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We Love These Caribbean Islands & Resorts for Beach Lovers

The Caribbean evokes images of rum cocktails on white beaches, palm-fringed bays, swaying hammocks and water as clear as glass. Few destinations in the world offer the range of beautiful beaches found in the Caribbean. These coastal havens are found on every island, accessible from luxurious resorts and complemented by tiki huts, water sports and local musicians.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve stripped down to our swimming suits to bring you the best Caribbean islands and resorts for beach lovers. From Antigua and Aruba to Grenada and Barbados, these islands routinely turn tropical holiday dreams into reality.

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Why You Should Stay on Little Corn Island

Little Corn Island reminds us of the treasure that is travel. This fantastical island off the coast of Nicaragua has some of the purest beaches in the Caribbean. Forget cars or excessive high-rise hotels; Little Corn Island is dotted with beachfront retreats, mango and coconut trees and laid-back restaurants and bars.

Must-Do Holiday Experiences on Little Corn Island 

  • Swim out from the beach to the coral reefs for immersive snorkelling.
  • Explore the coastline on a stand-up paddleboard or in a kayak.
  • Stop by one of the farmers’ markets to purchase the local specialty, coconut bread.

Top Hotels on Little Corn Island

Yemaya Island Hideaway

Yemaya Hideaway
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Treat yourself to a luxe getaway on Little Corn Island at the 5-star Yemaya Island Hideaway, where the laid-back ocean-view and oceanfront rooms grant direct access to a white-sand beach. All of the rooms have king-size beds, terraces, mini fridges and rain-inspired showers. Upgrade to the Premium Ocean Front room for a private plunge pool next to the beach.

On-site dining is highlighted by fresh island-sourced ingredients, fruity cocktails and locally-inspired meals, all served on a terrace overlooking the ocean. The hotel connects with its surrounding nature through eco-friendly practices and natural finishes. Hammocks sway between palm trees while snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are available on site. 

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Relaxing in-room massages.
  • Space to accommodate up to four guests in the Ocean Front and Partial Ocean View rooms.
  • Complimentary breakfast included in some of the rooms.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 71 – USD 235
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: North End of Island, Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region, Nicaragua

Las Palmeras Beachfront Hotel

Las Palmeras Beachfront Hotel
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You’ll find a true holiday escape at Las Palmeras Beachfront Hotel. Situated next to a picture-perfect beach, the secluded hotel is infused with the sound of waves and is surrounded by palm trees. You can relax in the hotel’s hammocks or chill out on the bar deck while sipping tropical cocktails.

Budget-savvy travellers will appreciate the excellent value for money here, particularly in the Double Room with a seating area and walkout terrace. The Family Room can accommodate four guests with two double beds, while the Queen Room View has a queen-size bed, futon, wet bar and ocean views. 

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Located next to Darinia’s Kitchen, which serves sumptuous local cuisine.
  • Some of the most affordable rooms in the Caribbean.
  • Has an on-site dive centre that offers discounted equipment rental for guests.

Star Rating: No Rating
Price: USD 25 – USD 50
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: Del Muelle 600m, Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region, Nicaragua

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Why You Should Stay on Darkwood Beach, Antigua

Located on the south-west coast of Antigua near Jolly Harbour, Darkwood Beach is blessed with crystalline, blue water and golden sand. The calm water is ideal for families and snorkelling and the undeveloped shoreline lets you completely soak up those idyllic Caribbean vibes. Darkwood Beach is also easily combined with a number of nearby beaches, including Ffryes Beach, Coco Beach and Turners Beach.

Must-Do Holiday Experiences around Darkwood Beach, Antigua

  • Visit the Orange Valley Historic Sugar Plantation and admire the coastal views.
  • Venture south to OJ’s Beach Bar and Restaurant for sundowners.
  • Kick back on the sand with an umbrella and refreshments from the snack stand.

