“The ocean is everything I want to be. Beautiful, mysterious, wild and free.”
So maybe you cannot be the ocean, but you can definitely witness one. All you have to do is head to one of the sandy paradises on this exclusively curated list of 8 best beaches in the world for you:
1. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman archipelago, India
So let’s start with the one closest to home. A humongous and serene piece of land that comes first to mind on the list of most beautiful beaches in the world, Radhanagar Beach is located on the lush green and gorgeous Havelock Island in the Andaman archipelago. The turquoise blue sea, soft and cushion-like white sand make it one of the most sought-after beaches for travelers.
Best time to visit: Between October and May when the spring is in full bloom.
2. Maya Bay, Phi Phi islands, Thailand
Sheltered by 100-meter high green cliffs on three sides, Maya Bay resembles the set of a film. Inside the bay, there are several beaches, mostly small and some existing only at low-tide. The main beach is around 200 meters long with silky soft white sand, vividly colorful coral reefs and exotic fish in the clear blue water. To add to the glamour quotient of this place, Leonardo DiCaprio starrer ‘The Beach’ was shot here too, making it even more popular among the tourists.
Best time to visit: November to April when seas are calm and the bay is easily accessible.
3. Playa del Amor, Marieta islands, Mexico
Beach of Love, or the Hidden Beach as it is more commonly known, is engulfed by a cave with a large open roof that lets the sunlight in.
Situated on the Islas Marietas, off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Amor is one of Mexico’s most remarkable wonders making a lasting impact on a list of the best beaches in the world. The flora and fauna at the beach make it a perfect spot for nature enthusiasts and people who enjoy watersports like snorkeling and scuba diving.
Best time to visit: During the winter months when the weather is stable and one can watch whales.
4. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Bermuda’s famous pink-sand beaches are considered some of the loveliest seaside retreats in the world. Named for its curving shape, Horseshoe Bay Beach boasts Bermuda’s trademark strikingly blue waters and pink sands. How’d the grains get that way? That rosy shade results from a blend of crushed shells, coral and calcium carbonate called red foraminifera.
Best time to visit: March-April when the weather gets pleasant for beach bathing, even if it’s not quite warm enough for swimming yet.
5. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos islands, Greece
One of the most famous beaches in Greece, Navagio is an isolated sandy cove in the Ionian island that can only be reached by sea. The area is defined by fascinating limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and clear blue water. Unlike other beaches, it is pebbled and not sandy.
Navagio Beach is often referred to as the Shipwreck Beach or simply ‘The Shipwreck’ due to being home to the ruins of a ship called Panagiotis that is believed to have been a smugglers ship.
Best time to visit: From mid-June to the end of August.
6. Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas
Another wonderful beach with dusty pink sands that line its waterfront. The pale pink sand stretches for some three miles and is about 50 to 100 feet wide. Unlike other beaches, the sand here is always cool making it easy to walk about freely with bare feet.
Best time to visit: From December to May when the temperature hovers around 20-30 degrees Celsius.
7. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
For travelers who live for total peace and tranquility, this is the place to be. While there are tourists visiting, the absence of shops or restaurants around the beach makes sure that the beach is not over-commercialized. Composed of 98℅ silica, the sand on Whitehaven doesn’t retain heat and has a fine, powder-like consistency. At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a stunning fusion of colors.
Best time to visit: Late November to late March.
8. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Tucked away in the Atlantic Ocean, the showstopper on this list is Grace Bay. It is probably the most iconic and awe-inspiring stretch of sand in the world.
The beach, on the island of Providenciales, enjoys 319 days of sunshine annually. The sheer untouched beauty along with sand and water quality make Grace Bay any beach traveler’s paradise.
Best time to visit: April and May, a sweet time of the year featuring lower prices and fewer crowds.