Here at The Go Fever, we’re a bit beach-obsessed.
Whether they be sandy or rocky, with a view or in a cove, with shallow or deep waters, we love them all… but not equally.
We tend to prefer the secluded ones, away from everything and everyone. Our ideal beach has soft sand and plenty of palm trees, with crystalline (or turquoise! we’re okay with turquoise too) warm water, and no one around to spoil the view.
Our ongoing love affair with the Caribbean has brought us to many pristine beaches and even though they were all fantastic, some stood out and amazed us more than others.
So when temperatures in Montreal are hitting the -22°C mark, and February doesn’t seem to want to leave, we’re inclined to share our love for the warm blue waters and soft sandy shores. You know, to warm us up a bit. So before you furiously Google flights to a tropical island near you (after all, the Antilles are a mere 4-hour fight away from Montreal or Toronto…), read through to learn about the best beaches we’ve been to*.
*Unfortunately for us, we haven’t yet tried them all. We have yet to discover many other beaches on many other islands, and maybe our ultimate best beach awaits us, daiquiri in hand.
Here are our favorite Caribbean beaches:
Shoal Bay East, Anguilla
This lesser-known island has gorgeous beaches and Shoal Bay, located on the North coast, is one of the world’s prettiest. You’ll have the platinum-white 2-mile long stretch of sand to yourself, and if you get tired of your own company, head over to Gwen’s Reggae Bar & Grill to grab a drink and fantasize about being… nowhere else.
Frenchman’s Cove, Jamaica
We were lucky enough to be completely alone to enjoy this spectacular cove on a mildly cloudy day. The waves were perfection, the wind gentle and the feeling of exclusivity was priceless. You’ll first enter Frenchman’s Cove through a path surrounded by lush tropical gardens, leading you to a spectacular view of the cliff-surrounded cove. With its golden white sandy beach dotted with tall palm trees, the beach stretches out to turquoise-blue and nearly saltless water, courtesy of a spring pouring itself directly into the sea. That view and the sound of the surf crashing against the rock walls was more than enough to bring us to beach nirvana.
Anse de Grande Saline, St. Barts
The hidden gem.
Upon setting eyes on the beach after a walk up a narrow path, awe is sure to strike, as we felt like we had just entered a virgin, undiscovered stretch of paradise. Located in a picturesque bay, protected by towering cliffs, Anse de Grande Saline has a slightly rugged, untamed feel to it, contrasting yet at the same time complimenting the ‘island chic’ feel of St. Barts. The sand is as soft as flour and the water so immaculately crystaline that you can see your feet even with water to your shoulders, with plush soft sand at your fingertoes. A day here has been known to cure all woes.
Anse des sables, St. Lucia
Wonderfully rugged, super windy, the wild Anse des sables on the Southern part of St. Lucia is simply breathtaking. Looking over the Maria Islands, this seemingly endless stretch of soft sand is ideal if you love long, romantic walks with arresting ocean views. Its majestic coastline, the strong sea winds and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic crashing against the white sand make you feel like you’re on your very own, undisturbed desert island.