What makes a beach beautiful?
Is it the clear blue water, the sound of waves crashing onshore, or maybe just the fact that you can go topless and no one cares?
Although some people might think so, there is much more than meets the eye on beauty.
If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, look no further than any beaches on this list!
We have compiled a list of 45 beaches that will take your breath away.
The following list will take you through 45 of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Whether you find yourself in the world or what type of beach is most appealing to you- there is one on this list that will be perfect for your next vacation!
1) Anse Source d’Argent: La Digue, Seychelles
It is only accessible via boat to the island of La Digue in the Gulf of Morbihan and is situated between Praslin Island and Mahé Island; this beach is as remote as it gets.
The water here has an astonishingly turquoise color, and the white sand is vast and almost untouched by man- only a few resorts lay near the beaches on La Digue island.
This beach offers your typical tropical beauty and wildlife, such as turtles, dolphins, and even whales.
The water is a little cold here, so it’s best to come during the warmer months of January-April for optimum beach time enjoyment.
2) Bai Dam Trau, Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
The white sand beach of Bai Dam Trau is one of the most spectacular beaches in all of Southeast Asia.
Here you can go scuba diving or snorkeling to see some marine life and even cruise on a boat to explore the beautiful islands nearby.
Water temperatures are perfect year-round, making this a winter or summer destination.
Bai Dam Trau is the best place to enjoy water sports and activities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, etc.
This beach has some great dining options with fresh seafood dishes too!
3) Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Brazil’s Baia do Sancho is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It has some of the most pristine beaches globally, with soft sands and clear waters for snorkeling and diving adventures.
The water temperature is perfect year-round, and the best part is that it’s an eco-resort.
Take a hike, enjoy some tasty food and spot wildlife like nesting sea turtles on one of these beautiful beaches!
4) Baia Chia, Sardinia, Italy
This beach is a great place to visit with your family and friends.
There are plenty of activities to choose from, such as biking or hiking on the trails near the coast.
The water has crystal clear waters perfect for swimming but is careful because the currents can be intense.
Have a relaxing time at this beach, and you won’t regret it!
5) Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland
The Black Sand Beach is in Reynisfjara, Iceland can be visited by anyone.
This serene and picturesque beach has been featured in countless films and is a favorite vacation spot worldwide.
The black sand beaches Reynisfjara, found on an Icelandic Peninsula called Fjaðrársfirði, have become famous due to their stunning beauty.
They were used in such popular destinations as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Game Of Thrones, Interstellar, and Thor: Ragnarok!
If you find yourself at this location, it should not surprise you if your jaw drops when seeing these gorgeous views with their oddly shaped hexagonal basalt columns.
6) Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the most famous cities in South America for tourists.
It has beautiful beaches for anyone who wants to relax on a sunny day, and it’s home to some of the best soccer teams around.
This fantastic beach is the perfect place to go if you want a beautiful day with your friends and family.
The sand turns jet black from all of the volcanic rock nearby!
The water has warm sands that are great for sensitive skin or need some time in the sun after spending too much time inside.
7) Cape Le Grand, Western Australia
Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, is a breathtaking geological formation stretching for miles and encompassing many different ecosystems.
The park contains rare plant species and unique marine life such as southern right whales, dolphins, and humpback whales, all easily seen from shore!
The beach is a popular site for tourists because of the beautiful and serene atmosphere.
The white sand beaches are more appealing with their natural rock formations, making you feel like you’re in an untouched paradise.
8) Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach is a place where you can relax, enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, and partake in parasailing, jet skiing, or paddleboarding.
You’ll find cyclists on promenades lined with restaurants while rollerbladers take to winding roads at sunset for an unforgettable evening of street performances and craft vendors.
9) Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
The sun is shining brightly, and the wind blows gently on your face.
The water laps against the shore in a rhythmic pattern while seagulls fly overhead.
A group of children is playing by the palm tree that stands guard at one end of this tropical paradise – what more could you ask for?
In Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, there’s two miles worth of sand to walk or play on with some waves rolling ashore, so it doesn’t get too hot out here.
They’re also tiny crabs scurrying around when people come down to take pictures near low tide!
10) Cala Goloritzè, Sardinia
Sardinia is the perfect place to escape and soak up some sun, a land of pristine beaches.
One beach that provides a spectacular view from its location along the coast in Baunei, Ogliastra at Cala Goloritzé, will leave you speechless with its picturesque vistas as it overlooks one of the most beautiful bays on Earth: Orosei Bay!
The Gulf Of Orosei has been called “one of Europe’s last coastal wildernesses,” There are few spots more stunning than this white sandy bay punctuated by blue water.
Get your fill here before heading out for other adventures or returning home–you won’t want to forget this experience under any circumstance.
11) Clifton Beach, South Africa
As one of South Africa’s most affluent areas, Clifton is located outside Cape Town.
It’s home to the most expensive real estate in South Africa and is sometimes called “the Monaco of South Africa.”
Clifton also has four beaches used by locals and tourists who come for its protection against the notorious south easterlies, making it perfect year-round for a day at the beach with friends or family!.
The south-easterly wind makes those beaches perfect for bathers or sunbathers who want protection while enjoying their favorite pastime – either lounging on the sand or getting some color next to the water.
12) Champagne Beach, Vanuatu
Champagne Beach is a famous beach located on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.
The crystal clear water and beautiful white sand make it one of the best beaches in the South Pacific region.
They are visited by tourists from Australia who are always looking for that perfect vacation destination or spot to relax after finishing their busy work schedule.
13) Cabo San Juan de la Guia Beach, Colombia
Located on the Caribbean coast of northern Colombia, Cabo San Juan de la Guia Beach is a paradise for tourists looking to escape from daily life and enjoy some sun.
Located just an hour away from Cartagena International Airport, this beach offers crystal ocean water that never gets too cold or too hot at any time in the year.
The shoreline has blue-grey sand with brownish patches where it meets the sea; there’s also lush greenery throughout and coconut trees dotting around its perimeter!
Visitors can spend their days exploring nearby nature trails, which lead them through mangrove forests leading out into open fields filled with palm trees – perfect spots for taking pictures.
14) Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece
Located in the southwestern corner of the Mediterranean island of Crete, Elafonissi Beach is one of Greece’s most picturesque beaches.
The beach features a cliff with an ancient cave and sandy shores perfect for sunbathing or taking long walks along its coast during sunset hours.
During your stay, you’ll be able to enjoy many other fun activities like snorkeling tours, boat rides on the sea of tranquility bay, and fishing excursions, all from our local village beach tavernas that dot this coastline!
15) El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
El Nido is a Philippine municipality on Palawan Island, known for white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and the gateway to the Bacuit Archipelago.
Miniloc island has clear waters in its small lagoon or Big Lagoon, making it popular among tourists looking for good snorkeling spots.
At the same time, Shimizu Island near El Nido also offers some great underwater adventures, including diving at Dilumacad’s long tunnel leading to a unique underground cavern where you can spot many rare species of fish.
16) Hidden Beach: Marietas Islands, Mexico
Playa del Amor, commonly known as the Hidden Beach, is a jewel among beaches.
Nestled on one of the Marieta Islands, located 22 nautical miles west of Puerto Vallarta at the mouth of Banderas Bay, this Beach’s beauty cannot be found in any other location around Mexico.
The beach itself is a secluded cove that can be reached only by boat and offers some of the gorgeous views in the world.
17) Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
One of my favorite places to go in Hawaii is Hanalei Bay.
It’s the largest bay on Kauai Island, and it has a beautiful beach surrounded by mountains.
The perfect place for summer activities like stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, or just relaxing!
18) Horseshoe Bay Beach: Bermuda
Horseshoe Bay is one of the most well-known beaches in Bermuda.
