Summer is full of sunshine and serious wanderlust. It lures us all to beautiful beaches, whether an endless stretch with golden sand or a quiet white cove with turquoise waters.
Here are 10 of the most stunning beaches in the world, from Spain to Seychelles:
Navagio Beach, Greece
Navagio, a small cove located on the northwest shore of Zakynthos Island, is widely regarded as the most beautiful beach in Greece and one of the most photographed. The sugar-white beach, surrounded by cliffs with the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea iridescent turquoise water, is sure to take your breath away.
Navagio beach can only be reached by boat. However, it is definitely worth the effort.
Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
Anse Source d’Argent is one of the most sought-after beaches in Seychelles. However, it’s secluded enough that you can still feel like you’re in paradise. It’s known for its white sands, dotted with palm trees, and unique granite boulders, which drop into clear, teal water. La Digue is a small island with a slow pace of life and minimal development.
Cabo San Lucas, Lover’s Beach
The romance associated with the name may not be as evident today, but Lover’s Beach (Playa del Amor), is still breathtakingly beautiful. It is located near the beautiful Land’s End and faces the Sea of Cortez. The stunning natural setting nestled between magnificent rock formations fascinates visitors. It is a paradise for diving and snorkeling due to its clear blue waters rich in marine life.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Whitehaven in Australia is known for its stunning beaches, which feature waters in many shades of turquoise and pure silica sands. This stunning jewel runs 7km along Whitsunday Island. At its northern tip is the Hill Inlet, which offers a spectacular backdrop of vibrant blue waters and swirling sandy sands.
Phra Nang Beach, Thailand
Phra Nang, located on the Railay Peninsula, is one of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches. It is surrounded by limestone cliffs and bathed in the shallow waters of the Andaman Sea. This area is a favorite spot for rock climbers, who visit it to admire the breathtaking scenery and jump off the imposing cliffs. It can only be reached by longtail boats from Ao Nang.
Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach on Maui
This unusual beach, nestled in Hana’s Wai’anapanapa State Park, is off the Hana Highway. It’s surrounded by lush tropical greenery and lava cliffs. It is a sacred spot deep-rooted in Hawaiian culture. This dark stretch of sand is stunning in its scenery and contains mysterious freshwater caves and ancient burial grounds.
Pfeiffer Beach, California
Photographers from around the globe love this unique spot because of its unusual purple sand, dramatic offshore rocks and the magical light that only occurs for a few days each year at Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California.
Cocoa Island Beaches in the Maldives
Photo courtesy of COMOHotels and Resorts
The Maldives doesn’t have an ugly beach, but Cocoa Island’s white sands are a picture of perfection.
Ses Illetes, Formentera
The Spanish Playa de Ses Illetes, a beautiful beach on the Balearic island Of Formentera, is arguably one of the most stunning in the Mediterranean Sea. It has translucent blue waters, Caribbean-white sandy sands and a relaxed, bohemian vibe that gets under your skin.
Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro
Ipanema is the sexiest beach in the world. Here, beach chic and incredible natural beauty merge seamlessly. Days turn into nights with sensual samba rhythms, and beautiful sun worshippers enjoy the spectacular sunset over the water.