You may not think of yourself as a “beach” person, but truth be told, the options for oceanside vacations are so vast, there may be a beach for every individual taste. Whether you are in it for sipping fruity drinks in a lounge chair or exploring remote caves, here is just a sampling of the world’s most renowned beaches.
Grande Anse Beach, La Digue Island, Seychelles
It isn’t easy to get to Grande Anse, which is part of its appeal. With little shade, it’s perfect for sunbathing and enjoying some measure of solitude. Come for the scenery and the surfing, and enjoy the “wild” appearance of this getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Grace Bay is the heart of the beach life of Turks and Caicos. At about three miles in length, its hallmarks are white sand, clean landscapes and impossibly blue water. Coral reefs protect the area from surges of water, so it’s calm enough for sunbathing or participating in activities on the ocean.
Playa del Amor, Marietas Islands, Mexico
This is almost literally the “Beach of Love,” or “Love Beach,” as it’s hidden away inside a cave in Mexico. There’s a massive natural skylight that lets in the sun, making this secluded spot all the more perfect to create amazing moments with a loved one. It’s perfect for privacy, as only six people at a time are allowed to visit. You can only get there after an hour-long boat ride followed by a kayak through a water tunnel.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
The striking Whitehaven Beach is a photographer’s dream because of the distinct swirl patterns, noticed especially from above. The sand is made primarily of silica, which means it’s not only bright white but cool — it doesn’t get hot in the sun. Whitehaven gets bonus points for its location: Right in the Great Barrier Reef, it’s in the heart of one of nature’s iconic spots.
Honokalani Beach, Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii is the land of beaches, but Honokalani is particularly noteworthy for its jungle foliage and black sand that’s actually made up of lava pebbles. It’s far off the tourist track but well-loved by those who venture out to this part of Maui. If you don’t want to look at the water, you can explore sea caves, lava tubes and everything that unspoiled Hawaii has to offer.
No matter your mood for your next vacation, there’s probably a beach to fit. It may be just next door, across the country or across the ocean, but for many it’s within reach.
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