With breaks and shelters in the world now, now is the time to dream. Yes, we will travel again – but for now, it’s all travel-hungry. Whether you’re dreaming of a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf, or spending this time at home dreaming of a lifetime trip, an ancient beach is always a good idea. To inspire you, here are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world from South Beach to Sri Lanka.
Riley Beach, Thailand
Isolated from the mainland of Krabi Province on a high limestone peak, Riley Beach is only accessible by boat, making it one of the most peaceful and beautiful beaches in Thailand.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
There are some legendary beaches on the east coast of Australia – Whitehaven Beach in Whitsunday is especially heavenly. On the west coast, the turquoise bay in Cape Range National Park is equally gorgeous. Just beware of those sharks.
Ruby Beach, Washington
Although the coastal part of the Olympic National Park is more disastrous than the sandstone, it is worth visiting Ruby Beach to see it alone.
Monteroso Al Mer, Italy
Cinque Terre’s only sandy beach, Monterosso al Mare The A place to post for a long day of sunbathing in the Italian Riviera.
Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
One of the best places for snorkeling on the north shore of Kauai, the coral walls at Tunnels Beach are suitable for divers of all skill levels.
Dardell Door, England
Located on the Jurassic coast between Swansea and Weymouth, this natural limestone arch is the perfect secluded cove for your next insta-worthy travel diary.
Ans Source d’Argent, Seychelles
Seychelles has many beautiful white sand beaches that can be counted on, but the Source d’Argent in La Digue is known as one of the best.
The ancient Mayan ruins feel a world away from Cancun, overlooking the white sand beach and the bright blue waters of Tulum, just two hours north.
Canon Beach, Oregon
The 235-foot-tall Haystack Rock Canon Beach dominates the Oregon coast, which also has many art galleries and restaurants.
Cala Goloritzè, Sardinia
For those who like to get off the beaten track, let the bright gem of Kala Goloritjo be your prize. Accessible for boating or athletic travel, this small beach is a dream destination for mountaineers (about 150 meters of rock on the beach offers breathtaking views) as well as for those who enjoy a private spot in the lounge.
Walvis Bay, Namibia
The huge sand dunes are the only reason to travel to Valvis Bay. But you’ll want to come to this beach on Namibia’s skeletal coast for wildlife – you’ll see flamingos, seals, whales and even hyenas here.
Engapali Beach, Myanmar
With the rise of tourism in Myanmar, this beach town in the Bay of Bengal has plenty of places to stay – but don’t be afraid that it has lost its charm, it still maintains its sleeping fishing village environment.
Baker Beach, San Francisco
While San Francisco may not be the sunny beach town you would imagine to see on such a list, the spectacular view of Baker Beach Golden Gate Bridge is spectacular. Fair Warning: The latest beach clothing option is available.
Bells Beach, Australia
This sandy coast is home to the world’s longest running surf competition, and features some of the largest rip curls you’ll ever see. The high mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the natural amphitheater of this gorgeous Australian oasis.
Baths, British Virgin Islands
The Virgin Girders form huge granite boulders along the coast at the southern end, creating shallow pools that make baths an ideal place for swimming and snorkeling.
Clifton Beach, South Africa
The luxurious beach houses here may try to shade this coastline, but the beach is still the most beautiful part of this Cape Town suburb.
Tangale Beach, Sri Lanka
If you are looking for untouched beaches, go to southeastern Sri Lanka to enjoy the vast open sands of Tangalle beach.
Priya Donna Anna, Portugal
Surrounded by mountains, this small beach just outside of Lagos is one of the most beautiful in the Algarve region of Portugal.
Trunk Bay, St. John’s USVI
Although Trunk Bay is St. John’s most visited beach, this quarter-mile stretch of ancient white sand on the north shore of the island is valuable for occasional crowds.
Rosely Bay, Wales
The UK has some fantastic beaches – even if the weather is not ideal for sunbathing. The Rossili Bay at the tip of the Govar Peninsula in Swansea is especially beautiful – just look at those flowers.
Polihale Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
It’s hard to choose just one amazing beach in Hawaii, but Polyhell Beach on the west coast of Kauai is perfect for some isolation and peace.
Uzdam Island, Germany
Don’t think of Germany when you think of beach vacations? Think again. Located on the northern coast of Germany in the Baltic Sea, Usdam Island is home to the white sand beach covered in classic Wicker Beach chairs that Berlin crowds in the summer.
Maya Bay Beach, Thailand
This secluded beach on Phi Phi Island after it was shown in a 1999 film The beach It became extremely popular with tourists. Go early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
In Hawaiian, Lanikai translates as “heavenly sea” which is the proper name for such a calm and serene beach.
South Beach, Miami
It’s an easy weekend for those living on the east coast of South Beach, for its white sand, as well known for its nightlife.
Kaputas Beach, Turkey
Greece and Italy may get more attention when it comes to Mediterranean beaches, but there are some nice options, including the small sand cove of Caputas beach on the southwest coast of Turkey.
Grace Bay, Turkey and Kaikos
12 miles of white sand beach and clear water you will probably never encounter, no question why this beach on the north shore of Providenciales Island made this list.
Champagne Beach, Vanuatu
If you want to get off the grid, visit this remote white sand beach on the island of Espiritu Santo in the South Pacific Ocean.
Anakena Beach, Easter Island
An unusual site on the otherwise rocky coast of Easter Island, the white sand beach of Anakena is also home to several Mao statues carved by the Rapa Nui people.
La Playa Escondida, Mexico
To get to this hidden beach off the coast of Puerto Vallarta you have to take a one-hour boat trip to the Mariutas Islands, but the trek is worth it. Where else can you bathe on a beach that is completely enclosed in a cave with a huge hole in the roof?
Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has 750 miles of coastline, but Playau Manuel Antonio is the most popular on the Pacific coast.
Black Sand Beach, Iceland
Iceland may not contain pictures of beach vacations, but it’s like exploring the black sand beaches of its southernmost city, Vic.
Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia
Located on the south coast of Brac Island, Zlatni’s Ratrat Beach is called the Golden Horn for its unusual shape that leads to the Adriatic Sea.
One Foot Island Beach, Cook Islands
Also called Tapuaetai, one foot island is exactly where you want to be if you are looking for miles of secluded beach
Baia do Sancho, Brazil
Located 200 miles off the coast of Brazil on the island of Fernando de Noronha, Baia do Sancho makes it secluded and virtually untouchable, simply by hiking by boat or by a narrow staircase from the surrounding mountains.
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Located on the northern tip of Palawan Island, El Nido is home to a stoneless beach surrounded by limestone arches.
Maho Beach, St. John
Less troublesome but equally beautiful than neighboring Trunk Bay, Maho cemented its status as one of the best white sand beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Calm, relatively shallow water is a staple food for sea turtles and rays, making it a thrilling place for all skill level snorkels.
Cocohe Beach, New Zealand
According to Mওori legend, the marble-like Moraki boulders on Koekohe beach are the ruins of the ancient Orituru Kano that collapsed on the Otago coast.
Cabo San Juan de la Guia Beach, Colombia
Although it’s not the easiest to find, Cabo San Juan de la Guia Beach in Tirona National Nature Park is like walking through the jungle to get there.
Navajo Beach, Greece
Located in a remote cove of Jacinthos in the Ionian Islands of Greece, Navajo Beach got its nickname “Shipwreck Beach” because of the ship that sailed here in the 1980s.
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