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Looking for nude beaches in the Caribbean?
With countless islands in the Caribbean, many uninhabited, beach nudity can be a spontaneous decision. However, you should be aware of local regulations — and the proximity of family beaches — before you go clothesfree in the hot tropics.
Head over to About.com for a listing of nude beaches in Antigua, Bonaire, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, St Barts, St Martin (French side only), and The Bahamas.
How’s that for beach service?
Travel geru Peter Greensburg has a new site, and in one of his travel news articles he talks about the unique services hotels are offering for the descriminating traveler (which means you spend lots of money).
His article reminded me of a picture taken at Sandy Lane, one of the most expensive hotels on the island of Barbados - (shown above).
Peter writes: In the highly competitive hotel business, for the discriminating traveler, it all comes down to service. Not just basic services like housekeeping, turn down, and room service, but special and unusual services. At some hotels, whatever you want, chances are there’s a concierge dedicated to getting it.
Here are some of the latest we’ve found…
At most hotels, the most “service” you’ll get on the beach will either be help in setting up an umbrella, or perhaps fetching you a cool drink.
But if you’re willing to spend the money, a growing number of hotels are offering an ever-increasing variety of services beachside.
Now at the beach, you might find a “Sorbet Butler,” like at the Rosewood’s Jumby Bay in Antigua. This “butler” strolls the beach handing out complimentary frosty treats to guests.
To read Peter’s full article, “Hotel Services, the Newest Butlers, visit his new website - sign up for his newsletter – he always has great article and travel tips and advice.
Green Island (shown below) is located off the eastern coast of Antigua, and a popular stop on Antigua excursions and boat charters. Here you’ll find an entire pristine white sand coast, and all the seclusion you want since the island is uninhabited. The pristine reefs provide excellent snorkeling.
No matter how many beaches there actually are in Antigua, my choice for the best three beaches are Dickerson’s Bay, Half Moon Bay, and Hawksbill.
Dickerson Bay is located on the northwest coast of the island, and the powder white sandy beach stretches a mile long – and the water is “smooth as silk“. Plenty of water activities, hotels, and restaurants and bars. Head to the northern side of the beach for more seclusion.
Half Moon Bay Beach (shown below) has fine pink sand, along with wonderful cooling treadewind breezes, and an active surf.
I did not get to see all the beaches in Antigua, but I cannot imagine the island has a more beautiful beach. Half Moon is a public park area, and the surf gets quite rough – though the surfers love it. There is a large reef off the coast, which is great for snorkeling. So, while not a beach for good swimming, it is on the list for snorkelers, surfers and those who love to take great beach pics.
Hawksbill Beach is located on the five island peninsula. The white sand on this beach seems almost too white, especially set against the blue/green waters – the water almost appears to twinkle in the sun. Crystal clean calm waters make this the ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling on the coral reefs. Depending on when you go, this beach can be rather secluded, or crowded.
Another fine beach is Curtain Bluff Beach – a wide golden sand beach that is framed by beautiful palms and mangroves. The water is extremely clear and calm. This beach is home to the Curtain Bluff Hotel.
Other fine beaches on Antigua are Pigeon Point, Runaway Beach, and Morris Bay (for snorklers).
In fact, there are just too many beaches to mention – remember there are 365! I suggest visiting Antigua, and making your own “best Antigua beach list“.