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SEE PUERTO RICO
If you come to Puerto Rico in search of beaches, we’ve got news for you. We have over 270 miles of them! But the numbers only tell half the story; we offer a tremendous variety of beaches to suit just about any visitor.
In Puerto Rico, you can enjoy golden-sand beaches facing the deep blue Atlantic Ocean or white-sand beaches facing the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Our surfing beaches rank among the best in the world. Snorkelers will find hundreds of reefs teeming with marine life. If you’re looking for something different, we invite you to discover our black sand beach or sea glass beach. And if you’re after something truly special, we’ll take you to a place that has been ranked among the top beaches on Earth.
Top Puerto Rico beaches
Culebra Island’s most dazzling natural treasure was once described by the Discovery Channel as the second most beautiful beach in the world. Ringed by low hills, Flamenco is a deep horseshoe of white sand facing glassy-smooth waters of various shades of blue. It’s such a popular destination that many visitors spend several months a year camped by its shores.
Vieques and Culebra
Beyond Flamenco Beach, Culebra offers many breathtaking beaches, including the magnificent Playa Tortuga on the unspoiled island of Culebrita. Not to be outdone, the diverse beaches of nearby Vieques Island have made it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. From the broad golden crescent of Sun Bay, to the dark, volcanic sand of Black Sand Beach, to the tucked-away pleasures of Secret Beach, Vieques invites you to explore and enjoy its many beachfront destinations.
Rincón and the east coast are the surfing capital of Puerto Rico and frequent hosts to world-class surfing competitions. In fact, the island is known among surfers around the globe as “the Hawaii of the Atlantic.” The winter months are the most active, but you can surf year-round in Puerto Rico.
The trade winds of the Atlantic Ocean, waves and warm water combine to offer ideal conditions for kiteboarding, a fast-growing sport that has taken firm root on the island. Head to the beaches of Isla Verde and Ocean Pa
Visitors can enjoy a number of idyllic beaches where the water is shallow, the currents are calm, and the ambience ideal for the whole family. In particular, families should look for balnearios, or public beaches, that offer full-service facilities including lifeguards, restrooms, parking and changing areas.
To find the best beaches for snorkeling, head east, west and south from San Juan. Fajardo, the islands of Vieques and Culebra, and the keys of Icacos, Lobos and Ratones offer some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. On the west coast, Desecheo and Mona Island are remote underwater kingdoms. And La Parguera in the south is renowned among divers and snorkelers alike.
A tropical locale is only as desirable as its coastline and Barbados does not disappoint. With more than 70 miles of sun-saturated, palm-adorned beaches, translucent waters and a year-round climate considered nothing less than perfect, the island is generous in giving Bajans and visitors alike a tropical respite unlike any in the world. A tropical locale is only as desirable as its coastline. And on this belief, Barbados never disappoints. Graciously endowed with more than 70 miles of sun-saturated, palm-adorned beaches, translucent azure waters and a year-round climate considered nothing less than perfect, the island is generous in giving Bajans and visitors alike a tropical respite unlike any in the world.
Here the island's shores are as varied and unique as Barbados itself. The west coast offers calm waters and dusty white beaches on which you can unwind with a rum punch in hand. Along the eastern shoreline, impressive coral sculptures carved by incessant Atlantic trade winds and thunderous waves decorate an area long heralded as one of the best surfing spots in the world. To the south, flawless sands and reef-protected waters set the perfect scene for a day of snorkeling or swimming. Whilst the southeast coast entices those who seek adventure in its windsurfing playgrounds, and seduces couples with an alluring backdrop of sheer cliffs and fine pink sand.
... HAS IT ALL
Dominican Republic’s crystal-clear water, upscale beachfront hotels and secluded islands make it the perfect spring getaway. Surrounded by nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, Dominican Republic is known for the world’s most glorious beaches. And as one of the closest international destinations for Americans, this second-largest Caribbean country pairs affordability with all that its regions offer to make it a vacation destination unlike any other
Whether travelers want their spring getaway packed with beach activities or one that is tranquil and private, Dominican Republic has it all. Choose from the variety of seashore selections found in Dominican Republic’s cities:
Puerto Plata’s Adventure Beaches:
Cabarete Beach – Not far from the city, Cabarete Beach is a nationally recognized kite boarding spot known for warm waters and perfect trade winds. Its aquatic sports attract adventure-seekers, and nearby equipment rentals and lessons are available for those who need it.
Playa Dorada – Just east of Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada boasts Blue Flag certification for its clear water and clean sand. The resort area offers recreational sports and the beach is active as visitors swim, kayak, windsurf and kite board. Many also take long walks along its amber coast and dip their feet in the warm waters.
