I know it’s only March but now is the time people want to start booking that summer holiday. What better way to spend a few weeks than relaxing on a beach somewhere warmer than home. While there are 1000’s of posts out there about what are the best beaches in the world, this is my own opinion based on the places I have visited. Check out the list below and don’t forget to leave a comment and share your opinion of your favourite beach.
10. Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Leh Thailand
Made famous by the 2000 movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Maya Bay is now world famous and a must see for anyone travelling to Thailand. The majority of people visiting will be staying on Koh Phi Phi Don which is just a short boat ride away. The towering cliffs surounding the beach make for some spectacular photos.
9. Mission Beach, San Diego California
Spending two weeks here after a hectic summer in New York in 2010 made me fall in love with San Diego, and more specifically Mission Beach. A group of us stayed in a hostel right on the beach and waking up every morning with the Pacific Ocean outside your window was a surreal experience. Anyone who has been here has most likely played a game of tag football with “Coach” as well!
8. Bells Beach, Victoria Australia
The first Australian entry goes to Bells Beach. Located about one hours drive from the Melbourne CBD, Bells Beach is the starting point for many on the Great Ocean Road and is seen as the home of the Australian surf culture. Every Easter the top surfers from all around world decend on Bells Beach to compete in the Rip Curl Easter Pro. Even if you can’t surf, it’s an impressive sight and you could spend hours watching all levels of surfers catch waves.
7. White Beach, Boracay Philippines
Once you set your eyes on White Beach in Boracay it’s pretty obvious where it gets its name from. The sand is so prisitine it almost looks fake! Located on the island of Boracay, White Beach has become hugely popular in recent years with tourists flocking to this paradise island. Everything is catered for here from relaxation to adventure sports including jet skis, scuba diving and sailing.
6. Coogee Beach, Sydney Australia
The second Australian entry on the list is Coogee Beach, located just outside Sydney CBD and close to the world-famous Bondi Beach. Although Bondi gets more international acclaim, Coogee gets my vote as the best beach in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney (although I have to admit that I lived 10 minutes from here so I am slightly biased!). The waves here are not as big as other surf beaches which makes it better for casual swimmers and the great selection of bars and resturants along the sea-front make it an ever popular spot for both locals and tourists.
5. Keem Beach, Achill Ireland
This selection may not appear on many other “Top 10 Beaches in the World” list due to its location in rainy Ireland, but it’s one of my favourites. The common theme of the top 5 is the relative isolation of each of the beaches. Tucked away on the far side of Achill Island on Irelands west coast, Keem is a tiny little isolated beach. The crystal clear waters and white sand look like a they could be in a tropical location rather than Co. Mayo.
4. Mawun Beach, Lombok Indonesia.
The island of Lombok is not as a popular with tourists as its neighbours Bali and the Gili Islands. While this means there are not as many high end hotels and restaurants, it also means the beaches are almost empty! When we arrived at Mawun, there was only about 20 other people on the entire beach which meant we had our choice of shady spots and the chance to take some spectacular photos.
3. Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia
Another beach that gets the vote not only for its beautiful white sand and crystal clear water, but the remoteness of the island makes it special. The water buffalo is a nice addition and adds to the uniqueness of this beach!
2 El Nido, Palawan Philippines
Number two on the list is Twin Beaches in El Nido on the island of Palawan. When people think of tropical beaches, this is most likely what springs to mind. Although quite short, what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in beauty.
1 Whitehaven Beach, Queensland Australia
Number one on the list, and a must see for anyone visiting the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland is Whitehaven beach. This spectacular sandy beach is actually made up of 98% silica which gives it the beautiful white colour. It also means the sand does not retain the heat of the sun, making it comfortable to walk on even on the hottest of Australian days.
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