Outstanding Beach Destinations
Here's a few of our favorite beach getaways (in no particular order) from around the world
Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf, or planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to Sri Lanka.
Trunk Bay, St. John USVI
Even though Trunk Bay is St. John's most visited beach, this quarter-mile stretch of pristine white sand on the island's north shore is worth braving the occasional crowd.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Australia's East Coast is home to some legendary beaches—Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays is particularly heavenly. Over on the West Coast, Turquoise Bay in the Cape Range National Park is equally gorgeous. Just watch out for those sharks
Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
One of the best places for snorkeling on Kauai's north shore, the coral reefs at Tunnels Beach are suitable for divers of all skill levels.
Durdle Door, England
Set upon the Jurassic Coast between Swanage and Weymouth, this natural limestone arch is the perfect secluded cove for your next Insta-worthy travel diary.
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The Baths, British Virgin Islands
Large granite boulders line the coast at the southern tip of Virgin Gorda, forming shallow pools that make The Baths an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling.
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Anse Source d'Argent, Seychelles
There are too many beautiful white sand beaches in Seychelles to even count, but Source d'Argent on La Digue is known for being one of the best
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La Playa Escondida, Mexico
You'll need to take an hour-long boat ride to the Marietas Islands to get to this hidden beach off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, but the trek is worth it. Where else can you sunbath on a beach that is entirely enclosed within a cave that has a massive hole in its roof?
Huntington Beach, California
Surf City U.S.A. Home of the world famous surf museum and surfers walk of fame! Shops and restaurants and great nightlife. Oh did I mention the beach? Great for sunsets and cocktails.
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Railay Beach, Thailand
Cut off from the rest of the mainland of Krabi province by high limestone cliffs, Railay Beach is only accessible by boat, making it one of Thailand's most peaceful and beautiful beaches.
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Black Sand Beach, Iceland
Iceland might not conjure up images of a beach vacation, but the black sand beaches of its southernmost town, Vik, are worth exploring.
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Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia
Located on the southern coast of Brac Island, Zlatni Rat Beach is nicknamed the Golden Horn for its unusual shape that juts out into the Adriatic Sea.
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Tucked away on the northern tip of Palawan island, El Nido is home to off-the-beaten path beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs.
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