One of the images that is most often associated with Paradise is that of a tropical beach with crystal clear blue water, bright white sands and tall green palm trees – only perfect to hang your hammock between them. And the best part about this kind of descriptions is that they are actually inspired by reality. These types of Paradises really exist, and they are more than worth visiting!
However, beauty cannot be stereotyped. Typical tropical shores are not the only ones capable of leaving you breathless. Rocky coasts with fresh green patches of grass and narrow pebbly beaches invaded by dark blue chilly waters can be just as enchanting as the lush equatorial sceneries that we described before.
So here is a selection of what we believe to be the ten most beautiful sands that there are on Earth.
1. Las Islas Cies, Galicia, Spain
This is the most exclusive beach in Spain. This already says a lot, but wait until you find out more. The place has recently become part of a natural reserve and this kept it protected from the aggressive real-estate specialists. It is still a wild place, where tourists can only visit during the summer, in order to avoid stressing the animals that live there.
Specialists say that here you’ll find the finest sand in the world. Walking barefoot on the beach is pure pleasure, and the best part is that you can enjoy your stroll by the water without even running into other tourists. This is definitely not a crowded place, but you kind of have to be made of money to afford coming here for a short vacation.
2. Aroa, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Aitutaki is the second most visited island of the fifteen small Cook Islands. Here is where you’ll find the most charming blue lagoon and one of the most beautiful beaches – the Aroa beach. This place is covered with the whitest sand that you will ever see. That is if you’ll ever see it, because only the richest can afford to come here.
And if you somehow do manage to make it here, be sure to learn the rules! No phonic pollution and no any other way of polluting the area is allowed. If anyone spots you dropping something on the sand, you will definitely get a huge fine and will be sent home.
3. Tayrona National Park, Colombia
After struggling to cross the mangrove forest in Tayrona National Park for about 40 minutes, the tourists remain in awe at the sudden appearance of the beautiful beach that is considered to be the most beautiful in South America. It is decorated with imposing rocks and boulders and the waves here sometimes splash the shore like furious mammoths.
Colombia is not the safest country in the world, and so not many tourists come here. There aren’t even any hotels or any kind of resorts in this place, so those of you who wish to visit the beach should know that a hammock will be their only accommodation.
4. Sinclair’s Bay, Scotland
If you ever set your mind on visiting the famous Scottish Ackergill Tower, do take a walk on the neighboring beach of Sinclair’s Bay. Seagulls, seals and killer whales are just some of the animals that make this place unique, and we didn’t even mention the scenery yet.
The foggy Scotland is known to be a country of fairy-tale-like landscapes, and this beach here is no exception. The nearby hotels sometimes organize fishing activities that can make your stay here even more exciting.
5. Porto da Barra, Brazil
An oasis of beauty to escape at from the busy city life. This is actually one of the most famous city beaches and many people choose to come here not only to relax, but also to socialize. The truth is that the beach can get really crowded sometimes, especially on weekends. But that shouldn’t be a problem for fun-addicts!
And another thing: because of its western setting, this is the perfect place to gaze at incredibly beautiful sunsets.
6. Shell Beach, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
We are actually talking about a peninsula here, but because people got used to calling it an isle, even travel guides have kept this title. But this is an aspect of little importance. What you should know – especially if you are an isolated places seeker – is that civilization has not had the chance to taint this splendid shore just yet.
The only signs of human presence is the Shell Bay Bar & Restaurant, and the few yachts that sometimes appear in on the horizon.
7. Palawan, Philippines
This is an archipelago of thousands of islands, some smaller, some larger, and the true adventure starts when you decide to find your own isle here. Renting a boat is not too expensive and this is all you need to start your quest for the perfect sun-bathing spot.
This is the homeland of many exotic plants, bizarre animals and fascinating sceneries. Immaculate white sands, lush tropical forests, strangely shaped rocks, and underground rivers adorn these mesmerizing isles. Virtually any island here is perfect.
8. Whiteheave, Withsunday Islands, Australia
Truly a white sanctuary! The sands are almost blinding white and they are all bordered by dense tropical forests. The waters are incredibly clear and they seem to invite you to enjoy their warmth. But you should never forget that beauty is deceitful! Any water activity, be it snorkeling, diving or simply swimming, requires a complete swimming suit that can protect you from the sun and the deadly touch of the jellyfish which lives here for 6 months a year.
It does not sound appealing, but this should actually be your smallest concern. Before worrying about how to get into the water you should worry about receiving a camping permit from Airline Beach Town. Both a lot of money and a lot of effort are needed to obtain this piece of paper.
9. Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Here time seems to have stopped forever. All is calm and beautiful. Nungwi is not necessarily the most alluring beach of Zanzibar, but it sure is something special. Land becomes water almost imperceptibly, as there seems to be nothing steep in this place.
No modern construction disrupts the peacefulness of Nungwi, and the only human buildings are the old fishing villages that look like they have been there since forever.
10. Arambol Beach, Goa, India
Now this is a disputed place! Is it a beautiful paradise of peace and relaxation, or is it the paradise of hippie drugged and disoriented men and women? Some say that only envy makes people speak ill of this amazing Indian state – envy for not affording to come here and enjoy its lifestyle.
Others insist on saying that this is the perfect place for usually non-violent, purposeless and stoned people to spend their vacation. This has been a “hippie nest” since the beginning of the movement and today the followers of the movement still find joy in being this state’s pilgrims.
Regardless of which the truth behind the story is, one thing remains certain: Arambol is probably the most beautiful beach in the state and it is definitely worth visiting.