As a tourist spot, it lies on the main island’s south coast and has long been known for its pristine white sands and crystal clear water with colorful fish to explore while snorkeling or scuba diving, among other things!
You can find this beach at Horseshoe Bay which rests near Southampton Parish on the southern tip of Main Island.
It features some gorgeous views from sunbathing by day but watches out as you’ll have to contend with stingrays that come close to shore during low tide–talk about an adrenaline rush!
19) Kaputas Beach, Turkey
Kaputas Beach is situated at a distance of 20 km from Kaş and seven from Kalkan, where an extremely narrow valley towered by cliffs and forests joins the seashore in the cove of the same name as the Beach (Kaputaş).
It’s popular among visitors because it offers unmatched views anywhere else.
20) Koekohe Beach, New Zealand
The Moeraki boulders are oddly shaped, and locals believe the gods made them.
These strangely-shaped rocks have been attracting tourists from all over the world for decades now!
The Moeraki Boulders lie along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on New Zealand’s southern coast in an area between two towns called Hampden and Otago.
The unusual shape draws most people to these giant stones that look like eggs or balls – especially those who live close enough to witness them firsthand at low tide when it becomes evident as you can walk right up next to them.
21) Le Morne, Mauritius
One of the top beaches in Mauritius, Le Morne Brabant, is a peninsula where many tourists can explore caves and overhangs.
The site offers incredible views of the Indian Ocean and is home to historic ruins and relics of its colonial era.
It’s surrounded by water on one side, making it easy to enjoy swimming in lagoons or exploring coral reefs straight offshore.
Le Morne Brabant has plenty to offer. Its natural caves and overhangs on steep slopes surrounded by the water make it perfect for tourists looking for an adventurous outdoor adventure!
22) La Pelosa Beach, Sardinia, Italy
La Pelosa beach is only 2 kilometers from the harbor village of Stintino and offers a beautiful view of Isola Piana, situated 600 meters off the coast.
La Pelosa has a 300-meter length – sometimes up to 60 meters wide in some spots, with an ancient sixteenth-century watchtower called Torre della Pelosa being part of Sardinia’s marine defense system.
Do you want to explore the deep, or do you prefer it shallower?
You are spoiled for choices!
There is diving at both Asinara and Roccaruja Diving Centers; surfboards are rented out just down the coast at Stintino Windsurfing Center.
23) Marinha Beach: Lagoa, Portugal
The Praia da Marinha is one of the most iconic beaches in Portugal with a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, located on the Atlantic coast.
You’ll find this beach part of Caramujeira and Lagoa Municipality Algarve’s beautiful landscape!
The best time to visit would be in the summer when you can’t help but feel joyous because it has an Olympic-sized swimming pool that leads into natural pools for children and two playgrounds for kids looking for some fun activities.
At the same time, mommy or daddy takes a break at their private cabana overlooking paradise.
This location also offers volleyball courts so that visitors have plenty of ways they can stay active during their vacation.
24) Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
A treasure trove of white-sand beaches and clear, tranquil water awaits those who sail to Bora Bora.
Head out into the deep blue sea off French Polynesia’s Matira Beach – where even though our world has changed so much, this place still maintains its natural beauty as if no one ever set foot here before us.
It’ll be like swimming back through time when we’re done exploring all that is to be offered at this iconic destination.
25) Monterosso Al Mare, Italy
Monterosso al Mare is a town and comune in La Spezia, part of the region of Liguria.
One out of five villages makes up Cinque Terre – Monterosso.
It has beautiful landscapes with hillsides covered by vineyards on terraces where green vines are grown to produce wine.
26) Maya Bay Beach, Thailand
Maya Bay is a beautiful bay.
It has 100-meter high cliffs on three sides, and inside the bay are beaches – some small, only existing at low tide, while others stretch out for 200 meters with white sand and clear water filled with exotic fish.
