Beach vacations are always synonymous of endless relaxation, water sports, study of underwater plant species and marine life, and opportunities for amazing photos. There are many beautiful beaches in the world, whether you prefer more secluded places or top tourist destinations and luxury resorts meters away from the beach. However, some exotic destinations stand out among the millions of opportunities for a sea vacation and form our list of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Anse source d’argent, Seychelles
The dizzying view of crystal clear water, fine sand, and shadows of palm trees promising a peaceful vacation will never be forgotten by visitors to the island. The beach, more than a kilometer long, is located in the southeastern part of the island of La Digue and is often described as one of the most beautiful in the archipelago.
Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Camps Bay is located in Cape Town, South Africa. The location is ideal for a picnic in the shade of trees or games on the beach. A large number of foreign and local tourists come here. There are a number of cafés, world-class accommodations, and restaurants around the beach.
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands
The beach is located in the northern part of the island of Providenciales. A favorite destination for tourists, Grace Bay holds the top spot for the World Travel Awards “World’s Leading Beach Destination”, and 2nd place in Trip Advisor’s World’s Best Beaches. Around the beach are almost all the luxury resorts on the island and nearby you can dive and watch the beautiful coral reef.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
Zakynthos is one of the pearls in the crown of Greece. Also called Shipwreck Beach, the place has an interesting history and to this day the remains of the wrecked ship MV Panagioti are preserved.
Polihale Beach, Hawaii, USA
Polihale Beach is located in the western part of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The beach is secluded, away from the hectic everyday life. It is reached by a difficult road. The beach is dotted with dunes, and the proximity of the mountains gives you the opportunity to hear even the birds singing there.
Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico
In ancient times, the Mexican area of Tulum served as a coastal defense against attacks. Today, impressive Mayan temples and buildings are preserved here. Combined with first-class resorts, strips of white sand, and beach nightlife, this place cannot be forgotten.
Railay Beach, Thailand
The Railay Peninsula is definitely unforgettable. You can only get to this beach by boat, but it’s definitely worth it. The atmosphere here is calm, there is a wide choice of accommodation. You can find this beach right between the cities of Krabi and Ao Nang.
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
The Whitehaven Beach is 7 km long and has been named the most popular beach in Australia by Sport Trip Advisor. The white sand contrasting with the blue-green water is definitely an impressive sight and an ideal place to relax. The beach is located in the center of the Great Barrier Reef, making it an ideal place for divers.
Blue Lagoon, Ölüdeniz, Turkey
The beach is located about 12 km from the town of Ölüdeniz. You can rent a canoe or paddle-boat to explore the colorful blue-green waters of the ocean and the surrounding rocky hills. Not far from this secluded beach you can find many entertainments such as massages, delicious Turkish food, and beauty treatments.
Fulhadhoo Beach, Maldives
Baa Atoll, home to Fulhadhoo Beach, is a small paradise in the Maldives. The island is an ideal place for diving and snorkeling. It is located away from crowds and settlements. Nearby is a small village where people grow mainly local produce, which will reveal to you a lot about their way of life and culture.
Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, The Bahamas
The name of this island does not come by chance. The crushed shells of sea mussels turned into sand, give the island a truly pink color. On Harbor Island, you can also find a number of culinary sea temptations and places to relax.
Petite Anse, Mahe, Seychelles
The Petite Anse beach is about 400 meters long and, as expected, can be found next to the Grand Anse in the La Digue area. Here the sea is often rough and ideal for surfers. However, this means that you must observe the children if you are on a family holiday. The place is not crowded and is ideal for a honeymoon or a romantic vacation.
Pig Beach, Bahamas
Pig Beach, located in the Big Major Cay of the Bahamas, gets its name from a special type of swimming pigs that live on the island. This makes the place popular with tourists and on social media. The island is not densely populated and this colony of pigs is its main attraction.
White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
White Beach is certainly the most famous and visited beach in Boracay. Here you can find first-class accommodations and restaurants, various sports activities, and endless nightlife. Ideal place for swimming and for small children, as the depth of the water increases slowly. And if you want to enjoy a beautiful view, visit the beach around 6 p.m. during the beautiful sunset.
