I want a beach vacation. I’ve earned it. (I seriously haven’t but let a girl dream.) So I googled that shiz and here are, hands down, the best beaches you can find on this big blue planet.
Navagio (shipwreck) Bay
Zakynthos, Ionian Island of Greece
Pretty sure we’ve got a video or two of this place. It’s known for the rusted-out shipwreck sitting on the beach. (Tetanus shots not tequila shots!) The shipwreck is real, it’s the remains of the MV Panagiotis. It ran aground during bad weather but was not smuggling illegal contraband or “cigarettes, wine and women,” as the rumor goes.
Virgin Gorda island, British Virgin Islands
Giant granite boulders jut out of the water, creating coves, grottos and caves to explore for hours. Nowhere else in the Caribbean has boulders like this and geologists aren’t completely sure what caused it (volcanic activity is the most likely culprit).
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
The water here is turquoise. No photoshop needed, it’s just stunning turquoise waters and soft sandy beaches.
It’s Hawaii. You could plunk down anywhere on the islands and be like “yeah, I’m in paradise.” It’s just an added paradise bonus that the beach at Makena turns fiery red and orange with every sunset and there are no developments on the beach.
Playa del Amor (Hidden Beach)
Marieta Islands, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A giant hole that, tada, reveals a beach! The hole is assumed to be caused by test bombing by the Mexican government in the 1960s. They couldn’t have bombed better if they tried.
Camels on the beach and whale shark diving. ‘nuff said.
Radhanagar Beach, India
Take natural beauty to the next level with–not just a beautiful beach– but a beautiful beach that backs up to lush forests.
Cala Mitjana, Spain
Mediterranean climate? Check. White rocky outcroppings overlooking clear blue water? Check. Soft sandy beach? Check. Sun and gorgeous locals? You know it.
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
You already know Thailand has amazing beaches and blue waters punctuated by steep, densely forested juts of land. It’s also affordable. If you can get yourself there, you can lay around on the beach and eat like a king for dirt cheap.
Baia do Sancho
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Soft sand, clear blue water, and coral reefs teeming with life aren’t the best things about this beach. Baia do Sancho is free of crowds. It’s secluded– really secluded. You have to commit to getting to this beach. But once you’re there, it’s all yours. There’s probably no better paradise than that.