Quiet, secluded and often off the beaten path, Ultra-romantic and blessed with natural beauty, these hidden secluded beaches Caribbean are so serenely idyllic you will almost fall in love with it.
Gold Rock Beach, Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas
Escape to Grand Bahama Island’s secluded Lucayan National Park, where wooden walkways lead through a dense mangrove swamp to one of the Bahamas’ most fetching beaches. At Gold Rock Beach, luminescent seas recede at low tide to reveal soft rippled sand. Wade in the pink-tinged shallows and spy stingrays gliding along the sandy bottom. Admission to the national park is $5, and the beach has no facilities to speak of (bring your own food and beach paraphernalia), but this hidden gem is worth the effort.
Joe Grant Cay, Turks & Caicos
Recently snatched from the jaws of a five-star resort development, Joe Grant Cay is a castaway fantasy come to life. A tiny uninhabited cay sandwiched between the islands of Middle Caicos and East Caicos, Joe Grant Cay has a sheltered harbor on its leeward side and a cinematic sweep of ivory sand on its windward side. You can take a day trip exploring the sparkling reefs off Joe Grant Cay with Amphibious Adventures and even circumnavigate the island in a small boat or kayak.
Coco Point, Barbuda
Fifteen miles long by five miles wide, Barbuda is home to just 1,200 inhabitants. This little gem of an island has some of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean, including this pink-sand pearl on the island’s southern coast. Yes, a small lodge fronts one stretch of beach, but the rest you may have all to yourself. Wade in the sparkling jade shallows or dig your toes in the ridiculously soft sand.
Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands
Anegada—meaning “drowned land” in Spanish—is the outlier among the Virgin Islands, US and British. While all the others are known for their hills and steep switchbacks (apply brakes liberally), little Anegada, a long ferry ride or puddle-jumper flight from Tortola, is utterly flat. Utterly flat and encircled by some of the BVI’s finest, most secluded sands. Cow Wreck Beach, named for a ship laden with the animal’s bones which sank in the late 19th century, is among the best, with a few rental cottages and a friendly open-air bar. Which is really all you need, anyway.
Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda
While Antigua (rightly) brags about its 365 beaches—one for every day of the year—its smaller, sparsely populated sister island of Barbuda, 25 miles north, boasts miles of nearly untouched sands. It’s kind of a hassle to get there—fly into Antigua and board an unreliable ferry, or charter a plane or helicopter if you’ve got the cash. Once you arrive, you’ll feel like the entire island is your own private beach, and it practically is. There are a few rental cottages, a few resorts, and a few restaurants. Otherwise it’s just you and the frigate birds, who’ve got a sanctuary on Barbuda. They may be onto something.
Isla Holbox, Yucatan Mexico
Just north of the wild scene in Cancun, Isla Holbox (hol-bosh) couldn’t be further away when it comes to atmosphere. The 26-mile-long island is peppered with perfect white-sand beaches, lapped by calm Gulf of Mexico waters. Nightlife consists of stargazing. And if you’ve got a need for speed, look elsewhere: everyone travels around in golf carts. If you time your visit right (late May-early Sept) you can snorkel with whale sharks, gigantic (harmless) plankton-eaters who congregate in the area every summer.
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