Each of the beaches possess unparalleled characteristics that make visiting them a bucket list experience. Beach lovers often remark on the beauty of soft white sand and it can be something that really makes a coastline stand out. It doesn\’t have to be your honeymoon to plan the ultimate beach vacation, but finding a sandy shore that\’s both stunning and not packed to the brim with tourists can be tricky.
These places are just the getaway you need. While they all have their busy seasons, they tend to be more couples-friendly, and are the kind of once-in-a-lifetime locales worth putting on your bucket list. If you’re not sure where you want to head, we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful beaches in the world for a bit of inspiration.
1. East Beach
East Beach is perfect for families - the sand is soft and inviting, and the surf is gentle. Join the locals and rent bikes to pedal along the famous beachfront, or pose for selfies in front the iconic dolphin statue at the base of the pier.
East Beach epitomizes that quintessential Cali scenery that caused early settlers’ jaws to hit the sand: the deep blue Pacific, a long meandering beachfront drive lined with palm trees, and the Santa Ynez Mountains standing tall in the background. This is also a great place to try standup paddle-boarding, with rentals available from various companies, including Santa Barbara Adventure Company, which also offers guided kayak trips. It’s also the spot to come if you’re into art; local artists show and sell there works here on Sundays.
2. Siesta Key, Florida
Sarasota, Florida is home to some of the best beaches in the world! It should come as no surprise that spending time on Sarasota beaches is on the top of the list of things to do when visiting the area. Vacationers will want to slather on the sunscreen, grab a towel and some beach games or a good book, and then head out to find out what all the fuss is about.
The beach, a massive stretch that is part of a county park with ample parking and facilities, is known for its sugar-white, nearly pure quartz crystal sand that doesn\’t really get hot on your feet. Siesta Beach is perfect for playing volleyball or tennis, boating or fishing, or attending a Drum Circle sunset service on a Sunday evening. Families enjoy dining nearby or bringing a picnic lunch. The beach is life-guarded, which provides that extra feeling of safety and security. It’s shallow waters near the shoreline make it a perfect choice for families.
3. Blue Lagoon
Ölüdeniz is known all around the world as Turkey’s Blue Lagoon because of the perfectly turquoise and aquamarine hues of its waters. A tourist hot spot, there’s much more to this heavenly beach than just chilling in the sand. About 10 miles from the town of Fethiye, lush green peaks border perfectly clear turquoise water, with a peninsula separating one stretch of beach from another. The beach is a national marine sanctuary, so you won’t find any eyesores or resorts stinking up the place.
The Blue Lagoon here is probably the country’s most photographed tourist attraction, and it regularly tops polls of the world’s best beaches. Olu Deniz has a Blue Flag-winning mile-long curl of sand and shingle leading up to the lagoon. It’s bordered by a promenade that’s packed with local restaurants.
4. The Baths
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
With its giant boulders that form a series of spectacular pools and grottoes, The Baths is one of the favorite attractions here for the travelers. The sandy beach itself is small, and sprinkled with majestic rocks and has some trees for shade. The beach here is always crowded, but lovely. The Baths are the premier travel destination in the Virgin Islands, both British and US, so no trip is really complete without a visit here.
The area, along with Devil\’s Bay and Spring Bay, is part of the BVI\’s National Parks system, and to help one explore the labyrinthine like grottoes, the National Parks Trust has provided a series of wooden ladders and ropes over some of the boulders. Outside, there is a beach bar and restroom facilities. There is also excellent snorkeling along the area\’s nearby underwater boulders and reef.
5. Grace Bay Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
The world famous Grace Bay Beach is often ranked as the best beach in the world, so it’s no surprise that it tops this list. Found on the north coast of Providenciales, Grace Bay is home to many of the country’s luxury resorts, and is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park. The bay is protected by a beautiful barrier reef system, which hides some great scuba diving sites.
The reefs surround Turks and Caicos, protecting the beaches from ocean surges and keeping the coastal blue calm and clear. The soft white sand and clear water of Grace Bay really has to be seen to be fully appreciated, as photos really don’t do it justice. To the west of Grace Bay is the likewise amazing Bight Beach, and the snorkeling sites of the Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef.
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