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north or south beaches?

I read somewhere that the beaches on the north side of the island are calmer and clearer in the summer months and rougher in the winter. The article said the opposite is true of the beaches on the south side. Any truth to this? Going in February and was just wondering where to find the best beaches. Thanks!!

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1. Re: north or south beaches?

Best beaches are on the south side. Our favorites are in the refuge area; Caracas, Garcia, la Chiva, playa plata, pata prieta, Escondita. Sun Bay, Media Luna, and Navio are also on the south side and are located in the state park. Really, you can't go wrong which ever beaches you go to. Enjoy your trip.

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The best beaches are on the southside in the nature preserve administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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You didn't define what "best" is. If best is combing the beach for sea glass then your best bet is the northern beaches. Decent snorkeling can be found in areas on the north side but entry can be tough, due to the rocks and reef. Typically the north side is not known for swimmable beach. If your talking about swimmable beaches then the southern beaches are best. At the refuge you'll find the quintessential Caribbean beaches with powder white sands and beautiful clear waters. As meantioned above these refuge beaches include, Caracas, Garcia, Pata Prieta, La Chiva, Econdida, Playa Plata. Closer to Esperanza and not part of the refuge, is Sun bay, Media Luna and Navio . Sun bay is a huge crescent shaped beach frequented by locals. Media Luna is a calm beach protected from the waves. You can walk way out and the water doesn't get real deep, great for kids. Navio, known for rougher surf is frequented by body surfers and those wanting more wave action. West of Esperanza, still on the south side you'll find Playa Grande. A long stretch of beach that's great for walking. All the way to the western tip of the island you find Punta Arenas. This is consider by some to be the best snorkeling on the island. The sand here is more of a golden color and is coarser than the refuge beaches.

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Not sure if what you're really wondering is where on the island should you stay. My advice is you should choose a place independent of where the best beaches are and rent a jeep because no matter where you decide to stay you'll need a vehicle to get to the best beaches on the island.

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It is true that the beaches on the northside are more often calm during the summer months and rougher in the winter. When it's calm I swim and snorkel there, when it's rough, the surfers arrive and we find sea glass. It's amazing how changeable it can be, one morning its lake Atlantic, the next there are 10 foot swells.

It is also true that on the Southside, conditions are good for swimming and snorkeling on a more consistent basis, and that the beaches are beautiful. Note that there are no oceanfront houses along them as they're part of the refuge so it does require transportation.

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6. Re: north or south beaches?

You can have fun answering your own question. The island is oly four miles wide and a short drive from north to south. Wherever you try first it not an all commitment it is pretty easy to visit more than one beach in a day.

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