51 of The World’s Best Beaches
Introduction: The world is full of great beaches, but some of them stand out and make you wish you never had to leave. From pristine white sand beaches to black beaches and even pink beaches, there is no shortage of beaches that will leave you in awe. Copiled below is a list of fifty of the best beaches found throughout the world as told by travel bloggers from around the world.
Highlights: Explore the mostly empty Luskentyre Beach in Scotland, visit Iceland’s black sand beach, visit with some mountain goats at Seitan Limania in Greece, view the ancient Venetian Castle from Balos Beach in Crete, dig your toes into the white silica sands of Whitehaven beach in Australia, view the Arabian sea along the Gokarna beach trail, hike to the observation deck near Jungle Beach in Sri Lanka, walk the pink colored sand of Pink Beach, Indonesia, dive the Blue Hols in Dahab, look for shells at Cape San Blas in Florida, take in views of the shark fin rocks at Playa Maderas, enjoy the wildlife at Playa Guiones, and view the torch lighting at Black Rock in Maui.
The Best Beaches in Europe
Written by Elisa from France Bucket List
The beach of Etretat is one of the most beautiful beaches in France. This beach is located on the French Atlantic coast, and more precisely in the region of Normandy, Northern France. Etretat is well known for its beautiful cliffs and rock formations in the sea that became famous thanks to Monet’s paintings. Monet spent some time in Etretat trying to capture the beauty of these beach landscapes with different lights and from different points of view. Thanks to these paintings Etretat is one of the most visited places in Normandy, together with Mont Saint-Michel or the D-Day Landing beaches.
Etretat is a great place for a day trip from Paris or Rouen. Apart from the beach, the town has a beautiful Norman architecture and it is a nice area for a stroll. It is also nice to climb up to the Chapel Notre-Dame-de-la-Garden for some pictures and more amazing views. End your day in one of the restaurants close to the beach for a more than deserved fish or seafood dish with a view.
Punta Rata Beach, Croatia
Written By Places of Juma
Punta Rata Beach, also known as Dugi Rat, is a real beach highlight and known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. International travel magazines e.g. Forbes Magazine and various travel blogs have already voted this place to be one of the best beaches in the world! And truly, this bright pebble beach with the turquoise blue sea colors is simply breathtaking and shouldn`t be missed on any trip to Croatia.
This dream beach is located on the picturesque Makarska Riviera, in the popular holiday resort of Brela. At the western end of the beach is the spectacular Brela Rock, a huge stone in the sea covered with green pine trees. Surrounded by the crystal clear turquoise blue sea, this rock formation is a real eye-catcher. Around this rock you will find plenty of fantastic spots for snorkeling!
Just behind the beach is a beautiful waterfront promenade, which leads past many beautiful other bays and towards Brela town. This path is ideal for long walks, for jogging, but also for cycling. There are also many small beach bars along the promenade, which provide cool drinks and small snacks.
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Luskentyre Beach, Scotland
Written By My Voyage Scotland
When you think beaches, people always think the Mediterranean, Australian, etc. However, one of the best beaches in the world is in actual fact in Scotland.
Most of the world’s beautiful beaches are typically overcrowded and often filled with litter, loud noises and screaming children. Luskentyre is different. To get here from Edinburgh or Glasgow, you have an 8 hour journey including a ferry. Due to the apparent unaccesability, Luskentyre beach is famously empty. The perfect place to hit the reset button and clear your head.
Now, it would not make sense to make the day long trip to Luskentyre simply to head straight back. Visiting Harris and Scotland’s Outer Hebrides is a magical experience itself. Luskentyre Beach will always feature on lists of top things to do in Harris and the Outer Hebrides but the Island of Harris also features tons of other cool things to do.
The whole archipelago of the Outer Hebrides is littered with enough small coves and empty, ‘Carrideanesque’ beaches to spend a lifetime exploring. Not to mention rich Norse, Scots and Celtic culture and history.
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Written By Navigate Content
One of the hidden gems along the English Channel on the northern French Coastline is the quaint village Saint-Valèry-en-Caux, embedded between the impressive white cliffs on the channel’s Southeastern coast.
Situated in Northern France, 32 km from Dieppe, St.-Valèry-en-Caux is a highlight on the Normandy Alabaster Coast. Charming alleys, traditional seafood restaurants, and historic buildings provide a picturesque snapshot of small-town Normandy.
Memorials show the history of when this part of the world was less peaceful, but they also demonstrate the achievements of the great French pilot pioneer Dieudonné Costes flying nonstop from Paris to New York in 1930.
If you travel with dogs, the gorgeous beach is heaven for canines with hardly any sand. The beach is mostly rock formations and at low tide you can actually explore the bottom of the sea. Where the gorgeous hard-to-identify green-colored water once filled the channel, at low tide the dirt and rocks reveal seaweed and colorful coral, while crabs and other crustaceans scamper about.
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Great Bay, Isles of Scilly
Written by Smudged Postcard
Hidden away on the Isles of Scilly in south west England is Great Bay. This wide arc of sand is backed by heathland and sandwiched at either end by rocks. There are no buildings or roads nearby. The water is crystal clear and perfect for swimming (it’s also rather cold).
To reach Great Bay, visitors must first find their way to the Isles of Scilly, a group of islands off the coast of Cornwall. There are regional flights from a handful of airports or you can take a ferry from the port at Penzance. Great Bay is located on the island of St Martin where there are no roads, just a network of footpaths and a few farm tracks. Boats make the 20 minute crossing to St Martin from the main island of St Mary several times a day. Just make sure you don’t miss the last boat back, there aren’t many places to stay on St Martin.
The beach is a 30 minute walk from the dock but it’s worth the trek. Even in the height of summer, there will only ever be a handful of visitors on the beach, frequently you’ll have the place to yourself. Ensure you stock up at the island bakery or book a table at the pub near the dock for lunch. There are no facilities near the beach.
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Porth Joke Cove, Cornwall, UK
Written By Wandering Bird
One of the best beaches in the world is Porth Joke Cove, near Perranporth in Cornwall, UK. This small, hidden beach has soft sand and, most importantly, is relatively quiet throughout the year- despite the bustle of nearby Newquay. The entire north coast of Cornwall has wonderful beaches, full of caves and great surfing waves, but that does attract the crowds to match!
