Beaches are what the Caribbean is all about, and you can find good to great ones on the majority of the islands. It's easier to note the ones without a wealth of good beaches:

Saba

,

Dominica

,

St. Eustatius

and

St. Vincent

.

But even among the great, there are standouts.

Seven Mile Beach

in

Grand Cayman

is as long as its name indicates; just know that it is lined with hotels. When it comes to mileage,

Negril Beach

in

Jamaica

can match the longest one in Grand Cayman.

St. Martin's Baie Orientale

gets rave reviews for its long stretch of white sand. Some argue that

Eagle Beach

in

Aruba

, with its powdery strand, is the best beach in the Caribbean, although if you visited years ago and loved it because there was little development, you're in for a big surprise.

Half Moon Beach

and

Grace Bay

on the island

Providenciales

in

Turks and Caicos

also have been discovered; still, many of the hotels are low-rise, and other islands in the chain have beautiful, nearly deserted beaches.

If you're looking for something unusual, the

Baths

on

Virgin Gorda

in the

British Virgin Islands

has grottoes formed by boulders. Or look for pink sand beaches in

Bermuda

and on two of the outer islands of the

Bahamas

,

Harbor Island

and

Eleuthera

.

St. Barts

is known for beaches covered with seashells, a rarity in the Caribbean. If you like to mix it up and enjoy gentle beaches while still catching some waves,

Barbados

has a calm Caribbean side and crashing surf on the Atlantic side. For pristine little coves, check out

St. John

.

Antigua's

boast of having a different beach for every day of the year is true only because it includes some pretty so-so beaches, but there is no question the island has a lot of beaches, many of them quite good.

Anguilla

has miles of brilliant beaches that tend to remain uncrowded. Other primary contenders in the race for best wide white beaches: the

Grenadines

and two of the

British Virgin Islands

,

Virgin Gorda

and

Anegada

.