With an endless list of stunning beach destinations across the globe, it can be tough deciding where to go for your next trip. Sun, sand, and crystal clear water always bring a sense of joy and relaxation. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a sun worshipper, or someone simply seeking tranquility, we have compiled a list of the best beach vacation destinations around the world that you can consider for your next travel escapade.
1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Dramatic lush mountain peaks mixed with the turquoise blue waters of its lagoon and coral reefs make Bora Bora a paradise for beach lovers and one of the most famous island destinations in the world. The luxury resorts with overwater bungalows offer an unforgettable experience, and its marine life, including sharks and rays, add to the allure.
2. Maundays Bay, Anguilla
Maundays Bay is home to Cap Juluca, a Belmond hotel, and is known for its sparkling blue waters and its long, stunningly serpentine strand. It offers a quieter respite than many of the Caribbean's top beaches – a holiday perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation whilst enjoying the Caribbean cuisine.
3. Harbor Island, Bahamas
Harbor Island, well-known for its Pink Sands Beach, gets its color from the tiny coral insects, foraminifera, which leave behind pink and red shells when they die. This makes it not just a paradise for swimmers and snorkelers but also photographers who can capture the amazing beautiful sunset against the pink hue.
4. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
The stunning Whitehaven Beach stretches over seven kilometers along Whitsunday Island. Renowned for its crystal clear waters and snow-white silica sand, it's the most photographed beach in Australia. The waves blend the white sand and blue water together to create a mesmerizing swirl of colors.
5. Railay Beach, Thailand
Railay Beach, also known as Rai Leh, is a small peninsula located between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang. Renowned for its stunning limestone cliffs, clear blue waters, and a relaxed atmosphere, Railay Beach is a great destination for rock climbing, kayaking, or simply lounging on the beach.
6. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay is located in Providenciales and is a constant feature among the world's best beaches. With its turquoise blue waters, powdery sand, abundance of marine life, luxury accommodations, and incredible weather year-round, it's no wonder why so many travelers rate it as a must-visit destination.
7. Tulum, Mexico
Tulum is a unique blend of ancient Mayan ruins, crystal-clear cenotes, and beautiful beaches. While here, you can explore the Tulum Ruins which sit on a rocky cliff, above the sparkling turquoise sea. Then relax around the beach with its white powdery sand.
8. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
Located on the western shore of Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach features clear waters and coral sands. It is a public property and is dotted with restaurants, beach bars, and luxury resorts. Water sports are also popular, including snorkeling and scuba diving.
9. Maya Bay, Thailand
Made famous by 'The Beach' movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Bay in Phi Phi Islands, is a stunningly beautiful bay that's sheltered by 100-meter high cliffs on three sides. The main beach is about 200 meters long with silky soft white sand, underwater colorful coral and exotic fish in exceptionally clear water.
10. Navagio Beach, Greece
Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove known for its crystal blue waters, tanning opportunities, and the Panagiotis, a shipwrecked smuggler ship in the sandy shore. This beach is a favorite among base jumpers, daredevils who parachute from high cliffs to the beach below.