We were told Porth Joke was an unmissable place to visit in Cornwall and a great location to get away from the people- even in high summer. The beach is a short walk from the car park, which is one of the reasons it remains quiet, even in the middle of summer. It has cliffs on 3 sides, so you’re fairly well protected from the wind, It’s quite shallow, so safe for swimming or snorkelling but please be aware of the dangerous currents around these waters.
There are no toilets or cafe so most families choose to go elsewhere with more facilities- making it a perfect retreat for couples or those with older kids. There is also no shade- I highly recommend bringing a parasol if you’re going to spend the day (and you are definitely going to want to spend the day!)
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Costa Rei, Sardinia
Written By Strictly Sardinia
Costa Rei is one of the best beaches in Sardinia. This long stretch of fine, golden sand and incredibly clear waters occasionally dotted by scenic rock formations is found at about one hour drive from Cagliari, the main city of the island.
The beach can be access from several points along the coast, making it ideal for families with children and even people with disabilities. Along the beach you will find a few kiosks where to get a drink, gelato or a light meal. From the same places you will be able to rent any equipment needed for your day at the beach, such as umbrella loungers. In some bigger kiosks you will also be able to rent pedal boats, kayaks and to sign up for activities such as wind surfing, fun tubing, or boat trips along the coast.
When the mistral wind blows Costa Rei is the perfect place for wind and kite surfing, though hardly ideal to stay at the beach as sand flies everywhere. The beach can get quite crowded in the peak summer months, but never overwhelming. If you want to enjoy it without the crowds, make sure to visit towards the end of September.
The best restaurant close to the beach is Chaplin – it’s a trattoria style place where you can eat fish and seafood specialties. The best dish is by far the “carbonara di mare” – carbonara style fresh pasta made with smoked swordfish.
You can reach Costa Rei by car from Cagliari driving along SS125. Alternatively, get there on a very scenic bus ride which takes about 2 hours.
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Achmelvich Bay, Scotland
Written By Two Scots Abroad
The Maldives? The Bahamas? The Caribbean?
You won’t believe it but this turquoise sea and white sand beach is actually in… Scotland. Granted, you won’t get the temperatures enjoyed at the exotic beach destinations but you can feel the white sand between your manicured toes or paddle in the clear blue waters.
So where is Achmelvich Bay?
Sometimes referred to as Achmelvich Beach, this bay is located in the west coast of Scottish Highlands on the super popular camper van route, the North Coast 500. The name comes from the Scottish Gaelic words, Achadh which is a plain or a meadow and mealvaich, sandy dunes.
There isn’t much to do at the beach itself so bring your own picnic, water sports gear such as a kayak and relax in the beach alcove. A great photo spot can be found when you climb the rocky embankment to the right of the sea. There is a friendly campsite nearby if you plan to stay longer than a couple of hours.
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Written By Moyer Memoirs
Reynisfjara is the most famous black beach in Iceland. It is located near the town of Vik on Iceland’s south coast. What makes it special is not the ability to bask in the golden sunrays like most other beaches, but rather a wide variety of Mother Nature’s unique creations found among the ground up volcanic rocks that provide the dark black sandy shore.
The rough ocean waves constantly crash onto the black shoreline, dangerously approaching unsuspecting onlookers and causing the construction of multiple signage warning of powerful ‘sneaker waves.’ The waves batter the landscape and form new natural wonders and rock formations. Iceland folklore tells of trolls that snuck ashore, did not make it back by sunrise, and have turned into the stone formations called Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks, becoming a permanent picturesque backdrop in the water.
Eons ago, volcanoes provided lava that has now formed into giant hexagonal basalt columns that line the shore. The columns loom high above and resemble a giant array of silent organ pipes. Here and there, the powerful sea has gorged an eerie cave into the towering cliffs. The cliffs are the remnants of the volcanos and rise above the beach, providing a home to many seabirds. The cutest of them all are the puffins, which make their nests on the sides of the cliffs to the delight of bird-watchers.
For more descriptions and information about Reynisfjara, as well as Diamond Beach, the black sand beach covered in pieces of glacier, and other popular sites along Iceland’s south coast, visit this REVIEW OF ICELAND’S RING ROAD ATTRACTIONS.
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Playa de los Lances, Spain
Written By Andalucia in My Pocket
Playa de los Lances is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in the South of Spain. Located in Tarifa, Playa de Los Lances is a golden sandy beach that stretches over 10 kilometres, from the town to the pine forests of Alcornocales National Park.
Playa de Los Lances is famous for the water sports practiced here. Tarifa is known as a very windy town year round, which makes this beach perfect for kite surfers. At any time of the day you can see the kite surfers taming the waves and doing tricks in the air on their boards. Beach lovers don’t have to worry for not being able to swim in the water, as the beach is split into the sunbathing area and the water sports area. The sunbathing area is closest to the town, and it is sheltered by the wind by the pier that splits the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean.
Along the Playa de Los Lances promenade you will find plenty of traditional chiringuitos where you can enjoy freshly grilled fish for lunch.
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Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Written By Nomadicmun
Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas, Gran canaria is considered one of the most popular urban beaches in Spain. But what makes it one of the best beaches in the world is its crystal-clear water and golden sand beach. The 3 km long beach is divided in several areas. You may find even different color of sands in different parts. Playa Grande is the widest area of Las Canteras beach. There are facilities of public toilets, showers, lockers and parks for kids. You can rent sun beds and umbrellas and even the possibility of placing nets to play beach tennis or volleyball. Remember smoking is prohibited in the whole area.
One of the highlights of Las Canteras is La Barra reef which goes through most of Las Canteras. The Reef works like a seawall and makes it ideal for swimming, diving and snorkelling. On the other hand, La Cícer area of this beach has rough sea, which makes it a paradise for Surfboard and body board lovers.
The beautiful wide sea promenade offers several restaurants, hotels and apartments.
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Seitan Limania, Crete, Greece
Written By Sofia Adventures
Seitan Limania is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the most stunning of Crete’s beaches. Located outside of Chania, it’s most easily reached by car. But beware, the drive here is winding and not for the faint of heart (or anyone who gets easily carsick).