Sosúa Beach – Located 20 minutes east of Puerto Plata is the U-shaped bay Sosúa, which started Dominican Republic’s beach tourism. It draws divers and snorkelers because of its turquoise-colored sheltered waters that contrast beautifully with the sandy bottoms and intricate reef structures.
Samaná’s Serene Beaches:
Cayo Levantado – At the center of Samaná Bay and just a few minutes by boat is Cayo Levantado, a small island surrounded by beautiful beaches. The white-sanded beach’s waters are calm and shallow, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Nearby local huts have Dominican cuisine and the atmosphere is an unforgettable getaway.
Playa Bonita – Samaná’s small town Las Terrenas is home to Playa Bonita, a large bay with several international boutique hotels, private villas and renowned restaurants. The beach has two sections – the western part with still swimming water and the eastern area where the waters are active and ideal for surfers.
Playa Rincón – The 1.2 mile (1.9 km) beach-bay Playa Rincón is secluded and perfect for a peaceful escape as it is far from most resorts with only a few restaurants. The cliffs of Cape Cabrón surround the white sanded beaches and palm trees line the sapphire waters, making it a private paradise worth visiting.
Punta Cana’s Glamorous Beaches:
Bávaro – Bávaro is Punta Cana’s easternmost province and the most commercially developed area where tourists are satisfied whether they stick around the resorts or venture out to nearby attractions. Regardless, the surrounding crystal clear water and relaxing atmosphere will make everyone completely comfortable.
Playa Macao – North of Punta Cana near the area’s resorts is the off-the-beaten-path public beach called Playa Macao. Palm trees hover over its unfettered white sand and fresh food vendors replenish beach-goers with Dominican Republic staples.
Uvero Alto – A rustic beach village north of Playa Macao is Uvero Alto, an area with coconut groves and stunning bronze-colored beaches. Some parts have large waves, while others have reef-protected calm waters. Stake out the ideal beach spot, and soak up the Caribbean’s warmth and the air’s crisp breeze.
La Romana’s Island Beaches:
Playa Bayahibe – Originally a small fishing village, Playa Bayahibe is now complete with small hotels, seafood restaurants, shopping centers and craft huts. At night, the beach is empty aside from visitors watching the moon illuminate the water’s glow as they sit in the comfort of the sand.
Isla Catalina – Isla Catalina is a small island surrounded by a marine coral reef nature preserve, at its center a tropical forest encircled by fine white sand and calm waters. The island is easily accessible by boat and excursions are provided by the surrounding hotels.
Isla Saona – Isla Saona is 14 miles (22.5 km) long and three miles (4.8 km) wide, and is home to 112 species of birds, and turtles, sharks, dolphins, and manatees. Fishermen bring visitors to the island, which is complete with facilities.
For more information, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com
Turks & Caicos
BEAUTIFUL BY NATURE
World-class hotels, spas, and restaurants await, as do famous stretches of uncrowded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. On land or below water, relax in the unique serenity, and beauty of the islands. Grace Bay Beach : A leisurely stroll down this famous 12-mile stretch of pristine, powdery white beach is not to be missed. From the beach, snorkel out in the clear turquoise waters, to a long coral reef, rich with aquatic life. Providenciales : Surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, Provo has been ranked “Best Beach” by Condé Nast magazine and by the World Travel Awards for several years running. Provo offers all modern conveniences, including luxurious hotels, villas and condos, numerous restaurants, spas and shopping facilities, a championship caliber golf course, and full service grocery store. Iguana Island : Across the Leeward channel, at the far east end of Provo, lies beautiful Little Water Cay, home of the rare Rock Iguanas. These unique and friendly creatures meet visitors on the edge of the Iguana Trail, affording excellent photo opportunities.
The Valley Isle
If you’re looking for your place in the sun, you can put Maui on the top of your list. With more than 120 miles of coastline, Maui offers breathtaking beaches and a variety of sun-soaked spots to suit everyone’s tastes. Maui’s great beaches have warm water for surfing, windsurfing and relaxing.
You can find beaches in each region of Maui ranging from beach parks with lifeguards to secret hideaways off the beaten path. The West Coast offers a selection of picnic beaches and includes Kaanapali Beach, a seaside gem that boasts three miles of soft sand and excellent snorkeling. The South Coast is home to majestic Makena Beach State Park, also known as Big Beach because of its extensive stretch of spectacular golden sand. The North Coast hosts Hookipa Beach Park, a gorgeous spot that is ideal for windsurfing. A winding road on the East Coast leads to a State Park with a black sand beach and lovely Hana Bay.