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Best Caribbean Beaches

A travel, holiday and vacation guide to the best beaches in the Caribbean for sunbathing, people watching, swimming, surfing, water sports, nightlife, and nude sunbathing.
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Best Topless and Nude Beaches in the Caribbean
Looking for that perfect all-over tan? Many Caribbean islands set aside certain beaches for nude sunbathing, and on certain islands you can go topless at any beach. Just don't forget to apply sunscreen liberally in those, ahem, sensitive areas! Note: If you're looking for a nude beach in the Caribbean, you'll fine more in the French and Dutch...

Top Cayman Islands Beaches
Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is not only the most popular beach on Grand Cayman Island but also one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean. However, its far from your only choice for surf, sun and sand when visiting the three main Cayman Islands -- Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac -- and every beach in the Caymans is open to the public.

Best Beaches on St. Barths
For a small island, St. Barths has a wide variety of beaches, all of which are open to the public and all of which are lined with beautiful white sand. Here you'll find the typical Caribbean resort beaches with their hotels, restaurants and watersports centers, but also some hidden strands inhabited mostly by locals -- or nobody at all. St. Barths also is one of the Caribbean's most popular desti…

Top St. Lucia Beaches
Every beach on the island of St. Lucia, including those that are part of the top resorts, is open to the public; here are the island's grandest strands.

Bermuda Beaches
The best and most beautiful of Bermuda's beaches, pink-sand and otherwise.

Aruba Beaches
You won't find beaches lined with palm trees in Aruba; rather, look for the hardy but stooped Divi Divi tree, which always bow southwest in acknowledgement of the trade winds that blow across Aruba from the west. Casual beachgoers can find the calm, sandy shores they seek on the island's west side, while more adventurous souls can head east for...

Top Jamaica Beaches
Jamaica is a big island with hundreds of miles of coastline, so you'd expect to find a number of great beaches here. Some of the best are located in big resort communities like Montego Bay and Negril, but you also can find great sand, surf, seaside bars and friendly people in more overlooked destinations like Port Antonio and Treasure Beach.

Secret Mexican Beaches
Mexico has 5700 miles (9330 km) of coastline, and of course it is not all made up of huge resort areas like Acapulco, Cancun and the Mayan Riviera. Here is a list of beautiful beaches that few tourists visit.

A Visual Tour of the Beaches of Puerto Rico
Twelve pristine beaches; 12 tropical edens; 12 reasons to visit Puerto Rico.

Family Beach Vacations
Planning a beach vacation with the kids? Check out these tips and suggestions from the About.com Travel with Kids site!

Top Books to Read at the Beach - Best Beach Reads - Find a Great Beach Book
A good beach book is engaging and a quick enough read that you can finish most of it on the beach before your sunscreen wears off. A beach book isn't necessarily literature, but a beach book will entertain. This list of top beach books helps you choose an entertaining read that fits your personality, whether you like romance, thrillers or something smart but not too heavy. With these beach books in hand, all you need to remember is your towel and sunscreen.

Mangroves - Marine Habitat Profile of Mangroves and Mangrove Swamps
The term “mangrove” is used to refer to a habitat comprised of a number of halophytic (salt-tolerant) plant species, of which there are more than 12 families and 50 species worldwide. Mangroves grow in intertidal or estuarine areas. They are found in warmer areas between the latitudes of 32 degrees north and 38 degrees south, along the tropical and subtropical coasts of Africa, Australia, Asia and North and South America. In the U.S., mangroves are commonly found in Florida.

Travel & Leisure's Best Caribbean Beaches
The top 50 beaches of the Caribbean, as selected by the editors of Travel & Leisure magazine.

BugBog's Best Beaches
The best Caribbean beaches as chosen by the adventure travel site BugBog.

Top Beaches in the Caribbean: Our Picks of the Best Beaches in the Islands
List of the top beaches in the Caribbean

2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards - Favorite Caribbean Beach Nominees
List of the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Favorite Caribbean Beach Nominees, and voting tools

The Caribbean's Healthiest Beaches
The Caribbean's Healthiest Beaches: Caribbean beaches awarded Blue Flag designation by the Foundation for Environmental Education for their safety, cleanliness, and environmental stewardship.

Frommer's Best Caribbean Beach List
The best beaches in the Caribbean, as chosen by the editors of Frommer's travel guides.

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