Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is famed for its stunning shores, but none more so than Grace Bay Beach. Located on the northeast coast of Providenciales and renowned for its pristine white sand and turquoise waters, it’s consistently ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the world (these are the top beach spots in the U.S.) and is the crown jewel of the island. Other notable spots to catch some rays and enjoy the sea are Bright Beach, Smith’s Reef, and Turtle Cove. If you’ve ever heard of Seven Mile Beach, that’s a reference to the uninterrupted stretch that runs from Leeward Beach (across Grace Bay Beach, Bright Beach, and Smith’s Reef) to Turtle Cove. Another major selling point of Turks and Caicos? The resorts (including this health-focused hotel). The Shore Club is all about thoughtful design and amazing amenities, including four outdoor pools—adults-only, family-friendly, central colonnade, and lap—spa, fitness center, daily yoga classes (find out the easy yoga poses you should do every day, even when you’re on vacation), and a complimentary Kids Club that will keep younger visitors entertained for hours. The Palms boasts beachfront access and a stunning infinity pool. And while kids (ages 12 and younger) keep busy with daily supervised activities at the Conch Kritters Club, parents can unwind with a pampering treatment at the 25,000-square-foot spa.
The Caribbean’s easternmost island, Barbados is blessed with beautiful beaches and coral reefs that line the coast and attract visitors from around the globe with its incredible snorkeling and scuba diving. (If you enjoy underwater adventure, don’t miss this list of beaches with the clearest water in the world.) Calm waters make Bath Beach one of the best for swimming; Crane Beach, which was originally a harbor, is known as one of the most picturesque spots on the island; while adrenaline junkies from around the globe flock to Silver Sands, a gusty outpost on the southern coast, acclaimed for windsurfing. On the west side of the island, in the parish of St. James, is Paynes Bay, often called the “Platinum Coast.” This spectacular stretch is where you’ll find The House. For couples seeking a romantic and relaxing getaway, there’s no better place than this 34-room, adults-only respite. (Looking to reconnect? Try these secrets for taking a second honeymoon on the cheap.) Families can find fun for all ages at the neighboring Tamarind, a Mediterranean-style resort that offers an array of Bajan activities, from dialect lessons to beach cricket (Barbados’ sport of choice) as well as unlimited non-motorized sports—snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.