Summer is almost upon us and after a particularly harsh weather we experienced this past winter, we’re now beginning to look for some “pieces of paradise” where we can bask in the sun, feel the fine sand beneath our feet, swim in some of the most crystal clear waters and enjoy the shade of tall palm trees blowing in the soft breeze. Here are ten of the most delightful and fascinating beaches around the world.
10. Las Islas Cíes, Galicia, Spain
Also called “The Galician Caribbean” by the locals, this tiny archipelago of islands just of the coast of Spain into the Atlantic, are home to some of the most pristine beaches around. Today these islands are not inhabited and are part of the Galician Atlantic Islands National Park, but archaeological evidence show that people have been living here since the time of the Celts and Romans. There are no hotels, cars or bikes on the island, but you can hike on the paths there, sunbathe on the beach or take a swim in the blue Atlantic waters.
9. Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Some 200 miles of the Brazilian coast, this small archipelago was first discovered by Amerigo Vespucci in 1503. After changing hands between the Dutch and the French, it finally came under the control of the Portuguese in 1737. Some 10 forts are scattered over the main island with the largest and also the best preserved being the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios de Fernando de Noronha.
Because of the island’s position south of the Amazon basin, the marine life is quite different from that found in the Caribbean and thanks to some ocean currents coming from Africa, the water is crystal clear for up to 50 meters. The archipelago is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are currently around 5000 people living there.
8. Cape Maclear, Malawi
Also known as “The warm heart of Africa” or “Africa for beginners”, Malawi is home to some of the most serene and peaceful beaches in Africa. Strangely enough, this country is nowhere near any sea or ocean, but instead it has access to one of the most beautiful lakes around, Lake Malawi, which is some 500 km long. This lake is home to some species of tropical fish found nowhere else and the landscape surrounding it is majestic.
Safe from the huge number of tourists found in some of the more known places around the world, you can hike the surrounding area in peace and observe one of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife Africa has to offer.
7. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
Even if most of Puerto Rico suffers from the problem of waste management, especially when it comes to their beaches, Flamenco Beach on the other hand doesn’t. In fact this is one of its most beautiful and pristine places where you can visit and it just off the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of the oldest in the United States. When it comes to man made litter, a rusty old US Sherman tank is all that it is.
6. Plage de Piémanson, France
Just at the edge of Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue, this long sandy beach, which stretches for miles, is located in the South of France, an hour’s drive from Marseilles. Known for its huge size, unspoiled wilderness, the occasional flamingos and Camargue horses, not to mention all the nude bathing going on, this beach is one of the most secluded and picturesque in all of the Mediterranean.
5. Pulau Derawan, Indonesia
Considered to be among the best diving destinations in the world, the Derawan archipelago, just off the mainland is a prime nesting site for the rare giant green and Hawksbill turtles. Dolphins, manta rays, dugongs and barracudas, stingless jellyfish and sometimes whales can also be seen just off shore. Some 460 species of corals and more than 860 species of tropical fish can bee seen just beneath the waves and luckily the locals can “lend” you some diving equipment as well as some Kalimantan-style cottages facing the sea.
4. Plaja Corbu, Romania
Some 35 kilometers away from one of the busiest ports on the Black Sea, Constanta, Corbu Beach is a land of peace and serenity. This 20 kilometer long beach is sometimes home to people living in tents, trying to get from it all. Histria fortress, built by the Greeks in 657 AD, can be visited, which is just a couple of minutes away, as well as Emisala fortress built by the Byzantines and later used by the Genovese in the 13th and 14th centuries BC.
3. Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Smack in the middle of the South Pacific, these Cook Islands are one of the most isolated specks of land in the world. Among these, Rarotonga is the largest and surrounded on all sides by white sandy beaches. Together with the musical nature of the natives and the literal paradise you’ll find there, it will be next to impossible to want to leave the island anytime soon.
2. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
On the largest from among the 72 Whitsunday islands, this 7 kilometer long beach is the most photographed and sought after beach in Australia. It has been named the South Pacific’s Best Beach by the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards and with good reason. Just look at it! When its time for low tide, a beautiful array of colors emerge, seen almost nowhere on Earth.
1. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
By far the most beautiful beach on the planet, Anse Source d’Argent looks like the place where people reach when they go to heaven! With no airport and just 2000 people living on the island, this place is a bit hard to reach but a worthwhile trip nevertheless. The huge granite boulders, together with the azure water, the fine white sand and the majestic palm trees, will definitely make your trip a time to remember.
[tps_footer]Wherever you may chose to go, please remember to leave the place exactly as you found it. Some of these places are still fairly untouched by people and lets hope they stay that way. Other than that, just have some fun![/tps_footer]