The World’s Best Beaches

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When it comes to beaches, it can seem like they’re all the same. After all, it’s just a combination of sun, sand, and water, right? Any smart traveler knows, however, that not all beaches are alike and each has unique qualities that make them special. There are many ways beaches differentiate themselves from one another. Some of those characteristics include geography, climate, entertainment, and popularity. Tiplr’s editorial staff has chosen of their favorite beaches from all around the world for you to check out on your next trip, with additional travel tips included.

1. El Nido

Photo by Fabio Achilli

This beach community located in the Philippines features stunning blue waters and white, sandy beaches. More and smarter travelers have discovered El Nido’s Big Lagoon which you NEED to visit by boat to truly appreciate its exotic beauty.

2. Tulum

Photo by Rémi Potriquet

Tulum may be known for ancient ruins like the famous Chichen Itza, but its presence alongside the beautiful Caribbean waters is what makes it a top beach spot. It’s also a beach for history fans to visit. Instead of simply lounging around, travelers can get incredible ocean views while discovering the fascinating history of the Mayan people.

3. Trunk Bay

Photo by Everett Carrico

You can head to Trunk Bay while visiting Saint John in the British Virgin Islands. Located in Virgin Islands National Park, with turquoise waters and white sand, it’s a beautiful atmosphere for enjoying all sorts of water activities.

4. El Pescador State Beach

Photo by Giuseppe Milo

When visiting Los Angeles, most travelers tend to flock to Santa Monica Beach or Venice Beach, but El Pescador makes our list because of its low-key vibe. It is located to the north of LA in Malibu along the Pacific Coast Highway. Here, a traveler can enjoy a Southern California beach without the busy crowds.

5.Tahiti Beach

Photo by meltedplastic/Flickr

Don’t let the name fool you, this beach is located in The Bahamas, not French Polynesia. What makes it a special spot for travelers is that it is only accessible by walking, biking, or taking a boat. The beach features numerous coconut trees around it, and it is known as a popular spot for finding shells, starfish, and sand dollars.

6.  Bondi Beach

Photo by Simon Rae on Unsplash

Bondi Beach is probably the most famous beach in Australia. It’s located about thirty minutes outside of downtown Sydney. What makes Bondi unique is that it’s a top location for surfing, and caters to surfers of all levels. If surfing isn’t your thing, however, there are also tons of restaurants, cafes, and shops nearby to enjoy as well.

7. Milos

Photo by Emma Van Sant on Unsplash

The beaches on the Greek island of Milos are out of this world when it comes to stunning landscapes and unique trademarks. The beaches include caves once frequented by pirates, volcanic rocks, and catacombs. It is also noted as the place where the Venus de Milo was discovered.

8. Fernando de Noronha

Photo by claphoteau

This beach paradise is located in Brazil. What makes it truly special is both the wonder and mystery surrounding it, as well as the strict rules that allow it to remain such an authentic, isolated paradise. It is located off of Brazil’s northeast coast and is an ecological reserve protected by the government, which means only a limited number of tourists are allowed to visit at a time.

9.  Coumeenole

Photo by John Finn

When most people think of beaches, warm-weather destinations come to mind. However, there are also many stunning beaches in different climates, including beautiful Ireland.Coumeenole is located in County Kerry. In addition to sand and bright-blue ocean waters, the beach is surrounded by the gorgeous green cliffs that Ireland is known for. Whether you are standing on top of a cliff overlooking the water or below on the sand, this place will not disappoint.

10. Colomitos

Photo by Barclay Card Travel

Colomitos is a small, isolated beach cove to the south of downtown Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. It is so remote that it can only be reached by foot using a trail through the jungle starting from Boca de Tomatlan. The emerald-green waters are unique for a Pacific coast location, which also makes Colomitos so special. With the beautiful jungle surrounding you, it’s an exquisite beach spot not yet overrun by tourism.

11. Marina Grande

Photo by Renato Torii

Positano is one of the most famous beach cities along Italy’s iconic Amalfi coast. It’s perfect for travelers looking for something in addition to the historic streets of RomeVenice, and Florence. One of their best beaches is also one of their liveliest. Marina Grande is a popular beach surrounded by restaurants, bars, and nightlife. Why it makes our list though is the beautiful hillside villas that surround the beach. Visitors can feel like they’re living in an old-school Italian movie.

12. Ho’okipa Beach Park

Photo by Michelle Owens on Unsplash

Ho’okipa Beach Park is located on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The biggest draw is the opportunity to see sea turtles lounging about along the beach, but thrill-seekers also come here for kitesurfing and windsurfing. It’s not the greatest swimming hole, but there’s plenty of action on both water and sand to keep you busy.

13. Nusa Penida

Photo by Wira Setiawan on Unsplash

Bali is full of beaches that are borderline-surreal when it comes to how gorgeous they are. Considering this is one of the greatest beach destinations in the world, it’s important to go with the best that Bali has to offer, which is Nusa Penida. It’s located a one-hour boat ride away from Bali’s mainland. It’s much-less built up, which makes it the perfect destination for any adventurous souls heading to Bali. The beach features amazing green cliffs that surround turquoise waters.

14. Bari Reef

Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash

Beaches are more than just hanging out and getting a tan. Bonaire is known as one of the best places in the Caribbean for scuba diving and has no shortage of great scuba diving spots. Bari Reef is considered to be the best location due to the extensive diversity of the fish population available to see there while diving.

15. Manzanillo Beach

Photo: GoVisitCostaRica

Costa Rica has many different types of beaches available for travelers. One of the most beautiful is easily Manzanillo Beach, which is located on the country’s southern Caribbean coast. The beach is surrounded by tropical rainforest and has amazing turquoise waters with coral reefs.

16. Barceloneta Beach

Photo by Angel García Huerta

This busy beach destination is located in Barcelona, Spain. It covers a long stretch of shoreline that is perfect for any avid runners who enjoy a seaside workout. Additionally, there are exercise jungle gyms installed for beachgoers, making it a perfect European equivalent to California’s own Muscle Beach.

17. Kathleen Lake

Photo by Keith Williams

This lakeside spot can be found in the Kluane National Park and Reserve in Canada’s Yukon territory. This place is perfect for travelers who love wildlife and camping. Canada offers travelers lots of great outdoor experiences and Kathleen Lake is included in that. Views around this lake include picturesque mountains and pine trees.

18. Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay is where sand and water meet sand dunes. Its unique layout is what makes it a part of this list. Instead of palm trees, massive sand dunes cover this beach which is located in Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. ATV tours, along with dolphin and whale watching, are just a few of the activities available when heading to Walvis Bay.

Cover photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

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