Picture this: A private island with no crowds, white powdery sand (as clichéd as it sounds), peace and quiet, and a deep blue swimmable ocean. It doesn’t get any better than that! The Caribbean has some of the most lavish resorts and beaches that we bet you didn’t think about traveling to. While the islands below are not completely private in the sense that they prohibit trespassing, these are as close to private as it gets. From celebrity hideaways to your average traveler wishing to go remote for a few days, here are some secluded islands to visit in the Caribbean.
Parrot Cay – Turks & Caicos
This 1,000-acre island located in North Caicos is home to the exclusive resort, COMO Parrot Cay, and is rapidly becoming a tourist attraction that has eliminated some of the completely-private feels. Nevertheless, its exclusivity alone will warrant some element of privacy, as you can only visit Parrot Cay if you are a guest of the resort. The island of Turks and Caicos is a hot spot for celebrities as it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You can access this destination only by a 35-minute private boat ride provided by the island after flying into Providenciales.
Young Island – St. Vincent & The Grenadines
This resort was developed by John Houser of the Hilton Group, but the current owners are from St. Vincent. This secluded destination is nothing short of a tropical heaven, especially for those who love their flora and fauna. Accessible via a very short boat ride, Young Island is best reached after flying into St. Lucia Airport and also through Barbados and San Juan. And, beware of the unexpected guests like the gorgeous peacocks that are VIP residents of the island, they may even join you for breakfast.
Guana Island – British Virgin Islands
This intensely exclusive private island markets itself as the “virgin island that still is.” It’s a privately-owned island and only 850 acres, most of which are left in its raw, naturally beautiful stage. Guana Island has seven pristine pure white beaches and accommodations for only 36 guests at a time, so there’s no fear of rubbing elbows. The best way to get there is to fly into British Virgin Islands’ Beef Island Airport via San Juan, St. Thomas or Antigua.
Pirates Point – Little Cayman
This remote resort and dive center is targeted towards those who really want to “get away from the crowd.” Pirate’s Point is a good resort for both diving types and beach junkies. There are only 11 rooms available in the cottages, and seven acres of sandy white beach. There are no standard amenities like televisions in the rooms (you’ll find one only at the bar) so be prepared to truly unplug. The best way to get to the island is to fly into Grand Cayman and take a charter flight that is usually not very expensive into Little Cayman. There are also flights directly from Miami to Cayman Brac, and continuing on to Little Cayman.
Renaissance Island – Aruba
This manmade island located in Oranjestad, features two distinct beaches (one for families and one for adults only) and is available only to guests of the Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. This destination is just a short boat ride away from the island’s capital (you’ll need to show them your room key to validate the free boat ride), Renaissance Island is a secluded sliver of an island filled with palm trees, hammocks and a private beach bar, oh and did we mention the pink flamingos? Yup, the island is home to gorgeous pink flamingos who hang out on the beach. If you book in advance you’ll probably find cheap flights to Aruba to get there!
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