Ngapali Beach – Ngapali, Myanmar
While relaxing in the shade of Ngapali Beach, you can see local fishermen and divers, surfers, and golfers (there is an 18-hole playground near the beach). There are fishing villages nearby, which can be reached by renting a bicycle or motorbike. And for adventurers nearby, there is a panoramic view from a hot air balloon flight.
Bai Sao, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Vietnam itself is an exotic destination, and Bai Sao Beach, located 25 km from the capital of Duong Dong, offers you pristine nature and a relaxed atmosphere. Around the beach and in the shallows you can meet impressive sea species such as nose fish, starfish, and many others. Water sports are preferred especially during the summer months when the sea is calm.
Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Benguerra Island is located in the Bazaruto Archipelago and is the second-largest island in the group. The island is big, approximately 11 kilometers long and 5.5 kilometers wide, and is known mainly for its luxury resorts, fishing, and horseback riding.
Praia do Sancho, Brazil
Baia do Sancho is located on the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha and is among the top places in the rankings for the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beach is almost untouched by industry and has amazing scenery and dizzying views.
Playa norte isla mujeres, Mexico
Isla Mujeres is one of the most popular beaches in Mexico. Apart from its turquoise waters and crystal clear sand, the place is also known for its friendly locals. The island has preserved much of the Mayan culture, which attracts lovers of history.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora
Matira Beach is the largest free beach in Bora Bora. The beautiful beach is surrounded by many places for dining, shopping, luxury resorts, and entertainment. Just 5 miles away is Vaitape, where you can find everything from kiosks to petrol stations.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
Eagle Beach is located in Oranjestad, Aruba, and is known for its relatively low prices and public beaches that are beautiful enough to enter the rankings of the most beautiful in the world.
One Foot Island, Cook Islands
The name One Foot Island comes from its shape. The name by which the island is known to the locals is also Tapuaetai. It is part of 22 islands in the Aitutaki atoll and is small in size about 570 m long and only 210 wide. However, its beauty earned it an award for “Australasia’s Leading Beach” in 2008.
Shoal Bay, Anguilla
The white sand of Shoal Bay attracts you to relax in the shade of a palm tree. According to most tourists, this is the most beautiful beach on the island. Here you can find everything from first-class resorts to restaurants with seafood and local cuisine.
Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
Flamenco Beach is located in Culebra, in the Caribbean archipelago. The beach has the shape of a horse’s hoof and is known for its beauty and according to the tourist site Trip Advisor is in the top three most beautiful beaches. Access to the beach is free and promises a relaxing experience.
Cayo Santa Maria Beach, Cuba
The archipelago where Cayo Santa Maria Beach is located is called Jardines del Rey. Near the beach, you will find many luxury resorts. It is a tourist destination, mainly because of the white sand and crystal clear waters suitable for water sports.
Playa del Amor (Hidden Beach) – Mexico
Playa del Amor, or as it is often called the Hidden Beach. is part of the Marieta Islands in Mexico. It is hidden under the surface of the green island, in a hole formed on the earth’s surface. This makes the island a favorite place for tourists in Mexico. The group of islands itself was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption and today it remains uninhabited by permanent residents. The nearest road is by boat from Puerto Vallarta and tourist agencies often organize day trips to Hidden Beach.
Turquoise Bay, Australia
One of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, Turquoise Beach has great conditions for snorkeling, diving, and water sports. Not far from the shore you can watch the Ningaloo Reef.
Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
The beach is located near Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril. The 7-mile beach passes into another beach
Bloody Bay. Seven Mile Beach is suitable for children with families and is an ideal place for a relaxing holiday. There are enough all-inclusive resorts nearby to allow you complete freedom and choice of entertainment without thinking about the extra cost.
Pink Beach, Indonesia
Pink Beach is located in Komodo National Park. As its name suggests, the sand on this beach is really pink. This color comes from microorganisms living on the beach and in coral reefs, which produce red pigment. There are only 7 such beaches in the world, which guarantee unforgettable photos and memories.
