Summer accompanies eminent daylight and genuine craving for something new, baiting every one of us some place on a delightful shore, be it an unending stretch of brilliant sand, a disengaged white bay with shining turquoise waters, or anything in the middle.
From Spain to Seychelles, here are 10 of the world’s most beautiful beaches:
- The Baths
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Nobody knows how this garden of perfectly smooth granite boulders ended up on the shores of Virgin Gorda. They back up against palm-filled mountains, lending the place its mystical-pirate-hideaway, there’s-definitely-buried-treasure-here-somewhere vibe. Even when the beach is filled with pasty tourists.
Zakynthos Island, Greece
This spectacular crescent beach, accessible only by boat, is surrounded on three sides by dramatic, sheer cliffs. Still, tourists steadily stream in, eager to soak up the striking beauty of the cove’s white sands and the Ionian Sea’s azure water.
The salmon-orange sand on Makena during sunset creates a mind-blowing tableau of color against the blue water and red sky. The view from the sand is of the white-capped Pacific leading out to other Hawaiian islands.
Bonus: There are two beaches here, Big Beach and Little Beach. And wouldn’t you know, Little Beach is clothing-optional.
- Cala Deia
Though it’s not a lay-out-and-tan kinda place, this shingle beach on the west coast of Mallorca is a unique seaside spot. Cliffs surround the sapphire water, and even though villas are built into those cliffs the place still feels like a hidden slice of heaven.
Bonus: Two seafood restaurants here let you enjoy fresh-caught seafood while eating almost-on-top of the water.
- Anse Source d’Argent
La Digue, Republic of Seychelles
Its towering cliffs and pink sand make it one of the most photographed beaches in the world.
Bonus: La Digue, specifically its Veuve Nature Reserve, is the last place on earth where you can find the rare black paradise flycatcher bird, of which there are only about 100 left.