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Best Caribbean Beaches

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You visit Canada for undisturbed nature and friendly locals, and Europe for its history and rich cuisine. But you jet-set to the Caribbean for the beaches. Nearly every edge of the more than 7,000 islands, reefs and cays is idyllic. But with so much variety, it can be difficult to pick which sandy strips to visit first. To help you choose, U.S. News — with the help of reader votes and expert opinions — ranked the best beaches in the Caribbean. These destinations feature the sugary sands and turquoise waves that have earned the region its outstanding reputation. Cast your vote below and help us rank next year's best destinations.

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#1 Anguilla

#1 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: Anguilla's silvery sands are legendary. Even though the island only stretches across 16 miles, it's home to 33 beaches. Shoal Bay East is a traveler favorite thanks to the convenient on-site equipment rental, but if you're hoping to avoid the crowds, head to Rendezvous Bay instead. Read More »

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#2 British Virgin Islands

#2 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: Choices, choices. These British isles have gorgeous shores to hike on (The Baths), sleep on (Smuggler's Cove), eat on (Cane Garden Bay) and party on (Jost Van Dyke's Great Harbour during Old Year's Night). Plan your beach visits around your mood. Read More »

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#3 Turks & Caicos

#3 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: Grace Bay on Providenciales is one of those "do-everything" beaches, complete with crystalline water, powdery sand, a colorful coral reef and a variety of restaurants. If you can't secure an umbrella here, try Governor's Beach or Pillory Beach. Read More »

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#4 U.S. Virgin Islands

#4 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: If you travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can't skip a visit to Magens Bay. St. Thomas' most famous shore is too beautiful for words, but be prepared to share the scenery with dozens of fellow tourists. To avoid the crowds, sail to the quieter St. John, home to Trunk Bay. Read More »

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#5 Cayman Islands

#5 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: It's hard to top Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach — the chalky sand and warm waves are nothing short of spectacular. There are other enviable banks along the Cayman Islands, but why bother going somewhere else when this stretch is so good? Read More »

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#6 St. Martin - St. Maarten

#6 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: You can pack light for St. Martin-St. Maarten: Along some shores, you may only need sunglasses. Ravishing Orient Bay and Cupecoy Beach are popular with nude sunbathers. For a more modest experience, watch planes land at Maho Bay or attend a bonfire at Friar's Bay. Read More »

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#7 Punta Cana

#7 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: Sitting on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is best known for its soft golden shorelines. Bavaro Beach is one of the most developed, and thus, one of the most crowded. For a more secluded spot in the sand, consider Macao Beach or Playa Juanillo. Read More »

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#8 St. Lucia

#8 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: Luxurious St. Lucia is a hit with honeymooners for several reasons, including beautiful boutique hotels and glorious stretches of sand. Enjoy postcard-worthy views of the Piton Mountains and the vast Caribbean Sea as you lounge along the island's bright white coastline. Read More »

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#9 St. Vincent & The Grenadines

#9 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: Comprising 32 islands, St. Vincent & The Grenadines is not wanting for shoreline. You've probably seen some of it already — SVG's sands were featured in the film "Pirates of the Caribbean." But you'll have to fork over a good amount of loot to see these beaches in person. Read More »

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#10 St. Barts

#10 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: A trip to St. Barthélemy comes attached to a steep price tag, but you can enjoy the island's star attraction — its beaches  for free. There are 22 shorelines ranging from sublime (Baie de St-Jean) to remote (Anse a Colombier) to risqué (Anse de Grande Saline). Read More »

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#11 Antigua

#11 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: With 360 beaches on one island, chances are you won't have a hard time claiming a spot in the sand. Antigua's northwest coast boasts the calm waters of the Hawksbills. Then there's Half Moon Bay, where water sports are all the rage, while Dickenson Bay is ideal for a glass-bottom boat tour. Read More »

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#12 St. Kitts & Nevis

#12 in Best Caribbean Beaches

Why go: Two words: black sand. For some of the most striking views, check out Pump Bay or Belle Tete on St. Kitts. If you're looking for more traditional honey-tinted sands, head to Pinney's Beach on Nevis. It's popular, but Pinney's stretches across 4 miles, so it never feels crowded. Read More »

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