The world offers so many hot spots for you to dig your feet into the sand and work on your tan. There is a lot to consider when choosing the perfect beach for you from the turquoise water, to white sands, coral reefs and marine wildlife. We put together a list of our favorite beaches in the world to help inspire your dream beach vacation.
El Nido - Palawan, Philippines
Located in Palawan, an island province in the Philippines, El Nido is a truly magical place. El Nido boasts over fifty beaches, all adorned with spectacularly white sand and perfect, transparent, turquoise water making it an ideal destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. Towering limestone cliffs surround every beach in El Nindo, which make for some breathtaking views and seriously Instagrammable Photographs - each beach is truly more perfect than the last. Palawan is commonly referred to as "The Final Frontier" because once you've been there, nothing else can compare. As a bonus, Alex Garland wrote his infamous novel, The Beach, while living in El Nido, so if you're in need of some tranquility and inspiration then yo should pack your bags and head to he Philippines for some R&R.
Whitehaven Beach - Australia
The world-renowned Whitehaven beach, which stretches seven-kilometer across Whitsunday Island, has been rewarded for its numerous achievements in cleanliness and environmental conversation. White haven Beach is only accessible by boat, helicopter of seaplane from the mainland, making it a secluded gem and a must see if you're visiting Australia. The beach's beauty is undeniable; the a is blindingly white, which is attributed to its 98% silica level, and the marine-life is some of the best in the world (duh, it's located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef). Whitehaven beach is one of the few unspoiled and preserved paradises left on earth, so its no wonder why its visited by more than 75,000 travelers annually.
Elafonisos - Crete, Greece
Described as one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, Elanfonisos beach, a peninsula close to the southwestern tip of Crete, is like jumping straight into a postcard. Although it's located on one of Greece's largest islands, it still-somehow-has remained wonderfully picturesque and private. Elafonisos beach is known for its unusual pink sand, caused by thousands of broken down coral segments, and its warm, shallow waters that are ideal for swimming. The beach is protected by nature reserves, which work to preserve its natural lagoons, dunes, endangered Caretta-Caretta sea turtles and majestic pink sand. With its scenic lagoons, green glue waters, rose-colored sand and well-preserved nature, a visit to the stunning Elafonisos beach to take your breath away.
Tortuga Bay - Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
Tortuga Bay is considered to be the hidden gem of Santa Cruz, and is the largest beach in the archipelago. To get the Galapagos is celebrated for. The walk is rewarded by a pristine shoreline of spectacular soft, white-sand and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Tortuga Bay is a fantastic place to surf, snorkel and catch glimpses of terrestrial and marine wildlife.
Sea turtles populate the shores of Tortuga Bay, which is precisely how it got its name. Visitors can visit Playa Mansa, a beach on Tortuga Bay, Which is precisely how it got its name. Visitors can visit Playa Mansa, a beach on Tortuga Bay, at night to watch the sea turtles lay eggs - a genuinely moving and life changing experience. If you're a fan of adventure, relaxation and nature then Tortuga Bay is a must visit.