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November 24, 2008

Beaches: Grand Case, St. Martin

sxm-grand-case.jpgThe long beach at Grand Case in French St. Martin is divided into two sections - Grand and Petit. Grand plage stretches out behind some of the Caribbean's best restaurants and lolo's, the local equivalent of bbq joints. Pictured is petit plage, in front of the Grand Case Beach Club. The Sunset restaurant, with waiter service on the beach for hotel guests, is built onto a cliff and looks out onto the golden sands. This is a strand for beachcombers who don't mind being lured away from their stroll by an aromatic baguette freshly baked by a local patisserie or a spiced rum offered up at any number of bars along the route.



November 2, 2008

Guide to the top 10 beaches for power walkers

Orient Bay, St Martin - The Saint Tropez of the Caribbean. Beach bars and a nudist resort keep this mile long stretch from getting boring

Grand Cayman - Seven Mile Beach. Despite the name, the beach is only about 5.5 miles long, all of which is built up with hotels

Negril, Jamaica - Vendors and jerk chicken are the diversions on this 7 mile long Caribbean strand

Varadero, Cuba - 12 miles of sand along a peninsula, not even a mile wide at its widest point. Tips: Possible salsa band sightings

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Seemingly endless stretch of beach and coconut palms, at least 30 miles long fronted by enormous resorts

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada - 2 miles of fluffy, golden sand along a sheltered bay

Harbour Island, The Bahamas - Pink Sands Beach. Solitude, tranquility and quiet are the hallmarks of this four mile long beach

Eagle Beach, Aruba - Miles of gorgeous, blazingly white sand. Watch the windsurfers zoom by

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda - pink sand, framed by rocky coastline punctuated by sandy coves. Not officially Caribbean, but still rates an official tip

Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico - Palm trees, hammocks, locals, snacks and miles of fine Caribbean sand and surf



October 27, 2008

Beaches: Bottom Bay in Barbados

barbados-beach.jpgIt takes the know how of a local guide to find this beach. In getting there you'll see few signs, and after a myriad of twists and turns in the road, if you find Bottom Bay on the first try you'll feel like Kreskin on a good day. Fortunately for beach lovers the remoteness of this beach is in direct proportion to its beauty - which is a good thing as it hasn't been overrun with tourism. Fortunately, no hotels have been built here, however, housing developments are creeping ever closer to the bay. So far it is still an undeveloped area, with the beach predominantly used by locals. Framed by cliffs on all sides, a grove of strikingly tall palm trees sprout skyward from the sand. There are steps cut into the rocks creating a pathway leading down to the beach, which as you near the water, you'll find your feet sink into the enveloping golden sand. The beach is on the Atlantic side of the island, so the surf can get very rough. Back on top, along the rim of the cliff looking down onto the beach, you can peer out into the open sea, yet still be below the summit of the graceful palms. Tip: Bottom Bay is on the located on the southeast coast east of Sam Lord's Castle.



October 5, 2008

The Baths in Virgin Gorda, BVI

This is perhaps the most unusual site in the Caribbean. The labyrinth of The Baths was created from a seemingly random juggle of house-sized boulders toppled onto to one another. There is a path through the rocks that connects the beach at the Baths to Devils Bay, a sandy cove protected by more large boulders. It's about a 20 minute hike through the maze of these granite behemoths to access the other side. If you don't want to be Indiana Jones for a day scrambling through the rocky maze to get to Devil's Bay, it is also accessible from a path cut through the bush above The Baths.



September 8, 2008

Beaches: Palm Beach, Aruba

palm-beach-aruba.jpgPalm Beach, Aruba
This beach runs for miles along the south coast of Aruba. All the big hotel groups are well represented here along with many American restaurant chains, for your dining pleasure. Tip on the best time to go: anytime is Aruba time, after all they are out of the hurricane zone, so it's 12 months of uninterrupted bliss on the beach! Don't need a guide book here, just a lot of novels to while away the time.



August 28, 2008

10 BEST Caribbean beaches you've never heard of
  • Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands
  • Devil's Bay, The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI
  • Ile Pinel, St. Martin
  • Casuarina Beach, Palm Island, The Grenadines, St. Vincent
  • Grand Anse des Salines, Martinique
  • White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
  • Minister Bay, Tobago
  • Anse Chastenet Beach, St. Lucia
  • Knip Bay, Curacao
  • Point o'Sand Beach, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands



July 1, 2008

Trunk Bay, St. John - a picture perfect beach

trunk-bay.jpgTrunk Bay on St. John in the USVI is a heart-shaped, quarter mile of perfect sand that magically reveals itself as you round a bend in the mountainous road that leads here from the island's main town, Cruz Bay.

Exquisite, clear turquoise waters set against stark white sand has made this picturesque bay one of the world's most famous. Surrounded by graceful coconut palms, Trunk Bay is renowned for it's snorkeling. There's 650 feet of marked trails designed for the flipper and mask crowd.

Laurence Rockefeller donated 5000 acres of pristine land in St. John to the United States National Park Service in 1956 under the condition that it be protected from future development. Currently, a whopping two-thirds of the entire island falls within the protection of the Park Service.

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February 1, 2008

Beach of the Month - Anse Chastenet, St. Lucia

AnseChastenetStLucia2.jpgThe Anse Chastenet Resort is located just outside the picturesque town of Soufriere, on the island of St Lucia. Whether you're a guest or just visiting for lunch, all are welcome to enjoy Anse Chastenet's spectacular black sand beach -- an unusual site in the Caribbean. Unlike the typically white sand of the region, black sand doesn't reflect the sun's rays, so the waters off its shores seem a little less blue. Midday, the dark, volcanic sand is almost too hot to walk on without sandals. But find a towel, stretch out and luxuriate in the spa-like heat emanating from it. As an added bonus, there's decent snorkeling, a certified dive shop and a beach restaurant to retreat to after your underwater explorations. Local speed boat operators will take you from Soufriere to Anse Chastenet, and return for you at a scheduled time.



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