Where is the World’s Best Beach?
From pristine beaches to cosmopolitan strands, the beaches of the world beckon us. Which is your favourite?
Simple stretches of powdery sand alongside clear blue waters, rugged boulders towering over the powerful surf, nonstop sunshine and a festival atmosphere, the perfect wave after wave after wave. Narrowing down the choices for title of world’s best beach is a tough job, but we’re up to the challenge.
From the lava beaches of the South Pacific to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean to the coral-rich islands off Africa’s east coast, you simply can’t beat the exotic beauty of a tropical island paradise for pure escape value. Maybe you prefer to experience the gentle pace of life in the Fiji Islands, rich in peaceful lagoons and coral reefs. Or, sail across the Pacific to the Hawaiian Islands, where the soft sands of Maui’s beautiful Wailea Beach invite you to let the waves carry your tensions away. If diving is your passion, the Maldives offer simply outstanding underwater scenery. And, when you return to land, you’ll find soft, sandy beaches and shimmering lagoons. The Seychelles, closer to the African coast, have an abundance of exquisite beaches, especially on the islands of La Digue, Fregate and the main island of Mahé, where Beau Vallon beckons. White sand is edged by azure waters and surrounded by lush hills and fantastic pink granite boulders.
If you want to mix an exciting nightlife in with your sun and surf, you may opt for Pampelonne or Plage de Tahiti in St. Tropez, where fabulous beach clubs cater to a glamorous clientele. Or, savour warm tropical evenings in Art Deco South Beach, Florida, celebrity spotting or dancing the night away at Nikki Beach Club. If your travels take you Down Under, catch the vibe at Sydney’s cosmopolitan Bondi Beach by night and experience some of the world’s best surfing by day.
For pure beauty with an eco-twist, Tayrona National Nature Park in Colombia offers virgin rain forests, jungle paths and fascinating archaeological sites as well as a stunning beach, wild and untamed and irresistible. With its white sand and clear blue waters, you may think you’re in the Caribbean until you see the 16th-century castles bookending Sinclair’s Bay in northeastern Scotland. A ride along the beach on horseback will give you a chance to explore by land, or you can go on foot and watch the plovers and dunlins overhead and see porpoises and occasional orca splashing in the waves. Mythical Corfu, in the Ionian Sea, enchants visitors with craggy rocks, groves of olive trees, secluded beaches and paths that wander past villages, monasteries and lakes.
What seaside escape would you call home to the world’s best beach? Or, if you just can’t narrow it down, choose a favourite for each season or mood. We won’t complain.