Some of the most stunning beaches in the world, the sight of these remarkable vacation spots will surely make you eager to plan your next getaway. A recurrent theme you’ll notice is the smooth white sand and crystal blue waters found on the following islands of paradise. Along with each picturesque view, there you’ll find yourself escaping your mind and become lost in serenity, drifting off to the faintness of the sweeping tides.
Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
The Phi Phi islands are situated in between Phuket Island and the Western Andaman Sea coast. This luxury oasis is blanketed in silky white sand, its sparkling waters are exceptionally clear effortlessly displaying it’s exotic forms of sea life and colourful coral. The 2000 film The Beach staring Leonardo DiCaprio, brought floods of tourism after the breathtaking beauty of Maya Bay was presented on the big screen. The natural beauty of these islands has been protected by National Park status as a result of the upsurge in tourism.
Cala Luna, Sardinia
Cala Luna translates to half moon, chosen to describe the 700 metre long half moon crescent shape of its shoreline. One of the most breath-taking and natural beaches found in all of Europe, this Italian paradise is named the most beautiful bay of the Mediterranean. Radiating colours of turquoise and emerald, avid snorkelers and scuba divers are enticed as the crystal clear sea readily shows off its diverse ocean life.
Natadola Beach, Figi
The most beautiful beach of Viti Levu (Figi’s largest island) and one of the finest in all of Figi, Natadola Beach is often referred to as a Jewel. This pristine heaven is relatively isolated allowing it to bestow supreme tranquility and relaxation upon its visitors, making it an idyllic escape. It is quilted in immaculate white sand and bordered by palm trees stretching 1.6 km, on looking a marvellous lagoon just off the shoreline. Horseback riding across this incredible portrait would be a scenic opportunity for one to experience its beauty. The water is also shallow and clear, making it ideal for underwater adventures.
Poipu Beach, Hawaii
Located on Kauai’s southern coast and fronted by Poipu Beach Park, Poipu Beach is a popular resort destination to say the least. It was ranked best beach in America by the Travel Channel and top National American Beach by Florida International University. With golden sand crescents, offshore reefs swarming with brightly coloured fish, and calm, clear waters it’s distinct beauty is difficult to rival. Popular activities include swimming, diving, snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and even golfing.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Part of the Spanish archipelagio and located off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, Tenerife is part of the Canary Islands which are a Spanish Autonomous Community and outer region of the European Union. Interestingly, Tenerife as part of the Canary Islands is a remnant of extinct volcanoes and also the largest; it’s volcanic crater (the third tallest volcano in the world) can be found in the centre of the island. Known as the island of “eternal spring”, visitors enjoy a warm sub-tropical climate year round always making it comfortable. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean with lovely golden sand imported from the Sahara Desert, its real beauty lies in its special landscape.
White Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines
One of the most popular travel destinations of Asia, the island stretches 7km long and 1km wide, with 4km of sparkling white sand to which it owes its name. Located 200 miles south of Philippine’s capital Manila and previously home to the Ati Tribe until it became a widespread tourist escape in the 1980’s. Again credit is due to a foreign movie featuring the island and since then taking a gradual turn to become a beautiful cosmopolitan destination. According to Yahoo Travel it is the World’s Most Popular Beach in 2007, attracting tourists from around the globe. Surrounded by reefs and glittery clear waters, its beauty ought not to be missed.
Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas
Stretching 3 miles long and between 50-100 feet wide, Pink Sands Beach is a unique tropical treat. One of the very best in Bahamas, its faint cherry sand acquires its colour from tiny shelled creatures named Foraminifera. They are single celled organisms found under reefs, the ocean floor, and beneath cave rocks. The sand then is a mixture of broken shells, tiny rocks, and calcium carbonate from marine invertebrate. Many travellers enjoy bone-fishing, reef fishing, and deep-sea fishing in these beautiful waters.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Most photographed beach in Australia, a perfect definition of nature’s supreme beauty and absolute gift of splendour. Whitehaven Beach is part of Whitsunday Island and at the heart of Australia’s marvelled Great Barrier Reef. It is made up of the most flawless sand that can be found in the globe, containing 98% pristine silica, it even squeaks when walked on. Observe this island’s breathtaking beauty higher up by seaplane, helicopter, and yacht or level by kayaking, ocean rafting, and jet boating.
South Beach, Florida
South Beach (nicknamed SoBe) is located in the south section of Miami Beach, Florida and part of a major entertainment destination. Rich in attractive scenery, not only is the beach a sight to admire but so are its visitors. White sand, clears waters, and plenty of flawless beach bodies, it is no wonder that tourists gather to this alluring scene. Aside from the gorgeous beach there are plenty of boutiques, restaurants, and shops all within walking distance.
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Situated on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, the sandy beaches of Cabo San Lucas offer an extraordinary escape. Exotic marine life, secluded caves, ancient rock formations, and sparkling waters are all part of the bliss to be experienced. World-class scuba diving and snorkelling are also an exceptional part of this destination.
Negril Beach is a staggering 7 miles long of flawless splendour, a picture perfect paradise. Soaring palm trees, powdery white sand, cliff diving at the world famous Rick’s Café, and clear waters, it’s lush natural beauty does not go unnoticed. The coral reef is a protected part of Negril’s sea providing the most excellent conditions for diving and snorkelling in all of Jamaica.
Surfer’s Paradise, Australia
One of the most iconic beaches in the world as acknowledged by the Discovery Channel and Lonely Planet, Surfer’s Paradise is Australia’s most popular beach with good reason. Judged Queensland’s cleanest beach in 2006, visitors enjoy its stunning scenery while partaking in the multitude of activities offered, not just surfing but definitely a surfer’s dream.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
A Tahitian heaven, this magical island encompasses an astonishing beauty with lavish tropical slopes, flourishing hibiscus valleys, white sand beaches, and emerald waters. At the heart of the island are two soaring peaks of sheer black rock creating a backdrop of striking allure against the crystal waters while its treasured lagoon dazzles from the underwater. A special enchantment emanates from the island and its feel is only strengthened as visitors enjoy their stay in overwater bungalows.
Navagio Beach, Greece
One of the most famous beaches in Greece, also named ‘the Shipwreck beach’ due to its preservation of an old ship that used to transport illegal cigarettes back in 1983, Navagio Beach is an exceptional sight. Situated on the Northwest shore of the Ionian island and accessed only by boat, this isolated sandy cove is a hidden prize of Zakynthos and revelled by travellers. Its beautiful characteristics include crystal blue waters, limestone cliffs, white rocks, and thrilling remoteness. Attaining even more attention than the Acropolis of Athens, this popular sight holds an unrivalled breath-taking splendour.
Anse Source D’argent, Seychelles
Found on the North Coast of La Digue, the 3rd largest island of Seychelles and embraced by the Indian Ocean, Anse Source D’argent is nature’s masterpiece. Granite cliffs, coconut palms, turquoise waters, soft white and pink sands, emerald lagoons, and vibrant corals are part of this picturesque fantasy. Waters are warm and shallow, sheltered by reefs and teeming with exotic marine life. An idyllic getaway, this beach perfect for romance and relaxation as it is not sprawling with resorts, casinos, and usual tourist entertainment. Once believed to be the location of the Garden of Eden, this island contains a special energy that can only be experienced firsthand.