Who among here loves to go to the beach, raise your hand? Whether you are a native of a tropical country, a Western tourist who wants to unwind, or simply someone who loves to backpack and see the world, one thing is for sure: you will never get tired of the beach. Admit it, there is something about the sun, the sea and the sand that makes you want to stay in there – forever.
Here’s the truth: every country has its own beach destination they could be proud of. It makes sense since the Earth is composed of three-fourths water, right? Wherever you go, there is a possibility you will encounter an amazing shoreline, white sand and blue water.
Get your passport and bank accounts ready. In no particular order, here are 10 best of the best beaches you should visit.
1. Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii
What comes to your mind every time you hear the word, ‘Hawaii?’ Beach, right? You even picture women in their luau costumes with a flower tucked on its ear, holding a pineapple and dancing to the tune of native Hawaiian music while saying “Aloha.”You might even be reminded of those scenes in 50 First Dates movie. Regardless of what you think of, one thing is for sure: Hawaii is an ultimate beach destination.
However, one area stands out – the Kauna’oa Bay. Located on the Kohalo Coast of the Aloha State’s Big Island, Kauna’oa Bay is the quintessential, picture-postcard worthy that best describes the island. In fact, the scene is drool-worthy – calm blue water, fine white sand, palm trees and crescent-shaped beach that make it ideal not just for tourists and water sports enthusiasts but also families with kids.
You can do many things in Kauna’oa Bay. Swimming and getting a tan are main attractions. However, other activities include snorkeling, riding boogie boards and other water activities.
2. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
Did you know that Lanikai in the Hawaiian language means, “Heavenly sea?”When you see Lanikai, you will understand why the locals name the place in such term. Turquoise green water, fine white sand beach, lush tropical plants and endless sunshine are only some of the island’s selling points, making Lanikai Beach “America’s number one beach” for years.
Unlike Kauna’oa Bay, Lanikai Bay is only 800 meters long. However, it has one of the most scenic coastlines in Oahu with underwater gardens that are popular among divers and snorkelers. Kayaking is also a popular activity in the island, with some tourists kayaking all the way to the Mokulua Islands.
Despite its Instagram-worthy views, Lanikai beach has no restrooms, showers and other public facilities. Parking spots can also be challenging during weekends and holidays. If you really want the perfect view, then Lanikai Beach can be your ultimate destination.
3. The Hamptons, New York
The Hamptons may be referred to as the place for rich and famous (Hello, Keeping Up with the Kardashians). Did you know it has one of the best and prettiest beaches not just in Long Island but also around the world?
Hamptons’ unspoiled shoreline and pristine beaches start at Southampton and run east up to the end of the island in Montauk. During the summer, the Hamptons seacoast is a home to free evening concerts and fantastic fireworks display every week. And if you enjoy walking or biking just like those scenes in Gossip Girl or show off your designer swimsuit, then Hamptons beaches are the right place for you.
Main Beach in East Hampton is best for those who prefer laidback atmosphere. If you are into surfing, then Ditch Plains in Montauk is the perfect spot for you, although traffic may be bumper to bumper. If you are after that low-key, community feel, then the Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack is your ultimate beach destination.
Kids and families will enjoy a trip to the Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett, thanks to the food trucks and ecological reserve, while Coopers Beach in Southampton is a perfect destination in case you want to spend the rest of the day in the beach with friends and family.
4. Langkawi, Malaysia
Malaysia may be famous for Petronas Towers, thanks to its aggressive tourism campaign. Did you know that it is also a home to one of the best beaches in the world? Yes, Langkawi’s white sand beaches are just one of the many things Malaysia is proud of its own.
In Malaysia, Langkawi means “the land of one’s wishes.” It is the perfect name for the island, considering its historic origin as a refuge for pirates. Since then, Langkawi became a modern hideout for travelers and tourists who wanted to escape and get some time for themselves.
The Langkawi Island is composed of many beaches. Pantai Batu Hampar is popular for its rocky outcrops, hence the name Laying Stones Beach. If you are into bird watching, then the Burau Bay Beach is a perfec spot for migratory birds and a haven for hornbills. If you’ve seen the movie, Anna and the King, then you might recognize the Pantai Kok Beach. It is where the movie’s Summer Palace location was shot, thanks to its white sand and swaying palms.
Pantai Cenang or the Cenang Beach is an 18.4-kilometer stretch and the liveliest stretch in the island – a perfect spot for those who prefer a livelier pace of beach life. Next to it is Pantai Tengah, which is calmer and more quiet beach spot.
5. Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Aside from Long Island beaches, Nantucket also has some of the pristine and most beautiful beaches in the world. Because of this, locals do their best to preserve the beauty and fragile environment of their island.
Nantucket beaches are divided into three groups: the North Shore, South Shore and East Shore. In these three beach groups lie different beaches that boast something they can be proud of.
