Caribbean Best Beaches

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Caribbean has se­cured two places on a list com­piled by First To Know ti­tled “10 most beau­ti­ful beaches that will make you want to re­tire early.”

“Whether you’re in­ter­ested in find­ing a place to sim­ply prop up your um­brella, feel the warmth of the sand be­tween your toes, or em­bark on trop­i­cal ad­ven­ture where you’re free to float around on the bluest wa­ters with an ice-cold drink in your hand, th­ese are the ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tions by the shore,” said First To Know. Scor­ing for the Caribbean in sec­ond and tenth place re­spec­tively were Crane Beach in Bar­ba­dos and The Ba­hamas’ Taino Beach, both of which en­cap­su­late the Caribbean dream of palm-fringed shore­lines and crys­tal-clear sea.

The Crane is no stranger to ac­co­lades, hav­ing been named “one of the ten best beaches in the world” by Life­styles of the Rich and Fa­mous, among oth­ers. Lo­cated on the is­land’s scenic East Coast, about five min­utes east of Grant­ley Adams In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Crane Beach is renowned for its pic­turesque lo­ca­tion on the windswept At­lantic and mag­nif­i­cent ex­panse of pow­dery pink sand.

Crane Beach is home to what is be­lieved to be the Caribbean’s first re­sort ho­tel, which was first opened in 1887. Now fully re­stored and ex­panded, the prop­erty com­bines old-world charm and nat­u­ral beauty with the ul­ti­mate in con­tem­po­rary lux­ury.

The Ba­hamas’ Taino Beach, which capped the list in tenth place, is sit­u­ated on Freeport’s south-east­ern coast, out­side the main hub of Grand Ba­hama Is­land and town of Freeport.

Its quiet lo­ca­tion be­lies its prox­im­ity to Grand Ba­hama Air­port just 15 min­utes away, while the nearby Bell Chan­nel Bay boasts a small ma­rina that op­er­ates a ferry ser­vice to Port Lu­caya.

Taino Beach is noted for safe swimming and good wa­ter­sports in an un­crowded set­ting, with its sig­na­ture re­sort the sole oc­cu­pant of a gen­er­ous ex­panse of soft white sand beach. A wide range of wa­ter­sports equip­ment is avail­able to guests.

First To Know’s 10 most beau­ti­ful beaches: 1. Cal­abria, Italy 2. Crane Beach, Bar­ba­dos 3. Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai, Hawaii 4. Hid­den Beach, Ma­ri­eta Is­lands, Mex­ico 5. Mal­dives 6. Menorca Beach, Spain 7. Nav­a­gio Beach, Zakyn­thos, Io­nian Is­lands 8. Phi Phi Is­land, Thai­land 9. Sey­chelles 10. Taino Beach, Ba­hamas

Bar­ba­dos’ Crane beach - one of the best in the world.

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