Top 25: The most impressive beaches everyone should visit
Our world, regardless of all the ugly things that happen in it, is truly a beautiful place. For us, one of life’s greatest and most enriching experiences is the opportunity to travel and see the uniqueness of our planet.
For many people, the beach is a place of joy. At the beach you can relax and restore your inner balance, connect with your loved ones and even with nature. There is a pronounced therapeutic effect in spending some time next to the waves, and we’re sure many people would agree.
One thing we all love is the beach. It’s such a buzz to relax, swim and sunbathe in a place that takes your breath away. From Asia to Europe and even North America, there are so many amazing beaches to explore, so we decided to narrow it down to a list of the top 25.
So here they are, the 25 most beautiful beaches in the world. Use this list as a guide and as a wish list, and trust us when we state that each of these places is even more phenomenal when seen in person. Remember the main thing: travel is the only thing you can buy to enrich you.
25. BLUE LAGOON – TURKEY
Located at the confluence of the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea the Blue Lagoon Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches on the planet. The nearest town is Fethiye (Fethiye) is about 10 km from the Blue Lagoon. This beach is a national marine reserve, which means that you will not find any resort here. The diving at Blue Lagoon is fantastic. Mysterious caves and tons of marine life await you, which you can get a good look at. Definitely, everyone should visit this beach at least once in their life.
24. THE BATHS – BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
The British Virgin Islands have some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, including Baths Beach. The mystery of the beach is that no one knows how Virgin Gorda Island ended up with a veritable garden of smooth granite boulders. This makes it an ideal place for pirates to hide, and as such, we’re sure there’s treasure hidden somewhere, and we’d love to be the first to discover it. One of the most fascinating parts of this beach are the secluded grottoes. These grottoes make for the best photos because the sunlight streams through the rocks, creating an amazing light effect.
23. NAVAGIO – GREECE
It is no secret that Greece is a country where you can find many of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Navaio Beach, located on the island of Zakynthos, is a magnificent crescent-shaped beach, which can only be reached by boat. The beach is surrounded on three sides by picturesque cliffs and attracts tourists from all over the world to see the beauty of Navajo. The coolest thing about this beach is that in the middle of it stands a cargo ship rumored to have been used to smuggle wine and other products in the 1980s. That’s why the beach has two names: Shipwreck Beach and Smuggler’s Cove.
22. 22. GRACE BAY – TURKS AND CAICOS
Turks and Caicos is known for having the most beautiful sea in the world. The water has a distinctive light wave color, which is characteristic of the Turks. Grace Bay is a perfect combination of turquoise water and white sand. We recommend renting a sailboat and exploring this beauty from all angles. Coral Gardens is a small underwater trail in Grace Bay that features many of the sea creatures that live there, making it one of the world’s best diving destinations.
21. MAKENA – HAWAII
Hawaii is a breathtaking place, and Makena Beach is at the top of our list for obvious reasons. The salmon-orange sand that can be seen during sunset creates a unique color palette along with the blue water and red sky that is truly breathtaking. Before you go there, you should know that there are two beaches – Big Beach and Little Beach. And, if you’re interested, you don’t have to visit Little Beach.
20. TOFINO – BRITISH COLUMBIA
When you imagine Canada, you don’t think of beaches, which is why Tofino Beach is special. Tofino is known for being perfect for surfing, as well as for its crystal clear water. The white sandy beach makes this surfing town in British Columbia one of the most stunning places you’ll ever see. The great thing about this beach is that bears love to admire all this beauty too. Just be sure to take some pictures, but don’t get too close!
19. TREASURE BAY – JAMAICA
Jamaica is one of those tourist destinations that has something for everyone. Treasure Bay is a 9.6 km long coastline that is divided into several bays, four of which are open to the public. This beach is known for its pristine rocky shores and unique swimming and diving conditions. The beach is not a big tourist attraction, and the locals tend to create more than cater to tourists: they are writers and artists who create attractive and impressive cultural creations.
18. TIKEHAU ISLAND – TAHITI
One of life’s biggest dilemmas is deciding whether to go to the white sand beach or the pink sand beach. If you choose Tikehau island as your vacation destination, you get both. This stunning beach looks like a painting on a canvas. The shores of the small island are pristine and the water is bright blue, making it a unique place to swim and dive. Jacques Cousteau’s research group claims that this place has the highest concentration of fish in the world, which is why scuba diving and snorkeling here is so wonderful.
