While a beach is simply sand and sea to some, beaches come in many colours from white and yellow, to perfect pink and even black. There are beaches across the world boasting tropical environments full of palm trees gently swaying in the light breeze and marine mammals including whales, dolphins and endangered sea turtles. To help you decide which to visit, we’ve dug up the top 10 beaches for your bucket-list.
1. Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
Located off the coast of Africa, this beach is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque beaches in the world, and one that is certainly worth visiting for anyone seeking a family-friendly break under the sun. Home to clusters of giant granite boulders, the Anse Source D’Argent beach boasts breath-taking scenery with a combination of shallow, crystal-clear water protected by an abundance of vibrant corals and surrounded by golden sand too hot to touch.
2. Playa Grande, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Costa Rica
The Playa Grande, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Costa Rica, is one of the world’s largest nesting homes for vulnerable leatherback sea turtles, which you can see up close between November and March by embarking on a magical night-time nesting tour. Covering a range of terrains, the Las Baulas National Marine Park is a perfect place for bird-watching and even kayaking through wide mangroves.
3. Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas
You won’t need your rose-tinted sunglasses at the infamous Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas. Famous for its hue that comes from thousands of broken coral pieces, shells and calcium carbonate preserved by foraminifera, the Pink Sands Beach is the ideal location for snorkelling amongst calm water.
4. Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Le, Thailand
If you’ve even watched The Beach starring actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, then you have seen Maya Bay. A mere boat ride from Phuket, an island off the south-west coast of Thailand, Maya Bay boasts an array of pristine beaches surrounded by amazing blue waters and cliffs decorated by vibrant forestry perfect for hiking.
5. Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Big Island, Hawaii
If watching clear waves lap against pink sand isn’t for you, why not visit Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. If you look closely, you’ll even see cool fresh water springs among the saltwater. This famous beach boasts temperatures as high as 85 degrees in summer and 78 degrees in winter, and is perfect for those wanting to see a whale with their own eyes – a truly unforgettable experience.
6. Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Due to the popularity of Trunk Bay, a part of a national park that covers more than half of St. John, it is best to visit this exotic beach in the morning or late in the day to avoid crowds of sun-hungry cruise-ship passengers. But, don’t let that ruin the spectacular natural landscape. Why not embark on a 225-yard underwater trail snorkelling experience and see if you can spot the 30 species of tropical fish that thrive in the turquoise water? There’s plenty to enjoy on this beautiful beach and it should definitely be one for your bucket list!
7. Pampelonne Beach, St. Tropez, France
If you enjoy a spot of people watching abroad, watching families, locals and other tourists alike go about their business, you need to visit Pampelonne Beach. Located just outside of St. Tropez, this beach lives up to its reputation for chic beach clubs and beaches alike, surrounded by an array of high-end shops and restaurants. Though the beach clubs are open throughout the summer months up until October, the best time for people-watching is during the Voiles de Saint-Tropez sailing regatta and infamous Cannes Film Festival.
8. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
Whitehaven Beach is the most photographed beach in Australia. Boasting a combination of vibrant blue water and glistening white sand, Whitehaven Beach is one of the largest of the 74 remote islands lining the Great Barrier Reef. For ultimate comfort, visit between May and October for the best temperature – and the opportunity to see whales and sea turtles!
9. Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, Florida
The best thing about Siesta Key Beach, Florida, is that you can visit anytime. The sand will never be too hot, and the water will never be too cold to step into without flinching. But, what really sets the incredible Siesta Key Beach apart from Whitehaven Beach, Trunk Bay or even Pink Sand Beach is the unique texture of its sand, made entirely of fine quartz crystal.
10. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Much like the Siesta Key Beach, you can visit Matira Beach anytime of the year since the temperature rarely falls below 79 degrees. To no surprise, Martira Beach is undoubtedly one of Bora Bora’s most popular beaches, boasting white sand, clear lagoons and breath-taking scenery that is postcard perfect.
Now you’ve got a beach destination in mind, all you need to do is pack your designer swimming trunks and book your flights. What are you waiting for?