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

shipwreck bay

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.

The Baths
Virgin Gorda island, British Virgin Islands

devils bay

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).

Grace Bay
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Grace Bay
Photo by GrapevineTxOnline.com.

The water here is turquoise. No photoshop needed, it’s just stunning turquoise waters and soft sandy beaches.

Makena Bay
Maui, Hawaii

Makena Bay
Photo by Hawaii Savvy.

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

playa del amor hidden beach
Photo by Christian Frausto Bernal.

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.

Diani Beach
Kenya

Diani Beach
By Łukasz Ciesielski

Camels on the beach and whale shark diving. ‘nuff said.

Radhanagar Beach, India

Radhanagar Beach
By TechnoAyan – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37050717

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

Cala Mitjana, Spain
By isol,

Mediterranean climate? Check. White rocky outcroppings overlooking clear blue water? Check. Soft sandy beach? Check. Sun and gorgeous locals? You know it.

Maya Bay
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Maya Bay, Thailand
Photo by Fah Rojvithee.

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

Baia do Sancho, Brazil
By Emerson Fernandes da Cunha

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.

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