Top Hotels near Darkwood Beach, Antigua

Keyonna Beach Resort Antigua – All Inclusive

The couples-only Keyonna Beach Resort Antigua – All Inclusive is located just south of Darkwood Beach. It overlooks Turners Beach and features luxurious cottages with a rustic feel. All the cottages boast king-size four-poster beds, his and hers outdoor showers, private verandas and personalised mini bars. The Beachfront and Premium cottages also have private pools with Bali beds.

Don’t miss dining at the on-site beachfront restaurant, which serves West Indian cuisine and fresh seafood on an al fresco deck. The white-sand Turners Beach is perfect for a leisurely stroll, while the nearby Pick-A-Ticks Bar serves cold beer alongside ocean views. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • Timber beachfront cottages with private pools and ocean views.
  • Leisurely dining beneath grape trees on the restaurant’s deck.
  • Easy access to three alluring beaches. 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 374 – USD 651
Guest Rating: 9.5
Address: Valley Road, Johnson’s Point, Antigua and Barbuda

Cocos Hotel Antigua – All Inclusive – Adults Only

Cocos Hotel Antigua - All Inclusive - Adults Only
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Cocos Hotel Antigua – All Inclusive – Adults Only grants easy access to seven beaches along Antigua’s western coastline, including Darkwood Beach, Ffryes Beach and Valley Church Beach. The idyllic hotel looks out over the white sand and azure water of Jolly Beach, complementing its views with a lagoon-style pool and a laid-back lounge on timber decks.

The cottages create an unforgettable holiday home with private decks and hammocks overlooking the ocean. They all have outdoor showers and king-size four-poster beds, while the upgraded cottages offer stunning views of the beach. The Sunset Pool Cottage is particularly opulent with its private infinity pool. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • Ocean views, private decks, hammocks and Adirondack chairs in all the cottages.
  • A short walk from popular restaurants, including The Nest, West Coast Village and Tannins Wine Bar & Restaurant.
  • Within a 10-minute drive from the Orange Valley Historic Sugar Plantation.

Star Rating: 3.5*
Price: USD 402 – USD 738
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Valley Church, Ffryes, Antigua and Barbuda

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Eagle Beach

Why You Should Stay on Eagle Beach, Aruba

Winner of the “3rd Best Beach in the World” in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, Eagle Beach is beloved for its unimaginably soft white sand and various shades of blue water. Dotted with fofoti trees, the world-famous beach is backed by various waterfront restaurants, casinos and resorts. It’s also a popular spot for turtles during the nesting season.

Must-Do Holiday Experiences around Eagle Beach, Aruba 

  • Join local Aruba families camping on the beach during the Easter week.
  • Watch locals playing tennis on the sand during the weekend.
  • Test your luck on the slots and table games at Eagle Aruba Casino or Glitz Casino.

Top Hotels near Eagle Beach, Aruba

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort
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The first AAA Three Diamond and pet-friendly resort on Eagle Beach, Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort stands out with its Dutch colonial architecture, gardened courtyards and sprawling pool. The beachfront resort features two inviting restaurants, including a sumptuous breakfast at Mangos Restaurant. Dine with your toes in the sand at Passions on the Beach or sip cocktails at Horizons.

The all-suite accommodation starts with the Manor Studio with a queen-size bed and kitchenette and the Superior Studio with an in-room spa bath and king-size bed. The upgraded suites treat you to luxurious extras, such as the private terrace and full kitchen in the One Bedroom Suite or the Jacuzzi and oversized balcony in the Penthouse Suite.

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • The two-person spa bath, double vanity, private terrace, king-size bed and flower petals in the Honeymoon Suite.
  • Has a helpful concierge for booking excursions.
  • Complimentary scuba diving lessons, beach lounge chairs and parking. 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 198 – USD 667
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: JE Irausquin Boulevard 252 PO Box 1302, Palm Beach, Aruba

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
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The sprawling Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is its own leisure haven with multiple lagoon-style swimming pools surrounded by palm trees and cabanas. The extravagant resort spills out onto a white-sand beach and has a Kids Club, the pampering eforea Spa, fitness centre and a casino. When hunger strikes, visit the beachside Gilligan’s Seafood Shack, Sunset Grille Restaurant or multiple bars.

