Island beaches in the Caribbean and beyond are so picturesque there are moments where they will hardly seem real. The sugary white sand, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and refreshing, clear ocean all draw significant numbers of travelers to these island destinations every year. Tropical beaches offer a chance to rejuvenate, read a novel, fall asleep in the sun, and even enjoy a frozen cocktail or two. Now that the experience sounds incredibly enticing, the only decision left to make will be which beach? Looking at the best tropical beach pictures might help you narrow down your choices, but in reality it is best to match a destination with what you want to do on your trip.
Some travelers who don’t know where to begin their research will consult a list of the top island beach vacation spots. While this type of list is sure to change every year, it also includes some favorites for tropical beaches across the globe. From the spectacular Caribbean to the exotic Hawaiian islands, from Fiji to Bali, there are too many island beaches to choose from. If you aren’t immediately drawn in by a certain culture or by the best tropical beach pictures, there is another way to narrow down your choices. By deciding what the priority of your trip is, whether that is convenient air travel, close proximity to scuba diving, or opportunities for fine dining, you will be able to eliminate many destinations.
While island beaches vary only slightly in their beauty, they do vary greatly in their atmosphere. If you’re traveling as a family, you will want a beach resort that offers convenience to food and drinks as well as entertainment for the kids. From the Bahamas to Jamaica to the Dominican Republic there are resorts that specialize in this type of environment. Some popular family friendly resorts in particular include FDR Pebbles in Jamaica and the Amaryllis resort in Barbados; these offer access to calm waters and plenty of kids activities (as well as child care, in many cases).
On the other hand, if you’re a couple looking for a secluded beach, you may want to opt for an individually run small resort or hotel. Popular tropical beaches for couples are on islands such as St Lucia, Virgin Gorda, and Antigua. Here you will be far away from the loud distractions of large resorts. Some of the best Caribbean beaches overall include Anse Chastanet in St Lucia, Cinnamon Bay in the US Virgin Islands, and the Caymans’ Seven Mile Beach, though there are beautiful beach spots on nearly every island.
If an exotic island beach is more your taste, you can also head as far from home as possible, to the remote island of Mauritius, which is in the Indian Ocean more than 1,000 miles east of the African coast. The beaches here are perfect for couples on islands honeymoons or anyone else seeking a quiet retreat. The islands of Southeast Asia also have similarly exotic and beautiful beaches. In particular, Thailand is known as a great beach destination, and Phuket Island is home to some of the best, including Patong Beach, Karon Beach, and Kata Beach. The Thai beaches are great for outdoor activities, and many also have lively island parties as well, which isn’t always true of beach destinations.
Sometimes travelers can be sucked in by the best tropical beach pictures and not do any more research on their chosen destination. While a picture is worth a thousand words, they also don’t tell the full story. If a picture has attracted you to a certain island or resort, it is still essential to do your research. The size of the hotel can be an important factor, because the beach might not look as beautiful with more than 1,000 people crowded on it. Take the time to learn about the activities that are on offer, dining that is nearby, proximity to an airport, and choices for accommodation and you will be rewarded by the exact trip you had imagined.