What makes a great beach depends mostly on the traveler. Some like wide open beaches with plenty to do, while others prefer deserted shorelines with calm waters. Whichever your preference, if you enjoy coastal life with technicolor scenery, these are 11 beaches you MUST add to your ever growing bucket list!
#11 Praia de Benagil, Algarve, Portugal
Considered one of the best beaches in Europe, the Praia de Benagil shoreline is unique because of its location, found at the very heart of a scenic cave, with a hole at its center, lighting up the beach. Popular amonst adventure travellers, the Benagil Cave can be reached via boat tours, kayaks and organized SUP tours.
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#10 Olüdeniz Beach, Fethiye, Turkey
Located in the Fethiye district in southwestern turkey is another blue lagoon called Olüdeniz Beach. This generous stretch of sand dotted by umbrellas and sun lounges is bordered by the transparent waters of the sea, making you instantly feel like you’ve landed in paradise!
#9 Copacabana, Rio De Janiero, Brazil
Though many of Brazil’s famed beaches are wild and secluded, this one is right in the pulse of Rio de Janeiro. A beautiful boardwalk with a black-and-white checked pattern of Portuguese stone flanks the sand, with a large number of hotels and restaurants behind. Visiting this notorious party is a must during many of Rio’s festivals
#8 Mnemba Island, Tanzania
Located off the north coast of Tanzania, Mnemba is a private Indian Ocean island and part of the historic Zanzibar Archipelago. The island offers the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Zanzibar, and there are ample opportunities for whale watching, swimming with dolphins and whale shark encounters in the island’s clear, warm waters.
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#7 Scala dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy
This coast is quite unique in its composition, being made up of marl, which contributes to its exceptionally white color, in perfect contrast to the turquoise hues of the water and the blue skies. Making “Stair of the Turks”, absolutely exquisite!
The limestone beach is situated between two sandy stretches and is easily accessible, with numerous amenities and restaurants nearby.
#6 Anse Source d’Argent, La Dique, Seychelles
One of the island nation’s most famous beaches is the romantic Anse Source d’Argent, located on the island of La Digue. This stretch of pure white sand is perhaps the archetypal paradise beach, with dramatic boulders, shallow turquoise waters and gently curving palm trees. It’s a great place to soak up the sunshine, go snorkeling or enjoy the picturesque views with the one you love most!
#5 Arambol, North Goa, India
From being a fisherman village to a bohemian tourist destination, the Arambol beach has a distinct look and feel to it. Being one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, it is flanked by the Keria and Mandrem beaches on the north and south.
Along with the technicolor beaches, the Arambol boasts a fresh water lake, giant Banyan tree in the jungle valley and open air Gypsie-Fusion bands
#4 Hot Water Beach, Coromandel-New Zealand
Located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, its name comes from underground hot springs which filter up through the sand between the high and low water tidal reaches.
Within two hours either side of low tide, it is possible to dig into the sand allowing hot water to escape to the surface forming a hot water pool. The water, with a temperature as hot as 64 °C (147 °F), filters up from two underground fissures located close to each other. Visitors often dig large holes and relax and soak in the thermal water. Many visitors bring a spade and bucket with them. Spades can also be hired from the nearby surf shop.
#3 Zlatni Rat, Brač, Croatia
Definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, the slender stretch of fine pebbles called Zlatni Rat is definitely one-of-a-kind. Bordered by lush green forests and shallow turquoise waters, this gorgeous beach located on the island of Brač should definitely be on your must-see list.
#2 Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
The Mother City has it all – world-class restaurants, incredible culture and some of the most beautiful beaches on the continent. There’s something for every kind of beach goer in the Cape Town area. If you’re an animal lover, stop off at Boulders Beach to swim with the friendly African penguins!
#1 El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Located on the world’s most beautiful island of Palawan in the Philippines, El Nido is a definite bucket list destination because of its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.”
El Nido is also the largest marine reserve and sanctuary in the Philippines. It is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the country and its flora and fauna is protected, along with its geologic formations such as its limestone cliffs.
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