There are so many beautiful beaches around the world, and each of them has its own unique charm. Some beaches are embraced for their white sand and beautiful views, while others offer the perfect waves for surfers. It’s practically impossible for any person to actually visit every beach in the world, so we’ve narrowed the field down to the 30 best spots you’ve just got to make the time to visit during your lifetime.
1. Green Island Beach, Antigua
Photo by Andrew Moore
The beautiful beaches on Green Island, off the coast of Antigua, can only be reached via boat. This makes the Green Island Beach much more secluded than the typical tourist spots, and perfect for people who prefer not to be in a crowded environment.
2. Oval Beach, Michigan, USA
Photo by Mark Kortum
Oval Beach in Saugatuck gives visitors a stunning view of Lake Michigan, and the sand is free of rocks and debris. The beach town has also earned a lot of praise from the media, including being listed as the number one spot by USA Today in their list of Best Coastal Small Towns.
3. Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia
Photo by Brennan Paezold
This prime beach destination is located on Brac Island. The perfect combination of beautiful sand, water, and scenery has secured Zlatni Rat Beach’s position on numerous lists of the best beaches throughout Europe and the world.
4. Lover’s Beach, Mexico
Photo by Karen Blaha
Cabo san Lucas, Mexico, is a popular tourist destination for relaxation, beach weddings and partying. Playa del Amor, which is also known as Lover’s Beach, has more of a secluded feel due to its rocky surroundings.
5. Long Beach, Ascension Island
Photo by Povl Abrahamsen
Ascension Island is a controlled landmass in the UK that sits approximately 1,000 miles from the closest country. There are a few swimming beaches on Ascension Island, but the more than 10,000 green sea turtles that flock to Long Beach are the number one reason that tourists visit the island.
6. White Beach, Philippines
Photo by Lisa de Vreede
The aptly named White Beach in Boracay is one of the most popular spots in the Philippines. This beach, with its breathtakingly gorgeous sand and water, will never be forgotten by visitors.
7. Calo des Moro, Mallorca
Photo by Tommie Hansen
The Spanish beach is located inside a small alcove. The water is crystal clear, making it a great choice for snorkelers.
8. Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles
Photo by Didier Baertsschiger
Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean and it is a member of the African Union. The white sand and boulders present at Anse Source D’Argent make it one of the most aesthetically pleasing beaches on earth. Make sure you bring your camera so that you can capture the beauty of Anse Source D’Argent!
9. Malibu Beach, California, USA
Photo by Adam Dooley
There are several beaches in Southern California, but Malibu Beach is the best choice for those who can only visit one location. Here you will experience a classic beach vibe, along with beautiful sand and water.
10. Kapalua Beach, Hawaii, USA
Photo by Kris Nelson
A laid back lifestyle and numerous beaches bring people to Hawaii from around the globe. Kapalua Beach in West Maui is one of many gorgeous spots that are perfect for surfing and Condé Nast Traveler magazine even crowned it the “Best Beach in the World.”
11. Oludeniz Beach, Turkey
Photo by Oleksandr Dantsiger
This pebble beach is famous due to the calm waters of the Blue Lagoon. Travelers who want to experience the beauty in private will enjoy this sandy bay for its picturesque views and secluded location.
12. Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos Islands
Photo by Tobias Lindman
The turquoise water, brilliantly white sand and almost shockingly blue skies make Grace Bay one of the best beaches on earth. As an added bonus, this beautiful location can usually be enjoyed without dealing with large crowds.
13. Praia de Marinha, Portugal
Photo by Andrew Sweeney
Praia de Marinha, which is also known as Navy Beach, is by far the best beach in Portugal. The high water quality and ambient setting have earned this location the title of “Golden Beach.”
14. Navagio Beach, Greece
Photo by Justin Van Dyke
There is a good reason that Greece’s Navagio Beach is one of the most photographed beaches in the world: the combination of blue water and limestone cliffs makes this area truly stunning to behold.
