Looking for the best beaches in the world to visit to add to the top of your list? No doubt, there’s always a few that will make it to the top of every list. But, in this story, we dig deep and find the very best beaches that will top anyone’s list.
Table of contents
- Sarakiniko Beach
- Puerta Cortes
- Guincho beach
- Playa Norte
- Ko’olina, Oahu
- Trunk Bay Beach, St. John
- Goa, India
- Pompano Beach, Florida
- Tofino, BC
- Playa Viva, Mexico
- Grace Bay Beach
- Bahia Gardner
- The Gulf Islands National Seashore
- Torrance Beach
- Pasjaca Beach, Cavtat, Croatia
- Sandwood Bay
- Survival Beach, Puerto Rico
- Porto Cauli, Sardinia
- Grayton Beach
- Wofoh Beach, Indonesia
- Fakistra Beach, Greece
- Pa’iloa Beach, Maui
- Srebrna beach
- Wreck Beach, British Columbia
- Llangennith Beach
- Whitehaven Beach, Australia
- Anom Beach, Bali
- Keewaydin Island
- Nisbet Plantation
- Kuramathi, Maldives
- Banyugan Beach
- Labrelotte Beach
- Navagio Beach, Greece
- Praia do Camilo
- North Captiva Island
- Cable Beach
- Clearwater Beach
- Tybee Island
- Hatteras Island
- Stearns Park Beach
- Orange Beach
- Costa Palmas
- Sirenian Bay
- Punta de Mita
- Monte-Carlo Beach
- Pacific Grove
- Playa Delfines
- Byron Bay
- Coral Beach, Thailand
- Bazaruto Archipelago
- Ngapali Beach, Myanmar
- Praia Grande
- Mar Chiquita
- Porto Santo
- Sugar Beach, Toronto
- South Carolina
- Hidden Beach
- Bean Point Beach
- Lincoln City
- Amelia Island
- Secret Cove Beach
- Eagle Beach, Aruba
- Shela and Manda’s Beaches
- Blowing Rocks Preserve
- Playa Negra
- Marathias Beach
- Cape Santa Maria Beach
- Panama City Beach
- Little Curaçao
- Cancun, Mexico
- Grace Bay
- Rabida Beach, Galapagos
- Bondi Beach
- South Beach
- Pink Sands Beach
- The Crystal Coast
- Pawleys Island
- Fregate Island Private
- Costa Mujeres
- Emerald Bay Beach
- Carrizalillo Beach
- Juno Beach
- West Beach
- Playa Blanca
- Huntington Beach
- Flamenco Beach, Culebra
By far, the most unique beach I have ever visited is Sarakiniko Beach in Milos, Greece. Milos is filled with over 80 incredible beaches, but this one stands out. Nicknamed the “moon beach,” the stunning landscape is made of white volcanic rock with contrasting turquoise waters. Also, it is the perfect place to swim, cliff jump, suntan, and explore. I can’t wait to go back!
The Azul Cortes Beach Club at Puerta Cortes is a luxury resort development located in La Paz, Mexico. It offers a private escape to the Sea of Cortez. Also, it’s arguably one of the most fertile bodies of water in the world. Then, while here, let your eyes get lost in the views of endless blue. Finally, dip your toes in the soft white sand beach that extends to the sea. Indeed, the beach offers meters of shallow, calm water, for hours of floating in paradise or even a sunset beach stroll.
While not on the beach, guests can also enjoy the many amenities of the Azul Cortes Beach Club. Here, one can captivate the senses with a local treatment. For example, a massage palapa and afterward, enjoy a craft cocktail and fresh ceviche from the beach bar. Admittedly, the beach club’s views of the infinity pool and Sea of Cortez are among the best in the world.
Part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Guincho Beach is endowed with a surrounding landscape of great beauty in which the white sand dunes contrast with the deep tones of the Serra de Sintra hills, looming in the background.
Given both its strong winds and waves, the beach attracts a great following among bodyboarders and surfers. Throughout summer, there is generally a good northerly wind ensuring Guincho is excellent for windsurfing. Nearby, there are some excellent restaurants specializing in fish and shellfish dishes.Length of beach: 0,79km
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Playa Norte is on the tiny island Isla Mujeres, just 20 minutes boat ride from Cancun. Also, it’s consistently voted in the world’s top 10 across a wide range of publications. There, the water is bathtub-warm all year, full of fish, and so affordable you’ll never want to leave.
Isla Mujeres is a hidden gem, given Cancun is so heavily trafficked by American tourists. For example, fast ferries leave every 30 minutes from Puerto Juarez. Moreover, this allows sightseers to visit for a day or two at their leisure. Pro Tip: Rent a golf cart and drive to the south tip of the island. Then, go snorkeling with more fish than you know what to do with.
Oahu may be the busiest of all of the Hawaiian islands but offers so much to see via all the coastlines. Ko’olina is a special place – especially if you venture away from the hotels and continue northbound to the surrounding areas. There you will find small shops and tons of surfers along the northwest coast.
Trunk Bay Beach, St. John
Known by locals as “trunks”, Trunk Bay beach is not easily found. Indeed, it’s off the beaten path in St. John. While there are few amenities, you will find a shower and a snack bar.
I’ve been fortunate to be able to visit many of the world’s best beaches. However, when I think of my favorite, Trunk Bay always comes to mind. There, you’ll find crystal clear water and superfine sand. Interestingly, on the day that Rick and I went, there were only a few other people, as you can see in my photo. Andrea Spallanzani
As a beach destination, Goa is one of the most ideal places to visit in India. Goa is well known for its beaches that are among the best in the world. Yes, tourists from all over the world come to Goa to enjoy beautiful and scenic beaches. Also, from Palolem to Baga, to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda are sure to please visitors.
