An overwhelming choice for most people’s vacation plans, beaches are famous for a reason. The lull of the waves, the warmth of the sand, and all of the activities associated with the beach keep vacationers coming back year after year. In this list of the best beaches in the world, we have compiled a list of 25 beaches that are in a class of their own.
From the Pacific to the Atlantic, this list showcases some of the best pieces of real estate in the world. So put on your sunblock, and pack your best swimsuit, because these beaches will have you headed for the shores in no time!
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For killer views (both of the beach and the people!), and for a fun, party atmosphere, Ipanema Beach is where it is at. The waterfront also boasts a number of galleries, boutiques, and restaurants, earning the area the moniker “Little Paris.”
With warm waters full of tropical fish and pristine sandy beaches, the whole of the Maldives is a beachgoer’s dream. However, while almost every beach in the Maldives is top-notch, Angaga Beach is ideal for those looking for a luxury resort experience on a secluded island.
El Nido is known for its natural beauty and ecosystem. It was even ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as the most beautiful beach in the world. White-sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs abound, providing stunning views at every turn. And, as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, El Nido is the perfect base for exploring the many stunning islands of the area.
Paradise Beach has some of the best sand on the Aegean and crystal clear water. It also offers a world-famous party scene that is enjoyed by guests from all around the world. Paradise Beach is a definite bucket list item for young and young at heart beachgoers. The area also boasts top-rated beach bars and aqua blue waters to satisfy the pickiest of vacationers.
7 Mile Beach is a haven for both sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts. Popular island destinations like the Cayman Turtle Farm and the capital city of Georgetown are also close. The area is also brimming with hotels, luxury resorts, and prime diving and snorkeling spots. All this comes together to make 7 Mile Beach a great place to be year round.
The setting for the movie The Beach, Maya Bay is one of the most scenic beaches in the world. The small and sheltered shores of Maya Bay also boast exceptionally clear water. This will allow visitors to see an array of colorful coral and fish.
Bali as a whole is a surfer’s paradise. Mengiat Beach on Nusa Dusa though provides relatively calm and peaceful waters. It is protected by an offshore reef, which allows for the surrounding water to be calm and peaceful. Add in a scenic backdrop of temples and rolling hills, as well as top-notch oceanfront hotels, and the beaches on Nusa Dusa island are some of the best in the world.
Navagio Beach is located on Zakynthos Island and is not only one of the best beaches in Greece, but also the world. Because of steep limestone cliffs, it is only accessible by boat. Speaking of boats (ships), this beach is also nicknamed “Shipwreck Beach.” It gets this nickname from the smuggler’s ship that sits stranded on the beach from the 1980s. With a one of a kind beach feel, stunning views, and some cool history, Navagio Beach was a natural choice for this list of the best beaches in the world.
Having the title of “most photographed beach in the world,” you know there is going to be some stunning beauty. Anse Source d’Argent is located in Seychelles and includes soft white sand and crystal clear water. The waters also offer a reef that makes the snorkeling and scuba diving something to dream about. With a background of rock outcroppings and tropical foliage, you will be able to relax in paradise on the island of La Digue and Anse Source d’Argent beach.
Champagne Beach gets its name from the bubbles that rise to the water surface from the below water volcanic activity (don’t worry, it is safe). This world-class beach is located on the island of Espiritu Santo. And, despite being popular worldwide, Champagne Beach does not have the feel of overdevelopment. So if you want to get the natural island beach feel, Champagne Beach is a great option.
You have most likely already heard of Bondi Beach in Australia (especially if you are a surfer). This beach though is worthy of its worldwide recognition with its soft sand and beautifully clear waters. If you enjoy festivals, markets, and events as well, you will like Bondi Beach. The area hosts a ton of great events and activities throughout the year.
Ora Beach is backed by cliffs and a rugged forest. This will allow you to have a quiet beach experience surrounded by stunning views. With just as much beauty in the water with coral and sea life as well, you will be able to take in beauty above and below the water. If you want to get the full experience, try out a stilted bungalow over the water, you will really be living the island life.