Once you are here, you’ll need to make your way down the side of the cliffs to get to the beach at the bottom. The sides are quite steep, so wear shoes with a good grip and change into your flip-flops when you’re in the sand.
There aren’t any businesses or stores here, so bring everything you need for the day with you, from drinks to beach snacks to gear and toys. Bring extra snacks, because the nosy mountain goats may steal some of your food (or pee on your stuff). Be prepared to bring all of your trash back with you.
While here, enjoy a swim, jump off the cliffs into the water, marvel at the goats, and enjoy Greece’s wonderful Mediterranean sun.
Navagio Beach, Zakyntho, Greece
Written By Darek and Gosia
Across the world, on every continent we can find amazing beaches. But which one is the most beautiful, or at least should be in the top on the list? If you are in Europe, you have to visit Navagio Beach in Zakynthos – it really is one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
Navigo Beach, also known as the shipwreck beach, is an extremely popular tourist destination on this Greek island. In addition to the fabulous, extremely beautiful view with azure blue and light sand, there is a shipwreck on the beach. The beach is only accessible from the water – so you will have to go on an organized boat trip.
The large sand and pebble beach is surrounded by about 300 meters high limestone cliffs, from which you have a breath-taking view on the whole area. For tourists staying in Zakynthos this is the number 1 spot – a must see & one of the most amazing beaches in the world!
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Balnahard Bay, Scotland
Written By Watch Me See
Balnahard Bay is a beach on the remote Isle of Colonsay in Scotland. As if a 2-hour ferry ride from Oban is not hard enough, Balnahard Bay can only be reached on foot via a farm trek from nearby Kiloran Bay. Its remoteness is what makes Balnahard so special. Once you lay eyes on the mesmerising, white sands, you might never want to leave.
The dunes of the beach provide shelter from the typical wind of the Scottish west coast and low tide reveals shallow rock pools with plenty of wildlife. Balnahard’s location on the east side of the island makes it a great beach for families and beach novices, as the waters are significantly calmer than on the exposed west side.
The rocky outcrops in the shallow water split the beach into sections, which makes it easy to get away from other sunbathers and enjoy some privacy. Since it takes around 1.5 hours to walk to Balnahard though, the crowds (if you can call them that) usually stick to the more famous Kiloran Bay.
You will most likely have Balnahard Bay all to yourself – the best experiences in life usually require a little bit of effort!
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Isola Bella, Taorima, Sicily
Written By Nicole from Nicole LaBarge Travel Blog
One of the best beaches in Sicily is Isola Bella in Taormina. It is often called the most beautiful beach in all of Europe and Isola Bella is known as the Pearl of the Ionian Sea.
Isola Bella is a small pebble beach on the east coast of Sicily. The beach has a small, thin sandbar that connects the island of Isola Bella. You can walk to the island on the sand bar during low tide.
The island has a small and rather rocky beach which is a popular destination for sunbathers. The clear, turquoise waters here make it the perfect place to cool off and go for a swim.
Balos Beach, Crete, Greece
Written by Gabi from The Tiny Book Crete Travel Blog
Usually listed among the top 10 beaches in the Mediterranean, and certainly one of the best beaches in Crete, Balos Beach and Lagoon can easily be described as one of the most exotic beaches in Europe.
The beach is located in west Crete, on the northern coast of the island, at the end of the beautiful Gramvousa peninsula.
To get there from the closest city, Chania, it’s necessary to drive for about 50 minutes on the National Highway, then get on a dirt-track and drive off-road for about 20 minutes more. Finally, once you’ve reached the end of the road and parking spot, it’s necessary to hike for about 20 more minutes down a mountain path populated by fragrant thyme bushes and local goats. The way to reach Balos Beas is almost as fun as spending your day there.
Once you approach the end of the peninsula, you will be amazed at the spectacular white sand with pinkish tones, and the pristine turquoise waters, shallow enough to form a beautiful lagoon enclosed by the massive Cape Tigani, opposite the beach. In the distance, the breathtaking view of Imeri Gramvousa island, home to an ancient Venetian castle overlooking the deep blue sea.
If you’re not sure about driving and hiking, it’s also possible to visit the island if you board a boat from the nearby port of Kissamos. These daily cruises will also allow you to visit Imeri Gramvousa island and swim near an old shipwreck off the coast.
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The Best Beaches in Australia
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
Written By Amanda from My Backpacker Life
When someone asks me about my favourite beach in the world that they just have to put on their bucket list, one always comes directly to my mind – Whitehaven Beach in Australia.
Whitehaven Beach is located on Whitsunday Island in Queensland. Most people visit this incredible place by taking a day cruise or an overnight sailing trip departing from Airlie Beach.
This beach has won several awards and often appears on lists over beautiful beaches in the world – which makes total sense to anyone who’s ever set foot on this magical paradise!
So, what is it that makes this beach special? The answer is quite simple: the sand. Whitehaven Beach has beautiful white silica sand, which is among the purest in the world! Once you’ve been to this incredible place, visiting a beach will never be the same again.
Find another great beach recmmendation: Oahu, Hawaii
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Second Valley, South Australia
Written By Curious Campers
Tucked away behind rolling green hills in the countryside is Second Valley. Around an hour and a half from Adelaide in South Australia it’s the perfect place for a day trip or to relax for a few days.
The sheltered waters of Second Valley are great for families with a lovely little beach, perfect for swimming, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. The jetty is ideal for a spot of fishing, so pack the fishing gear.
For the more adventurous Second Valley is a great spot for snorkeling and scuba diving with a jetty, reef and caves to explore. Second Valley is the home to the rare leafy sea dragon, so keep an eye out when you are snorkeling.
The tiny village is supported by a general store that manages the local campround, supplies take away meals, snacks and fishing supplies.
After a day of soaking up the sun and paddling in the refreshing waters stay around for what is likely to be a spectacular sunset.
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Port Stephens, Australia
Written By Cassie the Hag
I believe Port Stephens in Australia is home to one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. First of all due to the famous Stockton Sand dunes. This striking 32km stretch of sand is the longest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere with dunes reaching up to 30m high at an angle of 60m, making it one of the most photogenic places in New South Wales. This desert-like landscape is perfect for sandboarding, quad biking or 4×4 drives.