Holidaying in Goa offers both a thrilling and captivating time. Indeed, there’s an abundance of varied activities and adventures that’s sure to melt the heart of its visitors.
Pompano Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, just north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is clean, safe, family-friendly, affordable and not crowded! Recently, the city completed a $50M beachfront promenade. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fishing pier, kids splash fountain, adult exercise area. Also, there are picnic facilities and central “Great Lawn” for morning yoga and evening concerts under the stars.
Iconic new restaurants have opened in the new “fishing village” by the pier. Also, Shipwreck Park artificial reef got created one mile offshore, with 17 sunken wrecks and artworks. Last, the historic Hillsboro lighthouse overlooks the fishing fleet. And notably, our historic airpark is home to the Goodyear blimp.
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Tofino is a surfers paradise on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. There, in Tofino, the small-town community has a reputation for having the perfect waves for surfers looking to get started. For example, Cox Bay is the most popular beach in Tofino. Indeed, it’s regularly frequented by surfers, families, and storm watchers looking to witness the powerful coastal waves.
Playa Viva, Mexico
Playa Viva beach is excellent in that it provides miles of private and pristine beachfront. Yet, it’s just 35 min from an international airport (ZIH). Visitors lucky enough to find it get immersed in nature and luxury.
Playa Viva has just 12 rooms, including its iconic treehouse in the palm trees. Also, the Sierra Madre mountain range is the backdrop to lagoons of the Pacific Ocean beachfront, near Zihuatanejo.
Excitingly, this is a working turtle sanctuary releasing tens of thousands of baby turtles a year. Also, Visitors often spot Dolphins while surfing the waves. Moreover, you can even see mother whales and calves breaching in the distance from December to March.
Grace Bay Beach
Grace Bay Beach is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in the world. Also, it’s home to Seven Stars Resort & Spa. It is located off the northeast coast of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Furthermore, it’s part of Princess Alexandra National Park. For example, this pristine beach is a destination hallmark. Also, with the barrier reef a mile out, it protects the beach from the Atlantic’s ocean swells.
To help guests enjoy this ‘world’s best beach,’ Seven Stars Resort offers guests tranquil waters and picture-perfect sunsets. Also available are dedicated beach butlers, complimentary non-motorized watersports, and alfresco beachside dining at its popular restaurant The Deck. Then, guests can enjoy daily morning yoga overlooking the beach.
Bahia Gardner on Espanola Island in the Galapagos is known as one of the best beaches in the world. Certainly, its thanks to its abundant animal life, pristine white sand, and turquoise water. Surely, if travelers are looking to get up close and personal with sea lions and birds, this is the place to go in the Galapagos Islands.
The M/Y Grace and M/V Evolution (operated by Quasar Expeditions) offer seven-night itineraries around the islands.
The Gulf Islands National Seashore
The Gulf Islands National Seashore features sugar-white sand and emerald green water. It is the longest stretch of federally protected seashore in the United States. Further, it spans both Mississippi and Florida.
I like the Florida piece in Pensacola. For example, Perdido Key includes Fort Pickens, a 19th-century war fort, a hop-on-hop-off cruising ferry, beautiful campgrounds. Last, it’s the start of the Great Florida Birding Trail, which features over 300 species of birds.
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Torrance, the newest hot spot destination in the Los Angeles South Bay is home to Torrance Beach. Stretching 1.5 miles, Torrance Beach is situated between Redondo Beach and Malaga Cove on the Santa Monica Bay. It’s known for being the “crowd-less” South Bay beach. Here, visitors can bask in the glittering Southern California sunshine and play volleyball in the soft sand while avoiding most of the crowds found at many other beaches in LA County.
Torrance Beach also offers more than 300 parking spaces and warm waves perfect for water sports. The 22-mile beach trail – The Strand – also starts (or ends) at Torrance Beach and welcomes outdoor enthusiasts to explore the South Bay by walking, jogging and biking its paved path. While it’s not open to the public at the moment, you can explore it virtually at www.discovertorrance.com/virtual to get inspired for your future adventures here.
Pasjaca Beach, Cavtat, Croatia
In my humble opinion, Pasjaca beach gets my vote for the best beach in the world.
Pasjaca beach is a hybrid result of both man and nature combining. Indeed, it lays claim to be the most beautiful beach in Europe. For example, the place is a pure gem, the water is turquoise and crystal clear. And, a snorkellers’ ultimate dream.
Any fans of vibrant atmospheres and party scenes are best advised to avoid this beach. Indeed, there is nothing like it there. Just nature and quietness.
Sandwood Bay is a mile-long expanse of sandy beach in the magnificent scenery of the North West Highlands. Fortunately, it escapes the attention of most tourists. Indeed, its because this beach can only be reached after a 2-hour hike across a moor.
This isolated beach casts a spell on all who visit, and you may never want to leave. Indeed, some people have never left. For example, there have been reports of encounters with a ghost who walks along the shore dressed in the weather-beaten attire of a sailor.
Survival Beach, Puerto Rico
Depending on who’s doing the judging, one or more of Puerto Rico’s beaches are considered among the most beautiful in the world.
There’s no doubt Puerto Rico, and its two smaller islands of Culebra and Vieques have some jaw-droppingly stunning beaches. To be sure, I can see why people are conflicted when trying to decide which one(s) reign supreme. I do have a personal favorite, however.
Survival Beach is on the western side of the island in Aguadilla, and not well known in comparison to others.
Survival Beach is not easy to get to. First, it’s a 1-mile walk through rough terrain—not for inactive people. Also, some parts require “hands and knees”. But, it opens up into what I can only describe as “You have got to be kidding me!”
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Porto Cauli, Sardinia
There is no doubt that Sardinia has some of the best beaches in the world. One you really should hit when you visit is Porto Cauli, near Masua village. Also, its not far from Iglesias, on the southwestern coast of the island.