Visitors can enter Maya Bay from November to April when seas are calm but rough conditions may cause problems during other months!
27) Navagio Beach: Zakynthos, Greece
Navagio Beach is a cove that was initially known as Agios Georgios. It lies on the coast of Greece in Zakynthos, where it’s also sometimes referred to as Smugglers Cove.
The beach offers an exposed view with its beautiful blue waters and white sands for tourists looking for one last stop before returning home from their trip or taking another day off work to explore more of the island.
The cove is also known for the shipwreck that caused it to become a tourist attraction in the first place.
This now popular spot has drawn many people from all around Greece.
28) Nungwi Beach, Tanzania
Nungwi, or Ras Nungwi, is a large village located at the far northern end of the island of Zanzibar.
With its clear blue waters and white sandy beaches, it’s no wonder that many tourists flock to this small town on earth each year!
The best time to visit Nungwi is during the dry season, from November through May.
29) Papakolea Beach: Big Island, Hawaii
Papakōlea Beach is a green sand beach located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district of Hawai’i.
It’s one of only four green sand beaches globally-the others being Talofofo Beach on Guam, Punta Cormorant Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands, and Hornindalsvatnet Norway.
30) Praia de Santa Monica, Boa Vista, Cape Verde
One of the most lovely beaches in Cape Verde, Praia de Santa Mónica, is a sandy beach with crystal clear waters that provides refuge to endemic birds and turtles.
It’s just 5 km away from Povoação Velha village, which offers tourists plenty of amenities, including hotels, restaurants, and grocery stores for all their needs!
One such place where you can find peace amongst nature at its finest is the pristine dunes on Boa Vista island’s southern coast.
The nearest village is Povoação Velha, about five kilometers north; it has several small shops and many places to enjoy food or drinks while listening to music—or even taking advantage of some rental opportunities like scooters or bikes.
31) Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands
Formentera is a hippie’s paradise, the smallest and more southerly island of the Pityusic Islands group (comprising Ibiza and Formentera).
While it was a popular destination for those in search of sunbathing or tanning as early as 1960, these days, you can find some significant nude beach action on most beaches.
If this sounds like your kind of place- pack light because there are only 5 miles to explore!
32) Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica.
Its beautiful beaches and rich wildlife have made it a top destination for many tourists looking to explore.
The area stretches from Quepos up a 6 km winding road that goes back down to Playa Espadilla Beach and the Manuel Antonio National Park entrance!
Along this route are countless hotels and restaurants offering visitors an option on where they would like to stay or eat while taking advantage of all there has to offer.
Here you will find some spectacular views with warm weather year-round perfect any time every day!
33) Railay Beach: Krabi, Thailand
This beach is known for its limestone cliffs and a sense of peace.
Railay Beach is accessible only by boat from Krabi or Ao Nang due to the high limestone cliffs, making it inaccessible on foot or by car!
As the sun sets over this peninsula, you can’t help but feel a sense of serenity.
34) Saud Beach, Luzon, Philippines
I went to Saud Beach, Luzon, in the Philippines.
I had no idea that it would be such a beautiful place!
The water was blue and precise, while the sand sparkled like white sugar crystals.
People were friendly there as well- they offered us some coconut water when we got off our bus without even asking for money first!
This is a fantastic vacation spot with enough room for families or friends just looking to relax on some perfect beaches by crystal waters.
35) Siesta Beach: Siesta Key, Florida
Siesta Beach is a beach in the U.S. state of Florida, located on Siesta Key, which has 99% quartz sand!
The Appalachian Mountains provide most of it.
Unlike other beaches worldwide made up mostly of crushed coral, this one’s got an excellent white hue because its main ingredient is what makes diamonds sparkle.
36) Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Playa de Sotavento is a 5 kilometer long beach on the southeast coast of Fuerteventura.
The most popular sections are “Playa Risco del Paso” and “Playa Barca.”