15. Isola Bella Beach, Italy
Photo by Brigitte Djajasasmita
This white pebble beach is a Natural Heritage Site due to its picturesque views and natural design. Isola Bella Beach is easily accessible from nearby areas and well worth visiting.
16. Jericoacoara, Brazil
Photo by Jonathan Hood
This Brazilian beach offers the perfect combination of beautiful water, relaxation, and opportunities to partake in sporting activities. The dune beyond the beach is great for exploration, and you can rest after on one of the hammocks that are staked into the water.
17. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Photo by Wulf Willis
Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh offers exotic flair and a long list of other notable nearby attractions. For example, scuba diving is a popular activity for people who want to do more than just hang out at this beautiful beach.
18. Matira Point, French Polynesia
Photo by Nicola Rinaldi
This public beach in the South Pacific is arguably even more gorgeous and worth visiting than the nearby Bora Bora. Matira Point has an extremely relaxing vibe and provides visitors with a lovely view.
19. Porto Katsiki, Greece
Photo by kpoulakos
Porto Katsiki is an isolated beach on Ionian Sea Island. The only way to reach this stunning location is by taking a boat or by climbing down from the clifftop parking area.
20. Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Photo by Daniel Riberio
Sveti Stefan is a pink sandy beach that is part of a Montenegro resort. The small islet includes 1.2 miles of coastline and is not usually filled with large crowds.
21. San Blas Islands, Panama
Photo by Alexander Schimmeck
The San Blas Islands are part of a Panamanian Caribbean natural park. There are approximately 400 small islands that offer isolated beaches for travelers who prefer to enjoy the archipelago’s natural perfection in private.
22. Herberts Beach, Nevis
Photo by Steve Harris
Have you ever dreamed of visiting the Caribbean without being surrounded by tourists? Nevis is one of the least crowded islands, and it features multiple places such as Herberts Beach to relax in near solitude.
23. Maya Bay, Thailand
Photo by Siva Dayalan
The movie The Beach (2000), starring Leonardo DiCaprio introduced the world to the beauty of Maya Bay. Fortunately, you can access this beach without needing to swim a long distance as depicted in the film, and the off-season attracts minimal crowds.
24. Antibes, France
Photo by Jared Zimmerman
Antibes has a nice mixture of public and private beaches that all provide a relaxing experience and picturesque views. The town of Antibes is famous for being one of the most luxurious, indulgent places on earth.
25. Île Aux Cerfs Island, Mauritius
Photo by gianbrutale
Spend a day living like the rich and famous by taking a day trip via catamaran to the private Île Aux Cerfs island. This uninhabited spot is typically utilized by jet-setters, but people on a budget can also enjoy the luxurious privacy of the island’s beaches.
26. Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
Photo by Reinhard Link
This small village has some of the most enticing beaches in the Caribbean. Here you can enjoy an authentic local vibe mixed with uncrowded beaches and photo-worthy reefs.
27. As Catedrais Beach, Spain
Photo by Carlos Miguel Solis Seco
Even if you are not the type to go swimming or sunbathing, As Catedrais Beach needs to be on your bucket list. This unusual location has enormous caves, unique natural archways and impressive rock arches that practically cry out to be explored and photographed.
28. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Photo by Mark Wassell
Whitehaven Beach has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The travelers who spend time at this Australian spot are treated to one of the cleanest white sand beaches in the world.
29. Boulders Beach, South Africa
Photo by Nicolas Raymond
The appropriately named Boulders Beach is one of the best spots for beach enthusiasts in South Africa. This location also attracts a large African penguin population, which makes it a great choice for wildlife photographers.
30. Honeymoon Island, Cook Islands
Photo by Christine Phares
The name of this tropical island has understandably captured the attention of honeymooners, but it is also a noteworthy location for anyone who wants to see the best beaches in the world. The white sand is unsullied and the colorful seabirds are very eye-catching.
With so many amazing locations to choose from worldwide, it may seem difficult to select your next vacation destination. However, if beaches are your passion, you should definitely prioritize these 30 amazing options.
Featured photo credit: Damian Gadal via flic.kr