This small cove is surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation and surmounted by rock formations. The highlights include the full view of the Pan di Zucchero stack. Indeed, the Pan di Zucchero is actually higher than the one in Capri. Last, don’t forget the view of Porto Flavia.
Grayton Beach is a small community in Northwest Florida. It was the first village established in the area now known as South Walton, Florida. Also, Grayton Beach is located along the Gulf of Mexico between Pensacola and Panama City. Notably, it’s also home to Grayton Beach State Park.
The park is a 400-acre corner of paradise that offers pristine sugar-sand beaches. Additionally, there’s a rare coastal dune lake and a wealth of nature. Also, South Walton is famous for its snorkel reefs. These reefs provide recreational opportunities and help create diverse habitats for the area’s marine life. Located off Grayton Beach is Sea Turtle Reef. There, it sits about 783 ft from the shore, and it makes up 58 individual reefs deployed in the shape of a turtle. Grayton Beach is an eclectic beach town with good times, picket fences, funky art, and great dining, and shopping.
Wofoh Beach, Indonesia
Wofoh beach in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. What’s best, you can wade into the water to snorkel in the most beautiful coral gardens. There, you’ll find an abundance of marine life such as clownfish, manta rays, and all kinds of fish. The only way to get there is by boat, so you are likely to have it all to yourself.
Fakistra Beach, Greece
A secret and undisturbed paradise tucked away in Pelion, Greece awaits. ‘Fakistra’ is a stunning beach located in a secluded bay, with pure crystal clear waters. Also, it has soft sand and is surrounded by rocky cliffs and lush green mountainside vegetation.
Fakistra boasts exotic and wild scenery. Also, some of the famous 2008 movie ‘Mamma Mia’ was filmed here and also at the nearby Damouchari beach! Indeed, this beautiful retreat in Pelion is a true haven and undiscovered travelers paradise. All this makes it even more deserving of a place in the top 2020 beaches of the world!
Pa’iloa Beach, Maui
Located on the east side of Maui (Hawaii), Wai’anapanapa State Park sits right off Hana Highway, a popular tourist route. One of the prominent features of the park is Pa’iloa Beach or Wai’anapanapa Beach, the most beautiful black sand beach on Maui.
This beach is nestled amid sharp lava rocks, and the lush vegetation. For sure, it offers a stunning contrast with the bright blue Pacific Ocean.
Unfortunately, swimming here is not always possible. But, you can take time exploring this 122-acre state park with a camera in your hand.
Srebrna beach is on the remote island of Vis in Croatia. To be sure, it’s one of the most secluded and best beaches in the world.
Sbrebrna is surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, and about 2 hours via ferry from Split. Indeed, Vis is tucked away, far from the hordes of tourists on the Dalmatian coast.
Srebrna beach is rocky with immaculate white sand that forms small coves and private inlets. Naturally, you can explore and find peace and tranquility surrounded by crystal clear water.
Wreck Beach, British Columbia
Wreck Beach is one of the few clothing-optional beaches in Canada. And, perhaps its the most popular one as it gets over 100,000 visitors per year.
Famously, the adventure starts on the way down the notoriously long wooden staircase that winds through the forest. Then, in the end, visitors find the hidden paradise that is Wreck Beach.
Here you will find a beautiful backdrop of mountains along the sandy 5-mile beach. Indeed, the beach is filled with interesting people of all ages. From ongoing drum circles to sunset yoga classes, Wreck Beach has something for everyone, clothes on or off.
Llangennith Beach is a perfect showcasing of the wild Welsh coast. High cliffs clad in gorse and heather cascade down to meet a 5-mile scythe of sand that’s always got lashing waves and surfers. On the south side, there’s the dramatic rock of Worm’s Head, a tidal island that can only get too during certain times of the day. On the sand, itself is the haunting wreck of an old ship, surrounded by dunes and packs of hardy Celtic sheep. It’s heaven.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands in Australia is the best beach in the world. Whitehaven is only accessible by boat (you can book boat tours from Airlie Beach on the mainland). Also, it’s known for unbelievably white sand contrasted against sparkling blue waters, with stingrays swimming about. It’s on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef system, so you can find excellent snorkeling spots nearby.
Anom Beach, Bali
Anom Beach in Bali has pure white sand, the ocean is a stunning shade of shimmering turquoise and azure, and best of all, it is surrounded by lush green mountains. So while you swim in the gentle warm waters, you can gaze on all colors of nature all at once.
And best yet, it’s a beach that is not well known. Surprisingly, none of the locals who live in Ubud 1 hour drive away have heard of it. It retrains a sense of pristine nature – a real hidden gem.
Keewaydin Island—located in southwest Florida, between Naples and Marco Island—is one of the best shelling beaches in the world. It is super popular on weekends and holidays. But, on weekdays you might have the luscious US Gulf Coast island to yourself.
Keewaydin can only be reached by water, so hitch a ride on a private boat, rent your own watercraft (you can kayak or SUP there), or join an eco-tour from Tin City in Naples.
Nisbet Plantation is a boutique hotel. Surprisingly, its the only historic plantation inn in the Caribbean to be set on a beach.
The half-mile long sandy beach is situated on the north coast of Nevis. Also, it offers panoramic views of the neighboring island of St Kitts. Moreover, hammocks are slung from palm trees with gentle sea breezes ensuring that guests are kept cool.
Guests are kept supplied with chilled drinks and snacks by the beachside Coconuts bar. The beach also affords a view of the historic 18th century Great House that stands at the top of the Avenue of Palms.
Kuramathi is an emerald jewel in the turquoise Maldivian waters. It’s a stunning island retreat with acres of luxurious vegetation and is surrounded by incredible beaches.
