Beaches provide a beautiful escape from the daily grind of life. Laying back on a relaxing beach towel and soaking up the sun is a luxury that everyone should have the pleasure of experiencing. However, as there are thousands upon thousands of beaches to explore on this beautiful planet of ours, it may be difficult to distinguish which sandy destination is truly paradise and which is merely a mirage. Rest easy friends because we have put together a selection of the world’s best beaches for your viewing pleasure. Before you explore, keep in mind that many exotic locals have the potential for a variety of equally exotic illnesses. Be sure to inquire with your travel agent about holiday insurance and ensure that all of your shots are up to date with your doctor before departing for paradise. And with that, please prepare for lift off!
Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Baia do Sancho is situated on the northern coast of Fernando de Noronha, a quaint island community 220 miles offshore from Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean. Accessible by plane from Natal and Recife or by four to six day cruise from Fortaleza, Natal and Recife, this beautiful island getaway is a grand ensemble of white sand and crystal clear blue water. An amazing spot for snorkelling with clear views of depths up to fifty metres, Baia do Sancho is truly a secluded island paradise for the seasoned traveller.
Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
One of Hawaii’s most scenic beach destinations, Lanikai Beach is lush with tropical plants, beautiful palm trees and sparkling sand for as far as the eye can see. This half-mile beach is picture perfect, a favourite of photographers and models from around the world. With a position on the east side of Oahu, the beach is a popular destination for locals to view the the rise of a full moon over the Mokuluas on warm summer nights. A great getaway for those with the love of the lens, Lanikai Beach welcomes you year-round with endless sunshine and a friendly ‘Aloha’.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti
Friendly locals await your arrival at “the Romantic Island”, one of the magical islands of French Polynesia in the South Pacific. Riddled with luxury resorts and intimate spots, Bora Bora is truly a couple’s paradise. Among the beautiful, secluded beaches, Matira Beach stands out as the crème de la crème. Soft, white sand and clear blue water combine to create a beach destination that is the definition of picturesque.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
As it’s name would suggest, Whitehaven Beach is a beautiful slice of heaven. A seven kilometre stretch on the uninhabited Whitsunday Island, Whitehaven Beach remains secret of locals and lucky travellers alike. A feature that resonates with everyone who visits beautiful location is the sand on Whitehaven Beach, as it is quite unusual. The pristine silica sand of Whitehaven Beach does not retain heat as regular sand does and provides a cool surface to walk on for hours at a time. Whether you are swimming in its beautiful clear waters or exploring the acres of beautiful rainforest just steps away, Whitehaven Beach is a heavenly destination best spoken about in whispers.