10 of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Winter is almost half way in the northern hemisphere, and freezing temperatures and gray skies make most of us miss hiding on beautiful beaches. But is it possible to rank the best beaches in the world? Of course not, because preferences will differ from tourists to traveler world, based on facilities, accessibility, choice of swimming & water sports, safety, sense of place, relaxation, and scenery. Nevertheless, with a good trip and putting my feet on the sand of many beaches throughout the world, I hereby present to you a list of the 10 most spectacular beaches in the world. From coral to sandy and long to closed, it should come as no surprise that most of these beaches are located on the best beach destinations in the world. Unfortunately, these beaches are no secret (again) and you have to share extraordinary beauty with many other tourists. If tranquility is a must, you can consider exchanging beaches listed below for one of the most semi (semi) private hotel beaches in the world or choosing to stay in one of the most exclusive private island resorts in the world.
- TULUM, RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO
What distinguishes Tulum is its proximity to some of the most amazing Mayan ruins in all of Mexico: this is one of the world’s best cultural destinations to meet one of the world’s best beaches. The ruins of Tulum are ancient walled cities that sit on rocky cliffs overlooking a spectacular beach. With hordes of tourists visiting every day, this area is not entirely private, but the vast expanse of white sand and alluring turquoise waters is more than just redeeming it.
- NAVAGIO BEACH, ZAKYNTHOS, GREECE
Navagio Beach is an isolated yet beautiful sandy bay on the island of Zakynthos, Greece. This is often referred to as the Karam Ship Beach because it is home to a wreck named Panagiotis which is believed to be a smuggling ship. This area is determined by steep limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and clear blue water, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. The coastal path is only accessible by boat, but you can see it from above if you stand on the high side of the cliff around it.
- GRACE BAY, TURKS & CAICOS
Turks and Caicos consist of 40 islands and bays, where Providenciales is the main tourist center. Here on the northern coast, you will find Grace Bay, a 19km (12 mile) mixture of sweet sand and transparent water, surrounded by a coral reef system with incredible snorkeling and diving. Unfortunately, a growing number of hotel resorts and condominiums have sprung up along the coast in recent years, so you might be better today on a more private beach hotel in Amanyara or Parrot Cay.
- PUTIH PUTIH, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
Whitehaven Beach is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, and is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Australia’s most famous beach stretches 4.4 miles (7 km) and is washed by a swirl of turquoise water. The sand is 98% pure white silica, which gives brilliant color and is almost radiant. You can reach the beach via helicopter or seaplane, or you can sail to Whitehaven Beach with one of the many cruise ship excursions in the area.
- BAIA DO SANCHO, FERNANDO DE NORONHO, BRASIL
Baio Do Sancho is located on the remote island of Fernando de Noronha, an active volcanic archipelago of 21 islands in the Atlantic Ocean, located about 350 kilometers off the coast of the northeastern Gulf of Brazil. Sparkling emerald water and soft white sand are surrounded by a 75 foot (75 m) cliff covered with vegetation. The beach can only be reached by boat or walking on a dirt road through a gap in a stone wall with several dozen uneven, slippery sandy steps. This beach is perfect for snorkeling and seeing light
- LONG BEACH, VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA
Not only tropical beaches whose beauty can make people speechless. The best example is Long Beach, the longest sandy beach on Vancouver Island Canada, which offers beautiful views and unparalleled ocean wilderness. Located on the border of the Pacific National Park Nature Reserve between Tofino and Ucluelet, 16 miles (16 km) of pristine sand is supported by lush rainforest and washed by cold waves. Twenty thousand gray whales migrate to this beach every spring and summer.
- MAYA BAY, KOH PHI PHI, THAILAND
Maya Bay is a beautiful and protected bay on Koh Phi Phi Thailand. With a white sand ring surrounded by mangrove forests and towering limestone walls enveloped by thick foliage, it’s easy to see why director Danny Boyle chose this beach for The Beach which is a cult favorite, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The main beach in the bay is about 200 m (650 ft) long and has soft soft white sand, with colorful corals under water and exotic fish in very clear water.
- BAY CAMPS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town tops the list of the most beautiful cities in the world, not least because of its beautiful beaches on its doorstep. Camps Bay is not only the most popular Cape Town beach, but also the only city beach in the top 10 list. Offering dazzling white sands against the magnificent backdrop of the Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain Mountains, Camps Bay water is rather cold, because of the currents in the Atlantic Ocean, but that will not distract you from the stunning surrounding scenery and famous sunsets.
- POLIHALE BEACH, HAWAII, USA
Polihale is a hands-down beach of the most beautiful Hawaiian Islands. This seemingly deserted stretch of 11 km (7 miles) at the western end of Kauai, one of the most beautiful islands in the world, is a few miles from the nearest town and holds a vibrant and mystical vibe that still lives in Hawaii today. The beach can only be reached through a poorly marked cane road, making four-wheeled vehicles preferable (ask your car rental company for restrictions before heading out).
- SOURCE ANSE D’ARGENT, SEYCHELLES
One of the most photographed beaches in the world, the dazzling white sand of the Anse Source d’Argent stretches on La Digue, one of the 115 islands that make us a paradisiacal island in the Indian Ocean. The shiny beach with a background of large granite stones, worn by time and weather. Offshore reefs provide protection from ocean waves, making turquoise water an ideal place to swim. Keep an eye on endangered birds and giant turtles!
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