17. DREAMLAND BEACH – BALI
Not surprisingly, with such a name Dreamland Beach is like a dream. It is located in Bali, once a hidden cove, which was discovered on the peninsula Bukit (Bukit) around 1970. Since then, the beach has become a favorite destination for surfers because of the amazing coastal rips. Over the past 40 years, Dreamland Beach has become very popular and many new resorts have sprung up along it. It still retains its special atmosphere, thanks to the beach cafes and small stores. This is definitely a place you should visit if you are ever lucky enough to be in Bali.
16. 7 MILE BEACH – CAYMAN ISLANDS
7 Mile Beach is located in the beautiful Cayman Islands, and it really is one of the most stunning beaches on the planet. 7 Mile Beach is the kind of beach where everyone will find something for themselves. There are amazing restaurants, beautiful hotels, jet skis and volleyball. There are also unique snorkeling spots with rock formations, making it a unique place to observe marine life. The Ritz-Carlton at Grand Cayman is the best hotel on the beach.
15. TRUNK BAY – ST. JOHN’S ISLAND
Trunk Bay on St. John Island is, without a doubt, one of those beaches that appear most often in photos, among Caribbean beaches and around the world. Trunk Bay is located in the northwestern part of the Virgin Islands National Park. Its clear and calm waters, combined with a 206-meter long snorkeling route, make this beach an ideal place for snorkeling. If you ever visit this beach, you can walk along beautiful green trails surrounded by historic sugar plantation ruins.
14. CALA DEIA – SPAIN
Spain is one of those destinations that is on everyone’s wish list. Cala Deia, located in Mallorca, is one of the most unique beaches you could find. Cliffs surround the sapphire water surface, and while there are gorgeous villas built into the cliffs, this place gives a sense of complete tranquility. This beach is a little slice of paradise here on Earth. The best in the area are the two restaurants that serve the freshest seafood that you can enjoy while sitting practically above the water.
13. HIDDEN BEACH – MEXICO
The hidden beach located in Puerto Vallarta is perfect. Although the beach is no longer as “hidden” as it once was, it is one of the most spectacular places to see. The hidden beach is rumored to have been created by the Mexican military to conduct bomb tests here in the early 1900s. What’s so cool about this beach, you might ask? There is an underwater tunnel that you have to walk through to get to the beach. In our opinion, it’s pretty cool.
12. ANSE SOURS D’ARGENT – SEYCHELLES
Seychelles is known to have some great beaches, and it’s safe to say that Anse Sours D’Argent is at the top of that list. Located in La Digue in the Republic of Seychelles, it is a beach with high cliffs and pink sand. Its beauty is undeniable, why it has become one of the most photographed beaches on the planet. This beach is one of the last places on the planet where you can meet a rare bird, the black paradise flycatcher. There are only 100 of them left on Earth, so seeing one is a unique experience.
11. PIHA BEACH – NEW ZEALAND
Auckland is not a city known for its beaches, but 40 kilometers north of the city is Lion Rock. It is a huge boulder, 16 million years old, its image can be found on Auckland stamps as well as on phone books. The magnificent beach is surrounded by green hills that slope down to the shore, through which streams run into the Tasman Sea. For those of you interested in this beach, Piha is known for its black sand formed from volcanic minerals. The sharp descent into the sea makes it one of the best places to surf in the Pacific. So, surf lovers, this is the place for you.
10. ORA BEACH – INDONESIA
Ora beach, which is located in Maluku, Indonesia, is the most inspiring and special beach in Indonesia. The stretch of sand itself is small, but the view of the emerald ocean flowing through the jungle islands is what dreams are made of. The best thing about this beach is that no one knows about it yet, so tourists have not yet flooded the place. Interesting fact: this beach is called the Maldives of Indonesia, because here you can rent a romantic hut over the water and make the veranda your own private beach.
9. MAYA BAY – THAILAND
Thailand is on almost everyone’s wish list, and the reason is that it is famous for its incredible beaches, kind people, good food and phenomenal hotels. When booking a trip to Thailand, the choices are enormous, so we wanted to narrow it down somewhat. Remember the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio? It was filmed on Ko Phi Phi Phi in the Gulf of Maya. This beach has some of the most amazing views, and is one of the most inexpensive beach towns. The only problem with visiting the Gulf of Maya is that the odds of you never coming back from here are a little higher than the odds of you never coming back from some average destination.
