Give me a good book, some sand, and an ocean view and I’m pretty much set for an afternoon. That being said, all beaches are not created equal and, given the choice, I’d much rather be on a beach in the Maldives than just about anywhere else. So if you didn’t already have enough reason to plan a beach vacation, we’ve rounded up the ten best beaches around the world to further fuel your wanderlust.
1. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
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Bermuda is all around beautiful regardless of which spot you head to, but Horseshoe Bay is consistently one of the most popular beaches. Located in the southern part of the main island, the bay is a well-maintained beach with turquoise waters with all the amenities you could hope for. The water can get chilly in the wintertime though so your best bet is going during the warm summer months.
2. Trunk Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands
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You won’t even need a passport to head to this jaw-dropping beach on St. John. Trunk Bay is a favorite for snorkelers with its clear waters and wide variety of sea life to discover. There’s even a snorkeling trail to follow if you’re keen to see all the bay has to offer. Just note that there is an entrance fee for those wishing to visit Trunk Bay. To date, the fee is just $4 making it well worth it.
3. Sunset Beach, Hawaii
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Can you really go wrong with a Hawaiian beach? Probably not, but Sunset Beach is a must-visit. This surfing hotspot is home to lots of action, but there’s just as much opportunity to relax and take in the natural beauty of the island. If you’re feeling brave, arrange for a surf lesson to get a real taste of Hawaiian lifestyle.
4. Long Beach, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
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After getting your fill of the restaurants and bars in Tonsai Village, take a day trip to Long Beach on the southwest portion of Koh Phi Phi (one of the most famous islands in Thailand). The beach is devoid of most tourists, and requires either a walk through the forest or a quick boat ride to enjoy. Stop by one of the few resorts or stores that line the beach for a drink and chair rental. Don’t forget your snorkel for some fantastic scenes in the crystal clear water!
5. El Nido, Philippines
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Those looking for a beach with natural beauty that isn’t spoiled by crowds should head to El Nido in the Palawan province of the Philippines. El Nido is otherworldly with towering limestone cliffs, waters so blue you’ll question if they’re real, and lots of opportunities for exploring. While here be sure to take some time to island hop around to other Palawan islands. It’s not the easiest place in the world to get to, but visitors will attest that this paradise is worth any journey.
6. Pansy Island, Mozambique
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Have you ever seen one of those iconic shots of a deserted island with white sand? It’s likely a shot of Pansy Island in Mozambique. Take advantage of accommodations on nearby Benguerra or Bazaruto where you can live like royalty while still in close proximity to this breathtaking beach. Take a day trip to Pansy Island where you will more than likely not see a single soul in any direction as you soak up the sun. Paradise found.
7. Blue Beach (La Chiva), Puerto Rico
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On a clear day the waters of La Chiva Beach look like glass and serve as a direct view into the underwater scenery below. Snorkelers flock to certain parts of Vieques, but La Chiva creates a unique area of solitude where you can relax in privacy with little to no other people nearby. On top of that, nearby hotels and resorts are relatively affordable and offer stellar amenities.
8. Shoal Bay East, Anguilla
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Though Anguilla is home to a number of gorgeous sand beaches, Shoal Bay East remains the crown jewel of the island. The beach does occasionally get busy, but don’t let other travelers take away from your experience. You can still find a quiet bit of sand, and there are also a number of good bars and restaurants dotting the coastline if you want even more action. Plus, the beach is a quick ferry ride from neighboring St. Martin, making for a wonderful day trip.
9. Mana Island, Fiji
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Most of Fiji looks like a dream come true so it’s impossible to narrow down the best spots, but Mana Island is a favorite. Accessible via plane or boat, Mana Island’s main feature is the Mana Island Resort and Spa where you can kick back and relax in luxury. The island consists of white powdery beaches and crystal clear waters all around for you to enjoy. Just remember, the gorgeous beaches are very well known so you’ll need to book well in advance to secure a spot.
10. Nalaguraidhoo Beach, Maldives
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Like Fiji, most beaches in the Maldives feel like heaven on earth, and you really can’t go wrong. Nalaguraidhoo Beach is a private beach with every ounce of tranquility and beauty you’d expect from the Maldives. After posting up at the Sun Island Resort for a relaxing stay on the water, make your way up the beach for a fun day of sun and swimming where turquoise water greets you. Like most spots in the Maldives, relaxing is the name of the game. The small peninsula with surrounding sandbar offers a unique experience to relax and enjoy a picturesque location with nearly no one around.