The Caribbean is renowned for its beautiful beaches, unbelievably blue waters and laid-back lifestyle. But with so much choice, it can be difficult to pick a destination for your next sunshine getaway. We’ve chosen the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean to help you along the way.

By Julianna Barnaby

1. Nevis

Caribbean, island of Nevis - Beautiful islands in the Caribbean

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Nevis is the small island hideaway that you’ve been dreaming about. Only 36 square miles large, the island packs a punch when it comes to white sandy beaches, colourful buildings and a lushly forested interior. Quiet, understated and classy. Nevis is the Caribbean hideaway that few have heard of but that’s loved by everyone who has been.


2. Jamaica

Doctor's Cave Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Read our guide to the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean.

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Jamaica is the Caribbean’s not-so-hidden secret. Long the retreat of the rich and famous (who hasn’t longed to spend a decadent week on Goldeneye, Ian Fleming’s old Jamaican bolthole), it’s one of the true jewels in the Caribbean. From hidden spots such as Frenchman’s Cove to the out-and-out spectacle of the five-mile-long Negril Beach, there’s a beach for everyone. Away from the beaches, hiking through the Blue Mountains (the source of some of the world’s best coffee) is an unforgettable experience.


3. Barbados

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Barbados. The name alone is enough to make you want to pack your bags and book yourself on the next available flight – and for good reason. From the pink sand Crane Beach to the notorious “green flash” on the horizon as the sun sets over the sea, Barbados is an island full of unforgettable moments. Spend your time working your way down the exclusive beaches of the island’s west coast. Then explore the less developed but no less beautiful east coast. Just make sure you bring a good travel camera – you’re sure to put it to good use.


4. Aruba

Aruba is one of the most stunning islands in the Caribbean. Read our full guide now.

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It’s not hard to see Aruba’s appeal. The flamingos on the beach, seemingly endless stretches of white sand for guests to soak up their share of the Caribbean sunshine and THAT sea. There are more high-end resorts than any luxury traveller could ask for, but if you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten track, there’s a whole island to discover away from the glitz and glamour.


5. Anguilla

Anguilla is a hidden hideaway in the Caribbean. Read our guide to the best Caribbean getaways now.

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Anguilla is often named as having the best beaches in the Caribbean – no small feat given the stiff competition. The small island boasts over 30 picture-perfect beaches, dotted with luxury places to stay. What’s more? It still hasn’t lost any of its charm and character. Visitors go for the peace and quiet, world-class diving and snorkelling and chic vibe and stay for more of the same.


6. St Lucia  

St Lucia is one of the best islands in the Caribbean. Here's why.

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First impressions are everything and St Lucia never fails to impress. The much-photographed Piton Mountains rise out of the sea, covered in tropical rainforest and leading down to an island rich in natural resources and beautiful views. St Lucia is not only the perfect place to spend some quality beach time, the trade winds and abundant coral reefs mean it’s an outdoor lover’s playground.


7. Antigua

Antigua, the best of the Caribbean Islands. Here's why.

Antigua doesn’t disappoint when it comes to beautiful islands in the Caribbean. White sandy beaches and turquoise sea are two of the big draws, along with the chilled out ambience and photo opps galore. If you’re looking for something even more relaxed, sister island Barbuda is a short hop away and much quieter, but with the same stunning views and beaches of Antigua.


8. Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos, Caribbean Paradise

You couldn’t have a list of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and not include the Turks & Caicos Islands. The islands are really a stretch of sand cays, created by the third-largest coral reef system in the world.  This means that both the beaches and the diving are first class. Providenciales, the main island in the archipelago, is a hub of elegant cocktail bars, restaurants and luxury boltholes. Head out to the other islands for deserted beaches and an escape away from it all.

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8 amazing Caribbean islands for the ultimate beach vacation. Travel to the Caribbean in style for incredible beaches, culture (and a party or two). Barbados, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Antigua + more - this is our Caribbean hotlist. Read now.

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