Are you thinking about getting ready for that winter trip to the beach? Getting away from all of the stresses of your work life(and the cold of winter), and escaping to one of these 10 great beaches around the world is the way to go.
White Haven Beach, Australia
White Haven Beach is located off the coast of Northwest Australia on an island called Whitsunday Island. It is a beautiful beach running about 4 miles long down the coast of Whitsunday Island. It is known for its incredibly white sand, some say even whiter than Pensacola Beach. This is due to the sand being composed of 98% silica. There are many options to get to the island, but most people take a ferry to the island to relax and enjoy the serenity of the secluded beach.
Navagio Beach, Greece
The Zakynothos Island in Greece is one of the most beautiful sights in the world, even if you don’t go to the beach. However, I highly recommend going to Navagio Beach. It is sometimes called Shipwreck Island, because a ship transporting contraband ran on shore due to bad weather and has been left there as a sort of tourist attraction. Some of you reading this might have already seen this beach because it is also a popular spot for base jumpers. I mean, I couldn’t imagine a better place to base jump, could you? You can only access this beach by boat, for obvious reasons. As a heads up, tourists are recommended to bring all the essential items to the beach because there are no facilities on this secluded beach. If you want to learn more about a trip to Zakynthos, visit this site here: Zakynthos Travel Guide
Ipanema Beach, Brazil
This iconic beach was set to be in the Top 10 Beaches of the World. Ipanema Beach is located in the South part of Rio de Janeiro. On the West side of the beach is two mountains called Dos Irmaos(two brothers). This is a highly social beach, there is always groups of people playing volleyball and soccer. This beach is also attached to a very nice neighborhood so the people here are always very fashionable or at least fun to people watch. The water stays a very clear blue, unless there’s a heavy rain which turns the water a little green. Also, the great thing about this part of world, is the fact that their summer season is between December to March which is just in time for those winter breaks! One thing I recommend while you’re there, is taking the Cable car 887 feet up to Pao de Acucar! If you want more information about Ipanema, check out the Travel Channels article about Ipanema Beach.
Playa del Amor, Marietas Island, Mexico
Playa del Amor, commonly referred to as The Hidden Beach, is located west of Puerto Vallarta at the mouth of Banderas Bay. It remains very secluded as it is only accessible from outside the island from the Pacific Ocean, through a long water tunnel by swimming. Of course many places offer tours of the island, which makes it easier to access the island and gives you a little more options for activities if just staying on a secluded beach all day seems a little boring to you. I think the best way to get to the island is hire a tour guide anyways, it’s the safest and easiest way to get to the island. If you want more information about The Hidden Beach, check out When On Earth’s article about it!
Maho Beach, St. Martin
Maho Beach is the definitely in the top 10 most unusual beaches. Tourists flock to this beach to get as close as possible to landing airplanes. They fly somewhere around 11 to 22 yards above the beach, and feeling the turbulence from the jet engines are unreal. It’s located in the Caribbean so the waters stay a crystal blue as well as very warm. I always recommend hitting up the Driftwood Boat Bar. They always have great pizza and even better drinks. But enough about that, after hitting up the bar and getting some drinks, find a place to lay out and soak up the sun. Definitely make sure to keep an eye out for the incoming airplanes as well, and try to hold onto all your stuff!
Glass Beach, California
Maybe you thought you misread the title of this one, or maybe you think its crazy that this is on here. But this is a great and very unique beach! Glass beach is located in California, right near Fort Bragg. Surprisingly, it used to be home to a large garbage dump around the beginning of the 1900s, and that closed down in 1967. The territory has been clean for very many years now! There isn’t any trash there now, or at least they’re shouldn’t be(leave only your footprints people). But what is there are millions of small glass pebbles, that are smoothed out every day by the waves. It’s a very crazy sight to see! And the best part about it, is the fact that there is actually three of these beaches near Fort Bragg so they usually tend to not get too crowded. FortBragg.com actually recommends hitting up the rocks and cliffs overlooking glass beach #3 for the best picnic spot!
Vadhoo Island, Maldives
I’m sure most of you have already seen the pictures of this beach. And if you haven’t, I’m sure your jaw dropped like most people when they first see the bioluminescence in these pictures. It’s caused by little marine microbes called phytoplankton. They sort of “light up” when they are disturbed with oxygen. People have compared the bioluminescence to the stars above the beach, but maybe even better… It is a truly breath taking sight, one that I think everyone should see once. The Maldives are also a great place to visit anyways. From scuba diving and snorkeling in crystal clear waters, to island hopping or exploring the great night life, there is something for everyone here. You can see more here at the Maldives official sight!
Pink Sands, Bahamas
Pink Sands, Bahamas. It’s kind of a getaway from a getaway. Most people think of the casinos and fancy resorts that stretch the beach of Nassau, Cable Beach, and Paradise Island. However, Harbour Island offers natural beauty, elegant resorts, a pink beach, and year round warm waters. Particles of foraminifera shells give the sand its pink color. It provides a nice break from the white sand many people are used to, that just reflect the sun right back at your face. Harbour Island has a laid back vibe, and the locals are very friendly. I would recommend starting the day lounging on a beach chair, soaking in the sun and relaxing sound of the waves. After that, go for a snorkel, try your hand at fishing for bonefish, or just stay seated soaking up those rays. The travel channel offers more info on Pink Sands here!
Long Beach, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Long Beach is known for its view of the mountains of Koh Phi Phi. Koh Phi Phi is an uninhabited island, with stunning vertical cliffs and green foliage creeping down to different beaches. Long Beach is the perfect distance from the business of Tonsai Vilage. It’s only about a five minute boat ride to the center of it all. You can even walk to the Tonsai Village if you wanted to, but you would have to trek over many rocks or short jungle trails. I’d advise not trying this at night. Long Beach is also known for it’s snorkeling. You can see many colorful fish in their native habitat after a small swim off the shore. Theres even a place about 200m from the beach called shark point where you can see a few black tip reef sharks swimming around! This website offers much more information about this place so check it out!
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
El Nido stays relatively quiet most of the year. Tourists haven’t really started flocking to it just yet. El Nido is home to about 50 white sand beaches. They are all surrounded by very large limestone formations. The water is unbelievably blue, some even say the water makes the Caribbean Sea look murky. There are many amazing places to stay as well. One place on Apulit Island, offers cottages right on top of the water. This has definitely been added to my bucket list and I plan to check it off as soon as possible! Check the out the different types of resorts here!