-- intro: Many U.S. beaches become enjoyable again once now that summer weather hits. But there are still quite a few reasons to plan a Caribbean summertime escape; hotel prices are much lower than the ones you'll find over the holidays and spring break, you won't have to worry so much about the kids' schedules with school and sports and extracurriculars (if you decide to even bring them...), and no matter what time of year, you can't beat the islands' beaches. So here we bring you the 10 best beach hotels in the Caribbean. Take your pick...
quicklist: 2 title: Secret Harbour Beach Resort, St. Thomas text: This secluded boutique makes our list because it has one of the serene vibes of all the hotels in the Caribbean. The resort’s beach is truly a tropical paradise, with palm trees, hammocks, loungers, white sand, and turquoise water. Guests have a choice of Studios or One- or Two-Bedroom Condos, and each has updated decor (except for some bedspreads) and fully equipped kitchens. Plus, all units are beachfront and offer great views -- and although this is technically a luxury property, rates are generally more than reasonable. media: 31072392
quicklist: 7 title: Tropical Princess Beach Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic text: This 310-room colorful resort is the least expensive of the four Princess-brand properties in Punta Cana -- it may be a bit basic, but considering its long list of extras, it's certainly one of the top hotels in the Caribbean for its price. A family-friendly offering (with two pools and separate kids’ clubs for different age brackets), the Tropical Princess is situated next door to the more party-friendly Caribe Club. Both of these properties share certain amenities such as the lobby, nightly entertainment, and tennis courts. For those looking for a great beach location on a budget, this is the place. Guests have access to three restaurants and seven bars (there is a fee to use the restaurants at Caribe Club) and a nice spa. media: 31072029
quicklist: 8 title: Carlisle Bay, Antigua text: We love this romantic boutique on the quiet island of Antigua. Offering understated luxury, Carlisle Bay has dedicated sections for families and couples, and successfully appeals to both with its lovely white-sand beach, calm ocean, free non-motorized water sports, and impressive kids' club. The 82 rooms are modern and sophisticated if not very distinctly Caribbean, but the extensive features and services (many of which are free) still make this one of the island's top upscale options. media: 31072641
quicklist: 9 title: One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas text: It's called One&Only for good reason -- there’s nothing quite like it on Paradise Island, or anywhere in the Bahamas for that matter. But though this resort wasn't acquired by the elite brand till 2002, it's history dates back further than that. Huntington Hartford II (the man responsible for Paradise Island's name change from Hog Island) bought the property in 1962, and it began to attract members of royalty, and notable names like Zsa Zsa Gabor and William Randolph Hearst. Since then, it has evolved into a modern-day luxury oasis. Expansive manicured grounds have two outdoor pools, a romantic garden and statuary modeled after Versailles (a dream for weddings), and an endless stretch of white-sand beach and turquoise waves. Health and wellness nuts are spoilt for choice with daily yoga, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, an indoor/outdoor fitness center, and a Balinese-style spa with private villas. After a day in the sun, guests return to their rooms to find champagne and strawberries waiting, and many choose to begin their evenings with sunset drinks at Jean-George's Dune restaurant. media: 31072591
quicklist: 10 title: St. Lucian by Rex Resorts, St. Lucia text: St. Lucian by Rex was one of the first major resort hotels to open on St. Lucia, and it can certainly feel dated in certain areas. So why does it make this list? Well, despite its imperfectly polished image, the resort holds a prime beachfront location, a well-kept pool area, and a tasty beachfront restaurant. Plus, all-inclusive rates that are half of what other nearby all-inclusive resorts (such as Sandals) charge are pretty spectacular, too. This is certainly one of the Caribbean's best options on the sand if you're looking to save some cash. media: 31072211