Our fabulous planet is covered by vast oceans, seas, lakes and of course plenty of unparalleled beaches. Comparing beaches is an unenviable task that varies with people’s tastes and preferences. Many people define the beauty of a beach based on clarity of water and whiteness of the sands, others love the power of the mighty waves, the beauty of the coastal communities or the rugged nature of the coastline. For the ardent international travelers, instagrammers and travel photographers, here is a list of the 18 famous beaches in the world:
Bali in Indonesia is synonymous with sandy shores, staggered pagodas, towering volcanoes and turquoise waters and everything else you would expect from a quaint tropical paradise in Southeast Asia. Visitors who land in Bali from other places across the world are pleasantly surprised by the amazing palatial oceanfront resorts, sunbathing, decadent cuisines and luxurious spa treatments. The cuisine is largely a confluence of Indian and Chinese dishes. The most popular recipes include meat, fish and rice. Read more about Bali:
The City of Honolulu, on the Island of Oahu is in many ways the home to some of the best beaches in Hawaii. The beach straddles breathtaking sceneries that include expansive white sandy beaches, high rise buildings and a string of high class resorts. In the good natured North Shore area, you will find meandering hikes and pristine, clear blue waters. The beaches in Waikiki are world famous for their wild waves. The magnificent swells at Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach are also a must see. Because of weather and price trends, the best time to visit Honolulu is from August to December. Interesting things to know about Hawaii:
One of the best part of going to South America is visiting to the marvelous Rio de Janeiro metropolis, ideally located on the mouth of bay harbor. The sprawling city is lined with white sandy beaches and surrounded by rich green mountains and tropical rain forest. The best views of the city can be captured from the shores of Ipanema and Copacabana beach. Aside from the beaches, there are other attractions such as the colossal statue of Christ the Redeemer and Jardim Botanico gardens. You can add more color to your visit to Rio by attending the glamorous Carnival party. Here is a list of very cool hotels to stay in Brasil
This Greece Island is said to have been formed around 1650 BC following a volcanic eruption. From that history, stands a beautiful beach with stately homes. Santorini is conjured up by two habitable Islands and a number of islets. The largest archipelago Thira is the home to the towns of Ola and Fira. The terrain of the beach area includes several cliffs on the western side of the island and the flatter eastern coast. Travelers to the popular Greece Island are advised to avoid walking barefoot along the beach because the small rocks in the area often heat up after exposure to the sun. About 10,000 tourists arrive on the Island every day from cruise ships and Santorini remains a fabulous honeymoon destination
The beach in Phuket has many magnificent attributes, among them legendary sunsets, white sandy beaches, limestone cliffs and crystal clear waters. People from all walks of life throng this piece of paradise due to its low price tag, boat tours, spa treatments and chic accommodation. Although the 2004 Tsunami wrecked havoc, the tropical paradise has since recovered from the worst of the effects. The majority of the community living in the area subscribe to the Buddhist religion and culture. Visitors also get to experience some of the tasty cuisines of the region. Read more about Phuket:
One inescapable fact, any tourist will notice when visiting Costa Rica is the lush green rainforest, abundance of wild animals and unspoiled beaches. The country is home to some of the most amazing animals and birds in Central America such as the jaguar and toucans. The warm turquoise waters are great for surfing and swimming. The string of active volcanoes in the tropical paradise, on the other hand, offers a perfect setting for hikers. The other popular visitor attraction is Guanacaste, the country’s Gold Coast paradise. With all these attractions, it is no wonder Costa Rica ranks as a top spot for wedding shoots. Learn more about Costa Rica:
This popular beach paradise in Gold Coast, Queensland is world famous for its surfing arena, high rise buildings, and entertainment center. Gold Coast has some of the most consistent waves for a beach that stretches about 70 km. The most popular beaches in the area include: Snapper Rocks, and Duranbah Beach, which plays host to many international and professional surfing events such as the highly competitive Volcom TCT series. For safety, the beachfront is patrolled by professional lifeguards all year round. In terms of events, the popular Surfer’s Paradise Festival takes place every year between March to April to celebrate film, music and food.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
The beaches in Cape Cod attract hordes of visitors every day, most of whom are attracted by the sparkling sands and aquamarine waters. The most popular area of the beachside for tourist is the Cape Cod National Seashore in the outer Cape Cod. On the overall, the Sandy beaches in Cape Cod stretch some 559 miles. There are several places along the beach where children can enjoy low tide water pools. The other attractions here include clean public bathing waters, waterfront accommodations and world class restaurants. From Cape Cod, you can easily connect to nearby attractions such as Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
South Beach, Miami
South Beach in Miami is a popular tourist haven, with vibrant nightlife and world acclaimed public beach. The beach stretches from 21st Street and Collins all the way to 5th Street and Ocean Drive. South Beach is generally flat and calm, with occasional waves that can accommodate surfing. Besides the amazing beaches, South Beach is famous for its world class accommodation, deco architecture and beautiful people. Along the beachfront, you will find tourist friendly dining spots and shopping experience like no other. If you are visiting the area by car, there are plenty of parking spaces to get around.