North Shore beaches have more gentle surf and current that are suitable for children. The water is calm and warm, which are perfect for swimming. The Children’s beach comes with a playground, park, picnic tables, food service and other facilities that make it ideal for kids.
South Shore beaches face the Atlantic Ocean, making its beaches ideal for surfers. The Madaket Beach is popular for its surf conditions and a perfect spot for watching incredible sunsets. You can also check out Surfside Beach. It is one of the popular beaches in the island and is ideal for families too. If you prefer more adventure, then East Shore beaches are the right ones for you.
6. Fraser Island, Australia
One of the main attractions in Australia is their beaches. When it comes to their beaches, one island stands out: the Fraser Island. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island located in the sunny Queensland coast of 161 miles northeast of Brisbane. It is also a World Heritage Site with 640 square miles of unspoiled natural paradise, making it one of the most sought after destinations in the world.
Aside from its natural beauty, Fraser Island has a lot of things to offer. You can enjoy whale watching in Hervey Bay, which receives 75,000 visitors every year. The white sand and crystal clear water also makes swimming one of the best experiences you could ever have.
Aside from the water activities, Fraser Island offer wide range of things to do to make your experience memorable. You can explore the rainforest, sand dunes, MAHENO shipwreck, and crystal-clear lakes, each having its own character. The 144-kilometer coastline is also home to native species and plant life. Fraser Island is also the only place in the world where you can see centuries-old trees and rainforest growing from sands.
The best thing about Fraser Island? It can cater to different types of people and tourists – from ecology and environment lovers to backpackers to beach lovers and even families. Fraser Island will surely leave you in awe.
7. St. Barts
Who wouldn’t love the Caribbean Sea? The crystal blue waters and white sand beaches will always be the selling point of this beautiful island. One of the many islands in the Caribbean Sea that will surely stand out is St. Barts. This eight-mile island with secluded beaches is a combination of French culture and the best of island relaxation.
St. Barts has 20 beaches, all blessed with sparkling waters and white sand. Grand Cul de Sac and St. Jean are excellent beaches that provide different water sports too. If you want something secluded and more quiet, then the Petit Cul de Sac is your top choice. You can also check out Lorient and Marigot, which is popular among island families. Saline Beach is also a popular choice among tourists and is part of CNN’s list for best beaches in the world.
That’s not all. St. Barts is a popular destination for photo shoots, with the likes of Kate Moss, Alessandra Ambrosio and Candice Swanepoel hitting the islands. Even popular celebrities such as Beyonce and Jay-Z and Paul McCartney and wife visit the place for some island loving. With picture-perfect and swoon-worthy features, it won’t come as a surprise.
8. Bora Bora, Tahiti
Located in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is one of the most magical islands that make up the French Polynesia. Only 18 miles or 29 kilometers long, this lush piece of land that resembles an artist’s colorful palette of blue and green is housed in a protected lagoon and surrounded by white sandy shores. In fact, its perfect white sand beach is a gateway to the island’s emerald waters, colored fishes and coral gardens.
However, what makes Bora Bora extra special is its isolated beaches, intimate hotels and overall peaceful and quiet atmosphere, which is why it gained the nickname “The Romantic Island.” The most romantic island in the world, Bora Bora’s scenery and overwater bungalows are the perfect blend of creating romantic memories.
Of course, Bora Bora offers wide range of activities to make sure you get only the best and most wonderful experiences. Snorkeling, diving, jet skiing and hiking are some of the favorites when you’re in the island. Sunset cruises are also available just in case you simply want to enjoy what the island has to offer.
Did you know that there are pink sand beaches scattered in certain parts of the world? If you are looking for the ultimate pink sand beach experience, then Seychelles is the right place for you.
Fact: Seychelles is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Located across the island of La Digue, one of the 115 islands in the archipelago in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is known for its pale pink sands, towering granite boulders and turquoise water. Seychelle’s Anse Victorin is also voted as the most beautiful beach in the world. If you want hotels overlooking the seashore, Grand Anse in Praslin Island is the best choice.
You will never run out of places to go to when you are in Seychelles. Wherever you go, this island guarantees a one-of-a-kind tropical paradise beach experience. The calming and tranquil waters, breathtaking views, are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and photography enthusiasts. Yes, Seychelles is Instagram-ready too.
If you are looking for a place to spend your honeymoon, or a quick but romantic getaway with your special someone, or you simply want to get away, Maldives will always be a part of your must-see list. Why not? This island located southwest of Sri Lanka is the perfect place that blends nature and relaxation into one.
Maldives is more than just clear blue waters and white sand beaches.Aside from swimming with the fishes, water sports are popular in the island, whether it is swimming, water polo, surfing, snorkeling and diving. If you are not in the mood to get wet, you can go for excursion trips and experience the life of local Maldivians. Some of the islands are slightly modern although you can still see some areas living in the past.
So, are you ready to get your tan?