Top 10 countries for the most beautiful beaches
8. Bora Bora
9. Western Samoa
FYI: Bora Bora is not a country or a beach. And it is expensive, over done, and French. My list of eight countries (visited) with the best beaches:
1. Bahamas (Eleuthera, Exuma), Turks and Caicos (Provodenciales and Salt Key)
2. Australia, particularly Fraser Island.
3. Tonga-Vava'u Group
4. US-Hawaii (Kona Coast, Molokai, and the Na Pali coast)
5. St.Vincent and the Grenadines
6. Fiji: Yasawa Group
7. Federated States of Micronesia/Caroline Islands (Palau, Yap, Pohnpei
Off beat, not warm choice: Beaches of Tierra Del Fuego and the Straights of Magellan
Now, if you're defining beautiful as "tropical" etc., that's different. There are lots of kinds of beauty.
There are many absolutely gorgeous beaches esp. in Asia, but at many of them, it's too hot and humid to enjoy spending much time physically on them.
The Northwest coast of the US has many pristine beaches, some of the prettiest in the world, but it is normally too cold and windy to enjoy much sunbathing there.
There are nice beaches that are simply too crowded with people to enjoy, even though the climate is perfect.
Then we have the issues of water temperature/cleanliness, size and type of waves, silly local regulations, length of warm season, infrastructure, etc.
If you just want to take a picture, it's easy. If you're like me and can literally spend 14 out of 20 FULL days ON the beach and IN the water, it's tougher to find the good ones.
I'd say definitely Brazil is #1. Probably Mexico at #2.
edit: oops, i guess someone has mentioned seychelles already.
Outer banks U.S.
Key West U.S.
Gold Rock Beach, Grand Bahama island
Dutch side of St. Martin
Barbados (eastern side particularly)
Tulum ruins beach, Cozumel Mexico
"Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- Robert Frost "The Road Not Taken"
I LOVE Santorini, and think it's one of the most beautiful places I've been to in my entire life, but I have to say they have pretty disappointing beaches. On one side of the island the sand is very dark brown, and on the other side I felt like I was on the moon because of the landscape and quality of the sand.
But then , this is quite a subjective post. So we all have different standards for beautiful beaches.
white bay on Jost Van Dyke in the BVI,
cinnimon bay, and megan's bay in the USVI,
playa tamerindo in costa rica,
spirit's bay in New Zealand,
and those are my top ones off the cuff.
Turkey and Croatia also have some awesome beaches in a Mediterranean sort of way.
WhitHeaven beach in Australia is also postcard-pretty.
I dunno now after the tsunami, but Kho Phi Phi in Thailand blew my socks away too. Same like the Gili Islands in Indonesia.
The Central America caribbean riviera has some interesting beaches like Roatan island (Honduras) or the Yucatan peninsula (Mexico).
But NOTHING like the Cook Islands.
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