach on Tortola’s West End. But it’s worth every bead of sweat once you reach this creamy crescent of sand. The sapphire seas at Smuggler’s Cove are warm, clear and practically ripple-free. Sip a frozen drink at the only commercial enterprise in sight, the ramshackle Smuggler’s Cove beach bar, where you can rent beach chairs and snorkel equipment to putter about the coral reef 100 feet offshore. Sit back and toast to the island of Jost van Dyke across the seas.
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