The planet is filled with what seems to be endless beaches. This can make it challenging when deciding where to invest your precious vacation time. Our list of the world’s top 10 beaches will help you choose the beaches that are sure to fill your vacation with natural wonders and relaxing vibes.
1. Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos
Shipwreck Beach is located in Zakynthos, Greece and truly isa postcard-perfect destination come true. Due to it’s location in a beautifulsecluded cove surrounded by towering golden cliffs, visitors are only be able to reach this slice of paradise by boat. But it’s definitely worth the ride there because swimming in these turquoise waters is a memory to cherish for life. On the shore the old Panagiotis shipwreck adds another interesting element to this already stunning spot. Shipwreck Beach has become increasingly popular in the past years so be prepared to share this wonderland with other travelers.
2. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland
This is one of the most exclusive beaches in the world andis accessible only by helicopter or seaplane. Located on Queensland’sWhitsunday Islands this amazing beach has piercing-white sand against a fluorescent-green backdrop of the tropical forest on the island’s mountains. This place will leave you speechless. Whitehaven Beach gets over 290 days of sunshine a year and has a balmy average temperatureof 27 degrees Celsius. While you’re here you can enjoy the Coral Sea off this remote island.
3. Hidden Beach, El Nido
El Nido is found in Palawan, Philippines. This picture-perfect beach isdifferent from the rest by one magnificent trait — those unmistakable, protruding limestone cliffs. The cliffs shoot out of the turquoise-blue lagoon straight to the sky. But here the reefs are also spectacular as are the palm-lined shores. El Nido also offers world-class diving by day and luxurious resorts by night.
4. Praia do Sancho, Pernambuco
About an hour off the coast of Brazil, nestled on the small island of Fernando de Noronha you can find the remote Praia do Sancho. This beach is consistently voted one of the world’s best beaches. Although it’s beautiful it is difficult to reach, and you need to be somewhat fit to get there. To arrive to this beach, you have to hike, scoot down a dark narrow tunnel and go down some pretty steep stairs. Because it’s located in a national park, you also have to pay an entrance fee. But the palm-fringed cliffside, golden sands and stunning blue waters are worth every penny.
5. Tulum Beach, Quintana Roo
Tulum Beach, Mexico is an idyllic, serene getaway. The stunning white sands and bright teal waters definitely leave their mark on travellers. On the “beach strip,” you can find bohemian-esque restaurants and accommodations, ensuring you can always be within a few steps of the powder like sand and sparkling water.
6. Grace Bay
Glistening blue water grazes a white sandy shore here in the Turks and Caicos. Grace Bay is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Just off shore is home to thousands of sea animals in the rainbow-colored reef. The beach is sheltered by the reef creating a smooth surface that allows for easy swimming and snorkelling. This is summer all year round with over three hundred days of sunshine.
7. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
Seven Mile Beach boasts an idyllic ocean scene. Lazy palm and pine trees tilted at 30 degree angles brush the opaque sand. The natural vegetation separates the beach from the city and the beach feels more remote despite being easily accessible. After a lazy day at the beach you can easily reach one of the shops or restaurants afterwards.
8. Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue Island
Pack your camera! Anse Source D’Argent in the Seychelles is the world’s most photographed beach. Shimmering sand, aquamarine water and boulder-adorned shores. If you visit later in the afternoon and wait for the sunset you’ll find intense hues that will result in fabulous photos for even amateur photographers. The water is so shallow you will likely reach 1km before the water gets past your waist.
9. Maya Bay, Phi Phi
Phi Phi, Thailand has been chosen as the backdrop of dozens of films and added to the bucket lists of countless beach-lovers. Taking in the turquoise bay from the pillow-like sands is an experience to be had. From overhead you’re protected by lush andlooming mountains in a cove that feels a million miles away from it all. You’ll have to hire a boat to get here, but it is true paradise and well worth it.
Cuba has become an even more popular vacation destination in the last years. In addition to spectacular beaches you can find pastel-colored homes, private history and coolold cars. Varadero Beach is the best on the island. Pina coladas and daiquirisare plentiful on the fine, white sand beaches which flow into bubbling blue. Bordering the beach, you’ll find a string of world-class hotels. You will definitely leave here feeling relaxed and cultured.
This collection of beaches will definitely inspire you to embark on an extended vacation.