With summer fast approaching, it’s time to break out the bathers and get ready to hit the beach. To help kick things off, here’s our list of the world’s best beaches.
Location: Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia
Located on the southern end of Bora Bora Island, this mile-long stretch of exquisite white sand and crystal water is framed by lush palms and rolling green hills. The water provides safe swimming and is great for snorkelling. On the eastern-side there are several 4-5 star resorts with great views of the beach, particularly at sunset, and are within easy walking distance of nearby shops and cafes.
Bora Bora also made our Top 10 Islands in the World list, so now there’s twice as much reason to go there!
Fraser Island received World Heritage status for being the largest sand island in the world – this whole island is one big beach! Stunning golden sand surrounded by lush rainforests, this beach is great for swimming, fishing and whale watching. If you adventure inland there are also freshwater lakes to swim in. The island also features some amazing multicoloured sandstone cliffs called The Pinnacles.
Cala Macarelleta Beach
Location: Menorca, Spain
Looking out over the Mediterranean Sea, this stunning white beach has turquoise water and is framed by the nearby cliffs, which are covered with pine and oak trees. The beach is great for sunbathing even in winter. The nearby Macarelleta cove is also amazing, and is only a short walk or swim away.
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Located in the Marietta archipelago, this otherworldly beach is located inside a giant cave. It’s rumoured that this beach is the result of Mexican bomb tests in the 1900s, which created many unusual caves and rock formations on the island. The only way to reach the beach is via a small tunnel across the crystal clear water, and the gaping hole in the surface provides ample sun and shade.
The whole island is a national park and completely uninhabited, although tourists often visit here.
Location: Goa, India
Bogmalo Beach is a perfect mix of natural beauty and retail therapy, with lots of shops selling local crafts. The clear water is ideal for swimming, and it’s here that you’ll also find the Goa institute of diving.
So, which beach has you rushing for your bathers and beach towel? Let us know in the comments below.