Every year, world champions come to play in these surf spots by René Egli.
Even beginners can enjoy the waves here, but this may not be your best option if you want some relaxation as it’s too windy for sunbathing or swimming.
37) Shark Creek Beach, The Bahamas
Shark Creek, located at the island’s southernmost point and known as “Shell Beach,” is a mangrove creek that separates Great Harbour Cay from Haines Cay.
Residents also refer to it as “Shell Beach” because of its crystal clear water with beautiful sand and plenty of seashells!
You will be kept occupied by the sea life in these shallows – spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, maybe even a baby shark may swim right up to you when looking down into these pristine waters.
38) Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Seven Mile Beach is a perfect destination for all beach bums who dream of white sand and crystal clear blue water.
Recently, it was awarded the honor “The Caribbean’s Best Beach” by an award-winning magazine that specializes in travel destinations around the world.
39) Scala dei Turchi, Sicily
The Scala dei Turchi is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle, southern Sicily.
It is famous for its deep and long caves carved out of the rock by waves and rain from the nearby sea.
40) South Beach, Miami
South Beach is a hotspot for tourists and celebrities alike, with many happening nightspots and celebrity-chef eateries.
Chain stores line the pedestrian shopping strip Lincoln Road Mall.
At the same time, indie fashion shops offer fashionable styles on Ocean Drive, where you can enjoy well-preserved art deco architecture from your table at an outdoor cafe!
41) Tulum Ruins Beach: Tulum, Mexico
Tulum is a small and delicate ruin perched atop the gorgeous cliffs of the Caribbean.
They’re situated on a cliff-face with stunning views, overlooking blue waters that stretch into infinity.
The water below shines as blue as can be, while Tulum’s beauty reflects in its subtle colors that exude peace.
42) The Baths, British Virgin Islands
Its status as a vacation destination does not overlook the island’s natural beauty.
The most well-known attraction of this scenic and colorful place are these giant boulders or batholiths, which were brought to the surface through volcanic eruptions many years ago.
These stones form beautiful grottoes with tranquil pools for visitors to enjoy.
43) Tangalle Beach, Sri Lanka
The sand is golden.
The water’s so clear it looks like a painting or maybe an aquarium.
Even the rocks are magnificent: as if a giant artist has sculpted them.
But it’s not just natural beauty at Tangalle Beach that will make your jaw drop; there are also black sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and white sandy coasts where you can spend hours in absolute bliss.
44) Walvis Bay, Namibia
Walvis Bay locals are proud of their rich history as a port town.
They have the privilege to live in one of the most beautiful and diversified coastal environments on earth, with an abundance of wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else!
Dolphins often swim by right next to our shoreline.
45) Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia
The Zlatni Ra, often called the Golden Cape or Golden Horn, is roughly one kilometer west of Bol Harbor.
The surrounding waters are usually calm and precise because it is in front of the Hvar Channel, which has a current that will pull you back once you head southward towards the open sea.
The tip can be hazardous for those swimming since there’s not much break between shallow water and deep water approaching northwards along the shoreline.
This list of 47 beaches is the perfect starting point for a summer getaway.
With so many options to choose from, you may want to begin by narrowing down your choices based on what type of destination you’re looking for and how much time you have available before booking.
For example, if you are traveling with children who need sandy shores that stretch endlessly in both directions without interruption, head straight over to Maya Bay Beach, Thailand, which offers just that.
If it’s quiet at sunset, which appeals more than anything else, consider going somewhere like La Pelosa Beach, Sardinia, where there is no noise other than nature itself.
Originally posted on June 4, 2021 @ 3:02 pm
As a lifelong traveler and founder of lovefortraveling.com, I, Alex Deidda, have always been driven by my passion for exploring new places and cultures.
Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to live in various countries, each offering unique perspectives and experiences.
My love for traveling led me to create lovefortraveling.com, a website and blog dedicated to helping people plan their trips.