Villas offer contemporary design and nature and are set on the beach, amongst lush gardens or over water. Four-poster beds, open-air bathrooms, Jacuzzi’s or rainwater showers, large outdoor decks with comfortable daybeds and sun loungers are just some of the first world comforts enjoyed by its guests.
Dining options are diverse with many restaurants, bars, and great-value all-inclusive packages topped off with Maldivian service – welcoming, genuine, and friendly.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa is the first and only five-star international deluxe resort on the famed island. The island of Boracay has been named among the world’s best.
Boracay is famous for its powdery white sand beaches and aquamarine waters. Also, the 12-hectare resort marries luxury and comfort with a reverence for nature. Further, it encompasses two private beach coves and an infinity pool, plus 350 meters of secluded beachfront. Not to mention, a thriving ecosystem of diverse, even rare, flora, and fauna.
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The East Winds boutique resort in St Lucia is set on a storybook golden sand beach. The beach is said to be the best beach on the west coast of the island. There, the waters are ideal for swimming or water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing Hobie cats.
Visitors can also snorkel directly from the beach to see a myriad of colorful fish. Also, sunset is a great time to be at the beach. Grab a cocktail and look out for the green flash that occurs just as the sun sinks beyond the horizon.
Belize is bounded by the Caribbean Sea on its eastern coast with 239 miles of coastline. Golden and white sandy beaches are located just a small plane or car ride away. Indeed, the country’s only international airport in Belize City.
Belize offers access to many natural wonders. For example, the Barrier Reef is 2nd most extensive in the world. Also, you’ll find atolls, fishing, scuba diving, Mayan ruins, and miles of lush rainforests. The country also has more than 200 offshore islands, a few of which are pristinely kept. Last, some privately owned resorts are found near the best diving in the world.
Navagio Beach, Greece
For me, the most beautiful beaches in the world are in Greece. Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Surely, its because of its natural beauty and exotic emerald water. It has soft white sand, turquoise waters, impressive cliffs around it, and can be visited only by boat.
Praia do Camilo
Praia do Camilo is easily one of the best beaches in the world for 2020. Praia do Camilo is in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. To access the beach, you’ll need to navigate a winding staircase down from a cliff. Admittedly, it’s not the best option if you have mobility issues. The beach boasts crystal clear waters, golden sandy beaches, and beautiful rock formations.
North Captiva Island
Home to 4 miles of deserted white sand beaches surrounded by the most transparent deep blue water, North Captiva Island is a remote island on the Gulf of Mexico just off mainland Florida. Accessible only by private boats or the hourly ferry service, beach-goers get to enjoy unique ocean views unspoiled by tourists.
North Captiva Island is known as one of the best beaches for finding seashells in the world. It’s characterized by its abundant wildlife, including manatees, dolphins, bald eagles, and ospreys. Go ahead and book a holiday rental before your arrival, because chances are, you won’t want to leave.
The pristine white sand Cable Beach is a tranquil escape set within the new multi-property resort enclave of Baha Mar. Rosewood Baha Mar offers an exclusive polished and relaxed side of the beach for those looking to share intimate moments with each other or with mother nature. Just down the stretch, the beach options turn from seaside chill to dance floor thrills. The new luxurious resort destination, Baha Mar, features a golf course, racquet club, casino, nature sanctuary, a kid’s explorer’s club, and over 40 dining and nightlife options.
Clearwater Beach, Florida, stands out among other beaches because of its unique white sugar sands, sparkling clear water, and family-friendly atmosphere.
Winter, the dolphin, the movie star from Dolphin Tale, calls Clearwater home where visitors can hear her heartwarming story while also learning of the beach’s sustainability efforts.
At the end of each day, beachgoers take in the breath-taking views at Sunsets at Pier 60 – a nightly sunset celebration with live entertainment and artisans. Clearwater Beach offers fun in a unique family-friendly atmosphere.
Located 20 minutes from historic downtown Savannah, Tybee Island, Ga is a 5-mile long beach town filled with a rich history and quirky hidden gems. Locals and visitors alike enjoy their time on the island relaxing on one of Tybee’s five beaches or getting active with exciting watersports like kayaking around Georgia’s smallest lighthouse, the Cockspur Island Lighthouse, or hopping on a boat tour to adventure out to Little Tybee Island.
Visitors can dive into its history by hiking around Fort Pulaski National Monument. Or, they can cycle through the Fort Screven Historic District, or climb to the top of Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, the Tybee Island Lighthouse. To learn more about the coastal marine life, stop in the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, which offers beach walks, turtle trots, and a giant Touch Tank.
Hatteras Island, located off the east coast of North Carolina. This remote sliver of paradise is home to some of the cleanest and most pristine beaches in the world. As it’s isolated off the coast, this destination makes for a peaceful beach getaway.
The southern beaches of the Outer Banks are among the best in the world. Also, they are the perfect place to find the most sought after sea treasures from emerald green sea glass to your favorite seashells! Whether you visit the lighthouse, dive a shipwreck, watch a sunrise, or paddle out to catch a few waves, you won’t regret visiting this beautiful island.
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Stearns Park Beach
Stearns Park Beach is in the resort town of Ludington, Michigan, located along 28 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Stearns Park Beach offers a half-mile of sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan. Also, it’s a walking distance to Ludington’s quaint downtown, with amenities like sand volleyball courts, food concession, boat rentals, bathhouse, picnic tables, and grills – plus adjacent shuffleboard courts, mini-golf course, and skate park.
This free city beach also features a walkable pier to Ludington North Breakwater Light (historic lighthouse), plus free Sunset Beach Bonfires. Ludington is a 4-hour drive from Chicago and Detroit for a tranquil Midwest getaway.
