There’s nothing in this world like a beautiful beach, right? And whether you are looking for a white sandy slice of paradise, a honeymoon destination, a romantic getaway or a family beach vacation, you’ll find below some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Anse Source d’Argent, one of the world’s most famous beaches, stretches across La Digue, one of the 115 islands that make up this idyllic archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Against a background of massive granite rocks that have been weathered by time and the elements, the beach sparkles. The turquoise water is perfect for swimming due to an offshore barrier that shields it from ocean waves. Watch out for huge tortoises and birds that are in danger of extinction!
Ipanema Beach, one of the most well-known beaches in the world, is situated in vibrant Rio de Janeiro.
This well-known beach is divided into areas that cater to various interests, including fitness enthusiasts, families, and partygoers. Around the beach area, there are many pubs and cafes. Ipanema’s surf can get rough at times, so pay close attention to any posted signs. The gorgeous Ipanema Beach is close to the similarly well-known Copacabana Beach.
Elafonissi Beach in Crete is extremely well-liked due to its lovely pinkish sand, warm lagoon-like waters, and wild atmosphere. Elafonissi Beach is essentially an island, cut off from the mainland by sandbars that only submerge under three feet of water during high tide. There are only a few tavernas serving fresh seafood and sun loungers covered in palapa. Try the northern Balos Lagoon if Elafonissi is too crowded.
Before you go exploring McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park near Highway 1 in Big Sur, make sure to grab your phone or camera. The 80 foot falls, which are magnificent in and of themselves, are surrounded by similarly amazing, craggy rocks and provide stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
HANALEI BAY, HAWAII
Hanalei Bay in Kauai drew residents for its almost magical beauty long before Hollywood put it on the tourist map (first with “South Pacific” in 1958, then “The Descendants” half a century later). Wai’oli, Hanalei Pavilion, and Black Pot beaches are encircled by jade-colored mountains that reach a height of 4,000 feet. Surfers frequent the area throughout the winter when the waves grow larger and faster.
LONG BEACH, VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA
It’s not just tropical beaches that leave you speechless with their breathtaking beauty. The best example is Long Beach, the longest sandy beach on Vancouver Island, Canada, offering breathtaking scenery and unmatched ocean wilderness. Located within the boundaries of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve between Tofino and Ucluelet, its 10 miles of pristine sandy beaches are fringed by lush rainforest and lapped by cool surf. Every spring and summer he has 20,000 gray whales that migrate this coast.
PRAIA DA MARINHA, PORTUGAL
Portugal’s ‘Golden Beach’ lies between the coastal towns of Lagoa and Carvoeiro. Praia da Marinha is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, with its orange limestone cliffs and sparkling blue waters. The beach is small, but you can hike the coastal cliffs or snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea.
SPIAGGIA DEI CONIGLI, SICILY, ITALY
Visiting Spiaggia dei Conigli, a beach with clear blue waters on Lampedusa, an island closer to Tunisia than Sicily, is wonderful, but can take some effort. Many TripAdvisor users compared this beach to somewhere in the Maldives rather than Europe. This long stretch of sand is one of the few places in Italy where loggerhead turtles lay their eggs in the summer.
EL CASTILLO, TULUM, MEXICO
Surrounded by El Castillo Mayan ruins, tropical trees, limestone cliffs and rugged beach boulders, El Castillo Beach offers sparkling sands and sapphire waves. Located in Tulum, Mexico, this beach lies in the Caribbean Sea between Cancun in the north and Quintana Roo in the south.
Paradise Beach is located on the island of Mykonos, Greece. A popular party beach for fashionable young people. Paradise Beach is located on the Aegean Sea and is within walking distance of many beaches in the area.
BLUE LAGOON, OLUDENIZ, TURKEY
Oludeniz, whose name means “Dead Sea” (due to its calm waters), is home to the Blue Lagoon, characterized by white sand and warm turquoise waters. Visitors can expect a more relaxed atmosphere (you won’t find a noisy nightlife here) and a range of activities in and around the lagoon, including paragliding and boating.
SOUTH BEACH, MIAMI, FLORIDA
South Beach is one of the most amazing beaches in the U.S. for nightlife, people-watching, and South Florida glitz, cruise, and glamour. This Atlantic Coast beach is one of the most popular on the East Coast. Enjoy beach bars, nightclubs, and live music after a day of sun and sand.
MEERU ISLAND, NORTH ATOLL, MALDIVES
Travelers looking for a piece of paradise should book a visit to Meeru Island, the only resort on Meeru Fen Fushi Island in North Male Atoll. This 1,148-foot white sand beach is perfect for sunbathing and snorkeling.
BORACAY WHITE BEACH, PHILIPPINES
White Beach is perfect for those who love swimming, due to its flat and calm waters. This 3 mile-long stretch is considered one of Boracay’s most popular beaches and offers everything from beach activities and restaurants to nightlife and hotels.