Some of the world's best tropical beach breaks can be found in the Caribbean.

In a chain from the southern tip of Florida to the northern coast of Venezuela there are thousands of beaches with clear waters. There are many sandy shores in the region from St Lucia to Cuba. Which is the best beach in the Caribbean? What do you think about it, read on.

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1. Playa Varadero, Cuba

Cuba has a famous blue beach that spans over 20 km along a peninsula. Sunseekers who want a picture- perfect shoreline can explore the Silky white sand and shady palms.

At Playa Varadero, natural beauty blends with beach amenities. Should you tire of swimming and drinking on the beach, there are plenty of resorts that give guests access to chairs and lounge chairs.

There are kiosks on the beach that sell a selection of bongos, sarongs, sun hats and shell jewelry in exchange for tourists.

View across water to the palm-fringed beach of Anse Chastanet and steep rugged slopes of Petit Piton, evening, Soufrière, St Lucia, West Indies, North America
Anse Chastenet in St Lucia is at the foot of the breathtaking Pitons © David C. Tomlinson / Getty Images

2. Anse Chastanet Beach, St Lucia

Anse Chastanet Beach is located in the shadow of the Pitons. This black-sand beach is a great place to snorkel and dive.

The house reef is 10 yards from the water's edge and contains over 150 species of fish. Guided scuba and snorkel trips through the colorful corals can be taken by the team at the on site dive shop.

After a big snorkeling session, take a break at the beach bar and enjoy a drink or three before the sun sets.

You don't need to be a resort resident to sunbathe on the public beach at Anse Chastanet. The on-site restaurant, beach bar and dive shop are open for beach day trippers to use.

3. Playa Los Patos, Dominican Republic

Playa Los Patos is located on the coast on the Pennsula de Pedernales. The shacks that sell ice-cold cerveza and tasty snacks are perfect for post-surf refreshment.

Long rides along the shore can be had by experienced surfers. Even pro wave riders can be caught out by rocks and rip.

There is a natural swim spot by the Los Patos River that provides for a refreshing dip away from the rocky reef.

Three women running into the sea seen from behind, Frenchman’s Cove, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Frenchman’s Cove is a piece of paradise in Jamaica © Buena Vista Images / Getty Images

4. Frenchman’s Cove, Jamaica

The turquoise bay is surrounded by gardens and headlands. In Port Antonio, it's a piece of paradise.

Access to Frenchman's Cove costs $10 a day and is owned by Garfield Weston. As you sunbathe on a white-sanded shore, paddle in warm waters and order drinks and food from a local beach bar, it's worth it.

5. Magazine Beach, Grenada

Magazine Beach is located in the southwest part of the island and is a great place to snorkel.

The aquarium restaurant is at the southern end of the beach. The place is well known for its live music and beach BBQ on Sundays.

Aerial view of pink sand and blue waters of the aptly named Pink Sand Beach. The
Pink Sands Beach is striking at first glance © Sky High Studios / Getty Images / RooM RF

6. Pink Sands Beach, the Bahamas

One of the most well-known and elegant beaches in the country is on Harbour Island. Tourists flock for pink-sand selfies among luxury accommodations and excellent dining options along this three-mile stretch.

The pale- pink colors under your feet are not normal. The pink shoreline is created by foraminifera, coral insects that mix with the sand to create a reddish- pink shell.

Renting a bicycle or golf cart will allow you to get around Harbour Island without a car.

7. Apple Bay, British Virgin Islands

Some of the best surfing in the Caribbean can be found at White-sand Apple Bay. Many of the rickety beach bars that were located on the beach in the British Virgin Islands never came back after the hurricanes.

There are a number of beach amenities for rent. You can find many restaurants and hotels nearby.

Aerial from the Fisherman’s Huts at twilight, Aruba, Caribbean
Aruba’s Fisherman’s Hut Beach offers some of the best windsurfing in the world © Steve Photography / Shutterstock

8. Fisherman’s Hut Beach, Aruba

One of the best flat-water windsurfing locations in the world can be found here. It is where windsurfers and kitesurfers come to practice and compete in the annual Hi-Winds windsurfing competition. Kitesurf lessons can be booked on the beach or on a Jet Ski.

9. Playa Caracas, Puerto Rico 

One of the more remote beaches in Vieques is Playa Venezuela. The cove is framed by palm trees.

You can explore a sea-fan garden populated by colorful fish from the left side of the shoreline. Pack a picnic and lots of water because amenities are limited here.

Bring a beach umbrella if you can because there's very little shade here.

10. Shoal Bay East, Anguilla

For a Caribbean beach break, all you need is sand, water, and palm trees.

You should swim or snorkel through the shallow waters to keep an eye out for sea fans and schools of blue tangs. Hotels and restaurants line the beach with umbrellas and lounge chairs.

Aerial view of Crane Beach with white foam waves crashing on the sand. You can see a hotel on the high green cliffs.
Located on the south coast of Barbados, Crane Beach is one of the island’s most beautiful © Flavio Vallenari / Getty Images

11. Crane Beach, Barbados

Initially a working harbor, the large loading crane still present gives the beach its name, and it is now considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. While swimming is possible here, the choppy waters make it a great spot for boogie boarding.

Both resort guests and beach day trippers can get food and drinks at the Crane Resort.

12. Governor’s Beach, Grand Cayman

The Seven Mile Beach is known for being a family friendly beach. During the summer months, let the kids play on sugar- soft sand, swim or snorkel in marine life-rich waters, and eat fruit from the sea-grape trees. There are a lot of facilities at the beach, including toilets, parking, and water sports.

It's a planning tip to ask if you're hungry. You can get a reasonably priced lunch at one of the malls near the beach.

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