Ten years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated Alabama and the rest of the Gulf Coast. Still, today the 32 miles of beaches along Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, have bounced back better than ever. The beauty and majesty of the sugar-white sand beach and turquoise water is a spectacular sight to behold. Also, its eco-friendly programs, like Share the Beach and Leave Only Footprints, are intended to preserve the beach for generations (of humans and marine life) to come.
The newly opened Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas has introduced guests to “new” Los Cabos experience. Notably, the experience includes a two-mile stretch of swimmable beach, previously unheard of on the stunning peninsula. The resort is located on the East Cape of Baja, on the serene shores of the Sea of Cortez. Interestingly, Jacques Cousteau referred to the Sea of Cortez as “the aquarium of the world,” for its calm waters and diverse array of marine life.
Placencia, Belize boasts 16 miles of sandy beaches dubbed as “barefoot perfect.” Along the coastline, you’ll find many small resorts, restaurants, and vacation rental villas. Sirenian Bay Beach is where Sirenian Bay Resort and Villas occupies more than 360 feet of that “barefoot perfect” beachfront.
Inside the Resort, over 10,000 square feet of beach is dedicated to relaxing beach chairs, volleyball, foursquare, palapas, and a beach dining area. The feel of the warm, soft, sand in between your toes, the cool ocean breezes, the sounds of the ocean, the music from the 18 strategically placed beach speakers, and a drink in your hand makes for the ultimate relaxing day on the beach.
A stay at Sirenian Bay often includes a day trip to the most beautiful of the Belize Cayes. There, guests enjoy some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, clear sparkling water, and the ultimate in relaxation.
Punta de Mita
Among the 30 pristine beaches along Riviera Nayarit’s 192-mile Pacific coastline, Punta de Mita’s 10-km stretch of virgin beaches are perfect for luxury and wellness travelers. High-end and quiet, those seeking exclusivity should look no further than secluded Punta de Mita.
The peninsula’s six miles of beach coastline is surrounded by lush green hills make it one of the best beaches in the world. Further, it’s home to some of the best luxury hotel accommodations in all of Riviera Nayarit. Recently, Punta de Mita’s beaches were voted #5 for the 2020s Best Beaches in Mexico by U.S. News & World Report.
The glamorous and modern seaside Monte-Carlo Beach, designed by architect India Mahdavi, oozes elegance. The Green Globe certified hotel pays homage to the Mediterranean with its private beach, Olympic-sized pool, and Elsa, a 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant Ecocert certified.
The ideal setting of its private beach and iconic striped canvas beach cabins is a delight for guests that enjoy relaxing and swimming in the Mediterranean. There is simply no need to look anywhere else. The Monte-Carlo Beach Club takes care of everything and ensures maximum relaxation.
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Located in the scenic, historic town of Pacific Grove on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula, there are 107 acres of protected California State Park beachfront land. The serene environment surrounding Asilomar lends itself to a multitude of offerings for nature lovers. For example, self-guided or state park ranger-led walking tours (Living Dunes, Coast Trail, and Forest Walk), which give visitors history and rich understanding of the beach/park.
There are also abundant coastal trails for hiking, walking, and biking. In late April-May, wildflower enthusiasts and photographers can find the area blanked in purple-pink ice plants–what is known as the Magic Carpet. In addition to being one of the best beaches in the world, this area is also recognized as one of the top five birding areas in North America and the place to see rare species.
October-December, the entire town of Pacific Grown (dubbed “Butterfly Town, USA”) becomes home to thousands of overwintering Monarchs.
I have been to the best of beaches around the world, but my favorite is Playa Delfines beach in Cancun, Mexico. It looks spectacular because of the milky white sands. There is an abundance of food joints, and that is why it is a hit among local and international tourists. Indeed, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. However, because of strong currents, swimming is not recommended, but it looks like a paradise for sure.
Situated at the most Easterly Point of mainland Australia, Byron Bay is easily one of my favorite beaches in the world. With seemingly endless white sand, crystal clear waters, and pumping surf, what’s there not to love?!
Oh, and alongside the resident pods of dolphins, you can watch the annual whale migration as well – bonus!
Coral Beach, Thailand
The Coral Beach in Koh Phangan, Thailand, is a beach I would add to your list.
A beautiful sandy beach surrounded by unspoiled jungle mountains.
You can swim without needing to worry about strong currents or high waves, as it is lying in a peaceful gulf.
The coral beach atmosphere’s got the best of both worlds; Relaxing vibes infused with sounds of laughter and magical music coming out of the Coral Bay bar.
In the bar, you can sit for a beer, find interesting people to talk with, get the best coconut-shake in Koh Phangan, and even take a selfie with the unique pet- Dukdik, the pig.
Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique is home to beautiful six islands. If you seek seclusion and natural beauty, Magaruque Island is your best bet. For example, superb snorkeling on a mile-long coral reef is only a short swim from your shore.
Also, its deserted white beaches are a draw for anyone looking to kick back far from the madding crowd. Trek to Magaruque’s central dune on the eastern side of the island for breathtaking views over this sand-swept paradise, and sail back to the port of Vilanculos as the sun sets over the ocean.
Ngapali Beach, Myanmar
Ngapali is one of the world’s best and most beautiful beaches. And, it’s found in Myanmar. It’s a beautiful area with white sand beaches, coconut palms, and fantastic turquoise water! Like a paradise.
Ngapali is much less crowded than more popular destinations like Thailand, the 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.
Located within the boundaries of the protected area of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Praia Grande is considered a major international bodyboarding spot because of the quality of its waves. At one end, the jagged cliffs bear the imprints of dinosaur footprints. At the other end, a hotel complex provides a large outdoor swimming pool.
Mar Chiquita is one of the most famous natural pools on the north coast of Puerto Rico. The half-moon opening is created by two limestone outcroppings that allow the intense turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean to rush in.