If you prefer a more classic beach, just a 20-minute drive along the coastline and you’ll arrive at Zenith Beach. This sunrise spot is great for coastal walks (such as the Mt Tomaree Summit Walk for a panoramic view of the many gorgeous bays in this area) or just relaxing on the paradise quality white sand. You also can surf, swim or go whale watching. The best time to view whales in this area is between September and November.
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Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia
Written By Love to Travel, Stay-Eat-Do
The Port Fairy township is one of the most gorgeous on the south west Victoria coastline, in Australia. It is at the end of the Great Ocean Road and oozes history, country charm and elegance. Although the water can be cold, the beaches are simply remarkable. East Beach is a popular spot for swimming, paddling and learning to surf. South Beach, more commonly known as ‘Pea Soup’ is a protected beach which is fabulous for families and snorkeling. Surfers love to head out past the lighthouse on Griffiths Island.
There is no shortage of holiday accommodation in this seaside town as it is a popular getaway location, all year round. Visitors flock to Port Fairy for the great dining, boutique shopping, art scene, nature experiences and of course the marvelous beaches. While there is plenty to do in and around Port Fairy, another popular draw card is the Grampians National Park, which is just one hour from the coastal town.
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Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Written By Many More Maps
Recognised the world over, Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia has everything a beach-goer could possibly need! Expect epic surf, a long, golden sandy beach, and more bars, cafes and hip surf shops than you could ever visit in a lifetime.
Of course, even if you don’t want to try your hand at surfing, there’s loads to do at Bondi. A great unique experience to try out at the beach is taking a swim at the famous Bondi Icebergs swimming pool. It’s the most photographed pool in the world, for obvious reasons! The pool is
situated at the end of Bondi beach, right on the ocean, and is filled with sea water. In fact, if the waves are particularly large, they often flow over into the pool!
Bondi beach is also the starting point for the beautiful Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, an easy 3km walk past a number of great Australian beaches and stunning scenery. Walk there and back, snapping some great photos, before laying your towel out on Bondi to catch some rays.
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Lorne, Victoria, Australia
Written By Love to Travel, Stay-Eat-Do
Lorne is located on the Great Ocean Road, in south west Victoria, Australia. The Great Ocean Road is full of remarkable beaches, viewing points and known for its great surf locations. Lorne is a picturesque beachside town of Louttit Bay and on the Erskine River. With the Great Otway National Park nearby, it is a popular spot for holiday makers.
Lorne is known for its family friendly beaches, being a great spot to learn to surf, kayak and ride a stand up paddle board. The grassed area on the foreshore is a great place to kick a football or throw a frisbee and the giant playground is a favourite for families with young children.
The main street in Lorne is full of great eateries, bars and boutique stores. Lorne has a supermarket, petrol station, cinema and lots of accommodation choices for all budgets. Lorne is also popular for it’s great walks and waterfall hikes.
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Chinaman Beach, Australia
Written By Lee from The Travel Scribes
When you think of Australian beaches it’s probably the bustling shores of Bondi or even the azure-tinted waters and pristine white sands of the Whitsunday Islands that come to mind. But we’d toss a little-known beach into the best beach pot: Chinaman Beach, a stone’s throw from sleepy seaside town, Agnes Water.
Not to be confused with a beach of the same name near Sydney, Chinaman Beach is a little-known, off the beaten track beach on the stretch between Cairns and Brisbane. With secluded beaches dotted along the entire Queensland coastline, most of them offering an almost utopian experience without another soul in sight, Chinaman is the best of a beautiful bunch. With golden, almost red-tinted sands, some pretty solid surf conditions and a horizon stretching for days, it’s the kind of beach you can spend an entire day visiting, especially as a tonic to the more crowded main beach of Agnes Water next door.
Since Chinaman is an unpatrolled beach you’ll need to be a little careful when venturing into the sea but this is part of it’s charm: the breakers can be a little rough, the wind might whip up your hair but this beach feels a bit wild, slightly deserted but oh so idyllic. Avid walkers will also delight – Chinaman is as good for an uninterrupted romantic stroll as it is for trekkers, with a number of walking tracks winding all the way to the next bay. You can also skip over to the Paperbark Forest Trail a few miles away, a 400m stretch of wooden walkways in the paperbark trees which will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of a modern-day fairy-tale.
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The Best Beaches in Asia
Written By Adriana from Czech the World
Ngapali Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Myanmar. It is a wonderful area with white sand beaches, coconut palms, and amazing turquoise water! Like a paradise. You will find luxurious hotels and resorts, as well as a few backpackers hostels. There are also many restaurants with delicious seafood. You can take a boat tour and explore the coast, go snorkeling, rent a bike, explore nearby pagodas of Nandaw and Sandaw, climb Amata Mountain, shop at Thandwe market, or try other holiday activities.
Ngapali Beach is much less crowded than more popular destinations like Thailand, Philippines, or Indonesia, therefore, if you want to enjoy a beach vacation and are tired of tourist crowds, Ngapali could be a great option!
You can get there by direct flight from Yangon. If you are more adventurous, you can go by bus, however, that ride takes 16 hours and is very tiring.
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Gokarna Beach, India
Written By Backpack Adventures
Gokarna beach is one of the best beach destinations in India, especially if you are looking for a more quiet place away from the crowds. Gokarna is still a bit off the beaten path, but is getting more popular, especially among Indians themselves. And for good reasons, because Gokarna has lots to offer.
Gokarna is a little temple town in Karnataka on the coast of the Indian Ocean. It is actually not just one beach, but 5 coastal inlets close together. Some of them are so remote that you can only get there by boat or on foot. On paradise beach it is just you, palm trees, the sand and the sea. While on on beach you can treat yourself to a nice dinner in one of the sea view restaurants.
All of the beaches are connected with each other through the Gokarna beach trail. This trek is around 8 kilometers with spectacular views over the Arabian sea. Therefore Gokarna is also perfect for a more active beach vacation
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Nacpan Beach, Philippines
Written By The Travel Quandary
It’s not difficult to argue that the Philippines perfectly encapsulates the definition of “idyllic paradise”. But of all the stretches of silken sands, the best spot is El Nido’s Nacpan Beach.
