Five of the most beautiful beaches in the world
Words by Marda
Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip or just wanderlusting over some beautiful spots on the globe, beaches are a good place to start. After all, what’s not to love about a beach holiday? The sand, the surf, the sun — it all adds up to an amazing time, especially when you’re traveling with some of your favorite people.
But, of course, not all beaches are the same. Some are certainly better than others and stick out for their pristine waters and picturesque settings.
Want to ensure you only visit the most beautiful beaches in the world, either in the near future or from the comfort of your armchair? Then check out our five most beautiful beaches in the world.
1. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
If you’re any sort of traveler, then you likely already know the first beach on our list: Navagio Beach, in Zakynthos, Greece. It frequently makes lists for being either the top, or one of the most, beautiful beaches in the world.
Zkynthos is one of the Greek Isles and Navagio Beach sometimes goes by a different name — Shipwreck Beach. Don’t let the ominous name fool you, though. This beach is all sweet dreams. If you’ve been looking into this gorgeous spot and oo-ing and aw-ing over all the photos, you’ve likely noticed something. The beach is surrounded by sheer rock walls on most sides (part of the beauty). So, how do you get to it?
The only way to get to Navagio Beach is via the water. Luckily, there are several tour providers and boat charters that are more than willing to take you there, as well as several other notable spots in the area. Unfortunately, if you visit the beach on a tour, you’ll only get about 20 minutes to snap some photos, so if you want to lounge and swim, try to get a charter.
Of course, given Navagio Beach’s second name, there are some shipwrecks in the area. You can find the rusting hull of a solitary ship on the pebbly shore — a great backdrop for a unique travel photo.
2. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
For the second most beautiful beach on our list, we’re traveling south, to Queensland, Australia, where Whitehaven Beach awaits. This beach is known throughout Australia as one of the best to visit, one of the cleanest and one of the most eco-friendly in the world. It’s even won awards for how popular it is.
Whitehaven Beach sits surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef and features white sands formed from silica — meaning the sand is unusually cool to the touch and extremely soft. The waters just offshore are tranquil and turquoise and the rolling green hills leading up to the beach all combine for a gorgeous setting.
Whitehaven Beach is the largest in the area and the locals have done their best to preserve its beauty, by prohibiting things like dog walking or smoking on the beach. The beach is also part of some national parks, which gives it further protection.
If you’re an active adventure traveler, you’ll want to visit Whitehaven Beach in either June or November, when you can take part in a beach marathon in the summer, or in an ocean swim meet in the fall.
3. Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
The Seychelles really don’t get enough attention. These remote and naturally pristine islands off the eastern coast of Africa are only now beginning to attract luxury travelers who are tired of the growing crowds in the Maldives. One of the islands’ best beaches? Anse Source d’Argent.
In fact, Anse Source d’Argent is so picture-perfect that it’s been used in commercials for famous brands such as Bacardi and Campari. With its crystalline waters, lush tropical trees and giant stone formations, this beach is truly one to marvel at.
The one downside is that there is a small fee to enjoy the beach. It sits on private property. However, the fee is minimal, only about $8, and the property is easy to reach. Once you arrive by ferry to La Digue Island, all you need to do is walk or cycle about a mile south, to the estate where the beach is located.
4. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
Formentera Island is a popular getaway spot for sun seekers, and the best beach on the entire island is Playa de Sea Illetes. Located on the north side of the island, the pink sand beach offers views of off-shore islands, sand on either side as far as the eye can see and calm, low waters.
Of course, in such a popular European vacation spot as Formentera, this beautiful beach can get crowded during the high travel season and visiting does come with a small fee and the occasional queue. However, if you plan your visit correctly and stop by in the morning hours, you’ll have no trouble enjoying this strip of sand all on your own.
5. Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, The Bahamas
For our last most beautiful beach in the world, we cross the globe to The Bahamas, where Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island attracts luxury travelers looking to relax. One of Harbour Island’s most beloved attractions, Pink Sand Beach offers just that — pink sands.
The lengthy, wide beach faces the Atlantic Ocean and gets its pink hue from microscopic coral insects, their shells changing the makeup of the sand to provide not only a magnificent color, but also a cooler sand temperature (for no more hopping or struggling to walk during warmer days). The beach is pretty easy to access from the public road and popular beach activities include snorkeling, swimming and horseback riding.
Have You Visited One of The Most Beautiful Beaches in the World?
If you’ve visited one of the above beautiful beaches, or if you’ve visited another beach that you think should’ve made our list, let us know about it! Post your thoughts and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Better yet, if you visited a beach wearing your favorite Marda swimwear, we definitely want to see. After all, what else would you want to wear when visiting some of the world’s best beaches?