Beaches resonate with this near mystical aura that seems to stop time, gets you tripping on a gleeful trance, and almost erases all the monotony, stress, and boredom associated with your mundane city life. With their golden, pink, white, black, brown-hued sands and waters exploding with every conceivable shade of azure, turquoise, and indigo, beaches are fiercely intoxicating. Some fancy rocky beaches, while some like the quintessential palm-lined white ones. Some yearn for lush-cliffside beaches, while some are into exploring secluded secret coves. Whatever be your idea of a perfect beach, for us, all beaches are incredibly perfect. So, if you’re in for some much-needed beach therapy, here’s our pick of 10 of the best beaches of the world!
Blue Lagoon, Olu Deniz, Turkey
Located south of the town of Fethiye, Olu Deniz is a dreamy village coveted for its famous blue-lagoon, which also doubles up as a national marine park. Apart from its near holy communion of golden sand and sapphire waters, travellers come to Olu Deniz to enjoy unrivalled paragliding from the adjoining Babadag Mountain.
Navagio, Zakynthos Island, Greece
Also known as the ’Shipwreck’ beach owing to the iconic remains of a rusty shipwreck found here, the Navagio beach on Zakynthos Island, Greece, is one of its kind. The beach is only accessible by boat and is ensconced between dramatic cliffs from all three sides, the fourth side opening out to an endless stretch of the Ionian sea. It is believed that the ship was smuggling cigarettes, wine, and even women, when it got stranded on the beach due to stormy weather, making Navagio one of the most unique and best beaches of the world.
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Head to El Nido, Palawan, to find your very own slice of Filipino paradise, bursting with calm, blue waters, powdered white-sands, plenty of sun, and friendly locals. El Nido is home to some of the best lagoons in the country, beaches, cliffs, lush forests, and a vibrant marine life. Add some adrenaline to your paradise by enjoying water sports like kayaking, snorkelling, and diving.
Piha Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Of all the natural beauty that Auckland, New Zealand, conceals in its ambit, some of the most entrancing glimpses would be that of Piha Beach, located towards the north of the city. One of Auckland’s most coveted surfing beaches, this sublime black-sand beach is highlighted with some striking, rugged cliffs and some exceptionally scenic walks through the surrounding hills.
Hidden Beach (Playa del Amor), Marieta Islands, Mexico
Marieta Islands, an archipelago believed to have been formed centuries ago, is home to one of the most magical swimming spots – Playa del Amor, or “Hidden Beach”. Invisible from the outside, you’ll probably walk past this open massive pit, if it wasn’t for the sound of the waves gurgling below. This beach can only be accessed via a long water tunnel by either kayaking or swimming.
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Dotted along the northeast coast of Brazil is the dramatic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha – a dreamy Brazilian escape strewn with super secluded beaches, such as the pretty and astounding Baia do Sancho beach. The area is also a protected eco park teeming with turtles and dolphins. Come to one of most spectacular beaches in all of Brazil to dive, snorkel, and soak up some sun!
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
There are good beaches, great beaches, and then there is Bora Bora. The mother of all. No fuss. Taking up a dreamy spot in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is a group of magical islands, home to a 25 km stretch of beaches that are so perfect, they’ll make you feel as if you’re hallucinating! While most of these beaches are private, the phenomenal Matira Beach is open to public, ready to give shape to all those subliminal paradise dreams of yours.
Anse Source d’Argent Beach, Seychelles
With pale pink sands fringed by swaying palms, towering granite boulders, and emerald waters opening out to the Indian ocean, Anse Source d’Argent is ‘tropical paradise’ on point. One of the most photographed beaches on the planet, Anse Source d’Argent sure lives up to the hype – pearly sands, fiery sunsets, sumptuous Creole cuisine, and an untouched natural environment – what more could one ask for?
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Trunk Bay, Saint John, U.S.Virgin Islands
Trunk bay on St. John island has all the essential beach heaven trappings – calm, clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, romantic sunset dinners, night clubs made for some tropical hedonism, and exciting underwater snorkelling trails. Bask in some Caribbean sun here while you lounge on the impossibly white sands and give in to nature’s spell at one of the best beaches of the world.
Honopu Beach, Hawaii
If your swimming game is strong, Honopu beach is right up your alley. If not, forget about it. Yes, there are no hikes, trails, or roads leading to Honopu – the only way you can get a slice of this secluded heaven is if you swim to it! Honopu actually comprises of two charming arched beaches, surrounded and separated by gargantuan cliffs. If you can actually make it here, you get a bonus attraction – a fascinating waterfall sashaying down the cliff. This beach is definitely the most secluded and remotest of the lot – but then, think of all the possibilities once you and your loved one get here!