When the weather isn’t kind or work becomes hectic, there’s nothing better then to head off to a warm, sunny place and enjoy a few days at the beach.
In the spirit of warm and dreamy destinations, we’ve compiled a list of the world’s most beautiful and unusual beaches.
1. Anse Source d’Argent
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Located on the island of La Digue, in Seychelles, this beach is one of the most photographed in the world. It features soft pink sand and tall cliffs and well as crystal clear water. The water itself is quite shallow and surrounded by a reef, protecting the shore from the harsh waves of the Indian Ocean.
2. Lake McKenzie, Australia
This freshwater beach on Frasier Island boasts on the clearest, cleanest water in the world, and you won’t have to worry about salt clinging to your hair or stinging your eyes. The lake’s edge is surrounded in golden silica sand that’s ideal for an afternoon nap. The beach also has a great view of the island’s lush rainforest, giving it a more isolated, intimate feel.
3. Maya Bay, Thailand
Although Thailand has many lovely beaches, Maya bay is worth a visit because it’s its imposing cliffs. Each one is over 100 feet tall and covered in lush greenery. It is even said that these cliffs inspired the fiction world of Pandora, in James Cameron’s avatar. Needless to say, the beach and its surroundings are out of this world.
4. Matira Beach, Bora Bora
French Polynesia has many beautiful beaches, but Matira beach stands out because it’s rather uncrowded. The result is warm turquoise water and soft white beaches that will makes you feel like you and your loved one are alone in the world, enjoying one of the most quiet and luxurious places on the planet.
5. Bahia Gardner, Galapagos
This beach might not be the best place for a swim, but it sure has the most interesting inhabitants. In fact, many of the local wildlife catch some sun on this beach, making it a great place for nature-lovers to explore.
Fun fact, the Galapagos Islands were explored and enjoyed by Charles Darwin, inspiring his Theory of Evolution.
6. Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico
Home to a natural light show, Mosquito Bay is best enjoyed on a calm, clear night. The light is created when dinoflagellates are disturbed and emit a trail of neon blue. Visitors can rent clear canoes to get and up close view this remarkable event.
7. Manu Bay, New Zealand
Surfers often flock to this to practice their skills and enjoy the strong waves. It can be a great place to learn from the pros without having to worry about swimmers getting in the way. On top of that, the sand has a black hue and is quite fine, making the walk to and from the shore incredibly relaxing.
8. Hidden Beach, Mexico
This hidden beach continues to amazing tourists because of how aw-inspiring it is in person. It gives the feel of a beach and a cave all at once and is well illuminated by its natural skylight. Even it’s getting more popular, the beach is pretty remote and is accessible either through an underwater tunnel at low tide or by helicopter.
9. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
This small beach has been consistently ranked amongst the World’s best beaches. It’s only about a half mile long but the water is often between 75 – 80 degrees, making it a great place to swim. The sand is also powdery and fine, making it both scenic and comfortble. It’s no wonder that the beach is almost always home to a professional photo-shoot or two.
10. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
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This area is one of the most exclusive in the whole of the Caribbean, and it’s not surprise since the beaches are top of the line.
The water is clear and warm, the sand is fine and most of all, they aren’t crowded. To top it all, many of the beaches are lined with luxury hotels and resorts that make for an ideal getaway.