Almost everybody loves going to the beach. There’s a reason for that. Spending time at the beach is not only fun, but is also beneficial for our body and mind. For instance, walking on sand stimulates the 200,000+ nerve endings on the soles of your feet. Since the ground beneath you is shifting, your body is constantly shifting and using muscles in your feet you normally would not use; thus allowing you to burn more calories. The benefits of visiting the beach is widely understood so we are listing some of the best beaches around the world, you should visit at least once in your lifetime.
1. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is an idyllic Indonesian destination famous with Western travelers. While Bali is indeed an island, it is also a province that is comprised of a handful of smaller islands congregated off Bali island’s southeast coastline. The island is quality controlled by the local government, ensuring that travelers have a pleasant visit. It is also filled with many beautiful beaches and some of the famous beaches include Crystal Bay, Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian, Mushroom Bay, Nusa Dua, Padangbai, Padang Padang, Pasir Putih, Sanur, Seminyak and Tanjung Benoa.
2. Alifu Alifu Atoll, Maldives
The Maldives is unlike any beach vacation you’ll experience. This tropical destination is made up of several ring-shaped atolls and hundreds of islands, with each beach more beautiful than the last. Travelers usually stick to the island or resort they arrive at since the incredibly blue waters and surreal sunsets are too magnificent to leave behind. There are also villas that are suspended over striking blue waters and surrounded by white sand beaches. The scenic beauty of the Maldives is something pictures alone cannot define and should be witnessed in person. Maldives is also ranked #1 in Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations and #2 in Best Places to Visit in Asia and #4 in Most Relaxing Beaches.
3. The Big Island, Hawaii
The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands – the biggest of which is called – you guessed it, the Big Island and the Big Island’s official name is Hawai’i. According to scientists, the Big Island is expanding by more than 42 acres each year because of the Kīlauea Volcano; which has been erupting for more than 30 years. Of all the beaches in Hawaii, the Big Island’s beaches stand out due to their unique black sands (of Punalu’u Beach), that are a direct result of ongoing volcanic activity.
4. Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
Maya Bay in the Phi Phi islands is one of the world’s most famous beaches. It is estimated that Maya Bay gets up to 5,000 visitors a day, with most tourists traveling by boat from Phuket or Koh Phi Phi. The beach received worldwide popularity after it was featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, The Beach.
5. Costa Rica
The Central American country’s vibrant flora is the reason for it to be ranked #5 on the list of Best Beaches in the World. Surrounded by shorelines, beaches are often backed by forests or lush green mountain peaks. If you’re planning a trip, Manuel Antonio Beach, Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula are among the best places for sunbathing and swimming.
6. Paradise Island, Pink Sands Beach, and Pig Beach, The Bahamas
The Bahamas are one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world and for a good reason. It is filled with breathtaking beaches such as the Paradise Island, Pink Sands Beach, and the Big Major Cay or Pig Beach. The Pig Beach is renowned for its residents (pigs) who love swimming in the shallow waters with the visitors. The independent Commonwealth realm also has one of the world’s biggest aquariums. The aquarium at the garish Atlantis Paradise Island resort encompasses 14 lagoons, eight million gallons of water and more than 50,000 aquatic animals from 250 species. There’s even a water slide that runs through the middle of it.
7. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is the ultimate hub if you’re looking for black pebbles, white pebbles, gold sand, white sand, red rock and crystal clear turquoise waters, where you can swim or relax. The beaches in Santorini are much different than other beaches in Greece due to their special geographical features. The most famous of Santorini beaches is the Red beach, while particularly popular are Perissa, Kamari and Perivolos.
8. White Beach, Philippines
Philippines is a piece of paradise on Earth. It is made up of 7,107 islands (only 2000 are inhabited), each one offering a rich biodiversity ranging from tropical rain forests, mangroves, and coral reefs to mountain ranges, world-class beaches, beautiful islands and a diverse range of flora and fauna. The country also offers one of the longest white sand coastlines in the world, one of its many tourist attractions. The White Beach in El Nido, Palawan is listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines. El Nido is also a popular base for divers. Surrounding waters contain more than 50 species of coral, and attract whales, whale sharks, sea cows, manta rays, dolphins and endangered turtles.
9. Ölüdeniz, Turkey
One of the world’s most gorgeous beaches can be found at Ölüdeniz, a very popular resort town on Turkey’s south-western Aegean coast. The warm summer climate and the scenic appearance are a result of being tucked in neatly to a green valley. The village, which also has a calming and simple vibe, is one of the main attractions. Of all the beaches, the Blue Flag Ölüdeniz beach is the most popular.
10. Miami Beach, United States
Miami Beach is one of the hottest vacation spots in the United States. Located in Florida’s Miami-Dade County on the east coast, it is an island city separating the Atlantic Ocean from Biscayne Bay. Miami Beach also has the largest Art Deco collection of architecture in the world. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the US with more than 15.8 million overnight visitors every year. Even though it’s a tourists paradise, there are over 91,917 full time residents who call it home.