3 Caribbean Beaches That Make it Easy to Dream of a White (Sand) Christmas
When Caribbean travel lovers like us dream of a “white Christmas”, the scene that comes to mind is definitively one of sand, not snow. In this post, we’re showcasing three Caribbean beaches that’ll convince you winter wonderlands are best when they’re tropical too.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
The Happy Island of Aruba is one of our favorite destinations for a relaxed and carefree island getaway. The weather is perfect year round. Food choices are endless. Cultural attractions like museums, street murals, musical performances and even a weekly carnival parade abound. Driving is on the right hand side. And like its nickname suggests, people are, well, “happy”.
Aruba has a number of excellent beaches convenient to the two main hotel areas, including Eagle Beach – our recommendation for a relaxing Aruba beach day in white sand. Easy to get to, spacious and laid back, it also offers amazing sunset views and the unique chance to spot turtles nesting in season.
Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla
On an island oozing with luxurious experiences, high-end cuisine and spellbinding beaches, Shoal Bay is a must do. If you’re not staying on the island itself, arrive as a day tripper from St Maarten/St Martin, ask a taxi driver to take you to the island’s best beach, and s/he will shuttle you to this stretch of paradise on the island’s north side – no questions asked. Such was the case when we first day tripped to Anguilla years ago.
We love Shoal Bay for its two perfect miles of talcum-soft sand, an endless supply of rental lounge chairs and beachside restaurants as good for the view as they are for the food.
Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales
Looking for a quick getaway that whisks you away from the U.S. Northeast to one of the world’s most highly rated beaches? Then search no further than Providenciales, one of the islands in the Turks and Caicos archipelago. On it, you’ll find Grace Bay – a thirteen mile stretch of talcum-powder sand and sparkling blue waters that will take your breath away.
We love Grace Bay Beach for its captivating and calm waters (courtesy of one of the largest barrier reefs in the world) and easy access to sparkling blue waters plus an on location nature reserve and a string of beach bars and restaurants.
For more details from our travel to Grace Bay Beach, check out our feature blog post from that trip here.
Thanks for reading our post. We hope it has you dreaming of a Christmas in white sand too! If you’d like the most up-to-date information on COVID-related travel to any of the islands we’ve mentioned, head over to their Tourism Board websites.
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