The contrast between the turquoise waters and blush-coloured shores makes you feel as if you’ve just stepped into a heavily-filtered image on Instagram. But – it’s all real. #NoFilter.
So how do these beaches get their rosey tint? The light pink hue is created through a mixture of the white sand and particles of red coral pieces washed up from the shore. Depending on the coral ecosystem, each pink-sand beach can vary from a light blush-tint to a heavily bright fuchsia. One of the more common places to find these natural-wonders is on the Caribbean islands, many of which have already attracted visitors from all over the world. Our travel experts have done their research to find their top pink-sand beaches in the Caribbean.
Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
Named after its unique shape, Horseshoe Bay Beach features a curve-shaped coast against the brilliant blue sea. This pink-sand beach is a popular destination for tourists, particularly those docking off from cruise ships. Because of this, the Bay is often crowded during peak tourist season. Our Kenwood Travel experts recommend visiting the beach during the winter period (November – April) if you’re looking for some quiet time on your holiday to Bermuda.
Where to stay: A Conde Nast Traveller favourite, the Fairmont Southampton hotel in Bermuda offers everything plus more in a 5-star resort. Set on its own private pink-sand beach, the Caribbean resort is also within walking distance to Horseshoe Bay Beach.
Crane Beach, Barbados
Popular amongst tourists and travellers, this cotton candy-coloured beach on the south-east coast of Barbados has been named one of the 30 best beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. Other than the soft pink-hued sand, Crane Beach is also known for its dramatic rock formation backdrop, making it a picturesque site worthy of an Instagram snap. With only one hotel on the entire stretch, most of the coastline remains in immaculate condition with unobstructed views.
Where to Stay: The Crane Resort is the oldest hotel in Barbados, celebrating more than 100 years of top-of-the-line services. Perched on the cliffs overlooking the pink sand beach, this Caribbean resort has its own set of glass-front lifts to carry guests down straight to the beach.
Harbour Island, Bahamas
Located just a few miles off the coast of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, this celebrity-favourite destination is famed for its solitude and rose-tinted coast. The sand on Harbour Island is widely known to be the softest out of all the pink-sand beaches, mimicking the touch of talcum powder. Preservation is key on this small island, which is why you’ll only find a handful of hotels and resorts.
Where to stay: Named after the pink sand beach which it sits on, Coral Sands on Harbour Island is a small boutique-style resort which houses only 39 rooms, as well as colonial-style beach cottages and a three-bedroom villa.
Barbuda Pink Beaches, Antigua and Barbuda
The island of Barbuda is the ultimate pristine destination in the Caribbean, with a small population and very few buildings. Located about 30 miles north of Antigua, the Pink Sand Beach is known to be the pinkest of all Caribbean beaches, due to the high levels of coral reefs along the coast.
Where to stay: As Barbuda is one of the lesser developed islands of the Caribbean, our travel experts suggest staying at a resort in Antigua, and taking the 90-minute Barbuda Express Ferry to visit the Pink Sand Beach for the day. The ferry services can be found at St. John’s Harbour, which is just a 10-minute drive away from Starfish Halcyon Cove Resort.