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CARIBBEAN BEACHES DESTINATIONS


w BEST FOR ROMANCE Playa Fronton, Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic: In true desert- island style, this beach is best reached by boat, although a horse ride or a two-hour hike are other options for the hardy. With little more than coconut sellers, it’s far from the madding crowd. The shock of white sand is dwarfed by the towering cliffs that form a crescent around it, while tropical foliage provides privacy, should other boats arrive. Fancy a stroll hand-in-hand? The shoreline is strewn with sea shells that make great keepsakes. The water can be choppy at times so this spot is better for canoodling than swimming.


La Sagesse, Grenada: Need to be alone? If you didn’t know this beach was here, you’d probably never find it, and hopefully no one will find you and your other half here, either. Peeping out from a forest of palm trees, La Sagesse is where the countryside meets the ocean, and it’s the perfect place to snuggle up together with a good book.


Harbour Island, the Bahamas: Three miles of pink sand and only a handful of low-rise, small-scale accommodation on the entire island mean peace, quiet and space are guaranteed here, and it’s just a ferry ride from Nassau.


La Sagesse is where the countryside meets the sea, and it’s the perfect place to snuggle up with a good book


w BEST FOR LOCAL LIFE Winnifred Beach, Port Antonio, Jamaica: If clients are up for some rustic cool, Winnifred provides. Reached by a potholed road, this public beach, largely frequented by Jamaicans, offers a large helping of local vibe – think car stereos and portable radios blasting out reggae next to seafood stalls and craft vendors, with shade provided by sea grape trees instead of parasols. The secluded cove has pristine waters, and local fisherman can take you around the coast to glimpse the luxury waterside villas and Blue Lagoon.


Pinones Beach, Puerto Rico: Street- food cafes, vast stretches of sand, rock pools and boardwalk nature trails – this is where the Puerto Ricans head for some R’n’R at the weekend, and you get a warm welcome when you join them. It’s just half an hour’s drive east of the capital, San Juan.


Bathsheba, Barbados: With its jungly feel and rip-roaring breakers, few visitors venture out here. Bathsheba, on the Atlantic shore, has a couple of bars and a convenience store, and that’s pretty much it, in contrast to the thriving tourist buzz of the west coast. Pack a picnic and idle a day away, paddling and watching the surfers.


ABOVE:


Bathsheba, Barbados


BELOW:


Sugar Beach, Saint Lucia


w BEST FOR SNORKELLING Harbour Village Beach Club, Bonaire: Those staying at this Small Luxury Hotels of the World property, and folk purchasing a day pass, are in for exceptional snorkelling. A reef conservation programme is luring sea critters like bees to a honeypot. Float a few metres out from the glorious, private beach, and ocean life will unfold before your eyes. Rays, flounder, barracuda and all manner of fish – angel, butterfly, parrot and spotted trunk, to name but a few – go about their business here.


Sugar Beach, Saint Lucia: If you like your snorkelling to be accompanied by dramatic scenery, head for this bay backed by Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. Swim beneath the Piton peaks, alongside the cliff-face towards open ocean, and with each stroke you’ll meet more species of tropical fish.


Porter’s Beach, Barbados: A swathe of gorgeous white sand meets clear blue waters where turtles often congregate. For those who like to make no effort to see marine life, this is a good bet. Wade in with your snorkel on and you may get to watch them in action.


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PICTURES: ST KITTS TOURISM AUTHORITY; GRENADA TOURISM AUTHORITY; SHUTTERSTOCK


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