If you’ve suffered the indignity of squeezing onto a little patch of sand between sweaty sun worshippers, you know not all beaches are created equal—and that it’s worth an extra effort to avoid a bad day at the beach.
Taipu de Fora, Bahia, Brazil
Presenting an antidote to this year’s World Cup craziness: Taipu de Fora, a near-five-mile beauty with golden sands and swaying coconut palms on the Maraú peninsula.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
The classic Greek color palette of deep blue (sea) and white (cliffs) is on fine display at Navagio Beach. But it has an edgier side. Nicknamed Smuggler’s Cove, the beach is the site of a wrecked smuggler’s ship that provides a bit of welcome, if rusty, shade.
Princess Margaret Beach, Bequia
This honeyed beach shaded by palms, cedar, and almond trees is named after Queen Elizabeth II’s jet-setting younger sister, who was known to take a dip in its calm waters. The lovely shoreline is on the Caribbean side of Bequia.
Ke’e Beach, Kauai, HI
Ke’e Beach is a gateway to Kauai’s wild side; the rugged Na Pali coast continues westward, offering amazing views and dense jungle paths should you wish to explore further. Soaring above it all is the emerald 1,115-foot-high Makana Mountain.
Luskentyre Bay, Isle of Harris, Scotland
Powdery sand that appears silver or pale gold depending on the light; waters that run from green to indigo; and views of the rugged North Harris mountains conspire to make Luskentyre Bay feel downright bewitching.
The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI
The Baths on the British Virgin Island of Gorda deviates from the typical beautiful beach model of mile after mile of unimpeded powdery shoreline.
Playa Nacascolo, Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
You can take your pick among this peninsula’s sands; even if their proximity to glitzy resorts suggests otherwise, all beaches in Costa Rica are public.
Cannon Beach, OR
Conifer forests meet the Pacific Ocean at Cannon Beach, where colossal rocks add a primal touch to the seascape. This nine-mile stretch of sand is known for Haystack Rock, a hefty 235-foot-high landmark that has caves you can explore at low tide.
This Polynesian atoll has all the ingredients of a castaway fantasy: a talcum-powder beach dotted with driftwood, palm trees for shade, and gently lapping translucent water.
Playa de las Catedrales, Galicia, Spain
Centuries of crashing waves and merciless winds off the coast of northwest Spain have sculpted beautiful rock formations at Playa de las Catedrales, so named for the soaring arches visible only at low tide.
Content Source:- Travel & Leisure