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Islands Magazine Names the Top Beaches and Many are Crewed Yacht Favorites!

Islands Magazine just named 25 the Top Beaches in the Caribbean and Many are Crewed Yacht Favorites! Pardon the favoritism; but these are some of our "bests" too! 

#1. The Baths, BVI
It isn't just the trees off the beach that provide shade — the boulders offer cover too, and how many places this side of the Seychelles can claim that? It's possible to get to The Baths by car or by boat (preferred, if you charter one). Then you squeeze between the rocks to claim a very cool slice of the Caribbean's best beach. We enjoy hiking beyond Devil's Bay for complete solitude. 
Access: 10
Privacy: 8
Texture: 9
Shade: 9
Castaway Factor: 9
Total Score: 45

#2. Playa Zoni, Culebra, Puerto Rico
It costs all of $4.50 (roundtrip) to take a ferry from mainland Puerto Rico to Culebra, which thankfully is enough to keep a host of visitors from jumping on board. Those who do make the trek typically go to the beach closer to the ferry dock on Culebra, Flamenco. So we always invest in a 20-minute drive across island to this quieter find. But, the food stalls at Flamenco Beach are not to be missed! So make time to do both! 
Access: 9
Privacy: 10
Texture: 9
Shade: 7
Castaway Factor: 9
Total Score: 44

#10. Pinel Island, St. Martin
Getting here requires a $12 boat ride that takes about five minutes, but the scene here (food, paddleboarding, weird shore wagons) more fun than it is peaceful. We don't sit much, so the $25 charge for beach chairs and umbrella doesn't really faze us. Lounging types, bring cash.
Access: 8
Privacy: 6
Texture: 8
Shade: 8
Castaway Factor: 8
Total Score: 38

#11. White Bay, BVI
This beach on Jost Van Dyke is famous thanks to the Soggy Dollar Bar, whose fame is tied to the Painkiller drink, which was born here in the 1970’s. The rum cocktail has its own fan club, and its recipe on our website is visited more than our entire BVI online guide. As for White Bay Beach itself, there’s no better place to get soggy sipping painkillers. It turns into a fun crazy beach party after 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Both tourists and locals make for a fun afternoon of standing in the shallow turquoise waters, drinking Painkillers and people watching! 
Access: 7
Privacy: 7
Texture: 9
Shade: 8
Castaway Factor: 7
Total Score: 38

#13. Sandy Island, Anguilla
Four hurricanes in the past 20 years have left their marks on this islet off of Anguilla. Locals like to say the storms reshaped Sandy Island into the sculpture it is today. Unlike the majority of beaches on our list, this one has a sit-down restaurant ... with grilled lobster. Oh yeah.
Access: 7
Privacy: 9
Texture: 8
Shade: 5
Castaway Factor: 9
Total Score: 38

#17. Hanslollick, St. Thomas
It takes some determination to get onto this sand. You might even get to see this island from the plane before you land in St. Thomas! The sand is more gold than white and the exclusivity is the main attraction. One of the ideal places for a Caribbean picnic. Arrange a stop here in advance with your charter yacht Captain and be mindful of the weather. 
Access: 3
Privacy: 9
Texture: 8
Shade: 7
Castaway Factor: 9
Total Score: 36

#18. Anse de Grande Saline, St. Barths
To say this beach just over a sandy path is "natural" might be missing half the point. No development, got it. No clothes, oh my. We lock our eyes on the horizon beyond the horseshoe-shape cove — it's quite a sight ... out there. We have some amazing stories about this beach! 
Access: 9
Privacy: 7
Texture: 8
Shade: 4
Castaway Factor: 8
Total Score: 36

 

#22. Sandy Spit, British Virgin Islands
You need a boat to get there. Forget about facilities. And as for a beach walk, you’ll circle back to your starting point in about seven minutes. So what gives? This beach, spitting distance from Jost Van Dyke, taps a reservoir of island fantasies deep in our psyche: lost and loving it; marooned by choice. We've all dreamed of such things. It's why Sandy Spit, which measures less than a half acre, has landed on the the cover of Islands several times.
Access: 2
Privacy: 10
Texture: 8
Shade: 4
Castaway Factor: 10

#23. Les Saintes, Guadeloupe
One of our personal picks among Les Saintes is Plage de Pompierre on the little island of Terre-de-Haut. There isn't much foot traffic on this lonely island, so the beach is secluded, yet there's just enough need for business to score a crepe en route to Pompierre on a motorbike.
Access: 3
Privacy: 9
Texture: 7
Shade: 8
Castaway Factor: 7
Total Score: 34

#24. Magens Bay, St. Thomas
You could make cases that Waterlemon Cay on St. John or Turtle Beach off St. Croix should also be representing the USVI on our list. And you'd be right; they're great! But we have to give the nod for this spot Magens Bay, with a public beach that sits back in a deep cove where the water is as brilliant as it is warm. Voted many years ago as "One of the 10 Top Beaches in the World", Magens Bay still lives up to her crowning glory as being a brilliant best! 
Access: 10
Privacy: 4
Texture: 7
Shade: 8
Castaway Factor: 4
Total Score: 33

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