Yes you read it right… black sand. Not yellow, not white, not cream – black. Well that might be pushing it a little. It was more like a dark grey in Mero beach in Dominica. But the point is this isn’t your ordinary beach.
In the blistering heat in the Caribbean there’s only one way to cool down, and that’s ice – lots of it. Enter the Magic Ice Kingdom, in the centre of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.
Think white sands, clear blue ocean, palm trees swaying in the breeze - welcome to Princess Cays, one of the private islands in the Bahamas.
Beach – check. Shops – check. Restaurants – check. South beach in Miami has everything a beach holiday needs, with the added bonus of being one of the most glamorous places in America with designer cars and A-list celebrities.