Vacations are an essential and much-awaited element of any person’s boring, mundane life. They liberate a person from his day to day agonies and present an opportunity to make some crazy, joyful memories with people that truly matter.
And, believe me when I say this: location truly matters! You might say that it doesn’t really matter where you go, as long as you have your loved ones by your side. But they might not feel the same way, and you definitely don’t want to be the one upsetting them, now do you?
So, before you get all pumped up with joy and start packing for yet another “long drive”, take my advice and stop. Firstly, take a deep breath. Now that you’re calm, go through this article, where I have compiled a list of some of the most enthralling beaches you’ll ever find on the planet. Once you’re done checking them out, pick one beach and plan a perfect getaway that you or your family will never forget. Read on, you can thank me later.
12. Shell Beach, Australia
The name says it all, now doesn’t it? Located in Western Australia, this beach is simply marvelous in its own unique way. All across its vast stretches, you will not find any sand, as the entire 68-miles long coastline is scattered with billions of tiny cockle shells, which wash up on its shores, year after year.
This mesmerizing beach is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to the shells, of course, and also to the abundant marine life it supports. The surrounding waters are home to a variety of exotic species like dugongs, a variety of sponges, cockles, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and whale sharks.
11. Hidden Beach, Mexico
This one looks just so surreal as if fetched from our dreams! The Mexicans know it by the name of Playa del Amor, which translates to ‘love beach’ in English. And why not, with its perfect white sands and rippling, crystal-clear waters, all tucked safely under the turf of the Marieta Islands, it makes a perfect honeymoon destination for any couple hopelessly in love.
For those who are wondering, this out-of-the-world beach is believed to be a result of some repeated bombings that took place in this area in the early 1900s, when the Mexican government started using these islands as a military base to test their bombs and weapons.
By now you might be wondering: How to reach? Well, the beach is completely invisible from the outside. In order to reach its picturesque shore, you must cross a long water tunnel which links the beach to the Pacific Ocean, either by swimming or kayaking your way through.
10. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas
Believe me, this photo is not Photoshopped! This is just another one of Mother Nature’s miracles. The entire shoreline of Harbour Island’s Pink Sands Beach is just this way, filled to the brim with pretty, powdery pink sand that you just can’t miss. Combined with that are the slushing Bahamian waters and the luxurious beach resorts that surround it, which make this beach simply unforgettable.
9. El Castillo, Mexico
Here, at El Castillo, you can have the best time of your life. Go snorkeling in the beach’s clear, azure waters or head out explore the ancient Mayan remains that lie just beside it, the choice is yours. And once you’ve had enough exertion and your stomach starts grumbling, be sure to relish some delicious fish tacos while you dry yourself off in the salty sea breeze.
8. Bowling Ball Beach, California
If you ever happen to visit California, be sure to check out this beach. You won’t regret it. The Bowling Ball beach is a hot tourist destination, owing to its almost-spherical blobs of rock and sandstone, all neatly lined up across the northern shoreline of the Schooner Gulch State Beach, just like the bowling balls we see in any bowling alley. Though you can’t exactly surf here, with all those huge boulders lying around, you can go for some other fun beach activities like fishing, tide-pooling or even hiking!
7. Punaluu Black Sand Beach
Tired of seeing white sand beaches all your life? Well, we’ve got something for you. This beach, located on Big Island, Hawaii, is made of sand that is as dark as our souls. Surrounded by lush, green foliage and embellished with clear, blue waters, this beach is like a perfect treat to the eyes. What’s more, you can also find endangered Hawksbill turtles and green turtles lounging around, basking in the warm tropical sunlight!
6. Playa Grande, Costa Rica
Next up on the list is Playa Grande in Costa Rica. This beach is a sight for sore eyes, with its pristine white sand, glistening blue waves and a crisp sea breeze that lures your heart away. And it’s not just us humans who have come to fall in love with this place, as this beach is the primary nesting site for endangered leatherback turtles.
5. Myrtos Beach, Greece
Nestled away between two mountains, Agia Dynati and Kalon Oros, Myrtos beach promises a blissful getaway to all its patrons. Its shores, scattered with millions of tiny limestone pebbles, make the perfect site for an Instagram-worthy sunset click.
4. Gulpiyuri Beach, Spain
This beach is situated at a distance of around 100m from the Cantabrian Sea. How? This tiny beach is actually an overflowing sinkhole, fed by the pristine clear waters of the Bay of Biscay, which trickle in from many hidden underground caves. Shrouded by many grassy meadows and limestone cliffs, this mystical beach is rather difficult to find, yet tourists are always searching their way through, to see this phenomenal beach for themselves.
3. Tavarua, Fiji
What could beat a romantic honeymoon with your beloved sweetheart, on an island shaped like a heart? Nothing, right? This cute, 29-acres island is encircled by a coral reef, thus making it a perfect destination to enjoy water sports like snorkeling, fishing, surfing and, of course, scuba diving.
2. Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives
This isn’t the first time that you’ve seen this picture, right? The picturesque, calm waters of Alif Dhaal Atoll have made an appearance in so many Instagram posts, that our eyes have gotten used to its impeccable natural beauty. With soft white sand crunching under your toes, crystal clear waves lapping on your ankles and your significant other holding on to your hand, you are bound to have the experience to cherish for a lifetime.
1. Ko Phi Phi Leh Island, Thailand
There’s tons to do in Ko Phi Phi Leh Island, be it indulging in mouth-watering local delicacies, exploring the ancient rock formations or simply laying down on the soft white sands, admiring the abundant sources of beauty all around. Believe me, you’ll never get bored here. Ever.