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Tiles on the Beach: Porto Santo saw the defeat of a Dutch naval force in the 17th century. As a result, tiny bits of Dutch pottery still wash up on the sandy beach – and it is fun to beach comb and look for them. Indeed, Porto Santo is one of the best beaches in the world.
Sugar Beach, Toronto
Islands? Beaches? In the city? That’s right! You can walk to the pink-umbrella, Insta-famous Sugar Beach. Or, you can hop on a quick 10-15 minute ferry ride and hit Toronto’s 15 interconnected islands.
Maybe, even paddle there on a canoe, and get the best of both worlds: An unforgettable, iconic view of the city skyline or the stunning view of Lake Ontario.
You can check out North America’s oldest lighthouse on Hanlan’s Point, or rent paddle boats, bicycles, and in-line skates at Centre Island. And best yet, relax or swim at Ward’s Island Beach.
From the iconic Myrtle Beach, with the Skywheel and a boardwalk full of entertainment, or the quiet, white-sand shores of Hilton Head Island in the Lowcountry, with award-winning, oceanfront golf courses and the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse, South Carolina has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With 2,876 miles of coastline, travelers will have a hard time choosing just one.
Islas Marieta’s Hidden Beach is partially shaded by the natural overlay of the island walls. The cave-like opening is a beach experience like no other in the world. Situated in the Banderas Bay in Riviera Nayarit, the Marieta Islands are a wildlife sanctuary, home to many endangered bird species as well as rare coral reefs.
Tucked inside one of the Islas Marieta is Hidden Beach – also known as the beach of love given its romantic allure and uniqueness. It’s one of Riviera Nayarit’s most exclusive destinations; only 117 people can visit this tranquil, insta-friendly location per day.
The southern coast of Maine is dramatic and diverse, with villages rich in colonial history, natural wonder, maritime discovery, and some of America’s most remarkably unspoiled shorelines. The beaches of Maine, like the communities surrounding them, have vibrant, distinguishing cultures and personalities that shape the offerings and treasures of their alluring destinations.
In Southern Maine, within one hour of Portland, you can discover more than a dozen of the most iconic and beautiful beaches in the New England area – each with its own individual appeal!
Bean Point Beach
If you travel to the extreme north endpoint of Anna Maria Island, you will find Bean Point Beach. The beach is quiet enough to enjoy a stroll on some of the softest sand in the world. Also, it has the most amazing views as Tampa Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, with backdrops of Egmont Key, Passage Key, and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
If the warm sand and turquoise water weren’t enough to entice you to Bean Point Beach, then the sunsets are. Every evening offers a different work of watercolor art up in the twilight sky. All this while you relax and unwind, let the hustle and bustle of city life melt away as the sun goes down.
Located less than two hours from Portland, the scenic community of Lincoln City is home to six historic districts and seven miles of pristine, walkable beaches along Oregon’s central coast. The laid back beach town boasts evergreen forests, clean air, and a large freshwater lake along with a variety of shopping, dining and popular attractions.
Visitors looking to stay active can go kayaking in Devils Lake or paddleboarding in Siletz Bay. Alternatively, visitors can even go hiking at Cascade Head or Drift Creek Falls that features a 240-foot suspension bridge. Take in the wildlife, flora, and fauna at the Connie Hansen Garden or catch your dinner by going crabbing at a nearby bay.
Amelia Island is a charming barrier island off Florida’s northeastern coast. Just 13 miles long, and two miles wide, the island is situated between Georgia’s Golden Isles and historic St. Augustine and a smooth, irresistible road trip for those looking to escape the everyday.
The destination captivates visitors with breathtaking natural beauty, Southern elegance and hospitality, a collection of upscale accommodations and historic inns, and a wide array of exciting, outdoor activities. Consistently voted a favorite destination in North America, Amelia Island is cherished for her miles of pristine beaches, which are framed by picturesque dunes and live oaks.
Secret Cove Beach
Secret Cove Beach is one of the best beaches in the world and located in Carson City, NV. The secret hideaway offers stunning aqua blue water of Lake Tahoe. To get to Secret Cove Beach, it’s a short 3/4mi hike from the parking lot. But beware because the beach is clothing optional.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
Experience the warm tropical breezes and sand between your toes as you stroll the most extensive beach in Aruba. Eagle Beach is the home to two of the most photographed (and famous) Fofoti trees in Aruba. Indeed, its trademark silhouette points in the direction of the Caribbean. Enjoy a picnic lunch under one of these trees or a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sun. The overwhelming happiness of this Island will but your mind at ease in just minutes.
Shela and Manda’s Beaches
If your idea of a tropical paradise includes few people and post-card like scenery, then Shela and Manda’s beaches are your go-to place. The beach is located on Lamu island and offers a perfect feet-in-sand experience, surrounded by an uninterrupted view of the ocean. Just come and enjoy sensational sunsets while sipping Dawa’s (Kenya’s signature cocktail).
Lamu is an underexplored archipelago situated on the Kenyan coast. Its charm stems from the fact that it resembles an ancient historical town that is lost in time. There are no cars on the island, its beaches are only accessible by boat, donkey and the odd motorbike. What more motivation is there for partaking of the wonderfully laid-back atmosphere on the beaches of this island that also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Blowing Rocks Preserve
Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound was included for the second year in a row on Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Beaches in Florida list. Conde Nast listed Martin County’s Blowing Rocks Preserve as #3 of the “10 Best Beaches in Florida.” Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving from the protected beach. Observe rare birds, plants, and animals on three hiking trails.
In Vieques, an Island located off the East coast of Puerto Rico, you will find one of the best beaches in the world. Indeed, the iconic “Playa Negra” (Black Sand Beach) is worth every second of the journey it takes to experience it. When you arrive, you’ll find a gorgeous stretch of beach that is otherworldly.
