Best Caribbean Beaches - Part 3
|Beaches on St. Maarten-St. Martin, Anguilla, St. Barts, Antigua|
St. Maarten - St.
Visitors to St. Maarten who tear themselves away from shopping long enough will find that many of the bathers on the French side sun themselves sans swim suits. Orient Beach is a beautiful mile of white sand that is the island's most famous nude beach. Baie Longue (Long Beach) is considered the best beach on the entire island, French or Dutch side.
At the Dutch
end of St. Maarten, Cupecoy Beach offers a fine view
of the sunsets. Bordered by 50-foot cliffs, Cupecoy has many small,
almost private coves, a far less crowded beach than nearby Mullet
Bay, one of the island's busiest. Mullet Bay is where
hotel guests and cruise ship passengers are brought by the van and truck
load. Mile-long Simpson Bay near the airport is popular
with windsurfers and not nearly as crowded as Mullet Bay. (For more
about St. Maarten beaches, see Beaches
Anguilla Best Beaches
The tiny island
of Anguilla , which can be reached by short ferry boat from St. Martin,
has some of the Caribbean's best beaches. The sand
is thick and soft and the water incredibly clear. Yet the beaches are
rarely crowded because the island is still little developed. The two-mile
long Rendezvous Bay is fine for late evening walks,
but nothing compares to gorgeous Sandy Island, the idealized version
of a deserted island. It must be reached by boat; rides are available
from Sandy Ground, a busy harbor which has a fine beach in its own right.
Shoal Bay, Barnes Bay and Mead's
Bay are also excellent beaches.
St Barts Best Beaches
Tiny St. Barts
(St. Barthelemy) is a chic French outpost little known to most travelers.
Antigua Best Beaches
Antigua claims to have 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. That's probably an exaggeration but it is still possible to find secluded coves where you can be totally on your own. The most popular beaches are at Dickenson and Runaway Bays, both with their cluster of big hotels. Just past the equally popular Jolly Beach are some nice deserted stretches.
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