Post # 1
I posted previously asking for honeymoon ideas, my main criteria being white sand and turquoise water. With the help of some very kind bees, I thought I had found the PERFECT place: Excellence Playa Mujeres! Relatively short flight, beautiful beaches, beautiful rooms, all-inclusive, adults only… What more could two love birds want!! We were about to book when we decided to first look at some youtube videos of the beach just to get a taste of the glory to come. Well that’s where the whole trip got squashed! Instead of the rolling surf we’re used to on the US east cost, the beach of playa mujeres appears to only have a tide that gently laps the sand. It almost looks like a lake it is so calm. Some people may like the gentle water, but it’s not for us. For us, all the fun of going to the beach is feeling the waves crash into us and lift us up. Without that, I think the trip would pretty much be a waste, sadly.
So, as my post is titled, does anyone know where I can find white sand and turquoise water WITH WAVES?
Here are some places I’ve found so far:
– Hawaii (very long flight for us though)
– Puerto Rico
– Dominican Republic
Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
Post # 2
The closer you get to the equator, the smaller the pull of gravity & the waves are. So where I am in northern CA we get huge ass waves, but that also means our water is not a perfect turquoise- part of that comes from the lack of waves sifting everything up. In Isla Mujeres, Mexico (the island, not the beach) the water and sand were gorgeous but the waves are much much smaller. I would assume it would be the same the DR &PR too- they are even closer to the equator… But it also has to do with the beach and underwater layout as well…
I’ve found the caribbean to be pretty calm overall- both in the florida panhandle & in Mexico (but I haven’t really been anywhere else). If you want big waves I’d say you need to head to the pacific, but that water is deep, cold, sometimes very dangerous and def. not the gorgeous turquoise of the caribbean…. Maybe you need to look into the pacific side of mexico? Puerto Vallarta or Cabo (however in cabo many hotels are not located on safe swimmable beaches- the waves are large & there is a very strong undertow)…
I found this article about good surfing in the caribbean- which would have to be at least decent waves: http://caribbean-beat.com/issue-6/surfs-caribbeans-best-surfing#axzz2yV6hisva
Post # 3
Turks and Caicos didnt have much wave action (until you were in open sea….like snorkeling) but it was the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen !
I agree with with the above, a beach with waves will not be clear blue For the most part.
Florida coast for example. The Atlantic side has tons of waves but murky waters.
West (gulf) coast has clearer and calm water.
Post # 4
I’ve heard there’s good surfing in Costa Rica, but that could be on the Pacific coast. Where the Caribbean coast has the white sand and turquoise waters.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
MichiganGirl24: Puerto Rico is soooo awesome and has some of the best surfing in the Caribbean, so it has to have good waves. It also has bioluminescence in the water, which is the coolest thing ever.
Post # 6
Thanks for all your helpful comments! So it sounds like we need to choose between beautiful clear turquoise water and no waves, or murky dark water and waves. Can’t have both. Bummer!
Can anyone speak from experience what it’s like to be on a beach with no waves? Is it still fun??? lol
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
beeconomist: Oops I meant to reply to you. Puerto Rico! Easy to get to, affordable, English is spoken, and the water is CLEAR with waves!
Post # 8
I also really dislike beaches without waves. Which is bascially anything along the protected Caribbean side of Central America. But if you jump over to the Pacific side there are great waves! I have had great experiences in Costa Rica on the Pacific side, but you could also look at Mexico on the Pacific side! In my book, waves are better than super blue water any day of the week! That being said, snorkeling is usually better in calmer water, so when our primary goal is to SCUBA/snorkel we’ve gone to calmer beaches and had a good time. But swimming there just isn’t the same. You’re right, it’s like a lake.
Post # 9
Pic taken at atlantis resort in the bahamas! Lots of waves that day! This was like 2 weens ago!
Post # 10
I seem to remember being in Cancun and battling some serious waves- I was knocked around hard enough to lose my sunglasses and my top! Well, it was either the waves or the tequila, lol. I also have bobbed on some nice turquoise waves in South Beach, Miami. You’re getting the Atlantic, and it definitely wasn’t murky! Cabo, I believe has waves- but not many swimmable beaches. West coast- definitely lost another pair of sunglasses to the waves in Malibu!
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
waterbaby: When I went to Cancun I remember the waves being a bit rough too and I’m I’m also not sure if that’s because of the tequila! I do remember getting rolled in the surf and almost drowning so I would guess they are wavy enough for the OP.
What I do remember is how beautiful the sand was. It was sugar white and so soft it stuck to everything. I was still washing it out of my hair for a week after the vacation.
Post # 12
beeconomist: I love waves, too! However, if the water is calmer, you can more easily snorkel and dive – when I visited Puerto Rico, it was great because you could snorkel right off the beach.
Post # 13
Orient Beach in St. Martin has great waves. (Many other beaches there do not, however.) Elbow beach in Bermuda has waves. Pretty much everywhere else I’ve been has been calm.
I agree that there is a huge difference in terms of experience. I happen to like both types of beaches for different reasons, but one definitely doesn’t substitute well for the other.
If you check a travel resource such as Fodors or Frommers, you likely will be able to find details about the type of waters to expect on various sides (and at various resorts) on any island that you’re considering.
Post # 14
I havent been but we are looking to go the the Exumas for our honeymoon which is in the Bahamas. Ive heard nothing but great reviews. It has what you are looking for but im not sure about how wavy it can get. But they do have swimming pigs:)
Post # 15
beeconomist: Yes! Definitely still fun, we used a clear bottom kayak and saw turtles and fish…my husband paddle boarded. There’s a bunch of things you can do…snorkeling too! We snorkeled right off shore from where our resort was since there was a coral reef right there!
I definitely think you should pick clear water! You can go to almost ANY normal beach and get waves!