Ses Salines, Spain
If you are a party fanatic, nothing beats sandy beaches of Ses Salines beach in Ibiza, Spain. The party mood always goes to an elevated level during the afternoons, thanks to secret DJ parties in the clubs located along the beaches. However, the party license runs out just after sunset. The other attractions in Ses Salines include luxury hotels and chic restaurants that offer both local and international cuisines. If you want to get to a quieter setting, check out the Punta se Ses Portes beaches a few strolls from Ses Salines. Interesting and related articles about Spain:
Although Nordic countries such as Finland are virtually unknown when it comes to sun kissed, sandy beaches, Yyteri beach, close to the city of Pori stands out. The beach geography is characterized by bright, soft sands, pine forest and heightened dunes. The destination is ideal for surfers, especially during late summers. The amenities found at the beach include children’s playground, ice cream selling points and restrooms. The nearby Yyteri Surf Center offers one stop rental shop for everything a surfer needs. One of the top hotel establishments along the beachside is Yyteri Hotel & Spa.
Dune du Pyla, France
Dune du Pyla beach in France features pristine sands and is strategically perched across the Atlantic Ocean stretch. The beach is located about one hour drive from Bordeaux, a famous wine country. The beach is made famous by its dunes which can climb up to 100 meters, the tallest in Europe. The best views of the dunes can be captured from the nearby Cap Ferret. The popular cuisines along the beach are seafood’s such as oysters and prawns taken with rose wine and bread. These delicacies came directly to the dining table from the fishermen's nets. Related:
The Island of Antigua in the Caribbean is characterized by crystalline sands, offshore coral reefs and a mass of crystal aquamarine waters. The world famous beachside is popular with a number of activities, including diving, snorkeling and eating out. The dining experience in the Island is never complete without paying a visit to the famous open air restaurants and bars along the beach. On the eastern stretch of the Antigua is the popular Yachtie Island and the more quieter Dickenson town, which is close to the Jabberwock Beach.
Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
Flamenco Beach off mainland USA in Culebra Island, Puerto Rico is a perfect tropical Beach. The beach features white sands, aquamarine waters surrounded by rows of palm trees and other greeneries. The Beach is largely underdeveloped because it is also home to a US military installation. There is, however, a popular government run campsite built atop the white sands. The camp has several amenities, including public shower and special mangrove area where travelers can pitch tent. The most popular snack here is called comida criolla, which locals prefer to take with pina colada.
The Smuggler’s Cove in Zakynthos, Greece
Smuggler’s Cove or Navagio Beach is a hard to imagine, exposed cove with crystalline white sandy beaches. The name Smuggler’s Cove is specifically named after a hidden area of the beach. The area is believed to be a hiding ground for ships that carried all sorts of smuggled goods. The beach is popular with visitors from Europe. Most of the people who come from overseas are keen to learn about the captivating history of the place. Visitors coming to Smuggler’s Cove are also drawn to the aquamarine waters and white limestone cliffs.
The Beaches of Goa, India
Goa is a popular tourist destination that attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. The sunny sandy beaches of Goa are clearly formed on the backdrop of the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The beaches are famous for beach parties and festivals. The other attractions on the beach front include world class cafes and bars that make for a vibrant nightlife. The destination is famous for a number of activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, kneeboarding, scuba diving and water skiing along with dolphin viewing. This former Portuguese enclave is also famous for several of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Check out:
The tropical, white sandy beaches of Bora Bora in French Polynesia undoubtedly stand as some of the most beautiful in the world. The 30 sq kilometer island features an extinct volcano in its center and a barrier reef and lagoon along the picturesque surroundings. There is plenty of sunshine, attractive landscapes and rows of coconut trees to welcome discerning visitors who throng the Islands in their thousands every year. For visitor accommodation, a number of luxury resorts have been set up just a few meters from the wondrous beaches. Bora-Bora is also known for:
The Cathedral Beach or Praia de Augas Santas is popular with adventure travelers from across the world. The beach is located in the Spanish municipality of Rinadeo. Besides the breathtaking sights, the beachside is darned with a number of eye catching attractions such as hidden caves, natural arches, cliffs and sea caves of varying sizes. During high tide seasons, the Cathedral Beach quickly transforms into an enchanting swimming locale. Visitors who come oversees are wowed by the newly found discovery, which many unvaryingly described as one of the beaches on the planet.