In the midst of a recent Caribbean travel boom, the allure of sunny beaches has proven irresistible, despite the trials of navigating modern airports. The quest to find the most beautiful beachfronts is a tantalizing endeavor, where the standard components of soft sands, cerulean waters, and sun-kissed skies are just the beginning. Through nearly three decades of beach-hopping around the globe, I’ve come to realize that beauty is nuanced, and an intimate, secluded cove can evoke a distinct charm compared to a sprawling beach bustling with joyous sun-seekers.
Sometimes, the journey to the beach itself becomes a memorable part of the experience, as I recall a thrilling taxi ride to a secluded Greek cove in the 1990s. As a Caribbean specialist, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the remarkable diversity of the region’s beachfronts, from Anguilla‘s white sands and turquoise waters to the Dominican Republic’s endless panoramic stretches.
The Bahamas archipelago alone boasts nearly 700 islands, each with its own unique charm. Yet, beauty is not solely defined by the destination; it can also be shaped by the journey, such as my adventurous parasailing escapade, offering a different perspective on beach experiences. Over the years, my travels have taken me to numerous beaches across the Caribbean and beyond, from South Africa to the South Pacific. Amidst a world paused by the pandemic, I sought solace in my favorite beach, Jacob Riis Park in Queens, New York, where cherished childhood memories reign supreme. While Riis may not rival others in sheer beauty, it remains my favorite, a testament to the nuances of personal connections with beaches.