Most couples who plan a romantic escape or honeymoon at a Sandals resort are dreaming of the perfect beach vacation, with soft white sand, clear water, and plenty of room to stretch out and relax. While every all-inclusive adults-only Sandals resort in the Caribbean sits on a beautiful beach, some are more stunning than others.
This article will tell you which Sandals resorts are the best for beaches. FYI, a full range of watersports are complimentary at every Sandals resort beach, including scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, and more.
Here are our picks for the top 10 Sandals resorts’ best beaches.
Sandals Emerald Bay, The Bahamas
Set on a stunning mile-long stretch of soft white sand and turquoise water, Sandals Emerald Bay offers peace and privacy. This relaxed resort in Great Exuma is the perfect place to spend all day lounging on the beach as you listen to the waves.
The only issue with the beach is it sometimes gets hit with sargassum. I do not know how often this happens, but you can ask the Facebook group dedicated to the resort for guests who have visited around the same time you have if they experienced this.
This gorgeous beach offers 2 miles of soft white sand, beautiful blue water, and swaying palm trees. Stay in a beachfront walkout room and enjoy the view from your private patio with an oversized soaking tub.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian. St. Lucia
One of three Sandals in St. Lucia, Sandals Grande St. Lucian sits on the best beach for watersports: the calm waters of Rodney Bay. Pristine white sand lines the clear turquoise waters, and you’ll love the amazing views.
This is one of the few resorts where you can almost always go water skiing or wakeboarding from the shore.
You can easily swim and snorkel from the beach or go on snorkeling trips right from the onsite pier. For an incredible experience, swim or snorkel right from your room in an incredible Over-the-Water bungalow. (And if you want to get married here, you can do so in an Over-the-Water wedding chapel!)
Sandals Grande Antigua
Set on one of Antigua’s best beaches (which is saying something, since there are 365 beaches here!), Sandals Grande Antigua is a top choice for couples who enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving since there are islands and a reef just offshore.
Dickenson Bay offers sparkling white sand, swaying palm trees, and vivid turquoise waters that are calm and perfect for swimming and watersports. Make the most of your beach time here in a Beachfront Rondoval Suite.
Sandals Negril, Jamaica
Negril is home to one of the most well-known beaches in the Caribbean, and Sandals Negril makes the most of its location here. Beautiful white-sand Seven Mile Beach offers gorgeous sunset views, palm trees, and calm waters perfect for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
This also makes Sandals Negril one of the best Sandals resorts for snorkeling. You can snorkel right off the beach or head to great spots just offshore. Enjoy your time here in a beachfront suite, some of which have outdoor soaking tubs.
Unlike some resorts, there are plenty of beach chairs spread out so you won’t have to worry about waking up early to claim one.
Sandals South Coast, Jamaica
A quiet Sandals resort, Sandals South Coast offers a private beach that is part of a nature reserve, making for a peaceful and pristine setting. Wander down the 2-mile stretch of sugar white sand or just lounge and look out at the sparkling Caribbean.
You can head to the overwater bar or stay as close to the water as possible in an overwater bungalow here. Sandals South Coast is also one of the best Sandals resorts for destination weddings, as it has an amazing overwater wedding chapel.
Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica
The beach at Sandals Montego Bay is a private paradise. A long stretch of soft white sand slopes into a vivid turquoise and blue sea, where offshore reefs ensure calm waters. You can lounge here all day under shade umbrellas, sipping a refreshing tropical drink.
There are even thatched-roof platforms perched over the water for additional privacy, or head to the beach bar or the over-the-water bar, which has overwater hammocks for two. Several of the restaurants are waterfront as well, and you can stay in beachfront swim-up butler suites for the ultimate luxury.
Some people complain about the airplane noise so it may not be the best beach for people who like to nap on the beach.
Sandals Barbados and Royal Barbados
These two luxurious Sandals resorts are located next to each other on one of the best beaches in Barbados, Maxwell Beach in St. Lawrence Gap. Whether you stay at Sandals Barbados or Sandals Royal Barbados you can relax on the gorgeous stretch of soft white sand and gaze out at the crystal clear water, which is generally calm and perfect for swimming and watersports.
Another plus about these Sandals resorts’ beach is that there are several rows of lounge chairs here—more than most other resorts. This helps you find a chair in the morning since a lot of the resort is not beachfront.
Which Sandals have the clearest water?
Sandals resorts on this list tend to have clear water. If you travel during hurricane season, you might find the water a bit churned up by the weather. St Lucia is almost always a safe bet.
Which Sandals beach is best in Jamaica?
This is a tie between Sandals South Coast, Sandals Montego Bay, and Sandals Negril, as each one of these Jamaica Sandals resorts made this best beaches list. It really depends on what type of beach you’re looking for. Sandals South Coast is more pristine and quiet, while Sandals Negril is great for snorkeling and Sandals Montego Bay is more lively.
Now that you’ve read our picks for the top 10 Sandals Resorts’ best beaches, what do you think? Which one sounds like the best Sandals beach for you? Let us know in the comments!
Here are a few other articles that might be helpful in your search for the best resort.
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- Best USA Beach Honeymoons
- Best Adult-Only All-Inclusive Resorts
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central America, South America, and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.