Summer is a wonderful time. All year we’re dreaming about our rest on the beach. But if you’re not that kind of person and think that a beach vacation is not a trivial pursuit this article with 17 extraordinary beaches can reassure you. You’ll see that nature has no boundaries.
1. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
This beach is 7 km long. The best way to get there is to take a boat from the tourist ports of Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour or Hamilton Island. This beach is popular because of its white sand, that consists of 98% pure silica.
2. Pink Beach, Bahamas
Even the name of this beach is extraordinary. Pink Beach is only 3 miles long but this place is just unbelievable! The beach gets its color from tiny shelled animals known as Foraminifera.
3. Hidden Beach, Marieta Islands, Mexico
This beach looks like a hole in the ground, but it’s a real paradise. It is located in the Marieta Islands, a few miles off the coast of Nayarit, Mexico. Tourists enjoy its crystal-clear turquoise waters and white shores.
4. Algarve Caves, Portugal
This is a beach under a cave, pretty amazing, huh? It is a natural cavity and the access is only by water. If you want to get on this popular beach you can rent a kayak or take a tour.
5. Praia Dona Ana, Portugal
Portugal has a lot of beaches to offer. Praia Dona Ana is a beautiful beach for people who love to enjoy rock formations and cliffs as well. This beach looks like a picture postcard.
6. Phi Phi, Thailand
Phi Phi island is one of the most popular islands in Thailand. Phi Phi beach is just a piece of unspoiled nature. If you want to escape from everything and spend some time in paradise – choose this beach.
7. Navagio Beach, Greece
I bet you’ve been a lot of pictures of this beach because it’s really popular and spectacular. It is an isolated sandy cove on Zakynthos island. This place is also called ‘Smugglers Cove’ because of a famous ship wreck (a ship was transporting cigarettes).
8. Glass Beach, California
This beach is really unique. It is surrounded by small cliffs and rocks, but what’s interesting about this beach is that this place is abundant in sea glass. It was created from years of dumping garbage in this place. Glass is buffed out to smooth pieces and it looks like pirates’ treasure.
9. Glowing Beach, Maldives
Hard to believe this place is real… You can see this kind of beauty if you get on Vaadhoo Island. The sea glows like stars at night and the reason is phytoplankton (the marine microbes). The species emanate the blue glow. We can count this beach as one of the most romantic places in the world!
10. Koekohe Beach near Moeraki, New Zealand
This beach is special because of a group of large spherical “stones”. These stones date back 60 million years. They are called the Moeraki Boulders and measuring up to three metres in diameter.
11. Kourou Beach, Hawaii
Yes, this beach is green! A perfect place for a picnic as well. The green sand is caused by the mineral olivine which forms from lava in the sea. It’s a must see!
12. Jokulsarlon Beach, Iceland
You won’t get a tan there, but it’s definitely worth a visit. This beach is one of the natural wonders of Iceland because it’s an ice beach. This place is surrounded by huge block of ice over black sand.
13. Hyams Beach, Australia
This beach holds the Guinness World Record for the absolute whitest sand on any beach across the world. Hyams Beach is so white that it’s nearly blinding. Crystal waters and white sand- what else do you need?
14. Maho Beach, Saint Martin
A beach for adrenaline lovers. It is known for the low-flying airliners, which fly really close above the beach. The Princess Juliana International Airport is adjacent to the beach. A great beach plus the thrill of seeing a Boeing 747 landing about 50 feet over your head! Yes, Adrenaline will be coursing through your veins!
15. Beach De Cathedrales, Spain
This beach is named Beach De Cathedrales due to its many arches and caves. But they can be seen only in low tide. You can appreciate the size of its magnificent cliffs during a low tide and wander over the top of the cliffs during high tide.
16. Monkey Mia Dolphin Beach, Australia
People all over the world come here to enjoy a close encounter with the wild dolphins. You just pay for the entrance, but the dolphin interaction is free. Dolphins come ashore at Monkey Mia every day.
17. Bowling Ball Beach, California
There are a lot of spherical sandstone concretions on the beach, that’s why it is called ‘Bowling Ball Beach’. It is just a geological phenomena. These boulders are uniform in size and shape.