A 45 minute drive from El Nido ferry terminal (either by minivan or tricycle), the soft crescent shaped cove is a blissful spot where many tourists come to chill, away from the hustle and bustle of the main town. If sunbathing, snoozing and all-round relaxing is what you’re looking for, Nacpan Beach is where you need to go. Those looking to stay off-grid also have a few hostel and homestay options in the area.
Nacpan Beach doesn’t offer much in terms of shopping or water sports activities. The vibe here is ultimate chill where all you’ll do is swim in the shallow waters, walk the entire length of the beach, practice yoga, read a few pages of your book and indulge in a siesta. A few cafes and bars are pitched at the water’s edge where you can lounge on low cushions and sip cool refreshments under the heat of the spicy Filipino sun. We recommend sticking around for sunset when the sky lights up in a blaze of tangerine orange and starburst pink.
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Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Written By Travel Geekery
Bottle Beach belongs to one of the most beautiful beaches in Koh Phangan, an island in the South of Thailand. The secluded beach is quite off the beaten path, in the very North of Koh Phangan, and it’s not easy to get there, which makes it even more appealing.
There’s no road coming in from the developed West of the island, only a dirt road from the East, which in itself is largely undeveloped and with way less tourists.
To get to the beach, you need to take a boat from the fishing village of Chaloklum, which takes 15 minutes. The only other option is to hike!
The hike to Bottle Beach is the most popular hike on the island, but you’re not likely to meet more than a handful of people. I hiked it twice in the high season and met only 5 people in total. There are two routes leading to Bottle Beach – a shorter one, which leads through the jungle, and a longer one that follows the coast. Both of them are absolutely beautiful with stunning views.
The Bottle Beach is usually quite empty. There are only 4 small resorts, each with a beachfront restaurant. Other than that, it’s just about lazing on the beach and swimming in the refreshing water.
For the way back, you can choose between hiking and taking the boat.
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Jungle Beach, Sri Lanka
Written By Live Your Dream Today
Perfect shades of clearest blue water, light soothing waves of the calm Indian ocean, rich marine wildlife in a small secluded bay – welcome to Jungle Beach! Located on the south coast of Sri Lanka, it’s mainly known between locals so you won’t meet hundreds of tourists as in more popular places.
Being surrounded by jungle wild enough to influence the name, Jungle Beach provides a marvelous tropical experience. You see monkeys on the trees on your way to the beach and then watch various colorful fish while snorkeling near the shore. You can rent the necessary equipment if you come to see the coral reef or have a cocktail in a small restaurant if you just come to swim and unwind.
Peaceful and quiet Jungle Beach is especially great for families with children. The bay hides it from the strong currents so it’s much safer than most of Sri Lankan beaches. If you are looking for adventures, a short hike through the jungle brings you to a beautiful observation deck with no one around. Great place to see a sunset or meditate in natural solitude!
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Pink Beach, Indonesia
Written By A Life Wihout Borders
Only a handful of pink sand beaches exist around the world, their rarity simply adding to their beauty and allure. Even if you’re not a beach lover, you’ll be drawn to the Pink Beach Komodo Island in the remote Nusa Tenggara region of Indonesia. With its blush pink sand and turquoise water, the beach is perfect for photographers, nature-lovers, and beach-goers alike.
Located around 90 minutes by boat from the nearest town of Labuan Bajo, the Pink Beach is set deep within the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Komodo National Park. You’ll probably head over for a day as part of an island-hopping tour, as access can only be gained by boat.
Uninhabited and with no infrastructure, the Pink Beach is a world away from the hectic pace of Bali. A small, quiet cove that is perfect for a lazy day of swimming and snorkeling. Simply stop and unwind on the pink-hued sands, or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters to discover a diverse array of fish and coral just 100 metres from shore. With small hills flanking the cove, enjoy an easy hike for a dramatic view over the bay. Plus, the cotton-candy coloured sand and turquoise waters make for the perfect dreamy selfies!
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White Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines
Written By James from Team AJ Travels
White Beach gets a bad wrap for being overly commercial and only having a shadow of the natural beauty the beach once held. Yes it is a very touristy place, but this means infrastructure, accessibility, and convenience. Qualities that are rare for most of the best destination in the Philippines. You will find bars, restaurants, clubs and shops all the way along the waterfront. So if you are after a secluded island getaway this is not it.
But, there are two things that the commercial invasion cannot touch.
1. The stunning turquoise water that glows under the sun, and white sand that stretches the full 4km beach strip. The beach almost stretches the entire western side of the island.
2. Being on the western side you are treated to a magnificent sunset every afternoon. The only symptom of the tourists around you being the sailing boats that sit on the horizon – but this only adds to the spectacle.
White Beach also hosts some of the most popular activities in Boracay. Paragliding, riding the fly-fish, sailing, paddle boarding and jet skiing all keep the beach front buzzing through the day. But the beach is long enough for this not to be a nuisance leaving plenty of peaceful spots to swim or bask in the sun.
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The Best Beaches in Africa
Matemo Island, Mozambique
Written By Kesi To and Fro
Matemo island is the best beach in the world because it is far off the beaten path, making it like your own private paradise. Matemo island is a part of the Quirimbas archipelago in Mozambique, which has many gorgeous beaches. To get there, you have to take a dhow trip from Ibo island, and then there are camping options to stay on the beach overnight. It is the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen, with pure white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters, similar to the Maldives. Matemo is a perfect honeymoon destination since it provides tranquility, privacy, and beauty.
One of the best things about camping on this beach is the fresh seafood that surrounds you. Find a local fisherman to catch an octopus and cook it for you over a fire. This remote beach provides a chance to be disconnected and be one with nature. Wake up with the sunrise and fall asleep under bright stars. What more would you want?
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Written By The Wanderer Pharaoh
Dahab is a coastal town located on the southeast coast of Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is very famous for its underwater marine life and some of the best diving sites in the region. Over the last couple of decades, Dahab has changed from a small Bedouin town to Divers, Backpackers and hippies’ paradise, because of its golden sand beaches and laid-back vibes. Dahab came on the top of National Geographic’s list of “Best Beaches in the Middle East” in 2019.