When you picture a stunning beach in your mind with crystal clear water and pristine white sand, there is a good chance that it very closely resembles Nissi Beach in Cyprus. One of the things that highlight Nissi Beach is the small islet that splits the beach. The shallow waters allow for walking and exploring the islet. It also offers an opportunity for plenty of different water sports as well. With plenty of resorts and amenities out of the water as well, you will always have something to do at Nissi Beach.
Also known as the Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz Beach located on the coast of Turkey. Its stunning shores make it a travel destination for beach lovers from all around the world. Water activities are highlighted by an inlet that features turquoise and azure blue waters. While outside of the water there are world-class resorts and plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Oludeniz Beach is a destination that beach lovers of all kinds will love.
Cala Deia Beach is situated between rocky outcroppings that add to the beauty of the beach. It is locatedjust a short distance from the old village of Deia in Mallorca, Spain. This is not a large beach filled with vast expanses of sand. However, Cala Deia Beach offers a unique experience for beachgoers. Visitors are able to enjoy the views, relax, and swim in the crystal clear water.
Piha Beach is going to have a little bit different of a look with black sand instead of the traditional white sand. If anything though, this adds to the uniqueness and overall beauty of the beach. Located in New Zealand, Piha is known as a surf beach that can at times be “wild and mysterious.” One of the highlights of the beach is “Lion Rock” that stands guard over the beach and the wild waters. The beach is also backed by protected parkland that consists of sub-tropical forest and plenty of wildlife.
When you think of Vancouver, Canada, you most likely don’t picture a world class beach. However, Tofino Beach stands in defiance of that thinking. It offers a true beauty that makes it worthy of being on this list of the best beaches in the world. The area also offers great surfing as well as exploring.
Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the United States. The beach offers soft, clean sand, typically calm waters, and plenty of activities on and off the water. Great for locals and tourists alike, Clearwater Beach is going to offer something for all ages. With an aquarium, fishing charters, and plenty of other activities, you will be able to choose between a relaxing beach day or a day filled with fun activities.
Located in the Caribbean on the island of Puerto Rico, Flamenco Beach is special in many rights. From the clarity of the water to the stunning views to the great island feel, you will truly be able to enjoy paradise. One of the highlights of Flamenco beach is the shallow crystal clear waters. This is going to allow for exploring and a safe swimming environment. Outside of the water, the background is set by rolling hills and vibrant vegetation.
Another great beach located on the beautiful island of Cyprus, Fig Tree Bay is a large beach that stretches about 500 meters. With resorts and hotels backing the beach, you can enjoy staying right on the beach. This is going to allow you to stay in comfort and enjoy breathtaking views day or night. With a small islet that can be reached by swimming or boat, there is plenty of room for exploring as well at Fig Tree Bay.
As Catedrais Beach or Beach of the Cathedrals is one of the more unique beaches on this list. This beach is going to offer stunning views and some of the best explorings you could hope for. The waters over time have chiseled out different formations in the rock. This has resulted in natural passages and arches that can be walked through and explored depending on the tide. A truly unique beach experience in Spain, As Catedrais Beach is a one of a kind experience.
With some of the whitest sand and bluest water in the world, Tulum Beach is a must visit. Add in the breathtaking views of different Mayan ruins, and you have an over the top beach experience. Along with plenty of history, there are also a number of shops and restaurants, as well as water activities in the area. All this will ensure that visitors are never bored.
Postcard-Worthy, The Big Island’s Mauna Kea beach is a safe and fun beach for all ages. With plenty of palm trees, clear water, and white sand, Mauna Kea is sure to appeal to the most discerning beachgoer.
Accessible only by boat, Rabbit Beach is a TripAdvisor member favorite. Rabbit Beach’s crystal clear water also showcases great diving spots, as well as a number of playful dolphins and other marine life. Rabbit Beach was a natural choice for this list of the best beaches in the world.
The largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach is an untouched, pristine beach that showcases Mother Nature’s handiwork. While there are no hotels on the island, campsites are available, making Whitehaven Beach a year-round choice for nature lovers.
Best Beaches in the World Conclusion
If you are anything like us, you have probably already started daydreaming about being on one of these amazing beaches. Unfortunately, though you are still reading this article, that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your trip today!
We hope that this list of the best beaches in the world has inspired you to add a few of these destinations to your bucket list.
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