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Marathias Beach on the Greek island of Corfu is a vast, sandy beach in the southwestern part of the island. It has been awarded a Blue Flag award for its clean waters. The sand has an orange hue and is well-organized with umbrellas, loungers, and music. But if you walk further to the south, you reach a quieter part of the beach, which is equally stunning.
Cape Santa Maria Beach
Cape Santa Maria Beach on Long Island offers an off-the-beaten-path tropical escape. With a soft, white-sand beach and crystal clear waters, Cape Santa Maria Beach is picture perfect and has been named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Visitors enjoy scuba diving, swimming, and snorkeling, to taking in a famous Bahamian sunset from anywhere along the four miles of white sandy beach. Indeed, it’s for these reasons that Cape Santa Maria Beach is known as one of the best in the world.
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Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is in Bay County, Fla., in the Northwest part of the state and is home to world-renowned Shell Island. This undeveloped secluded beach has natural beauty as far as the eye can see. Indeed, this pristine seven-mile island of white sand, emerald water, and beautiful pine forest is the perfect place to reconnect with Mother Nature.
Sightseeing trips, private charters, boat rentals, and hourly shuttle service make the barrier island accessible to locals and visitors alike. The water surrounding the beach is also home to the world’s highest concentration of bottlenose dolphins.
Sitting eight miles off the southeastern coast of Curaçao, the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao is a slice of paradise boasting one of the longest and most pristine beaches around. Affectionately known as “Little Curaçao,” the island can be reached by boat in less than two hours. Also, it’s home to one of the nation’s most beautiful scuba diving and snorkeling spots.
Little Curaçao offers vibrant coral, abandoned shipwrecks and underwater caves. It’s picture-perfect setting, completed by an expansive landscape and historic, coral-colored lighthouse, makes it an ideal place to spend a day under the sun. While the island is typically reserved for daytime trips, adventurous locals often like to camp out on the beach beneath the stars.
Just a short flight from many major US cities, Cancun is the center of the Mexican Caribbean. With easy access to the Yucatan’s most stunning and historic sights, from the ruins of Chichen Itza to the cenotes outside Tulum, Cancun is an easy escape.
All 447 rooms at the recently renovated JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa have unparalleled ocean views of the Mexican Caribbean.
Admittedly, the ocean water resembles Windex, regardless of the time of year. Each room peers out to the expansive stretch of powdery white sands bordering Cancun’s iconic Hotel Zone and has unique vantage points of the perfectly manicured hotel grounds and palm-studded pools.
Grace Bay is just off the northeast coast of Providenciales. Indeed, Grace Bay is a pristine beach and is the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Also, its the recipient of many designations, and Trip Advisor recently awarded it “2nd best beach in the world”.
Grace Bay is consistently excellent, with clean water, white sand, and no rocks, seaweed, or pollution. The barrier reef that’s found a mile out offers protection to Grace Bay from the Atlantic ocean swells.
Nearly all of the major resorts on Providenciales are found on this coast. Also, much of the watersport activity occurs in the area. Travelers who stay at Wymara Resort & Villas can experience the best of Grace Bay Beach with Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. As the sun begins to sets, retreat to the rosé-inspired Pink Bar to enjoy the beach’s best vibes.
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Rabida Beach, Galapagos
Situated at the intersection of seven ocean currents, the Galapagos is a remote archipelago with a high degree of biodiversity. There’s no better way to explore the Galapagos’ tropical Pacitfic waters than aboard Origin and Theory by Ecoventura, a fleet of sustainable mega-yachts.
Thanks to the ships’ cutting-edge design, the ships can sail 30% faster, reaching the Galapagos’ most remote landing spots like the red-sand beaches of Rabida. The crimson sand stems from high iron concentration.
The island, a great place to go hiking along the rugged coastline, is home to dozens of sea lion families. It’s not uncommon for passengers to experience the circle of life and see new pups born just days or weeks before.
Bondi Beach in Sydney is possibly one of the best beaches in the world due to its long stretch of sandy white beach, surf-able waves, and many things you can do around here.
From having breakfast at one of the many trendy cafes to browsing the weekend markets or merely lying on the beach getting a tan. If you decide to visit, you cannot miss visiting Bondi Icebergs Club. Indeed, it’s an iconic landmark best known for its turquoise pool overlooking the deep blue ocean, where you can also grab a drink to refresh.
South Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Florida, maybe in the country, recognized for its larger-than-life atmosphere. Known to locals as SoFi, the exclusive neighborhood south of fifth street features high-end restaurants and quieter beaches.
Giving travelers the best of both worlds, Marriott Stanton South Beach is a trendy resort in the heart SoFi featuring two oceanfront pools. With a signature art deco style, Stanton is one of the only hotels perched directly on the sands of Ocean Drive. Vacations spent here are best suited to those seeking a luxe beach escape complete with premier cabana service and unparalleled ocean views.
Marriott Stanton South Beach
Pink Sands Beach
Located on Harbour Island, the 3.5 mile Pink Sands Beach is known around the world for its striking contrast of pink sand and turquoise water. The sands’ pale pink color comes from its microscopic coral insects. It is most noticeable in the wet sand at the water’s edge.
Visitors can also enjoy a selection of water activities, including snorkeling, diving, swimming, fishing, and boating.
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The Crystal Coast
Eighty-five miles of gleaming Atlantic beaches only begin to tell the story of The Crystal Coast. Here, the natural beauty of the Southern Outer Banks lends itself to awe-inspiring coastal escapes. The destination is ideally situated along Intracoastal Waterway, giving the frothy blue waters that caress its shores a crystalline quality often compared to the waters of the Caribbean.
From gleaming waters bordering sandy, sparkling beaches, and swashbuckling history, to a herd of wild mustang horses and a towering lighthouse at the No. 1 National Park Beach, Cape Lookout National Seashore — The Crystal Coast is an exceptional destination for an authentic reprieve from it all.
