Whip out your bathing suits boys and girls, it’s time to head to the beach. But we are faced with a real dilemma here, which beach should you go to? Torn between the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean or the crisp golden sand of Costa Rica? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Find the perfect beach spot in our comprehensive list catered for the laziest sunbather to adrenaline junkies.
Soak in the Sunshine
With the dreary winter finally coming to an end, it’s time to embrace the sunshine. What could be a better way than to soak in the golden rays by lounging on a sandy beach?
1. Saline Beach, St Barths
Who doesn’t love a good tan? There’s no need to fish out big bucks to get a fake spray tan at a tanning salon, how about going to Saline Beach at St Barths?
The pristine white beaches and bejeweled turquoise waters create a stunning Caribbean paradise. Tourists flock to this tropical haven all year round for a little summer’s heat. Also known as Anse de Grande Saline, it is one of the most popular spots for sunbathing. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, why not go topless or au naturale, to get that even tan.
2. Pampelonne Beach, St. Tropez, France
If simply lazing around in the sun is a little too boring for you, people-watching at Pampelonne Beach might just add that spice factor.
When French actress Brigitte Bardot stood on the sandy beaches of Pampelonne in the 1965 film And God Created Woman, the iconic scene made it the most famous beach of St. Tropez. With its ability to attract the elite and wealthy from all around the world, this place is perfect for people-watching. Rent a lounge chair and an umbrella (which can be a little pricey, so be prepared to pay for the rental) and settle in for an afternoon of celebrity spotting. It’s fun to play paparazzi!
Calling out to all the party animals out there, Pampelonne Beach has an array of clubs that has even attracted the POTUS family. Donald Trump Jr was even seen partying at one of the clubs with his girlfriend at Nikki Beach.
For all city dwellers looking for a break from the bustling city life! Leave behind the noisy traffic and the persistent stench of exhaust fumes when you enter these naturistic havens. Forget all your worries when you walk into these utopias on earth.
The award-winning Whitehaven Beach is situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. With the sand comprising of 98 percent silica, the beach is flawlessly white. Great efforts towards conservation have maintained its pristine perfection.
Take a lovely stroll on this untarnished paradise on earth. Because of the high concentration of silica, the sand does not retain heat and remains cool to the touch. Feel a sense of peace in the arms of nature when you take a hike up Hill Inlet, which will give you a bird’s eye view of Whitehaven’s aquamarine waters and dazzling white sands. As Australia’s most photographed beach, it’s definitely a view you don’t want to miss!
2. Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
One of the most photographed beaches in the world, this beach paradise is a dream destination for tourists and should definitely go straight up to the top of your bucket list.
Magnificent granite boulders rise from the sandy white beach of Madagascar, along with crystal clear waters, creating a picturesque landscape. But what makes this beach even more so special is the people. Located in La Digue, the third-most populated island of Seychelles only has about 3,000 inhabitants. These islanders are yet to be afflicted with the pains of modernization. Receive a warm and friendly welcome when you visit and travel around in bicycles and oxcarts. Their slow pace of life and appreciation of nature gives you a much-needed break from a cold and uncaring city.
Calling out to all adventure seekers out there! Not everyone goes to the beach just to get a tan and take beach pics for Instagram. Engage in the best water sports and activities the beach has to offer!
1. Trunk Bay, St John, U.S Virgin Islands
One of the most popular beach destinations, this beach might get a little too crowded for your liking; so be prepared for crowds should you decide to visit this beautiful beach. Not to worry though, escape into a magical underwater world when you go snorkeling at Trunk Bay! In the sparklingly blue waters, see schools of tropical fish swimming among the beautiful coral reefs.
Arguably one of the best place for snorkeling, the shallow waters of St John is perfect for beginners. Don’t worry if you have any young ones! There are also snorkeling spots suitable for children with shallower waters and easy access. This might be the ideal family vacation for you and your family.
2. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The beach is not always a place of relaxation. To the daredevils who love skating on the high of an adrenaline rush, it is the optimal location for extreme sports.
Get your blood pumping and prepare to fly through the air at high speeds. The beaches of Bora Bora are renowned to have the full works – pristine white sands and sparkling blue seas. But Mother Nature has bestowed upon Matira Beach the best conditions for kiteboarding. The huge waves generated by high wind speeds of the Matira Beach draw droves of kiteboarding fans to its shores year on year.
A combination of paragliding, wakeboarding and surfing, this extreme sport is not for the faint of heart. Attached to a kite, the rider surfs on water at high speeds and performs a series of spectacular tricks. If you’re interested, head on to Bora Bora to try it out! The Kite Surf School Polynesie offers both beginners and experts courses.
There you have it, these are our favorite beach dream destinations! We hope we’ve helped you narrow your search for your beach vacation. A good question to ask yourself would be the type of vacation agenda you are seeking to enjoy on your trip. Your answer to that question could help you decide the next best beach to check out.
Honestly though, whether you’re at the beach to chill or for an adventure, a must-have item is a pool float. Watch people go green in envy as you lounge on gigantic bird islands or unique foodie floats; and these are just some of the many pool inflatables that you can definitely pack along for your trip. So what are you waiting for? Time to start planning and calling your trip buddies along!