It is difficult to establish with certainty which is the most beautiful beaches in the world and to obtain unanimity as our blue planet is full of wonders. On the other hand, it is possible to select the most beautiful islands in the world by going from Europe, with islands such as Santorini in the Cyclades, to Australia and its islands that make up Whitsunday and its coral reef via Bali, Hawaii or the islands of southern Thailand to name a few. All you have to do is get on board to enjoy the breathtaking beaches and landscapes that these different natural sites have in store for you, often with an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.
Even though city breaks are exciting and mountain ones refreshing, there’s nothing like being by the sea and lounging on a beach. And if you’re dreaming of your next seaside getaway, we’ve got good news. This beaches can be your beautiful destination for your honeymoon.
Read below the most beautiful beaches in the world and choose where you want go.
The most beautiful beaches in the world
From the red sands of Crete to the pristine waters of Micronesia, the list features beaches around the world, ranked by their natural beauty, remoteness, water and sand quality, average days of sunshine, and location mean annual temperature.
Reynisfjara beach, Iceland
Set between scattered cliffs and huge caves, accompanied by mighty waves washing up on the shore, the sheer and raw natural beauty of the black sand and incredible views of Reynisfjara Beach on the south coast of Iceland, worth the detour. And also, don’t forget about the beautiful hotels near the beach which will make your vacation more beautiful.
Balandra Beach, in the city of Baja, California, United States
With its clear, limpid waters contrasting with the cactus-populated desert landscape of Baja, California, Balandra Beach is described as “the perfect place to get away from the excruciating pace of everyday life.”
Noetzie Beach, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Beautifully secluded, this beach is surrounded by dense forest and accessible by a gravel road and a steep staircase attached to a cliff. Go between June and November to spot migrating humpback whales.
Norte Beach, on Isla Mujeres, in Cancun, Mexico
On the main beach of Isla Mujeres, the clear water rises only to chest height, making the sea perfect for splashing around. If you prefer to stay on land, take a stroll along the eight kilometers of coral sand. Read More
Railay Beach, Thailand
This secluded beach is only accessible by boat and offers not only beautiful waters but a world-class rock climbing experience as well.
Anse Lazio, on Praslin Island, Seychelles
With its soft golden sands, coconut palms and crystal clear waters, Anse Lazio in the Seychelles is truly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It has waters with an average temperature of 27 ° C.
The pink sand beach at Harbor Island, Bahamas
As the name suggests, the sandy shores of this beach are an incredibly Millennial-friendly shade of pink and highly “Instagrammable”. The beautiful hue of the sand comes from the fact that it is stained by the red and pink shells of the Foraminifera insects that inhabit the area.
Diani Beach, Kwale County, Kenya
Known as the softest beach in the world, Diani Beach is home to the largest fish on the planet, the whale shark, as well as monkeys that sway through the trees by the sand.
Varadero beach, Cuba
Varadero beach is considered the most beautiful beach in Cuba thanks to its fine white sand, turquoise water and pina coladas.
Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Surrounded by 100-meter-high cliffs and accessible only by boat, the turquoise waters and lush landscapes of Maya Bay have been the location of dozens of films.
Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
According to Flight Network, it is the most photographed beach in the world, and for good reason. It is strewn with rocks, the water is a dazzling blue-green, and the sand sparkles at sunset.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Australia is a paradise for surfers and divers. No wonder then that Whitehaven still finds itself in the list of the best beaches in the world. Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, it is part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos – Greece
Navagio Beach, known as Shipwreck Beach or Smugglers Cove, is famous due to the presence of the Panagiotis wreck which attracts many divers and snorkelers. Those who prefer the beach appreciate a gentle wind.
Baia Dos Porcos, Fernando de Noronha – Brazil
You have to do a bit of hiking to get there, but the rock formations surrounding the bay are worth the effort. Fernando de Noronha is a Brazilian archipelago whose beauty has been recognized by UNESCO, which has awarded it the title of World Heritage.
Hidden Beach, Marietas Islands – Mexico
Hidden Beach’s real name is Playa del Amor, but everyone calls it by its pen name. Located in Puerto Vallarta, it is one of the most popular places in the Marietas Islands. We go there to take dozens of photos of the bluish waters of the Pacific and the rocky wall that protects the beach.
Pig Beach, Big Major Cay – Bahamas
It is the presence of many wild pigs that attracts tourists from everywhere. The island, located in the Exumas archipelago, is inhabited by nothing other than these friendly beasts.
Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands – Fiji
Made famous thanks to the film of the same name where the young Brooke Shields became known during the 80s, the Blue Lagoon is ideal for diving. The Yasawa Island Resort offers an all-inclusive package with food, drink, hiking, diving and water activities, and a trip to the famous caves of the place.
El Nido, Palawan – Philippines
Located on Palawan Island, El Nido Beach offers some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the Bacuit Archipelago, made up of a series of islands renowned for the beauty of their towering cliffs. Not only is the beach beautiful here, but it is one of the popular spots for fishing and diving in the underwater caves.
Half Moon Bay – Antigua
Breathtaking beaches abound in Antigua. A luxurious hotel, but still ideal for those traveling with the family, the Blue Waters Resort will make your stay an unforgettable experience.