The fully renovated guest rooms and suites all have private balconies or patios and feature garden or ocean views. Want that extra touch of luxury? Book one of the suites, such as the Aruba Tower Ocean Front Suite, for a jetted bath, kitchen, dining room and ocean vistas.

Why You Should Stay Here

  • The three bedrooms, panoramic ocean views, living room, spa bath and kitchenette in the Penthouse.
  • Japanese-inspired treatments at eforea Spa.
  • Poolside cocktails, happy-hour deals and salads at Castaways Bar.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 296 – USD 1,185
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 81, Palm Beach, Aruba

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Why You Should Stay on Crane Beach, Barbados

Often listed as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Crane Beach has long been known for bodyboarding and surfing thanks to its consistent waves. It’s a quiet expanse of golden sand and cocktail-blue water overlooked by palm trees and a handful of restaurants. Dramatic cliffs border either end and the sand contains a hint of pink, while a coral reef sits just offshore.

Must-Do Holiday Experiences around Crane Beach, Barbados 

  • Purchase a delicious cocktail in a coconut from Official Coconut Cocktails.
  • Grab a bodyboard and make the most of Crane Beach’s rolling waves.
  • Rent an umbrella and lounger for a day of sunbathing.

Top Hotels on Crane Beach, Barbados

The Crane Resort

The Crane Resort
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The Crane Resort exudes elegance and luxury on a clifftop overlooking Crane Beach. Synonymous with romance and relaxation, this sought-after resort has all-suite accommodation with garden or ocean views, along with antique furnishings and natural finishes. Upgraded suites deliver the goods with private rooftop pools, full kitchens and large furnished balconies.

Indulge in exceptional on-site dining at one of five fine-dining restaurants, including Thai and Japanese specialties at Zen and fresh seafood at the ocean-facing L’Azure Restaurant. Unwind at the adults-only Historic Pool or the tiered clifftop pools with a Jacuzzi. Serenity Spa also offers massages, manicures and body treatments. 

Why You Should Stay Here

  • The arts and crafts, story time and sandcastle competitions at Calypso Kids Club.
  • Cocktails and tapas at Bar 1887.
  • The mahogany king-size bed, granite kitchen and gardened pool area in the One Bedroom Standard Suite with Garden Pool. 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 210 – USD 1,240
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: The Crane, Diamond Valley, Barbados

The Green Cottage

The Green Cottage
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The Green Cottage is a standalone villa known for its striking lime-green facade and enviable location on Crane Beach. Enjoy the privacy of your own residence with the villa’s two bedrooms, separate living and dining areas, a full kitchen and furnished terrace.

This unique beach retreat is a short walk from the beach and is surrounded by alluring dining options, including Sunlife Juice & Smoothie Spot and Marco Polo Bar & Grill. It’s also about a 15-minute drive from Grantley Adams International Airport. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • A private villa situated between two white-sand beaches.
  • Self-contained accommodation with a kitchen and dining area.
  • Easy access to the restaurants at The Crane Resort.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 165 – USD 250
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: St. Philip, Diamond Valley, Barbados

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Why You Should Stay on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

The crescent-shaped Seven Mile Beach is a big reason Grand Cayman receives a large number of visitors each year. White coral sand and sky-blue water create the perfect setting for water sports, sunset beach strolls and sunbathing. The long beach offers a variety of beachfront bars and restaurants, along with unique experiences, such as swimming with stingrays and snorkelling and scuba diving coral reefs.

Must-Do Holiday Experiences around Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman 

  • Snorkel among vibrant marine life at Cemetery Reef.
  • Enjoy beachfront Mexican dishes at Coccoloba or Italian cuisine at Luca.
  • Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard or enjoy parasailing.

Top Hotels on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa

The Westin Grand Cayman
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Upholding the proud Westin name, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is highly regarded among HotelsCombined visitors for its beachfront setting and sun-drenched pools. On-site dining is no slouch either, with fresh seafood at the AAA 4 Diamond-awarded Beach House and tapas and cocktails at Catboat Bar.

