Best Beaches In The World

  • NIRAJ KAKADE
  • Oct 17, 2016
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Beach- Best escape anyone can have! Beach is practically the solution to all grief! Just the idea of walking bare-feet on smooth sand, wind blowing the hair and the waves kissing the feet is exhilarating! The beach has so much to give, doesn’t matter whether is it untouched or crowded, plush or cheap! Want to beat the heat? Hit the beach! Bored of grey weather? Soak up on a beach. A beach vacation has something for everyone. Inspired much? Here’s a bunch of great ideas that’ll help you plan cheap beach vacations!

We’ve listed the best beaches in the world that are abounding of splashy waters, shining sun, sparking sand and much more!

Best Beaches in USA

In USA, beaches are synonymous with sun-bathing, bikini-clad bodies, BBQ picnics and enjoying the great weather. The country boasts a huge coastline, including the likes of Hawaii and Florida, offering unlimited opportunities for both luxurious as well as affordable beach vacations. While beaches in Florida are popular for fine, white sand and activities like snorkelling, Kayaking and Canoeing, the ones in California are popular for entertainment ranging from plush hotels, fine-dine restaurants and pubs. The best beaches for couples in US are undoubtedly the ones in Hawaii, dotted with beautiful luxury resorts that are perfect for a romantic getaway! Explore the best beaches in USA:

Waipio Valley Beach, Big Island, Hawaii:

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Just like its name this beach is very unique in its own way. Considered to be the hardest accessible beach in Hawaii to reach the shore you must hike through thick green lushes or take a drive down a narrow steep road. It does sound like lot of effort for a beach vacation, but the reward is well worth it. You’ll be welcomed by thick-black volcanic sand which is covered by a treacherous 2000-foot cliff walls. If that doesn’t fill your inner traveler’s appetite the view of Kaluahine and Waiulili waterfalls cutting through the cliffs at the sound side of the beach will mesmerize you. They are accessible via a bouilder-strewn trail along the surf. 

Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Of coursethe name gives away the highlight of the place, but that isn’t the only trick this place has it up its sleeves. It is considered to be one of the best places to big wave surf in the winter (the beach is home to the Vans Triple Crown). But have no worries as the water becomes as calm as a lake in the summer which makes it ideal for family beach vacation and snorkeling. Above all, it’s really the sunset here that seals the deal for the visitors.

Honopu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Who doesn’t want to visit the beach where King Kong and Indiana Jones were shot? Skull island which is also known as Cathedral Beach, Honopu is quite a task to reach. For starters, it’s  accessible only by the sea, so to get there you must swim from an offshore boat, or from neighboring Kalalau Beach (a quarter-mile swim). But the trouble is definitely worth it: Think cumin-colored sand bordered by soaring, vegetation-cloaked cliffsand, most times, not a soul in sight. 

Honokalani Beach, Wai'anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
With its jet-black shore, lapis lazuli waters and thick, jungle-like foliage, Honokalani Beach is a photographer’s dream. Besides lying lazily on the "sand” actually made up of of tiny lava pebbles there’s plenty to do: you’ll find seaside lava tubes and sea caves carved into the lava cliffs along the shore. It’s wild, unspoiled Hawaii at its best, and a necessary stop en route to Hana.

Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii
Located on the Kohala Coast of the Aloha State’s Big Island, Kauna’oa Bay is the quintessential Hawaiian spot. The 0.25-mile-long (0.4-kilometer-long), crescent-shaped beach has plenty of white sand, palm trees, and calm, clear, blue water. In addition to swimming and sunbathing, beachgoers here can snorkel or ride boogie boards. (Be careful swimming, because there are no lifeguards on this public beach.) At night, nestle into the sands and peer out into the water to see if you can catch a glimpse of manta rays swimming.

Best Beaches in Asia

Unlike the ones in USA, the beaches in Asia are not famous as a summer destination and are most commonly visited in the cooler months. Home to verdant vegetation that dots the beaches, a beach vacation in Asia is more than just sunbathing! Along with swimming, the Asian beaches are great for water-sports. The best beaches in Asia for honeymoon can be spotted in Bali, Maldives and the secluded ones in Thailand like Koh Samui and Chiang Mai. The beaches of Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia are the best beaches for families. For solo trip or a leisure trip with friends, the beaches of Goa, India and Bangkok, Thailand are the most preferred. Also, for cheap vacations, beaches of Asia are the best option!

Puka Beach, Boracay, Philippines

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This place has a lot of things going for it. Be it the 5-kilometer-long white beach, or a lively party hot-spot every full-moon. But if you’re more of a walk-on-a-beach kind of person, this place has got you covered. Get a compass and head straight north to the tip of the beach, fondly named as Yapak. You’ll be welcomed by tiny stalls selling many souvenirs and shell jewelry. There’s a row of empty palms where you can relax without any interruptions and do a bit of soul-searching, or just nap.

Long Beach, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
This beach has a magnificent view of the jungle peaks of Phi Phi Leh Island. Add to that it’s a brilliant snorkeling spot in Thailand. It’s laid back vibe compliments the beauty of the golden sand and deep blue water. The secret Loh Moodee and Ao Poh beaches are just round the corner for this one. But if you do not want to miss that eternal party vibe of Thailand, you can always head to Tonsai village which is situated walking distance. We highly recommend catching the sunset here with a bonfire and some lovely music to go with it.

