If you enjoy fishing, swimming, surfing, or simply sunning, somewhere in the world is a beach that is just right for you. With so many beaches around the world, which ones should you not miss? Consider the following top ten must-see beaches.
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Situated in the North Island of New Zealand, Coromandel Peninsula stretches to an impressive length of 85 kilometers and is 40 kilometers wide. Here, you will find a wealth of spectacular natural beauty, including Hot Water Beach, where underground mineral water reservoirs make their way up from the ground. Be careful; however, temperatures can reach up to a scalding 174 degrees Fahrenheit.
Big Sur, California
Although Big Sur may not be the most exotic location in the world, the Pacific Coastal Highway 1 that meanders through this area offers breathtaking views of Big Sur and plenty of scenic overlooks. Situated near the majestic Santa Lucia mountain range, Big Sur is surprisingly isolated compared to the highly populated hub of Los Angeles located to the south. If you are planning a visit, you should be aware that accommodations in Big Sur are often limited and expensive due to land use restrictions that are in place to preserve the natural beauty of the area.
Ses Salines, Ibiza, Spain
Renowned for its pale sandy beach and amazingly crystal clear waters, Ses Salines is situated only 10 minutes form the popular city of Ibiza. If you enjoy body surfing, this beach is one that you should not miss. Ses Salines is also a popular destination among celebrities and boasts a lively party scene.
Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada
If you are looking for tranquility, this is it. Set against a backdrop of red sandstone cliffs, a soft azure sky and with white-capped waves, this beach is easily one of the most unspoiled in all of North America. With its warm waters, Cavendish Beach is the ideal place for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, or seal watching.
For travelers looking for a beach scene where there is always something happening, Porto de Barra is the place to go. Participate in a game of beach volleyball, charter a boat to try your hand at fishing, or simply stroll along the beach while basking in one of the most glorious sunsets in the world.
Byron Bay, Australia
Down under, you will find a beach that is world renowned for its beauty and hippie culture. Here, you can take advantage of it all, including snorkeling, swimming, and surfing. While this beach is also an excellent destination for the kiddos, there is one clothing-optional section of the beach. When combined with the yearly Byron Bay Bluesfest, which attracts some of the biggest names in the industry, Byron Bay is certainly not a beach to be missed.
Although Canggu Beach has become well known for its fabulous surfing, one of the most fascinating aspects of this beach is the fact that its sands are actually black. Even if you are a beginning surfer, you will find smaller breaks here that can help you to get started.
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
It should come as little surprise that two of the top ten beaches in the world are located off the coast of Australia. The crystal clear waters and pristine sands of Whitehaven Beach are a top draw for tourists.
Hanalei Bay, Hawaii
Hawaii has been long renowned as having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and Hanalei Bay is no exception. Situated along the north shore of Kua’I, this picturesque beach is a popular destination for surfing, swimming, and even boogie boarding.
Dominical, Costa Rica
World famous for its spectacular waves, Dominical has quickly become a popular destination among surfers, but it also offers much more. Boasting what is easily one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Dominical is also home to an emerging party scene. At the same time, the stretch of Costa Rican beach remains largely unspoiled.