Flamenco Beach, Culebra – Puerto Rico
This public beach, located in a horseshoe-shaped bay, borders the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, one of the oldest nature preserves in the United States. Here you can admire the aquatic life unique to the Caribbean, including parrotfish, blue surgeon and wrasses.
Ile Aux Cerfs – Mauritius
This private island, located near the village of Trou d’Eau Douce in the island’s largest lagoon, offers several restaurants on its beach. The rest of the day is for those who enjoy diving or basking in the sun.
Vaeroy, Lofoten – Norway
The beaches on Vaeroy Island in the Lofoten Islands provide access to hot water, even though you are in the Arctic Circle (thank you, Gulf Stream!). Warm beaches in the Arctic? What more?
Cayo Coco – Cuba
The beach and the island share a common name. We find on Cayo Coco, located in the Jardines del Rey rosary, several all-inclusive. Many visitors go there to observe the colony of flamingos, native to the place.
Seven Mile Beach – Grand Cayman
This magnificent crescent-shaped beach with coral-colored sand is always on the top of lists of world beaches to visit. It is found in the west of Grand Cayman Island, in the Caribbean. Several luxury hotels are located there – including the Ritz-Carlton, as well as a large number of restaurants.
Horseshoe Bay – Bermuda
Located on the south coast of Bermuda, in the town of Southampton, this pink sand beach is bordered by limestone. Snorkelers will appreciate the many aquatic species found there such as the parrotfish. Several marine species are found among the most colorful animals on the planet.
Tunnels Beach, Kauai – Hawaii
This crescent-shaped bay is surrounded by palm trees and oyster woods, against a backdrop of jungle and mountains. The wind makes it the perfect place for kite surfing or windsurfing.
Kaputas Beach – Turkey
Located along the road between Kalkan and Kas, this beach in southwestern Turkey is accessible by taking a short staircase that joins the main road. The beach is located in a small valley which opens onto a stretch of sand. It is as spectacular as it is isolated!
Dhigurah Island – Maldives
It is in Alif Dhaal atoll that we find this beach, one of the best places on the planet for snorkeling sometimes accompanied by whales that frequent the waters of the island year round.
Cala Goloroitze, Sardinia – Italy
Cala Goloritzé beach is located next to Baunei, in the Gulf of Orosei. It is famous for the peak overlooking the cove and the natural arch above the bay. The beach is made up of sand and small white pebbles.
Long Beach, Vancouver Island – Canada
This popular surfing destination can boast of being the longest and widest beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island. The beach is splendid, but the sea currents are very strong. It is better to picnic there than to go swimming during high tide.
The history of mythical beaches
Do you know the history of the most famous beaches in the world? From Rio to Malibu via the Bahamas, immerse yourself in the epic memory of these exotic destinations. Embark on our historic tour to the legendary beaches!
A few steps of samba, a glass of cachaça, the notes of the languid bossa-nova of Joao Gilberto, it doesn’t take more to set the scene for this legendary beach which bears the same name as the neighborhood that surrounds it.In 1754, the monk Antonio de Desterro Malheiro was caught in a storm on the coast of Rio de Janeiro. He promises that if he comes out unharmed, he will build a church in homage to Our Lady of Copacabana (a village in Bolivia). He keeps his word and this church will give its name to the district of Rio de Janeiro. Nicknamed the “Princesinha do Mar” by the Brazilians, the 4.5 km long sea princess has lost none of its brilliance.
On the coast of the Pacific Ocean, an hour from Los Angeles, the white sand bays of Malibu guarantee dazzling sunshine all year round. Californian capital of surfing, it is the summer meeting place for Hollywood stars who own the most beautiful properties there, on Malibu State Beach and Topanga State Beach (must see places in the world). Originally, Malibu was located in Chumash territory, an Indian tribe. It was then called “Humaliwo” which means “where the waves make noise”. It’s pretty.
Do you know this backpacker myth that says that there is a paradise island totally preserved from the outside world? On this island, a small community lives in harmony with nature, folded in on itself… Yes, you know it! This is how she is described by Alex Garland in his book “The Beach “, adapted for the cinema in 2000, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the main role. This island exists. It has also become, in the space of 18 years, the most famous cove in Thailand. Every day, nearly 4,000 visitors dock on the bay. To preserve the ecosystem, the authorities have decided to close the beach to visitors until new corals form. A process which takes time and which could therefore make this little corner of paradise fall back into legend.
This end of the Italian Riviera concentrates everything that makes us dream when we think of the Mediterranean coast: coves, cliffs and colorful villages bordering a crystalline sea. In Liguria, “Cinque Taere” means “Five Lands”, we guessed it. But why five? It is in reference to the five fishing villages of this small seaside: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Their narrow beaches are not invaded by tourists and allow, even today, swimming sheltered from the rocks. Among them, the most beautiful is Fegina and its colorful parasols, the popular meeting place for local families in search of freshness and tranquility.
Famous for its “pink sand beaches”, this Bahamian island (Read More) offers the ideal alibi for budding photographers to have fun. Located on the east coast of the Atlantic Ocean, its pink sand is famous the world over and makes it one of the most coveted spots for vacationers. But why pink? Thanks to the micro-organisms that hide there (foraminifera, small shells with pink shells). So romantic!