Looking for something extraordinary for your Caribbean vacation? Here are 5 unique Caribbean beaches that offer something more than sand and sun!
The Caribbean islands have beaches galore– large ones, tiny ones, easy-access, and even rugged, rocky ones with secret coves. You can even find sand of many different colors– golden, white, black, and even pink.
Perhaps you’ve already visited a few Caribbean beaches, and you’re looking for something a bit more extraordinary. While many Caribbean beaches are very similar, but some are incredibly unique. You just have to know where to find them.
1. Unique Caribbean beaches: Pig Beach
Pig beach is located on a deserted island in Exuma, the Bahamas. Its name describes exactly what it’s all about: swimming pigs. Though there are many theories as to how the swine ended up there, there’s no doubt that it has become a very popular tourist attraction in recent years.
To get there, you’ll need to book a tour from a neighboring (inhabited) island. Be sure to follow all the instructions given by your guide–the swimming pigs can get a bit feisty when they receive visitors who may be carrying food.
2. Cupecoy Bay, Sint Maarten
Cupecoy Bay in Sint Maarten is famous for its rugged coastline and mysterious coves. The seclusion of these small caves makes them popular with couples. Most people love to claim a cave for the day. The beach is rocky (but sandy as well) and fun to explore. Keep in mind that you’ll need proper footwear to maneuver the rock formations and sandstone cliffs.
Cupecoy Bay is one of the most charming, unique Caribbean beaches. However, there’s one important fact about it to keep in mind– parts of it are clothing-optional. Therefore, you might want to avoid it if you’re traveling with children.
3. The Baths, British Virgin Islands
This beach is famous for its humongous boulders, which create nooks and caves in which you can relax in the shade (or snap that perfect instagram pic). Located on the island of Virgin Gorda, which belongs to the British Virgin Islands, the Baths has that perfectly turquoise water that you’ve been longing to swim and splash in.
4. Maho Beach, Sint Maarten
Maho Beach is one of a kind– it’s the only beach in the Caribbean where you can indulge in “plane spotting”. Since it’s located right next to the Princess Juliana International airport, jets fly right over the beach.
5. Shell Beach, St. Barthelemy
Those who love to collect shells will love Shell Beach on the Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy! Also known as the Grand Galet, this beach is almost completely covered in shells. You just might find the perfect (free) souvenir! However, walking on shells can be rough on your feet, so make sure you bring a pair of water shoes or sandals. Although it’s on the small side, this beach is quiet and usually not too busy. In addition, there’s a restaurant and beach bar nearby.
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