El Nido, Palawan, Phillipines
El Nido alone is home to around 50 white sand beaches it’s impossible to choose just one from all which are set around dramatic limestone formations and boast the finest and whitest sand you’ll ever see. The water is so blindingly blue it makes the Caribbean Sea look murky in comparison, and the sunsets? Well, they’ll ruin you for life. Consider yourself warned.

Maldives
Whether your dream beach trip consists of spending a few pampered nights in a four-star resort or swimming among some tropical fish 80 feet underwater, the Maldives are the sort of islands where either or both can come true. Situated at the Equator southwest of Sri Lanka, the 1,102 islands that make up the Maldives form 26 atolls. Every beach is white as powder and filled with numerous water sport adventure. But the main attraction remains the translucent water where no can resist taking a dive into.

Bali, Indonesia
Shangri-La, Elysium, Arcadia, Utopia and Bali are all synonymous with "heaven". The only difference between them is that you can actually visit Bali. Many travelers have never been to this Indonesian island. Yet, the word "Bali" conjures daydreams of the most fantastical landscape: towering volcanoes wrapped in a deep green canopy, sandy shores that fade into turquoise waters and curving coastlines crowned with staggered pagodas. And believe it or not, Bali rarely disappoints.

Best Caribbean Beaches

Known for the all-year round beach-weather, the Caribbean beaches are the best pick for a romantic vacation like a honeymoon. Of course, there need not be a reason to visit a beach and hence, the Caribbean beaches are more than just romantic getaways. The Caribbean has some of the best beach resorts in the world, making them one of the most preferred vacation spot. From white sand beaches like Playa Paraiso in Cuba and Palm beach in Aruba to the untouched beauties in St. John and Turks & Caicos, Caribbean beaches are tantamount to leisure!
 
Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI

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Undeniably one of the most photographed beaches in the Caribbean, if not the world, this beach looks straight out of a postcard. It sits in the northwestern corner of the Virgin Islands National Park. Calm, clear water and a 225-yard-long Underwater Trail for superb snorkeling are big draws for the tourists who travel from far corners of the world just to take a stroll here. There are many hiking trails up and into the surrounding greenery which is filled with the ruins of historic sugar cane plantations. If that doesn’t sound like an ideal beach vacation to you, then I don’t know what does.  
 
Barnes Bay, Anguilla
This pancake-flat island has lots of pristine beaches, total of 33 to be exact. What makes this stand-out you may ask? Well the Barnes Bay beach has some of the softest sand imaginable. There’s no trace of rocks or shells to be found in the vicinity. So you don’t have to worry about practicing your beach marathon here. Another part of its appeal is the chic crowd it attracts. So you do not have to care about empty beer bottles or drunken grandpas.  

Best Beaches in India

Beaches in India are as diverse as the country itself! From totally happening beaches to totally secluded ones, from party beaches to the beaches home to religious sites, the Indian beaches are comforting, familiar and available for all budgets! The hip beaches in Goa and Gokarna are great for budget travellers while the ones off the Lakshadweep and Andaman are perfect for an up-scale vacation. With a coast-line on the east, west and south, there is no dearth of must-visit beaches in India! Beach holidays in India are a mishmash of different experiences, from party to spirituality, from sea-food to water-sports!
Up for it? Know more about the best beaches in India:


Best Beaches in Europe

From the lively beaches of the French Riveria to the secluded delights of Montenegro, the beaches in Europe are more than just deep blue-green waters, they are a feeling! While some of them are bordered with luxurious villas that spell luxury, some are dotted with thick forests and rocky beds. Exhibiting beauty through its abundant coastline, the beaches in Europe are all about leisure, and you can’t have a quick trip to them, they are addictive! Countries like Italy, Spain, Greece and Croatia flaunt the best white sand beaches in Europe. The ones in Portugal are known for their isolation, making them perfect for those looking for solace on a beach vacation! The Cot d’Azur or the French Riveria is popular for plush beaches with some of the swankiest resorts and luxury villas. In Summers, these beaches are the best getaways in Europe to experience some fun under the sun!
Which is your pick? Check out the best beaches in Europe: 

Best Islands in The World

Just like the beaches, the Islands that are home to the gorgeous beaches need a mention! From teeming with tourists to unblemished and private, explore the best islands for vacation! The Caribbean Islands, the European delights, the ones in the Indian ocean, the one in the land down under; you’ll be spoilt for choices!
Check out the best Islands in the world:

How to plan a beach vacation

Inspired enough to plan a beach vacation and don’t know where to start? Check out these handy beach vacation planning tips that will make it a cake-walk!

Know your pick:
Family vacation or a solo travel? Laid-back holiday or packed with activities? Swimming or Sunbathing? Sandy beaches or rocky beaches? Zero on the destination by taking into consideration the needs of your vacation. While a secluded beach destination might be a right pick for a honeymoon, the same can turn out to be a boring affair for a family with kids. Do your research well and finalize a destination that best suits your need!
 
Know when to go:
Knowing the best season to hit the beach is extremely crucial, if you don’t want to spend your vacation sitting in your hotel room. While the beaches in Europe, US and the Caribbean are best visited in summer, the ones in Asia are super-hot and humid, and are best visited in winters. The beaches in the southern hemisphere have a totally different weather cycle, so know the best time to visit the beach that you plan to visit.
 
Be Beach ready:
Pack the right clothes, ditch the heels and pack lots of sunscreen! Keep in mind that while few beaches are clothes-optional, few, like in India are a strict no-no to excessive skin-show. Pack light, choose colourful outfits and flip-flops and minimalistic makeup, let the sun do its magic on your skin!
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