Saud Beach, Luzon, Philippines
Super-mellow beaches in Southeast Asia are the place to go. On the island of Luzon, Saud Beach is a foregone conclusion. Its snow-white sand slopes into the glass-clear water gradually, resembling a swimming pool with no entrance. Swim in the calm waves, eat in a cabana with a thatch roof surrounded by palm trees or rent an outrigger for boat excursions.
Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece
Elafonissi Beach’s gorgeous pinkish sand, warm lagoon-like seas, and wild atmosphere are the main reasons for its enormous appeal. Elafonissi Beach is essentially an island, cut off from the mainland by sandbars that only submerge to a depth of around three feet during high tide. There are only a few tavernas serving fresh seafood and a few sun loungers covered in the palapa. If Elafonissi is too crowded, try the northern Balos Lagoon.
Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
Hanalei Bay drew residents for its almost magical beauty even before Hollywood put it on the tourist map (first with “South Pacific” in 1958, then “The Descendants” half a century later). Jade-colored mountains rise 4,000 feet above its line of beaches, including Wai’oli, Hanalei Pavilion, and Black Pot. Surfers frequent the area throughout the winter when the waves grow larger and faster.
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Possibly the world’s most well-known beach, glam Copacabana Beach boasts three miles of gorgeous golden sand, a festive atmosphere, with a stunning vista of craggy mountains and Art Deco and modernist buildings. Even Roberto Burle Marx’s swirling black-and-white mosaic design for the beach boulevard is stunning to look at. The city’s social centre is the beach, where locals go to sunbathe, promenade, play volleyball, and buy goods from vendors who offer anything from popsicles and shrimp skewers to caipirinhas and ice-cold beer. Even while Leblon and Ipanema are chicer “it areas” and Copa’s golden days may be in the past, the city nevertheless has charm thanks to its retro appeal.
Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia
Cape There is numerous distinctive beaches and bays in Le Grand National Park, all of which are stunning and distinctly Australian. The Hellfire Bay and Lucky Bay stop along the Le Grand Coastal Trail, which travels through scrubby heath and steep bluffs and passes by granite rocks, crystal blue water, and an arcing beach. Hike the 1.5-mile, wildflower-filled Frenchman Peak Trail for a bird’s-eye view.
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Florida has some of the most stunning beaches in the United States, if not the entire world, thanks to its enormous 1,350 miles of coastline. In addition to its most well-known feature, Clearwater Beach is also incredibly well-liked for its pristine white sands, fiery sunsets, and fantastic weather all year long. Dolphins leaping over the ocean and pelicans mingling with the fisherman on Pier 60 are common sights. Visit the sea turtles, stingrays, and penguins at Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a break from all that Florida sunlight.