Every beach worldwide is beautiful in its own way and incomparable. It’s the eyes of the beholder which makes it more beautiful from another. Some beaches are calm and peaceful while some are wide open and suitable for many water sports. I have shortlisted a mixture of beach destinations from both the categories mentioned above. Here are 10 of the best beaches in the world:
1. Blue Lagoon: Oludeniz, Turkey
This beautiful slice of heaven is Blue Lagoon island, located at the Merging of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. You can find it 10 miles from the town of Fethiye, Huge green peaks border perfectly clear turquoise water, with a peninsula separating one stretch of beach from another. You won’t find any resorts or shops to stink-up the place because this beach is a national marine sanctuary. The water is crystal clear with an abundance of marine life. It’s a perfect place for Divers as it has so many fascinating caves. If you are planning a trip with your kids than it is a most go place for you for their first experience.
2. Grace Bay: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Found off the northeast coast of Providenciales, this pristine beach is the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The water in Turks and Caicos is a special brand of light aqua you’ll find nowhere else in the world. It has received many designations, and currently holds the position of World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Beach Destination and Trip Advisor’s 2nd best beach in the world. There are Coral Gardens, a small snorkeling trail, and so much tropical marine life.
Crystal water, white sand, and no rocks, seaweed or pollution, the sight of this sea is worthwhile. The barrier reef found a mile (1.6km) out protects Grace Bay from the ocean swells of the Atlantic.
3. Makena: Maui, Hawaii
The best time to see that salmon-orange sand on Makena is during sunset; the sinking sun creates a mind-blowing image of color against the blue water and red sky. The view from the sand is of the white-capped Pacific leading out to other Hawaiian islands. There are two beaches here, Big Beach and Little Beach.
Although slightly out of the way, Makena beach is a welcoming attraction to anyone traveling with younger (under 6yrs) children. There is very good snorkeling to the north, on a section of rocks. If you make the swim around the point, you’ll be in Makena Park which is a great snorkeling spot. With colorful coral and marine life to see, this is the best destination for a family trip!
4. Cala Deia: Mallorca, Spain
Well, it’s not a type of beach on which you can lay down and get a good tan. This shingle beach on the west coast of Mallorca is a unique seaside spot. Amazingly aqua blue water surrounded by cliffs makes it surreal. The sea is wonderfully clear and inviting and perfect for cooling off in on a hot summer’s day. Cala Deia is ideal for snorkeling and diving. Coasteering, kayaking, canyoning, and climbing are also very popular on the west coast of Mallorca.
There are beautiful villas on those cliffs, which make you wish to have one of your own. Here you’ll find two seafood eateries which let you enjoy fresh-caught seafood while eating almost-on-top of the water. A perfect relaxing vacation – no?
5. Hidden Beach: The Marieta Islands by Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
About 40 miles off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico lies the breathtakingly serene Marietas Islands. The Marietas Islands are a group of uninhabited isles with jaw-dropping views and diverse marine life.
This secluded strip of sand is believed to have discovered decades ago when it was used as target practice by the Mexican Government in the early 1900s. Its water is warm and clear as glass. There’s a water tunnel you have to pass through to get there.
6. Anse Source d’Argent: La Digue, Republic of Seychelles
Anse Source d’Argent, in the south-west of La Digue, has often been described as the most beautiful beach in the world, and it is certainly one of Seychelles’ most famous attractions. Its pink sand and towering cliffs make it one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Many photographers and nature-lovers come here to experience the beauty. One of the main reasons for the beach’s popularity, besides its astounding beauty, is its variety of activities. The shallow, clear water, as well as the coral reef protection, means the beach is a great spot for families and is also perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
La Digue, specifically its Veuve Nature Reserve, is the last place on earth where you can find the rare black paradise flycatcher bird. Though, just 100 of them are left now!
7. Piha Beach: Piha, New Zealand
Auckland is said to be a “beach town,” and one of its most enduring beaches is about 25 miles north of the city. It’s home to a massive 16-million-year-old stone, Lion Rock. You can find the images of this historical rock on both the Auckland phone book and postage stamps. Piha’s sand is black, formed by the volcanic minerals and the harsh breaks make it one of the top surfing spots in the Pacific. Green hills line the shore, with streams and tributaries running out into the Tasman Sea.
8. Maya Bay: Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
Maya Bay is a stunningly beautiful bay surrounded by 100-meter high cliffs on three sides. Maya Bay was used as the backdrop for the cult movie The Beach, most probably the directors wanted one of the world’s most attractive tropical beaches in the film. Inside the bay there are several beaches, most are small, and some only exist at low tide. The main one is almost 200 meters long with soft white sand, underwater colorful coral, and exotic fishes, the water is as clear as crystal; the whole bay is one big reef.
9. Baia do Sancho: Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
The locals call Baia do Sancho both a beach and bay. You can reach the bay either by trekking down a short trail or by sea. The sand of Baia do Sancho is white, and the water is emerald green. If you are looking for a calm and peaceful place, this is the best idea; It’s never crowded. As the hyper-protected islands have room for only about 700 tourists at once (along with fewer than 4,000 locals), and those visitors have their choice of 17 beaches. The beach is protected and surrounded by native vegetation and high rising cliffs. You can reach here by small boats in the morning, but the best time for sunbathing is afternoon when the only way to reach Sancho is by foot. It’s a must for divers and snorkelers, full of reefs and tons of sea creatures to spot.
10.Rabbit Beach: Lampedusa, Italy
Rabbit beach, which has no rabbits, by the way, located on the island of Lampedusa, next to the tiny Isola dei Conigli is a beautiful beach, rated among the top four beaches in the world on TripAdvisor. You can only get there by boat. Instead of rabbits, you’ll find plenty of loggerhead turtles and other wildlife roaming the rocky caves.
There are plenty more beaches on the island which are still hidden from the tourists and are mostly known only to locals.
So, Which is your next destination?
Tom is a blogger and a nature lover. He is obsessed with traveling and adventures and that too with his family. He believes that water has a steady hold of him. He regularly writes about his experiences at http://kayakcritic.net/