Calling all beach lovers out there, we have put together the ultimate list of beaches you need to visit in your lifetime. There’s nothing better than arriving at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and taking some much needed time to relax. We have selected a wide range of different sandy shores that will appeal to specific holidaymakers.
When it comes to stunning and breath-taking coastlines, there’s simply too many to choose from. Deciding where to go on holiday can be difficult, but one main factor that might influence your choice is the quality of beaches nearby.
Whether you want a beach where you can hop into a hammock and chill all day long, or a water sports haven where you can put your skills to the test, we’ve got it covered. Here are our ultimate beaches bucket list.
1. Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
If you are after a bustling beach complete with cafes, shops and restaurants alongside some fine white sand and crashing waves, then head to Camps Bay Beach. The best time to go is between November and April.
The water here is quite chilly but on a hot summer’s day it’s very refreshing. Camps Bay is a popular place to visit near Cape Town. You may even spot a few celebrities, but this beach is also family friendly. Enjoy a few glasses of wine and a delicious meal at one of the nearby restaurants.
2. Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA
The famous Clearwater Beach in Florida had to make the cut. You can’t beat the fine white sand and gorgeous seas on offer here. It certainly lives up to its name, boasting some of the clearest waters you have ever seen.
Frequently named Florida’s best beach town, Clearwater is the place to go to enjoy some of the state’s most stunning coastal views. There’s lifeguards on duty, the beach is spotlessly clean, and the water is fairly shallow and clear which makes Clearwater Beach family friendly.
3. Greenfield Beach, Australia
Located around a three hour drive from Sydney, Greenfield Beach should earn a spot on your list. The sand here is a beautiful bright white colour and the waters are nice and calm.
It’s an ideal place to unwind if you don’t appreciate the more touristy, crowded locations like Hyams beach. Greenfield Beach also has some spectacular coastal walks if you fancy a bit of a hike. If you are lucky, you might even spot a few dolphins.
4. Praia da Fortaleza, Brazil
If you want to escape cars and traffic, then Praia da Fortaleza beach on Honey Island is the place for you. Cars aren’t allowed here, and the shoreline is blessed with miles of gorgeous sandy shores.
Whether you want to go surfing or simply soak up the sun in peace, you will appreciate what Praia da Fortaleza has to offer. Here you can enjoy a few waves and the natural pool where you can see a variety of fish.
5. Sabang beach, Philippines
If it’s breath-taking beaches you are after, don’t miss out on the chance to see some of the Philippines best kept secrets. Here you can take advantage of around 22,000 miles of coastline.
One of the top loactions to visit is Sabang Beach on western Palawan. Picture a beautiful tropical beach in your mind and this is what you will get here. Sabang Beach has impressive mountains in the background, calm, warm waters and a picturesque harbour.
6. North Shore Oahu, Hawaii
This is a big surfing destination; it hosts the Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational. His where you are likely to find the perfect wave, but it’s also a beach that non-surfers should visit.
You can watch some of the best surfers in the world take on the impressive waves and admire the great scenery. There’s something spectacular about watching the ocean produce such awe inspiring waves.
7. Freights Bay, Barbados
Whilst North Shore has strong currents and very challenging waves, Freights Bay in Barbados has smaller waves that are ideal for beginners. Waves here are usually around a metre high, there is a laid back vibe and best of all, you can sip on some of the world’s best rum punch.
It’s not the best place for families as there aren’t many facilities here, it’s very secluded and there isn’t a lifeguard. As well as surfing, this is also a good place to go kitesurfing.
8. Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio is full of top quality, well-known beaches, so it’s difficult to pick just one. However, Arpoador is arguably one of the best in the area. Here you can take in the amazing views of Ipanema, feel the energy from Rio de Janeiro, have a fun family day out or party through the night.
Arpoador is also the birthplace of surfing in Brazil. Many people gather here in the evening to appreciate the spectacular sunset, which often receives an applause.
9. Phra Nang Beach, Thailand
If you are searching for a secluded beach that’s off the beaten track a little then set foot on Phra Nang Beach in Thailand, which is only accessible by longboat. You won’t get any restaurants or bars here, but the longboats do sell a few snacks and drinks to keep you going. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing. It feels like you are in pure paradise.
10. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
This award-winning beach should definitely be on your bucket list. The water here is a striking aqua colour with fantastically white sands. It’s not difficult to see why this is the most photographed beach in Australia. It’s an absolutely pristine, picture-perfect destination that stretches over seven kilometres.
11. Patnem Beach, Goa, India
Goa has a wonderful collection of beaches to explore, and one of the quieter ones is Patnem Beach. It is a little smaller and not quite as crowded as Palolem Beach. There are lots of beach shacks and huts where you can grab a drink and a bite to eat. It is a popular place for yoga retreats and the nightlife is very laid back.
12. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
This tiny beach, which is only half a kilometre long won’t fail to captivate you. It can only be accessed by foot, which adds to its charm. Lanikai Beach in Hawaii is ideal to for snorkelling and boasts panoramic bay views. It is consistently ranked one of the best beaches in the world thanks to its gentle waves, crystal clear waters and velvety soft sand.