Get the Most Out of Island Beach Life on Caribbean Vacations

A hammock waits for you in the Grand Cayman Islands.
A hammock waits for you in the Grand Cayman Islands.

Get your sunscreen ready — you don't want to miss these beaches. The Cayman Islands and Island of Cozumel off the coast of Mexico are well-known, sandy oases that are perfect for Caribbean vacations. If you're looking for the hottest Caribbean beaches to visit on your next cruise, look no further than these four.

Seven Mile Beach

Located at the western end of Grand Cayman is Seven Mile Beach. Widely recognized as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, this coral-sanded utopia boasts the island's top restaurants, hotels, and condominiums. Stroll the full length of the beach, soaking in the sun and rejuvenating in the crystal-clear waters. Or, if you're looking for adventure, opt to rent some gear and snorkel off the reefs. Whatever you decide to do, make a point to spend time in a beach chair, sipping a cool drink and enjoying the Caribbean's beautiful sun.

Stingray City and Sandbar

A series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman is home to the large population of southern stingrays that give Stingray City its name. This population began to flourish many years ago when fisherman commonly cleaned their catch along the sandbars. Ordinarily a timid creature, the stingray began to associate boating activity with food, showing up to seek the bounties that the fisherman left behind. Shortly thereafter, in the 1980s, divers began to feed the stingrays — and today, they remain a popular attraction. Take time to pet these friendly creatures in three feet of warm, crystal-clear water, and make sure you save some time to snorkel.

Playa Mia Grand Beach Park

It's no wonder that Playa Mia Grand Beach Park is among the most popular beach getaways in Cozumel. With complimentary lounge chairs and a seemingly endless assortment of drinks, all you have to do is sink your feet into Playa Mia's famous white sands. More active visitors can use any number of amenities, including kayaks, sailboats, paddle boats, and table tennis arrangements. Rent some snorkeling equipment and a motorized water toy, and take the day to explore. This beach resort is a Caribbean shore excursion you simply cannot miss.

Passion Island Beach

A 40-minute boat ride will take you to Passion Island Beach on Cozumel, where you can sleep the afternoon away on a hammock in the shade, sunbathe in a lounge chair on the white-sand beach, or bask in the warmth of the Caribbean Sea. After a long, restful morning on the beach, you might be ready for a rousing game of volleyball or a bounce on the water trampoline. Quench your thirst with a refreshing beverage at the nearby open bar — then, if you've worked up an appetite, indulge in a Mexican-style buffet at Eclipse de Luna Restaurant.

No matter where you decide to go, make sure that you fill your each of your Caribbean cruise vacations with fun, relaxing activities at these beaches, which are sure to lighten your spirits and rejuvenate you at the core.