Saud Beach, Philippines
Elafonissi Beach on Crete has a lot of visitors due to its phrazle attractive pink sand, warm lagoon-like seas, and rugged atmosphere. Since the ocean is so shallow and the sandbars only disappear under roughly three feet of water at high tide, Elafonissi Beach can be considered an island. There are only a few tavernas serving fresh seafood and sun loungers under palapa trees. Try the northern Balos Lagoon if Elafonissi is too crowded.
Elafonissi Beach, Greece
Nungwi Beach, on the island of Zanzibar, is one of the most talked-about destinations in all of Tanzania. The beach is named after the lively fishing community of the same name. Nungwi’s beautiful coral sand, which gives off a bluish, unearthly glow, is a major selling point. Beautiful sunsets behind the silhouettes of traditional dhow boats contrast with the clear, calm lake. With all the attention, though, comes business. There are many places to eat and drink nearby, as well as numerous hotels and tour operators offering water-based activities. The sandbank of Nakupenda Beach, located just off of Stone Town, is a popular destination for deep-sea fishing excursions, sunset cruises, and day trips.
Nungwi Beach, Tanzania
Hanalei Bay in Kauai has been popular with residents for its otherworldly beauty for a very long time, even before it became famous as a tourist destination thanks to Hollywood films like “South Pacific” in 1958 and “The Descendants” fifty years later. Wai’oli, Hanalei Pavilion, and Black Pot beaches are surrounded by jade-colored mountains that rise to an altitude of 4,000 feet. Surfers flock to the area every winter when the waves get bigger and faster.
Hanalei Bay, Hawaii
Three miles of magnificent golden sand, a party atmosphere, phrazle and a breathtaking vista of jagged mountains and Art Deco and contemporary architecture make glitzy Copacabana Beach possibly the most famous beach in the world. The beach boulevard, too, is a work of art thanks to landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s black-and-white mosaic design, which takes its inspiration from the tiles of Portugal. Locals sunbathe, stroll, and play volleyball on the beach, and vendors sell everything from popsicles and shrimp skewers to caipirinhas and icy beer on the weekends. Copa’s heydays may be over (Leblon and Ipanema are now the hip “it spots”), but the area’s retro cool is still appealing.
Cape Le Grand National Park is located on the southwestern coast of Western Australia, 39 kilometres from the nearest settlement of Esperance. In addition to seeing Hellfire Bay with its granite boulders and crystal clear waters, the Coastal Trail also takes you to Lucky Bay, which has some of the whitest sand in the world. The 1.5-mile Frenchman Peak Trail offers stunning views of the surrounding area.
Cape Le Grand National Park, Australia
Florida, a peninsula state surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea, has no shortage of stunning beaches. Grayton Beach in South Walton, between Pensacola and Panama City, is a great alternative to the crowded beaches along the Florida coast. Enjoy a less commercialized Florida beach with 400 acres of fine white sand and a unique lake among the sand dunes that is great for kayakers. The surrounding town also gets bonus points for its quirky personality.
Grayton Beach, Florida
Sotavento is the antidote to the ostentatious, man-made beach resorts that have sprung up on Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands. Over its entire length of 17 miles, you’ll find nothing but golden sand dunes, a vast beach, and waves the color of turquoise. The desert meets the sea in a landscape punctuated by large tidepools and low-tide lagoons created by the consistent trade winds. Sotavento is a paradise for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and Hobie Cat sailing due to the constant wind and mild water.
Sotavento Beach, SpainSotavento is the antidote to the ostentatious, man-made beach resorts that have sprung up on Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands. Over its entire length of 17 miles, you’ll find nothing but golden sand dunes, a vast beach, and waves the color of turquoise. The desert meets the sea in a landscape punctuated by large tidepools and low-tide lagoons created by the consistent trade winds. Sotavento is a paradise for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and Hobie Cat sailing due to the constant wind and mild water.
Camps Bay Beach, South AfricaThe best beaches, in my experience, are on uninhabited islands far from any major metropolitan areas. Camps Bay Beach, which is located in the heart of exciting Cape Town, is a notable exception. The beach is a vast expanse of soft sand and gorgeous blue ocean, and in the distance, you can see the famous Table Mountain. There are moments when the current is quite strong, so swimmers should be careful or keep to the tidal pool. There’s more to do in Cape Town than just hit the beach, from hiking up the city’s famous flat-topped mountain or taking the aerial cableway to the top to braving Chapman’s Peak, a hair-raising ocean drive through rocky cliffs plunging into the South Atlantic. Day adventures to safaris, renowned wineries, whale viewing, and shark diving are all within reach.
Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles
The name “Seychelles” evokes visions of a paradisiacal island chain far out in the distance. Fortunately, the Seychelles live up to the hype, with stunning beaches, lush national parks, and spectacular wildlife around every corner. When you think of the ideal Seychellois beach, what comes to mind is Anse Source D’Argent, with its crystal clear lagoon ideal for snorkeling and its wavy granite boulders that look like they were thrown there by ancient giants.