8. EL CASTILLO – MEXICO
Tulum is currently one of the hottest vacation spots in the world, and the reason is simple-it’s very beautiful. The beach of El Castillo is located in Tulum. The Mayan ruins provide a unique and interesting backdrop, and its white sand is highlighted by stunningly clear water and brightly colored fishing boats. The coolest things you can do in this place are climb the pyramids, swim in the cenotes, eat fish tacos and go kite-surfing. Basically, you’ll never want to leave here.
7. REDUIT BEACH ST. LUCIA ISLAND
St. Lucia is one of those destinations you’ll immediately fall in love with, and we’ll tell you why. Reduit Beach is located on St. Lucia, about ten minutes south of Pigeon Island National Park. It provides a beautiful view of the beach. No matter what you’re looking for, this beach has it all. From great restaurants within walking distance, to water activities and beautiful views, this is the place to visit ASAP.
6. SANTA GIULIA – CORSICA
Corsica is without doubt one of our favorite tourist destinations, and Santa Giulia Beach is one of the reasons why. Santa Giulia is an impressive large lagoon-type beach. It has incredible turquoise water and white soft sand. It is a beach that is sure to take your breath away. It is heaven on earth and should not be missed. Santa Julia is also the perfect place for water adventurers. Believe me, this is one of those places whose beauty cannot be conveyed by photos – there is no greater pleasure than lying on Santa Julia Beach.
5. BAIA DO SANCHO – BRAZIL
This beach is, without a doubt, one of the most incredible beaches in the world. Located in Brazil, it boasts turquoise water and coral reefs, but it is secluded and difficult to get there. You have to go down a dirt road, up some broken stairs and steep steps (to be clear). This is what makes the beach even more special. Baia Do Sancho is a must-see for divers and those who snorkel. Its impressive reefs and abundance of marine life make spending time on the beach simply unforgettable.
4. SIESTA KEY – FLORIDA
When it comes to the United States, there are many spectacular beaches. However, Siesta Key is at the top of the list. Located on the Gulf Coast, Siesta Key is one of those beaches you just can’t help but fall in love with. Its calm waters and soft shoreline sand combined with breathtaking sunsets make it a must-visit destination. If you haven’t gotten into that idea yet, here’s another fact: dolphins are often seen on Siesta Key. You might even see a manatee if you go far enough by boat!
3. PRAI DE MARINHA – PORTUGAL
Portugal is a beautiful country and there is something for everyone. It is a country of good food, good people and even better beaches. Praia de Marinha has turquoise water and also arches under which you can swim, which is a symbol of the beach. You can take a boat ride and explore the caves and grottoes, which are sure to make you freeze at their beauty. Marinha is one of the many beaches in Portugal, however, this beach is considered the most beautiful in the country, so it is worth a visit.
2. LAKE MCKENZIE – AUSTRALIA
Lake Mckenzie is located on Fraser Island in Australia. This beach, made entirely of quartz, sits by a crystal clear, freshwater lake that is considered one of the cleanest in the world. It has no salt, so your eyes are safe. Fraser Island is one of the largest sandy islands in the world. It is home to an ancient rainforest and is truly “breathtaking”. For those who love animals, a little bonus – you’re sure to see a wild Dingo dog here, and that’s just cool.
1. RABBIT BEACH – ITALY
Besides pizza, pasta, and fashion, there are other beautiful things in Italy, such as great beaches. Rabbit Beach is located in Lampedusa, Italy, and it is simply stunning. Rabbit Beach is a secluded nature reserve that can only be reached by boat. Rabbit Beach (which has no rabbits running on it) is considered one of the most perfect beaches on planet Earth. One of the amazing facts about the beach is that dolphins frolic in its waters – it’s pretty epic.
10 beaches worth seeing at least once
Pink and black sand, the beach inside the cliff – amazing landscapes are created by both nature and man. If you’ve seen a lot and are expecting a vivid and memorable experience from your trip to the sea, check out this list.
