What makes a great beach all depends on the traveler. Some prefer wide stretches of sand with ample activities and throngs of people to watch, while others desire deserted shorelines with calm waters. There are other factors travelers consider – such as unique scenery, beach quality and overall accessibility – to determine the best beaches in the world. Here are just a few for you to think about. Would love to know what your idea of an ideal beach is?
Turks & Caicos
The Turks & Caicos Islands have the perfect antidote for your hectic lifestyle: nearly abandoned, blindingly white sand fringed by shimmering azure water, colorful coral reefs, crispy conch fritters and a sleepy, lighthearted atmosphere. While the destructive hurricanes of 2017 did impact the island, much of the damage has been repaired and its beaches are still as stunning as ever. Turks & Caicos holds tight to its reputation as an exclusive and secluded getaway. And regular vacationers to these skinny strips of alabaster sand will tell you that they wouldn't have it any other way.
Railay Beach, Thailand
Railay Beach (also known as Rai Leh) abuts the Andaman Sea from its location in Thailand's Krabi province. The region is composed of three main beaches and is home to pillowy sand, crystal-clear water, staggering yet climbable cliffs (for the experienced climber) and lush jungles. For a truly spectacular beach experience, head to Phra Nang Beach, where you'll find caves, islands and coral reefs to explore. Meanwhile, beautiful Railay West sits within walking distance of a variety of shops, restaurants, bars and resorts, while Railay East is renowned for its rock-climbing opportunities.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Located off the northeastern coast of Australia, the Whitsunday Islands feel like an entirely different world. The archipelago sits adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef and offers an incredibly unique, albeit fragile, ecosystem. Some of the best beaches on this collection of 74 islands include Betty's Beach, Whitehaven Beach and Chalkies Beach, but there are plenty of stunning spots to choose from. When you're not sunbathing on pearl-white sand or snorkeling through turquoise water, unwind at one of the bungalows or luxury ecoresorts situated on Hamilton Island or Long Island.
Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory, is home to a bevy of picturesque shorelines worth exploring. Popular beaches here include Horseshoe Bay Beach and Elbow Beach, two pink sand beaches loved for their calm waves and wide selection of nearby restaurants and shops. But if you're looking for a more secluded atmosphere, check out alternative stretches of sand like Astwood Cove Beach, which is worth the steep trek down, and Jobson's Cove Beach, a quiet oasis bordered by rocky cliffs that is perfect for leisurely swimming and snorkeling.
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