Additionally, with deluxe digs ranging from quaint seaside cottages and charming B&Bs to no-frills beach bungalows and large beachfront mansions are known locally as “sandcastles,” there are lodging options to suit every lifestyle and budget.
The Crystal Coast
The Town of Pawleys Island is located 70 miles north of Charleston and 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Pawley’s Island is nearly four miles long and a quarter-mile wide on the South Carolina coast. Indeed, it’s a kind of fairy tale escape.
Its allure keeps visitors returning again and again, promising pure relaxation with multi-generational memory-making. One of the oldest beach resort areas in the country, Pawleys, allows a step back in time while touring the island’s historic district which dates back to the late 1700s. The district also comes complete with antebellum homes families have owned and cherished for generations.
Fregate Island Private
Fregate Island Private is found in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It’s home to seven beaches – including the only privatizable beach in the Indian Ocean. The island’s crowning glory is Anse Victorin, which has been voted the most beautiful beach in the world. Guests of Fregate can enjoy Anse Victorin’s shallow, clear waters, which are great for snorkeling and swimming. The plush sand beach is usually deserted, making guests feel like they are the only ones in the world.
The hidden jewel of Mexico, Costa Mujeres, is located just north of Cancun and offers a secluded getaway for travelers. The tucked-away beach is a favorite amongst both nature lovers and adventure seekers. The scenery is admired for its mesmerizing sunsets and glistening turquoise waters.
Where to stay: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa – Palladium Hotel Group’s newest property offers an extensive selection of activities to unwind and unplug and faces the picture-perfect ocean of Costa Mujeres. The property is also home to the Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness Centre, for those looking to focus on wellness while traveling.
Emerald Bay Beach
Pangkor Laut Resort is an exotic haven located amidst the pristine ancient rainforest. The resort is set off the west coast of Malaysia on its own 300-acre private island. Exclusive to guests, the five-star resort offers an experience reminiscent of the extravagant lifestyle of a British estate manager in old Malaya. The island’s Emerald Bay Beach is located on the opposite side of the resort in a quaint, secluded area.
Guests can relax and take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Straits of Malacca. Or, they can enjoy a casual lunch at the beachside Chapman’s Bar, located right on the white sands of Emerald Bay Beach.
Then, in the evenings, guests may also indulge in a private dinner with the resorts’ “Beach Signature experience.” Other available activities include morning tai chi on the beach, yoga, as well as a jungle trek that concludes at Emerald Bay Beach for a refreshing dip.
Known for its lively beach bars, golden sands, and surf-ready waves, Carrizalillo Beach is one of Puerto Escondido’s most popular beaches. It’s located in the center of Puerto Escondido and is easily accessible by roads leading up its high cliffs. The picturesque beach faces more than 300 meters of lush green scenery. It is the ideal location for beginners and intermediate surfers.
Best Place to Stay: Vivo Resorts. Vivo Resorts is both a resort and real estate development in Oaxaca’s Emerald Coast. It aims to provide an authentic Mexican experience away from the crowds of more popular resort destinations.
Palm Beach County is a region in Southeast Florida that’s famous for its beaches. For example, some of the most beautiful, untouched sand can be found at Juno Beach. Warm, turquoise waters, golden sand, and what seems like a wall of vibrantly green seagrape shrubs and swaying palm trees separates beach-bums from the everyday world.
Gentle waves are perfect for kite surfing, and a portion of the beach is open for dogs to splash around, too. The pier is famous for fishing and watching the sunset. It’s bordered by Juno Dunes Natural Area, where you can explore loop trails through preserved wetlands and scrub forest.
Bald Head Island, a car-free island off the coast of North Carolina, is home to 14 miles of pristine beaches. People who love surfing or boogie-boarding can tackle the waves on East Beach. At the same time, families who want to relax and walk along the water’s edge can choose to spend time near the calm waters of South Beach.
West Beach is a beautiful place to take a long stroll or just sit and watch the ferry come and go. Bald Head Island’s beaches aren’t just for people – sea turtles lay their nests on this barrier island May-September.
Bald Head Island
One of the best and beautiful beaches I ever been to (anywhere in the world) is Playa Blanca in Cartagena, Colombia. What made this beach special was the incredibly soft sand, warm waters, and breathtaking sunset.
Up to visiting Playa Blanca, I had always thought Waikiki Beach in Oahu to have the most temperate waters. However, the sea in Playa Blanca feels like a Jacuzzi compared to Waikiki.
Basking in the sun is just one of the ways to experience the classic Southern California beach town known as Huntington Beach, Surf City USA. Moreover, you don’t just go to the beach here, you live the beach lifestyle along 10 miles of public beachfront in the heart of Orange County.
After soaking up the sun, there’s no better way to end the day than enjoying s’ mores in the glow of the beach bonfire rings overlooking the iconic Huntington Beach Pier. From the International Surfing Museum to the annual U.S. Open of Surfing, visitors can also explore the beach’s surf culture. What really sets Huntington Beach apart nowadays is its offerings of a unique, laidback yet luxurious experience that the destination has skillfully owned and mastered.
Huntington Beach offers a form of luxury that is down-to-earth and free of pretentious and stuffy energy. It’s an easy-going, beach town with plenty of fantastic experiences, like a private cruise on Prince Charters LLC and lavish accommodations, like the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, the Paséa Hotel & Spa.
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Flamenco Beach, Culebra
A designated Blue Flag Beach, Flamenco Beach in Culebra, an Island located off the East coast of Puerto Rico, is one of the best beaches in the world and has been included on TripAdvisor’s top 10 beaches.
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I hope you have enjoyed these beaches. In case I’ve missed one, feel free to let me know!
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