It’s said that the best things in life are free. A kiss from your crush. A smile from your son. The kaleidoscopic wonder of another sunset. None of these moments cost a penny yet all of them carry a value — one no exchange rate can place a number on.
Now if you don’t already know this you may find it hard to believe, but on many islands there’s something else money simply can’t buy: beaches.
Take Antigua. The island prides itself on its 365 beaches (yes, one for every day of the year), yet even with this abundance of riches all beaches remain open to the public – a natural resource available for all inhabitants and visitors alike to enjoy.
So if you happen to be in the northwest near St. John’s, Hermitage Bay is there for you to enjoy. In the less developed southwest, you’re free to visit Johnson’s Point. In the east, the national park of Half Moon Bay is extra protected plus Long Bay and its generally calm waters are perfect for families with children.
And for those with a desire to go the full monty, nude sunbathers are welcome at Antigua’s only nude beach: Eden Beach near Hawksbill Resort for a day in the sun au naturel. Those are just a fraction of what’s FREE (as in beer) to any and all travelers lucky enough to make the trip… And don’t even get me started on the smooth pink wonderlands that adorn the coastlines of Barbuda!
Yes, some of these beaches have hotels, houses or resorts along them, but don’t let that fool you. These sands have been set aside for everyone.
In this week’s Caribbean Wallpaper we see one of those beaches. This marvelous ribbon of sand divides crystal clear, turquoise waters from a thin grove of coconut trees. In the distance, you can see Montserrat and its cantankerous volcano. Sure, the five-star, all-inclusive (and recently renovated) Curtain Bluff Resort perched above the beach may look like it owns the place, but now you know better…
So, exercise your rights and download the magnificent beach pictured in this week’s desktop wallpaper.
It won’t cost you a penny.