Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in The World
10 Bahia Solano – Colombia
In the Chocó Department, Colombia, Bahía Solano is a municipality and town. Bahia, as it is called locally, is the tourist and economic centre of the Choco coast. Ciudad Mutis is the municipal head. The beautiful beach town of El Valle, Choco, is just 18 km away from Bahia Solano. Bahia Solano is one of the most scenic beaches, a rare sight of immobile vessels rusting where the ocean meets the river. Fishermen cast nets languidly across an immense lake. A lively main street is lined with designer stores, vegetable markets, cafés and bars.
9 Playa Paraiso – Cayo Largo
Not as open to the elements as some of the other beaches on the island, this beach well deserves the name “Paradise Beach”. Typically, the atmosphere is cool for much of the year the sea here stays shallow. As the hotel beach is changing a lot, most people go to Playa Paraiso to enjoy calm water or just chill on the beach. A smattering of beach umbrellas and a small bar are what tourists can expect. Yet this spot is all about the sea and sand and not much else. A free shuttle leaves local hotels for the 20-minute trip to Playa Paraiso several times a day.
8 Nungwi – Zanzibar
Nungwi is a village recognised as Zanzibar, located at the northern end of the Tanzanian island of Unguja. It is known for the large, palm-lined Nungwi Beach and the development of traditional dhows at a nearby boat-building yard. In a freshwater lagoon, the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond hides green and hawksbill sea turtles. Hunga and Leven Bank have coral reefs teeming with colourful fish off the shore. Intrepid tourists have long enjoyed the island for its mysterious old Stone Town and 30 or so sandy beaches. Tourists appear to gravitate towards the settlement of Nungwi, situated along the northern coast of Zanzibar. Travelers will very simply float on water on Nungwi’s incredibly shallow beaches, with baby formula sand between their toes. Scores of aquatic species exist in the azure waters and reef surrounding Nungwi.
7 Hanalei Bay – Kauai
Hanalei Bay is the main bay in Hawaii on the north shore of the island of Kaua’i. At the midpoint of the bay is the town of Hanalei. Hanalei Bay, surrounded by mountains, consists of nearly two miles of sand. In the season, the bay has superb sailboat mooring, stand-up paddle boarding and diving. It is one of Hawaii ‘s biggest and most scenic beaches. This spacious bay island, a true tropical paradise, features a smooth crescent of pristine white sand supported by dense, green trees, misty mountains and sparkling waterfalls. The beach is the ideal spot for a whole host of water activities, including swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and canoeing, flanked by rivers and coral reefs throughout the bay.
6 Pulau Perhentian Kecil – Malaysia
The Perhentian Islands are situated in the state of Terengganu, about 10 nautical miles off the northeastern coast of West Malaysia, about 40 miles south of the Thai border. The backpacker-happy Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar, which have somewhat more luxurious accommodation, are the two major islands. Dive off Pulau Perhentian Kecil in the crystal blue seas and you are almost sure to swim with sea turtles and small sharks. Hang out around the beach-side restaurants on the island at 5 p.m. To watch fishermen, carry in the catch of the day and haggle with owners of restaurants.
5 Maya Bay – Thailand
Coral reefs make this an ideal snorkelling spot. Since starring in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Cove, this beautifully gorgeous beach has seen its popularity skyrocket, but it’s still worth visiting for the dramatic setting and great opportunities for snorkelling. The bay is visited by thousands of people every day. So, plan to come early in the morning or after 5 p.m. if you want to escape the crowds.
4 Whitehaven – Queensland
Along Whitsunday Island, Australia, Whitehaven Beach is a 7 km stretch. The island is accessible from Airlie Beach, as well as Hamilton Island by ferry, seaplane & helicopter. It sits on Haslewood Island across from Stockyard Beach, best known as Chalkie ‘s Beach. A good candidate is the fine sands of Whitehaven in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands. With sand that is 98 percent pure silica for more than four kilometres, it squeaks so clean. Whitehaven Beach is part of the National Park of the Whitsunday Islands. There is a touch of work involved in getting here, but after the daytrippers have left for the evening, the pay-off is a spectacularly stunning spot that is still relatively quiet.
3 Matira – Bora Bora
This island is like the shores of Gwyneth Paltrow, a little too beautiful to be credible. Yet the beauty of this tiny island is a major international tourist destination, known for its aqua-centered luxury resorts. But its best location, Matira Beach, reminds you why, in the first place, places like this are popular. Feed sharks, chase black pearls, browse at the memorabilia of World War II, or just laze on the beach. Life takes you fast at the world’s best resort. About seven and a half hours from Los Angeles, you ride to Papeete in Tahiti. Take a flight to Bora Bora ‘s small Motu Mute airport.
2 Sun Island – Maldives
With celebrities and wealthy honeymooners attracted by the prospect of sleeping simply over the sea, this diamond in the middle of the Indian Ocean has become a favourite. You can’t do any better if you want to be as close as possible to the sea. Especially at Sun Island Beach, where many resorts offer luxury bungalows in the water on stilts. Where the sound of real water lapping at your doorstep will bring you to sleep. Thousands of marine fish, snorkelers and divers are drawn to nearby coral reefs.
1 Anse Source d’Argent
This ribbon of sand on the island, La Digue, is a huge candidate for the top spot, mixing salt-white and flamingo-pink sands to create one of the world’s most photographed beaches. A reef holds the water cool, but to discover the deeper waters, make the most of rented snorkels, after which you will explore granite boulders farther inland.