Grab your suit and sunscreen and head for a paradise like no other - The Best Beaches of the Western Caribbean! Whether you're a total beach bum or an active adventure seeker, we've complied this list to guide you to the perfect sunny spot.
Best Beach for a Half-Day Visit:
Grand Cayman - Seven Mile Beach (which, actually, is only about 5 1/2 miles long) starts at George Town and has everything from beachfront bars to watersports.
Montego Bay - Doctors Cave Beach
Ocho Rios - Mahogany Beach
Progreso - Malecon Beach is really the only game in town and it's a nice one with all the standard offerings: lounge chairs, umbrellas, banana boat rides, fishing excursions, volleyball, kayaks, changing rooms, showers, and tables and chairs situated right on the sand for drinks or food.
Best Beach for Active Types:
Cozumel - Chankanaab Bay, including Chankanaab Lagoon, is terrific for snorkeling, scuba diving, beach bumming and eating. Also excellent is Playa San Francisco, which has the island's widest variety of watersports rentals along with restaurants.
Grand Cayman - Aside from Seven Mile Beach, the best wind surfing is found off of East End, near Morrit's Tortuga Club.
Montego Bay - Walter Fletcher Beach
Ocho Rios - Mallards Beach
Best Beach for the Dedicated Beach Bum:
Grand Cayman - Again, Seven Mile Beach is great for catching rays and has watersports rental facilities galore.
Montego Bay - Rose Hall Beach Club
Ocho Rios - James Bond Beach, in Oracabessa, occasionally features live reggae performances.
Grand Cayman - Try Cayman Kai, Rum Point or Water Cay.
Montego Bay - Freeport Beach
Progreso - Chicxulub is particularly nice, though Uaymitun, San Benito, and San Bruno further east are also recommended.