Stunning sunsets, lush landscapes and welcoming locals are all well and good, but if you're like most cruisers to the Caribbean, what you find most appealing about the region is its beaches. We can relate: the sailaway party has barely heated up before we start fantasizing about winding down on some idyllic breeze-blown shore and relaxing sunny side up on bone-white sands. If you're sailing a Western Caribbean itinerary, you're in luck because this corner of the Caribbean offers a beach for every type of bum.
From Montego Bay to Mexico, here are our eight "shore" bets.
--by Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, Cruise Critic contributor