Best Beaches Around the World

Updated On January 9, 2022
Beach at sunset

Тhere is nothing more enjoyable than a beach vacation.

Soft sand, calm waves, a relaxing swim and all of the colours of the sea or the ocean. 

There are countless beautiful beaches across the world just for every taste, and if you started planning your beach trip and do not know where to go, here is a list of the top beaches around the world. 

1. Navagio Beach, Greece

Navagio Beach
Navagio Beach

Only by boat can be reached this small but stunning beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos.

Travel blogs, travellers and websites have continually ranked Navagio Beach as one of the top beaches in Greece.

There is an abandoned ship in the centre of the yellow sand beach.

It is said that the ship has been abandoned after being stranded on the shore due to stormy weather and poor visibility.

The beach, which is encircled by limestone cliffs, has become a favourite destination for people looking to enjoy Greece’s brilliant blue waters.

Navagio Beach is best if you visit it in the late afternoon.

Stay also for the breathtaking sunset, which will stay forever in your memories.

2. Tikehau Island, French Polynesia

Sunset on a beach
Sunset on a beach

This is exactly what paradise looks like.

Tikehau is a small atoll in French Polynesia, where you can find many islets and beaches perfect for your escape from civilization.

According to many, Tikehau is one of the best beach destinations in the world. 

Tikehau is ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling due to the calm and crystal clear blue waters of French Polynesia.

The majority of the residents live in its southern part, so much of Tikehau remains practically untouched.

Here you can find pink sand beaches or secluded beaches where you can disconnect from the rest of the world for a while. 

3. Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

Bathsheba Beach, Barbados
Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

A Caribbean beach that looks like a postcard.

Bathsheba, located on the northern side of Barbados, is famous for its rocky shore and huge waves.

The beach attracts surfers from all over the world who come to ride the waves, which are suitable mostly for experienced surfers.

However, if you are not experienced enough, do not worry.

Just sit on the beach, relax and do nothing. 

Bathsheba is not only a beach, it is a charming fishing village with a botanical garden, community centre and a variety of outdoor activities.

4. La Chiva Beach, Puerto Rico

Soft sand and blue water
Soft sand and blue water

A beach worth visiting with soft white sand and clear ocean water is waiting for you. 

La Chiva Beach in Vieques, Puerto Rico is without a doubt one of the top beaches in the Caribbean.

The crystal clear water allows you to see colourful fishes and other marine life while snorkelling.

The water gets deeper and more vibrant blue colour as you get further out, so it is not surprising at all that the beach was formerly known as the “Blue Beach.”

Visit the nearby Vieques National Wildlife Refuge if you need a break from swimming or sunbathing.

If you want to enjoy the best of the restaurants, bars and fun, go between December and April.

5. Cadlao Island, Philippines

El Nido beach
El Nido beach

El Nido, the top location in the Philippines for island hopping, has a number of stunning beaches in the Bacuit Archipelago, including Cadlao Island.

Its crystal clear, calm waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling, especially the shallow coral gardens of Cadlao lagoon.

For more adventurous water excursions, kayak to and from El Nido’s main beaches.

If you are not an adventurous person, relax in the sand.

6. Playa Biesanz, Costa Rica


Visitors rank Playa Biesanz as one of the best beaches in the area and it is unquestionably one of the top beaches for snorkelling.

To get to Playa Biesanz, you will have to hike, but the relaxing atmosphere of this rainforest beach is well worth the effort.

The white sand and the blue waters are ideal for walks or water sports.

The hike to the beach through Manuel Antonio National Park is just as exciting, with monkeys, reptiles and insects you would not see anywhere else.

7. Anse Lazio, Seychelles

Stunning beach
Stunning beach

A picture-perfect beach located in Praslin, Seychelles, which is so gorgeous that it looks like something from a dream.

The beach offers fantastic snorkelling in the crystal clear blue waters by the rocky formations at the edges of the beach, while the rest of this piece of paradise offers wonderful rest and relaxation along the palm-lined shore.

The beach can get quite crowded sometimes, but if you remain for the sunset, it will probably be almost empty.

8. Galapagos Beach, Tortuga Bay, Ecuador

Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, located off the coast of Ecuador, are known for their large animal populations, which include the Galapagos Pink Land Iguana, Galapagos Tortoise, Galapagos Penguin and Blue-Footed Booby.

Tortuga Bay’s beach is excellent for surfing lessons or simply for relaxing on the white sand among the iguanas.

While snorkelling you can see some unique marine life, some of which is only found in the Galapagos.

The hottest period of the year in the Galapagos is between December and May, so plan your visit between June and November if you want to avoid the heat.

9. Lighthouse Beach Park, Florida

Sanibel Lighthouse
Sanibel Lighthouse

The beaches of Florida are worth a visit, especially the Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel Island.

This charming family-friendly beach is a popular destination for collecting seashells, swimming and picnic.

You can also explore the Sanibel Lighthouse, which was built in 1884 and is still operational today.

The pier is another popular attraction at the beach.

People use the pier not only for fishing, but also to enjoy the beautiful sunset views.

According to many, the best time to visit Lighthouse Beach is in the fall or early winter.

10. Waianapanapa Beach, Hawaii

Empty beach
Empty beach

A black sand beach located on Maui’s eastern shores definitely should be put on your bucket list.

Waianapanapa Beach is made up of lava pebbles, which actually give its black look.

The clear blue water of Waianapanapa is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and surfing. 

If you want to take a break from these water activities you can simply relax on the black sand.

While you are there, explore the rest of Waianapanapa State Park and do not miss the tide pools that sometimes turn red.

Waianapanapa State Park is also a great place to watch the sunset or sunrise.

Do not forget to check out the hiking trails while you are in the park.

The King’s Highway and the Kipapa O Kihapiilani Trail are two of the best trails in the area.

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