Caribbean beaches are world famous — and with good reason. These stretches of sand offer infinite fun in the tropical sun. But when you are visiting Mexico’s Riviera Maya or the Dominican Republic’s gorgeous coast, how do you choose the perfect beach for you? Have no fear, we’ve rounded up a few options to consider when you’re staying at Barceló Aruba, Occidental at Xcaret Destination, Barceló Maya Grand Resort, Occidental Punta Cana, Occidental Punta Cana, Occidental Costa Cancún and Royal Hideaway Playacar. Discover the perfect Caribbean beach for you!
For the Family
Your Homebase: Barceló Aruba
Kids love splashing around! Located on the southern tip of the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, Baby Beach is just the right beach for your younger kids. Baby Beach is a calm lagoon that allows for wading far out into the water, while still touching the ocean floor. Even better, Baby Beach boasts crystal clear waters. As a result, it’s a perfect place to introduce the youngest members of your crew to the fun of snorkeling, with a world to discover underneath the waves. And the relaxing shores here are just right for fun in the sun – sand castles, anyone?
For the Romantics
Your Homebase: Occidental at Xcaret Destination
Picture it: a private cove, waves gently lapping at the shore, palm trees swaying gently in the tropical breeze, a cocktail in hand, and the one you love lounging next to you. Sound good? Well, that’s what you’ll get at Occidental at Xcaret Destination’s Arena Beach Lounge. This to-die-for spot was recently reimagined with new luxurious amenities, such as Jacuzzis, comfy beach beds and much more. The exclusive bar adjacent to the lounge will mix up any concoction you’re in the mood for. Pure romance is within reach!
For the Aquatic Adventurer
Your Homebase: Barceló Maya Grand Resort
Caribbean beaches aren’t just good for rest and relaxation. They serve as the launchpad for all kinds of aquatic adventure. The active traveler will find endless on-the-water fun at Barceló Maya Grand Resort’s beach, which is renowned as one of the most beautiful spots at water’s edge in all of Mexico. Snorkel and swim in calm, crystal clear waters, amidst teeming marine life. Take a catamaran or stand-up paddleboard out past the waves. Catch the breeze on a windsurfing board or go on a sunset kayak glide. When you need a break, just toss a towel on the sand and drift off …
For the Explorer
Your Homebase: Occidental Punta Cana
Take a waterside stroll from Occidental Punta Cana down to the funky, vibrant El Cortecito Beach. This is one of the Dominican Republic’s most fun stretches of sand. At El Cortecito, many of the shops and restaurants are located right on the water on stilts, with the waves rolling right under many of them. While you explore, take some time to check out the boutiques selling authentic Dominican crafts and souvenirs – the perfect place to get a gift to bring back home. And definitely try one of the Dominican Republic’s signature cocktails: mamajuana, a powerful local adult beverage, made with rum, red wine, and honey.
For the sun worshiper
Your Homebase: Occidental Costa Cancún
Of course, you’re in search of perfect Caribbean beaches so that you can sit back and soak up some rays, didn’t you? On Playa Linda (translated as “beautiful beach”) at Occidental Costa Cancún, you’ll be able to do plenty of sunbathing. Right on the sand, the hotel has plush loungers designed for the ultimate in comfortable sunbathing. You’ll have the perfect tan in no time (just don’t forget your sunscreen). When you need to cool off, the refreshing turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea are just steps away.
- Good to know: Too much fun in the sun? At Occidental Costa Cancún’s state-of-the-art wellness center, get immediate relief for sensitive skin and redness caused by sun exposure. Thanks to a cold treatment that moisturizes your skin and reduces redness and any burning sensations, topped off with a phytoaromatic mist, you’ll be better than new – and ready to hit the beach again! Check out some handy tips on skincare for your Caribbean getaway.
Caribbean beach for the party animal
Your Homebase: Royal Hideaway Playacar
Looking for the ultimate beach party? You might find it at the glamorous Mamitas Beach in Playa del Carmen, not far from the Royal Hideaway Playacar. This spot regularly hosts awesome concerts, festivals and events, including the always swinging Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, the Beach Soccer Worldwide Riviera Maya Cup, and the rave-tastic BPM Festival. But whenever you’re here, the fun virtually never stops, with great nightlife options, cooler-than-cool people from all over the world and tasty food and drink. Watch out – this is the kind of beach where you might end up partying until dawn. Don’t worry, the sunrises are as beautiful as the sunsets.