Maya Bay, Phi Phi Le Island, Thailand
The island of Phi Phi Le became very popular in the early 2000s after the filming of the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton. The beach in the bay is surrounded by high cliffs, so the water here is calm and clear. Because of the large flow of tourists can not get privacy, but if you stay overnight on the island, you can catch the quiet hours – at sunrise or sunset, when the sun’s rays beautifully break through the cracks in the rocks. It’s only recently been possible to enjoy the scenery here from November through April; the rest of the time, the area is closed to give nature a rest.
Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas
Harbor Island’s beach is called pink because of the color of the single-celled organisms and coral particles that live there. They get washed ashore in the surf and mingle with the sand, giving it that peculiar color. Rest on this beach is very comfortable: a coral reef protects the island from the strong waves, and the water is so clear that even without a mask, objects can be clearly seen at a distance of six meters. Abundant vegetation protects against the heat, so even at the peak of the sun you can stay by the water, hiding in the shade of palm trees.
Honokalani Beach, Hawaii Islands
The sand on the island of Maui is dyed black because of the volcano that takes up more than half of the entire land area. The dark beach looks very unusual and contrasts vividly with the turquoise color of the ocean and the lush greenery of the rainforest. Swimming here is quite dangerous because of the strong waves. But the island is nice to walk around, because much of the territory – a national park. Tourists can walk through bamboo thickets, admire cascading waterfalls and climb to the top of the volcano Haleakala to see one of the largest craters in the world: its depth – 790 m, diameter – 3.2 km.
Love Beach, Mexico
Isolated from the coastline, the beach on one of the Marietas Islands got its name because of its unusual location inside a rock. This natural pool was formed in the early 20th century, when the Mexican government began dropping bombs on uninhabited islands as part of a military test. Visiting the beach must be planned in advance: only six people can stay here at a time. Access to this place opens at low tide, when you can reach the place through a narrow tunnel in a kayak. The stone walls protect the beach from the wind, so the water is always clear, clean, and warm.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
The sand of this beach on one of the Whitsundays islands is made of silicon, so from a distance it looks like the coast is strewn with salt or snow. Walking barefoot on this sand is very comfortable: even at the highest temperature, the silica doesn’t get hot. The preservation of nature and ecology of the place is a national priority of the country, so there are no hotels on the island, and tourists are brought here only on excursions. Staying overnight on Whitsunday is still possible if you bring a tent – the local authorities do not prohibit tourists a day’s rest.
Navaio Bay, Zakynthos island, Greece
The name of this place means “shipwreck” in Greek. In the 80’s a ship sank in the bay, which was illegally transporting cigarettes to Italy. Smugglers sunk it to escape prosecution, and the wreckage of the ship washed ashore during a storm. To get to the beach is possible only by sea transport: both sides of the water is surrounded by limestone cliffs. But the island itself is very easy to get to – Zakynthos has an international airport.
Pig Beach, Bahamas
One of the uninhabited islands of the Atlantic Ocean attracts tourists not only with exotic scenery and clear water, but also with dozens of pigs that live here. It is not known exactly how they came to this place, but there are two common theories explaining the phenomenon. According to one, the sailors who wanted to eat the animals accidentally left them on the island, according to the other, the pigs survived the shipwreck and managed to swim to land. They are very friendly and like to swim alongside tourists who constantly feed them.
Turtle Island, Fiji
The film “Blue Lagoon” brought widespread popularity to the island, which showed the beauty of the local nature in all its abundance. Since 1970 the island has been owned by businessman Richard Evanson who planted mango trees and banana palms. In addition to a large number of turtles on the island live iguanas and rare species of tropical butterflies. Many tourists come here especially to see dugongs, aquatic mammals that can’t be seen anywhere else.
Balders Beach, South Africa
Another place for exotic animal lovers is the beach 45 minutes away from Cape Town. It is inhabited by thousands of spectacled penguins that live in large colonies in Africa and never leave the area. You can freely observe and take pictures of the fascinating birds, but it is forbidden to approach and touch them. And the birds themselves can strongly bite uninvited guests, but you can swim with penguins on the neighboring beach Foxy Beach.
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA.
It’s hard to believe that this beach, strewn with glass pebbles, was once a dump. In the early twentieth century, household waste, electronics, and automobiles were dumped here. But in 1967 the local authorities decided to clear the area of garbage to make way for the water. The work lasted for years and was held in several stages, until the beach had nothing left except glass, which the water grinded to a rounded shape. Now the coast is strewn with colored transparent pebbles and looks unusual.