It’s true. You caught me. I am in madly, deeply, head over heels in love… (with the beach)- shh, don’t tell my husband! I just love the sand beneath my toes, exploring sea animals above and below water, and hunting for shells. Oh, and a suntan doesn’t hurt either.
While I have been lucky enough to experience numerous Caribbean beaches, (which were all gorgeous), and quite a few in the Mediterranean, I was curious as to what others’ favorite beaches were. I asked some of my travel blogging friends, and the response I received was overwhelming.
I guess others have the same feelings towards the beach that I do. I received submissions from all over the world, from Thailand to Barbados, and the Galapagos to Spain.
Best Beaches in the World
It’s remarkable how different beaches can be. Take a look for yourself.
1. Cockleshell Beach, St. Kitts
If the peaceful area, silky white sand, and turquoise waters, (oh, and some serene views of nearby Nevis), don’t get you, the calm and inviting waters will. Go visit St. Kitts, you’re body and mind will thank you.
2. Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
Playa Conchal in located in the Guanacaste region in Costa Rica and I love this beach because the sand is made up of tiny pieces of seashells.
3. Beach at the Dead Sea, Israel
Why not take a dip in the Dead Sea and have an experience you will never forget. I can promise you that- floating in the Dead Sea is like nothing you have ever experienced before. It is such a different feeling, something you cannot experience anywhere else.
4. Hupuna Beach, Big Island, Hawaii
Here’s one of my favorite beaches I love visiting on the Big Island, it’s called Hapuna beach on the west side of the island. With powdery sand, gorgeous views and warm water, what’s not to like?
5. Perivulous (Black Sand Beach), Santorini, Greece
Although the sand is a bit rocky and extremely hot (wear sandals at all times), it is one of the most remarkable beaches I have ever laid eyes on.
6. Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
That’s me in the pink shirt in the bottom right hand corner! The large boulders make for a dramatic landscape, which is quite possibly why it has been rated the #8 beach in the world by TripAdvisor. It is the most famous beach in Bermuda, and therefore, a very popular tourist spot.
7. La Barceloneta, Barcelona
Zof is not a big beach bum, so she wants to share an image of a beach every city slicker must visit! She mentions that this beach is a perfect spot for all the art lovers out there.
8. Prince Edward Island Beach, Canada
This is the WestPoint Lighthouse along the south-west shore of Prince Edward Island. The beaches of Prince Edward Island are best known for their rich, red sand (a result of rust oxidization and the salt water) and are great for collecting shells, beach glass, and driftwood.
In addition to the pretty scenery, PEI is perfect for history buffs (it’s known as Canada’s “Cradle of Confederation”) as well as literature lovers (it’s the setting for Anne of Green Gables!)
9. Gramvousa, Crete, Greece
Quite possibly the most serene place I have ever been. Only accessible by boat, the beach and surrounding area is like one out of the movies. Greece continues to be one of my favorite places in the world…
10. Maya Bay, Thailand
Our favorite beach to date is Maya Bay in Thailand. We went here in March 2012 on our honeymoon and loved everything about. The scenery is out of this world, the sheer cliffs are such a backdrop to the gorgeous water and under water life is amazing here! We can’t wait to go back in December for Christmas with my parents!
11. Gardner Bay, Española, Galapagos
The most gorgeous beach we’ve visited was at Gardner Bay on the island of Española, in the Galapagos. There were literally hundreds of sea lions in this colony– males battling for dominance, females nursing their pups, and several frolicking in the sea. Add some spectacular scenery, and it was an incredible way to end our Galapagos adventure.
12. Jalousie Beach, St. Lucia
St. Lucia is gorgeous – there’s no doubt about that. With views of the Pitons, this beach is perfect for those who want kick back and relax for the day. And it hardly gets crowded, due to the difficulty in getting there.
13. Cockle Bay Beach, New Zealand
Cockle Bay Beach, New Zealand. The first beach I swam at on my first ever visit to New Zealand and a short walk from my uncle’s house – perfect!
14. Trunk Bay, St. John’s, USVI
Photo provided by www.calculatedtraveller.com
15. Elafonisi, Crete, Greece
16. Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef
17. Deserted Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
18. St. Martin Beach
19. Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach, Hawaii
20. Negril, Jamaica
21. Secluded beach in Antigua
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22. Komodo Beach, Coral Island, Thailand
Photo provided by Karis Abroad