Allow me to ask you to close your eyes and picture yourself on a tropical beach – whether that’s one of the many Caribbean beaches you could choose from, or something in the South Pacific or Australia – wherever you like.
I want it to be your perfect beach setting – whether the sun is beating down or it’s just beginning to set as the sky is awash with the rich colours of twilight, with soft sand easing between your toes as a warm tide laps gently over your feet…
Now I’ll bet, when you’re doing that, you’re the only person on that beach (families/partners/friends excepted). It might not be the case, particularly if you’re with kids – you might want a bit of activity, a bit of a lively atmosphere. But in the idyllic setting for most, a beach is a secluded haven of peace and quiet.
Yet that isn’t often the case. Which is why I’ve put together a list of some of the best hidden gem Caribbean beaches, the most secluded spots you can enjoy on a cruise to the Caribbean if you want to escape the crowds and shut yourself away from the world, even if only for a couple of hours.
Quietest Caribbean beaches
Governor’s Beach, Grand Turk
Just a short distance from the port, you’d expect this to be crawling with holiday-makers and cruise passengers but surprisingly it’s one of the quietest Caribbean beaches you’d ever find. You can get a taxi but, if you’ve plenty of time in port, it’s also easily walkable – between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on how eager you are to get there.
Half Moon Bay, Antigua
Antigua is believed to have 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, so you’re sure to find one that’s right for you. Personally I recommend Half Moon Bay, despite the fact that you’ll definitely need to get a taxi to get you there, as it’s quite the distance from the port. But after the journey you’ll uncover a beautiful stretch of sand and exquisite peace. I think it’s worth the cost of the taxi.
Smith’s Cove, Grand Cayman
As one of the smaller Caribbean beaches you’re likely to find, there are few amenities here – just some public toilets. But it’s a great spot for snorkelling and swimming and one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Smith’s Cove proves that you don’t need miles and miles of sand just to have a quiet beach where you can relax. Chances are anyone you come across on your visit will be a local.
Mangrove Bay, Bermuda
The only people you’re likely to come across on a visit to Mangrove Bay are others who’ve done their research, and landscape artists. It’s not a typical family beach but it is beautiful, and there’s fascinating history to enjoy too – it used to be a smugglers’ cove. Definitely one of the best Caribbean beaches you’re likely to find.
Have you enjoyed a cruise in the Caribbean, and do you have any favourite beaches for some peace and quiet? Let us know what you’ve found – don’t hoard the information!