The main activities in Dahab are Scuba diving, free diving, snorkeling and windsurfing. The Blue Hole is the most famous diving spot in Dahab and Egypt. It is a submarine sinkhole. Diving at the Blue Hole is an experience of a lifetime because of the breath-taking view of the healthy coral reefs. But it can be dangerous. So, only advanced divers are allowed to dive at the Blue Hole.
The Laguna is another amazing spot on the Dahab beach. It is the main hub for wind-surfers. It is also an amazing place to relax, meditate or watch sunrise/sunset. The Laguna Beach is just 15 minutes walking from Dahab’s center. So, a lot of the Dahabians – Bedouins, local Egyptians, expats and travelers – walk to the Laguna beach to watch the sunrise/sunset. It is like a social event especially during the low touristic seasons.
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Flic En Flac (Sugar beach), Mauritius
Written By Orange Wayfarer
Derived from the old Dutch idiom free and flat, Flic En Flac is one the quintessential postcard-perfect beaches of Mauritius. the beach is 13 km long. It has a vibrant nightlife with locals as well as tourists from private resorts participating in beach-side activities.
Mauritius was a volcanic island during ancient time. If you can have a bird’s eye view over the island, you will see a distinct rim bordering the island from the deep azure blue of the Indian ocean. Within the rim, limpid turquoise water, apt for snorkeling and diving stands still.
Water at Flic En Flac is warm and perfect for swimming. Sunset is iconic at this place, like all west coast beaches of Mauritius are. In the evening, locals perform the vibrant Sega dance. their floral skirts twirl. Florid sunset takes place at the background! Flic En Flac is a rather posh beachfront area of Mauritius. The road leading to the beach has several local vendors selling Dhal puri and meat ball in noodle bowl. In case you are seeking a more romantic bespoke experience, I suggest visiting the Japanese restaurant at Sugar beach Mauritius and try sushi.
Close to Flic En Flac, there lies a sprawling sugar plantation. a visit to this is an integral part of Mauritius travel!
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The Best Beaches in North America
Cape San Blas, Florida
Written By Red Around the World
When most people think of Florida beaches, they think of Miami or Cocoa Beach, but tucked away up in the panhandle, about an hour from Destin, is Cape San Blas. While it isn’t an island, the peninsula certainly feels like one. It’s a sleepy little area still recovering from damage from Hurricane Michael in 2018.
It has an almost perfectly white beach full of beautiful shells. There isn’t much of anything on the cape aside from houses and rental home, but there are a couple of restaurants, a little corner store, and a gas station. There is also a beach gear rental shop. Make sure you try the key lime pie at The Sand Bucket Smoke. There are more restaurant and store options in Port St. Joe on the mainland. The biggest things to do on the island are shelling and visiting St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, where you can relax on the beach or look for shells. There are also a couple of boardwalks that are really nice at Salinas Park Gulfside.
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Rialto Beach, Washington State
Written By The Mandagies
Rialto Beach in Washington State is not the typical beach when you think of “best beaches in the world”. Most of the time is shrouded in clouds, rough waves crash on the shore, and the beach is littered with sun-bleached driftwood!
However, if adventure is what you seek, this is the perfect spot for you. Rialto Beach is one of the best beaches in Washington for its endless opportunities for exploring. One notable trip is a 1.5-mile trek up the beach to a place called The Hole-In-The-Wall trail, a giant cliffside with a hole bored by hundreds of years of crashing waves. This is a perfect beach for landscape photographers, beach backpackers, and curious explorers. From tide pools to secret coves, sherbet sunsets and foggy mornings, every visit to Rialto Beach can bring a different experience.
Rialto Beach is part of the Olympic National Park, and a perfect stop if you’re looking for things to do around the area. Stay at the iconic Kalaloch Lodge nearby to round out the foggy Washington experience!
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The Lost Coast, California
Written By She Dreams of Alpine
The Lost Coast is not your typical California beach getaway. You won’t find boardwalks or sunbathers or volleyball players. You won’t find shops and restaurants and brunch spots, but instead, you will find a stunning stretch of coastline with rocky black sand beaches that will take your breath away.
Most of the Lost Coast cannot be accessed by car, so you’ll need to be prepared to hike, but the views of mountains in the King Range and the wildlife along the ocean are absolutely worth it. If you just want a taste of the Lost Coast, you can hike in from the north to visit Mattole River Beach and see the photo-worthy abandoned lighthouse in Punta Gorda.
But for the true Lost Coast beach experience, you can backpack the Lost Coast trail over the course of a few days. As you make your way along the 25-mile trail, you’ll camp in solitude along the beach and will see some of the most epic sunsets of your life. This is what makes Lost Coast beach truly special.
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South Beach, Florida
Written By Buddy The Traveling Monkey
South Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. The beach itself is just over two miles and it’s the southernmost neighborhood of the city of Miami Beach. It’s one of the best beaches in the world because of its clear blue water and nearby activities. You can lounge all day on the sand under an umbrella, go rollerblading in popular Lummus Park, take an Art Deco walking tour on Ocean Drive, or go shopping on trendy Lincoln Road.
There are also many bars, clubs, and restaurants in South Beach. Many highlight the Latin culture of the area and some even have shows with music and dancing. Whether you’re on a budget and looking for free things to do in Miami or want to indulge with expensive bottles of bubbly on the beach, you’ll have a great time on South Beach.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
Written By Meals and Miles Markers
Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the 48 contiguous states, outside of Florida. After visiting for the first time, I can see why! It’s family-friendly, affordable, and easily accessible. You can walk to most places so you don’t have to worry about driving! In
addition to the beach, there are several cute shops and restaurants to enjoy. I actually did the job of narrowing down the best restaurants to visit so you don’t have to figure it out on your own!
As you walk along the main strip, you’ll find fun attractions among the storefronts. For instance, Ripley’s has many exciting attractions the whole family will love! You’ll also find several arcades. These arcades bring out the kid in you–and may even bring out the
competition among you and your travel buddies! This is the perfect escape from the heat of the sun whenever you want to have fun and stay cool. Myrtle Beach has something to offer for everyone: families, couples of all ages, or even friends who just want to leave town for
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Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Written By Travels in Poland
Palm Beach has some of the sandiest and best beaches in all of Florida. With many miles of coastline, Palm Beaches stretch along the Atlantic and provide so many wonderful opportunities to try a variety of watersports.
