When you’re in on a secret you feel special. While there are places in the Caribbean that are on everyone’s must-see list, better still is the insider’s list for those in “the know.” Nothing inspires serenity quite like seclusion. Being away from the masses and communing with nature can soothe the soul. When you’re in under-the-radar swimming locales in the Caribbean, for sure you are in a very sweet spot.
Here are a few places you won’t have to wade through the crowds.
Anse Mamin Beach, St. Lucia
While the Anse Chastanet beach leads right into a marine reserve, offering beautiful and sustainable snorkeling, and is not far from St. Lucia’s iconic twin mountains, the Pitons, better still, tucked around the corner from Anse Chastanet beach is a much more secluded spot—Anse Mamin beach.
Accessible by a 15-minute walk or a quick boat ride, Anse Mamin is Anse Chastanet’s more rustic soft-sand sister. Soak up the sun or take advantage of shady spots where you can chill out and take a much-deserved nap.
Little Bay, Anguilla
They say the best things come in small packages. So it is with Little Bay. Tucked away on the northern coast of Anguilla you’ll discover a secluded cove, with its soft sand and turquoise seas.
You can only get there by boat, or if you’re adventurous and up for the challenge of climbing down the steep surrounding cliffs. Charter a boat, rent a kayak, or look for one of the helpful locals who will be happy to take you over and pick you up whenever you must leave, as you’ll surely want to stay. Snorkel and later feast on a picnic lunch.
Secret Harbour Beach, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
One of the smaller and lesser known beaches on St. Thomas, Secret Harbour Beach, is located in a tranquil bay on the island’s east end. When approaching by sea, you just might miss Secret Harbour. It’s somewhat hidden in a protected cove at Nazareth Bay.
The calm waters make Secret Harbour ideal for swimming. Snorkelers can explore the rocky coastline on both sides of the bay and marvel at coral beds alive with reef fish, lobsters and much sea life.
Point O’ Sand on Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
This powdery white sand beach stretches over a mile long on Little Cayman’s eastern shore and is the kind of place you could hang out all day and still not want to go back to your hotel.
Collect shells, snorkel. Because the beach is a turtle-nesting site in spring, you won’t find any amenities on this beach. But truth is, you likely won’t miss them. The solitude, lapping of waves sets the stage for a romantic picnic at sunset. You can get there by car or bike from anywhere on Little Cayman. The island can be reached by a short plane ride from Grand Cayman.
YS Falls, St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica
While the YS Falls aren’t exactly secret, they aren’t well-known to many visitors. The YS Falls are located on Jamaica’s South Coast, 50 miles south of Montego Bay. Wash away your cares in the seven waterfalls. It’s cool that some of them also cascade into natural pools. Feeling adventurous? Take a canopy ride. Glide from the top of falls to the bottom, with the help of a guide. After all the water fun, stroll through the lovely gardens and get your sea legs back.
Colombier Beach, St. Barts
The secluded beach of Colombier is an entire bay, accessible by boat or foot. It is the last beach on St. Barts and not served by a public road. With the only access being by boat, or a 20-minute hike from the port of Gustavia, locals love uncrowded Colombier Beach. Talk about being secluded. The only building you can see is the villa of David Rockefeller who built the property in the 1960s.