Inspired by the ocean, the rooms and suites feature modern furnishings and views of Grand Cayman, the ocean or pools. Opt for a Beachfront-Lanai for a private terrace right on the sand or book a One Bedroom Suite for a separate living and dining room and ocean-facing balcony. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • The king-size bed and oceanfront balcony in the Deluxe Oceanfront room.
  • Pampering treatments, saunas, Jacuzzis and vichy showers at Hibiscus Spa.
  • Next to North Sound Golf Club.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 497 – USD 870
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: Seven Mile Beach, P.O. Box 30620, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa bedroom
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The state-of-the-art Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa offers stylish accommodations overlooking Seven Mile Beach. The beach views are spectacular through the floor-to-ceiling windows and from the private furnished balconies. Of course, the Seafire Presidential Suite is the epitome of opulence with its wraparound balcony, kitchen and day beds.

Take advantage of the on-site water sports and daily fitness classes, including beach yoga and Boxfit. The Spa at Seafire offers soothing body treatments and massages, while Camp Seafire has entertaining programs for kids. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • Various on-site dining, including Mediterranean seafood at Ave, special Foodie Nights and the beachfront Coccoloba Bar & Grill.
  • The sundrenched pool with cocktail service.
  • Private cabanas on the beach.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 604 – USD 1,834
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: 60 Tanager Way, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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Grand Anse Beach

Why You Should Stay on Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Overlooked by St George’s Harbour, the white-sand Grand Anse Beach has gentle waves and a variety of water sports, such as parasailing, water skiing and snorkel tours. The shoreline features a range of resorts sitting alongside beach bars and fine-dining restaurants. You’ll also find a number of local markets along the beachfront selling handicrafts and souvenirs.

Must-Do Holiday Experiences around Grand Anse Beach, Grenada 

  • Kick back with a cocktail at Umbrella’s Beach Bar or sip delicious sangria at Sangria Restaurant Bar & Lounge.
  • Browse the souvenirs, handmade clothing and local spices at Grand Anse Craft & Spice Market.
  • Visit Savvy Cabana on the weekend for the beach bonfire and live music.

Top Hotels on Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Radisson Grenada Beach Resort

Radisson Grenada Beach Resort
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Steps from Grand Anse Beach, Radisson Grenada Beach Resort is known for its swim-up pool bar, dive shop and four island-themed restaurants. The latter include Sunset Beach Bar, which pairs cocktails with beach vistas, and Tradewinds Restaurants, which serves a hearty buffet breakfast.

Every room includes a private balcony or patio, pillow-top mattress, LCD TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. You can upgrade to a room with ocean views, opt for additional technology in a Business Class room or enjoy a hammock and spacious living room in one of the suites. 

Nearby Attractions & Experiences 

  • Has a fitness centre and lagoon-style pool with waterfalls.
  • The hammock, spa bath and living room in the 1 Bedroom Suite.
  • Only 10 minutes from the 18th-century Fort George. 

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 223 – USD 930
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: Grand Anse Beach West Indies, St Georges, Grenada

Coyaba Beach Resort

Coyaba Beach Resort
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Coyaba Beach Resort offers affordable accommodation on Grand Anse Beach. All of the rooms come with mini fridges and tea and coffee as well as private balconies or patios with views of either the pool, gardens or ocean. You can unwind with a signature spa treatment, work out in the gym, play tennis or join a yoga class.

Enjoy international fare and fresh seafood at Arawakabana Restaurant or dine poolside at The Carbet Restaurant. You can also visit the on-site dive centre for snorkelling or scuba diving, then sip cocktails from The Beach Bar or swim-up pool bar. 

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Has three bars and two restaurants.
  • Modern rooms with king-size beds or two double beds.
  • About 700 metres from Grand Anse Shopping Center.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 204 – USD 375
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: Grand Anse, St Georges, Grenada

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Caribbean Living on a Platter

The Caribbean is heaven on earth for beach lovers, boasting numerous islands with some of the world’s best white-sand beaches. The resorts and hotels nestled on these coastal hideaways complement their prime locales with gourmet on-site dining, swimming pools and indulgent day spas.

Which island do you want to visit in the Caribbean? Let us know in the comments.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

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