Boynton Beach has amazing boardwalks with chairs and umbrellas for rent along the shore as well as a playground for children. Delray Beach is another wonderful Palm Beach that has calm waves and natural sand dunes to create a barrier to the beach and provide an aura of seclusion to families visiting. There are dozens of restaurants around Delray that are family friendly and inviting.
Water activities along Palm Beaches are in abundance. Snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, jet skiing and boating are just some of the dozens of activities that are available on this stretch of Atlantic coastline. Besides watersports, hiking, and walking along the boardwalks as well as taking in the splendid Atlantic views from diverse restaurants are some of the top ways to experience the beauty of Palm Beach.
Long Point Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Long Point Beach sits at tip of Cape Cod, Massacusetts. While it make not have the pristine white sands and turquoise blue waters found in mnay of the other beaches, it’s lighthoue, abandoned beaches, and stunning views of both Provincetown and the Atlantic Ocean. The area is also great for wildlife viewing, from families of seels swimming through, to birds, to a variety of sea life in the small pools found along the causeway.
Long Point can be reached either by trekking or a ferry that leaves from Provincetown. Aside from visiting Long Point, nearby Provincetown has much to offer guests, including great food, shopping, theater, sand dunes, and nature trails.
The Best Beaches in South America
Cabo San Juan, Columbia
Written By Living Out Lau
If you are looking for the best beaches in the world, you cannot skip Cabo San Juan in Colombia. Located inside the protected area of the Tayrona National Park, Cabo San Jan is one of the most natural beaches in the world. There is no trash, the noise is minimal, and wildlife is abundant in that area. Visiting Cabo San Juan is a trip to nature’s paradise.
Besides its stunning turquoise water that allows amazing snorkeling, Cabo San Juan features a watchtower that juts into the Caribbean Sea. Visitors have the option to sleep overnight in the hammocks on the watchtower. Nothing is most magical than hearing the crashing of waves when you fall asleep and the music of the birds when you wake up. If you don’t want to sleep in a hammock, visitors also have the option to rent a tent or pitch their own. Whichever option you choose, the soft sand and clean refreshing Caribbean waters beach will literally be on your doorstep!
Make sure you don’t forget Cabo San Juan on your Colombia itinerary!
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The Best Beaches in Central America
Playa Maderas, Nicaragua
Wrtten By The Wanderlust Within
Playa Maderas, is considered one of the best beaches in Nicaragua, especially for surfing. The beach is located along a bumpy dirt road twenty minutes north of the surfer town of San Juan del Sur. The landscape is uniquely characterised by shark-fin shaped rock formations in the distance that can be seen from anywhere along Playa Maderas.
The beach is known for being an all year round surf spot and caters for all levels, so newbies can enjoy the sections closer to the shore and those who are looking for a challenge can head further out to sea. Hence there are several surf schools in the area, including DreamSeaSurf who I learnt to surf with. If surfing isn’t for you, you can explore the jungles that surround the beach or wait for sunset and head out on a catamaran trip to get a closer view of the shark fin rock. There are only two restaurants on the beach so choices are limited but their selection of seafood is well worth trying.To reach Playa Maderas you must drive three hours from Managua, or catch the daily beach shuttle to the beach from Casa Oro in San Juan del Sur.
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Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica
Written By Travlinmad
Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula on the northern Pacific coast, is known for having some of the most wild and beautiful beaches in the country, and my favorite place to go is the small surf town of Nosara. The wildlife along this stretch of the coast in amazing: it’s where Olive Ridley sea turtles return each year to lay their eggs in Ostional, and seeing monkeys and other wildlife is a daily encounter on your walk to the beach.
Nosara is popular wellness and yoga and retreats, and restaurants serving fresh organic smoothies and bowls, but one of the biggest draws here is the beach — Playa Guiones is famous the world over as one of the longest surf breaks in the country.
The gorgeous, seven kilometer white sand beach is perfect for board and body surfing, and at low tide, the beach along the shallow bay offers up some of the coolest tide pools to explore and snorkel. Horseback riding along the beach is also a popular way to experience the entire stretch of beach. There are no hotels along the beach and no high rise buildings to obstruct your view. If you’re looking for deserted beaches and Costa Rica wildlife, Nosara should be on your itinerary. Getting here is easier these days as the nearby town of Liberia offers regular international flights into Costa Rica.
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Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica
Written By Drink Tea and Travel
Playa Avellanas in Costa Rica is located 30 mins south of one of the nation’s most popular destinations, Tamarindo. However, it feels like a world away.
Playa Avellanas neighborhood is known for its incredible natural setting. It is mostly just ocean, coast, and jungle where you’ll often find monkeys and other animal life hanging out in the trees. There are no shops, only a handful of restaurants, and few tourists. It’s the perfect place to unplug and fully embrace the “Pura Vida” lifestyle Costa Rica is so famous for.
You can swim, sunbathe, SUP, kayak or enjoy any other beach activities at Playa Avellanas. However, the beach is known as a surfers paradise. It has breaks for all levels of surfers, and is located just a few kilometres away from another popular surfing beach, Playa Negra. This is another stellar surfing spot known for its appearance in a popular surf film “Endless Summer II”.
Don’t miss a chance to stop by Lola’s beach side restaurant on Playa Avellanas. It has a good selection of food and drink, as well as its resident pigs!
The Best Beaches in the Carribbean
7 Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
Written By Have Clothes, WIll Travel
The 7-mile beach is a breathtaking white-sand beach in Negril, Jamaica. It’s the most beautiful stretch of beach I have ever seen. Its waters are crystal clear, shallow and relatively calm.
It gets its name because it is, literally, almost 7 miles long! The beach is near Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, which is a rather small town with a population of just over 3,000 people. It’s made up of a long 4-mile stretch and then a smaller 3 mile stretch in Bloody Bay.