Nungwi Beach, Tanzania
Nungwi’s crystal sand looks brilliant even at night, and the sea depths are ideal for diving and snorkeling. The beach belongs to the fishing village of the same name, so you will probably see many fishermen along the coast. The place is not overcrowded, and if you want to enjoy luxury there are enough 5-star hotels around.
Maya Bay Beach, Ao Nang, Thailand
In Maya Bay the sea is always calm, as the beach is surrounded on three sides by rocky hills. The beach is gaining popularity after being filmed in the cinema in 1999. Located on Phi Phi Island, the beach is quite crowded, with frequent arrivals and departures of boats and motorboats.
Cala Mitjana, Spain
Located in the southern part of Menorca, this beach is also surrounded by a hilly area overgrown with pines and olive trees. The beach can be easily reached by car and about 15-20 minutes walk. However, it is still relatively secluded and ideal for family vacations.
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
Located near the city of Kailua, Lanikai is a great place especially at dusk when the moon rises over Mokuluas. On weekdays there are not so big crowds and the beach is calmer, but on weekends it will be difficult to find a parking space nearby.
Curieuse Beach, Seychelles
The fifth-largest island in Seychelles has something to boast about. The beach, surrounded by mangrove trees, is an ideal place for photos because of the granite rocks around. It is possible to meet one of the water turtles inhabiting the island. The pristine and untouched by the industrial revolution nature of the island will surely bring you the necessary relaxation.
Zlatni rat (Golden Horn Beach) – Brac, Croatia
The beach is located west of the town of Bol in Croatia. It is permanently on the list of the most popular beaches in Europe. To a large extent, its popularity comes from its specific elongated and narrowing shape (resembling a horn). Today you can see a picture of the beach on many tourist brochures.
Diani Beach, Kenya
The 17 km Diani Beach in Kwale County. more than once leads the charts for the most beautiful island in Africa. Tourism is the main livelihood of the locals here. Around the beach, you will enjoy various wildlife, coral reefs and last but not least a wide range of hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
Sunset Beach – Oahu, Hawaii
In Oahu, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best sunsets not only in Hawaii but perhaps in the world. Surfing competitions are often held here, and the waves sometimes reach 30 meters. In the surfing season, the crowds are significantly more, the rest of the time the beach is ideal for family vacations.
Île aux Nattes, Madagascar
The island of Île aux Nattes is located on the west coast of Madagascar. The place has amazing nature and places to relax, but also great restaurants with local delicacies.
Ko Phi Phi Le, Thailand
Ko Phi Phi is part of the Phi Phi Archipelago and offers visitors limestone forests and shady beaches (Maya Bay and Loh Samah). The beach welcomes a huge number of tourists and it is never boring here. Diving around coral reefs, snorkeling, and all kinds of beach sports are preferred by visitors.
Champagne Beach, Vanuatu
Champagne Beach is located on the island of Espiritu Santo and is famous for its crystal blue waters and fine clean sand. It is a common tourist destination for tourists from Australia coming on cruise ships.
Los Roques, Francisqui island, Venezuela
This archipelago is located north of the Venezuelan capital Caracas and is part of Los Roques National Park. The beaches here are known for lovers of windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, and fishing.
Maho Beach – St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Maho Bay Beach can often be quite crowded and this is no accident. The beach is easily accessible and the water becomes deep very smoothly. In addition, it is suitable for divers or just for those who can safely rest in the shade of a tree.
Muri Beach, Cook Islands
Muri Beach is one of the most popular destinations for couples or honeymoons, and for good reason. The view of the crystal clear sand, blue waters, and palm shadows are inspiring. Most of the luxury resorts around are adults-only.
El Nido, Philippines
El Nido is located on the island of Palawan and is famous for its contrasting views of turquoise blue waters and white sand. From its shores, it is extremely easy to reach the Bacuit archipelago, which is a paradise for divers and fishermen.
Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands
Trunk Bay is the most liked and often photographed island of St. John, Virgin Islands. There are many places around the beach to eat or rent snorkeling equipment. To see the beautiful reefs there are organized snorkeling routes.
Anse Lazio, Seychelles
The beach is located in the northern part of the Seychelles island Praslin Island. The beach is surrounded by massive granite formations. On the seaside, however, it is not protected by a coral reef, just like other islands in the archipelago.