There’s more than Cuba and the Dominican Republic…
When thinking about the Caribbean, it is usually the crowded, white sandy beaches of Varadero or Punta Cana that first come to mind… But that is not all this region of the world has to offer.
While beaches populated with large, all-inclusive resorts can be great, we have compiled a list of alternative beaches that sit off the beaten track. Choose one of these when you’re looking to experience isolation and tranquility away from the masses.
Rosalie Bay, Dominica
Dominica is a tiny island, only 750 square kilometers, with a population of about 70,000. This island has been called the ‘Nature Isle of the Caribbean’ due to its unspoiled natural beauty. Rosalie Bay sits among the foothills of Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the southeast coast of the island. This hidden gem is truly magical for the select few that choose to visit.
Shoal Bay East, Anguilla
Consistently named one of the top beaches in not only the Caribbean but the world, Shoal Bay East is two miles of picture-perfect white sandy beach. Here you will find a few beach bars, blinding white sands, world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. If you are looking for complete peace and quiet, Lower Shoal will not disappoint.
La Sagesse Bay, Grenada
This bay is nearly pinched shut with rocky headlands making the surf consistently mellow. The only development is one hotel, a nature centre with a restaurant and bar and a few hiking trails. Plan to stay in one of the 12 hotel rooms or take a day drip from the Grand Anse area (about a 25 minute drive).
Treasure Beach, Jamaica
Treasure Beach, located on Jamaica’s desert South coast, is made up of four bays; Fort Charles, Billy’s, Frenchman’s and Calabash. Treasure Beach boasts six miles of sandy beach, private coves and rocky shores, with a select few small hotels and guesthouses for visitors to choose from in the area.Due to rain damage, the roads to Treasure Beach can be a bit rocky but this makes the destination that much more isolated and special.
Exumas in the Bahamas
The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands. To experience the deeply beautiful and less touristy side of the Bahamas, you can venture to the ‘Out Islands’; all the islands excluding New Providence and Grand Bahamas. The Exumas consist of 365 cays/islands beginning 35 miles southeast of Nassau. Stay in George Town, the largest settlement in the Exumas, and explore the surrounding area. Visit the Three Sisters Beach which is 12 miles north and named for an odd trio of large rocks jutting up from the sea, or the Tropic of Cancer Beach, named for its geographical location at the Tropic of Cancer which runs through the beach.
Tobago, the “little brother” to Trinidad, is a well-kept secret of the Caribbean. This island is often overshadowed by the touristy, resort-haven of Trinidad so if you’re looking for somewhere to escape the masses, think Tobago. Located within the Western hemisphere’s oldest protected rainforests, the island is home to golden-sand beached with lush backdrops of rainforest. Englishman’s Bay is a quaint and secluded beach with one restaurant and crystal clear water where you can find marine life right off the shore.