There is no shortage of fun activities on the 7-mile beach! It’s a great location for snorkeling and diving. There are also numerous places to rent kayaks, jet skis, catamarans, and more. Or if you would rather not be in charge of driving – you can hop on board a glass-bottom boat tour!
There are also tons of different resorts you can stay at along the 7-mile beach. I’m personally a fan of Sandals Negril, it’s a wonderful, all-inclusive, couples-only resort.
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Varadero Beach, Cuba
Written By Grumpy Camel
Cuba is known for its cigars, gorgeous classic cars and world-famous salsa music, but this Caribbean island is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. About a two-hour drive from Havana lies the stunning beach of Varadero, which stretches across the 20-kilometre Hicacos Peninsula, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Varadero beach is lined with beautiful hotels and resorts, making it a popular tourist spot in Cuba. There are plenty of other things you can do in Varadero besides swimming in the crystal-clear sea and soaking up the Caribbean sun. You can take a boat tour, go snorkelling, or simply take a stroll through Varadero town. There is also a nature reserve on the peninsula, the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, where you can hike through the woodland and visit a large cave with ancient pictographs.
For a more relaxing and romantic experience, consider staying at an adults only beach resort in Varadero. While there are several restaurants and bars on the peninsula, many resorts in Varadero offer all-inclusive stays.”
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Written By The Migrant Yogi
The coastal town of Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe boasts one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the Caribbean. Sainte-Anne is located on Grand-Terre island of the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe.
Sainte-Anne beach is covered in soft white sand with clear, turquoise waters that are protected by a coral reef. Long breakwaters extend into the sea to provide beautiful and safe areas to swim.
Sainte-Anne is very much a tourist destination, especially for French visitors. This means that there’s an abundance of restaurants and shops nearby, not to mention the daily market. The daily market in Sainte-Anne makes this place truly special. You can find everything here, including clothes, fresh fruit juices and vegetables, and bottled rum punch. The best part of the market, however, is the overwhelming selection of spices!
The local drink is called ti’punch (short for petite punch), which translates to ‘small punch.’ This drink may be small in size, but be careful of having too many. The only ingredients are white rhum agricole, lime, and cane sugar.
If you’re into watersports, there’s no shortage in Sainte-Anne. You can find surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing – essentially any kind of surfing your heart desires.
Start planning your next trip, and add Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe to your ultimate beach bucket list!
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Saona Beach, Dominican Republic
Written By Martha from Quirky Globetrotter
For me, an impeccable beach has three keys things. First, soft, clean sand is essential. Second, little foot traffic to make it an oasis that melts your worries away. And, finally, be a favorite among the locals. Saona Beach checks off all those boxes.
Saona Beach is a remote and a gleaming hidden gem in the Dominican Republic. The nearby bustling town of Mano Juan has a population of 300. The locals have set up quaint little seaside shack shops selling their beautiful, handcrafted wares. The beach is not overcrowded with locals or tourists since the island can be reached only by boat. All this is an effort by locals to protect the beautiful island from being tainted by tourism and haven for Caribbean wildlife.
Every moment on Isla Saona is like winning the lottery. The turquoise waters glitter like gemstones. The palms branches overhead threaten to tan tiger stripes onto your skin. The surf is relatively calm making it ideal for snorkeling. Just off the shores, there is a small coral reef where colonies of rainbow-colored fish live. Peering down in the water is similar to lying back with a kaleidoscope. The schools of fish swirling and chasing each other through towers of coral.
Saona Beach is nothing short of majestic.
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Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Flamenco Beach, located about 17 miles off of mainland Puerto Rico, is one of the many great reasons to visit Puerto Rico. Flamenco Beach is a horseshoe shaped bay that sits on the island of Culebra. Flamenco Beach is home to shallow turquoise waters great for swimmers of all skills or waddlers, pristine white sands, and ocean life just off shore that presents great snorkeling opportunities. Flamenco Beach is also home to grafitti covered, abandoned military tanks that were left behind by the US army in 1975. Flamenco Beach was used as a weapons testing area for thirty years.
Flamenco Beach makes for a great day trip from main island Puerto Rico either through an organized tour or through a ferry that leaves from Farjardo severl times daily. The boat ride is approximately 90 minutes one way. There are snack shacks nearby for a treat or you can bring your own and enjoy a picnic on the beach. One thing that makes Flamenco so great is a lack of motorized water sports, creating a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
The Best Beaches in Oceania
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Written By Hawaii Travel With Kids
One of the best beaches in the world is Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. There’s a reason it’s been featured in countless movies and TV shows throughout the decades. Here, you can learn how to surf, go kayaking, or just body surf in the super calm water. It’s perfect for swimmers of all ages and abilities.
The beach itself is also amazing for people who enjoy people watching. You’ll see tourists from all over the world who want to experience their ultimate Hawaii vacation. It’s also located near high-end shopping centers like Luxury Row, the Royal Hawaiian Center, and the re-imagined International Marketplace. You will find stores like Chanel, Burberry, Saks Fifth Avenue, Christian Louboutin, and more.
But, you can also find local treats from Big Island Candies and Honolulu Cookie Company that make awesome Hawaii souvenirs. And it’s the absolute best spot to enjoy a tropical cocktail while gazing at Waikiki and Diamond Head! There are tons of tiki bars and beachfront restaurants with all kinds of delicious Hawaiian and Pan-Pacific food.
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Kama’ole Beach, Maui, Hawaii
Written By Planning Away
Maui is the second largest island in Hawaii. It is known for its world famous beaches. We only had one day in Maui and wanted to spend time relaxing in paradise. Kama’ole Beach is the best kept secret on the entire island. There are actually 3 distinct Kama’ole Beaches. We went to Kama’ole Beach 1.
Kama’ole Beach is about 1/3 mile long. This beach is not overly crowded. Although, It does get a little busy during the weekends. The water is crystal clear and the temperature is perfect, not too hot and not too cold. The sand here is simply amazing! It is very similar to that found at Wailea and Makena Beaches which are located further south. The white sand bottom makes it a perfect place for swimming and snorkeling.
There is a parking lot located along the road. Restrooms and picnic areas are also available. If you are lucky volleyball nets will be set up. Kama’ole Beach is a perfect destination.
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