17 Mind-Blowing Beaches to Visit Year-Round
Those of you whose idea of a memorable vacation is synonymous with catching sunrays, relaxing on powdery beaches, swimming among all kinds of colorful fish, and enjoying a nice cool breeze don’t have to wait until June to go on a trip. Do you want to hear the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore and feel white sand shifting beneath your feet in December? This is where it can happen.
Hopkins Village Beach, Belize
This is a hidden paradise in Belize. It is the Garifuna (descendants of Native Caribbean tribes) cultural center of the country, a vibrant community that is dedicated to fishing. The village stretches through five uninterrupted miles of white sanded beach lined with coconut trees, gorgeous houses and small restaurants. A must-do in Hopkins Village is taking drumming lessons, and then practice on the beach.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Go on a sailing adventure or seaplane for the ultimate experience. Only accessible by boat or helicopter, Whitehaven Beach is surely one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The entire island is a natural preserve, featuring some of the purest sand on earth, crystal clear waters and access to the Great Barrier Reef. There are no restaurants, bars or hotels, and there are strict visitation limits. You have to register with a tour guide in order to be allowed to visit.
The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
One of the most popular of the BVIs is the Virgin Gorda, a land mass whose shape resembles that of a large reclining woman, and a place where the laid-back pace will wash all your worries away. Paddling through the colorful coves and granite boulders of The Baths, located at the bottom of a hill on the southern end of Virgin Gorda, is a very popular activity among tourists. Climbing through the cracks and caves is a marvelous experience that isn’t very taxing. Reach Devil’s Bay for shallow clear waters that are ideal for snorkeling.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
This beach is one of the most famous and stunningly beautiful ones on the entire island. It’s the widest and is most well-known for its clear and soft white sand. There are shaded picnic areas and huts to hide from the sun. Every year around Easter people camp out on the beach. It is also known for protecting turtle nests. A famous local sport on the beach is tennis in the powdery white sands.
Makalawena Beach, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Going from a plane where you can’t even stretch your legs to a white-sand beach and pleasant waves is a worthy swap. The beach, just about 15 minutes from the airport, is off the beaten path along the Kohala coast. You’ll have to walk to the shore across lava, which is all the more interesting. Your reward is shades, tide pools, no crowds and clean water. Bodyboarding and snorkeling are among visitors’ favorite activities.
Major’s Bay Beach, St. Kitts
This is the beach you go to if you want to escape crowds. It’s just a few yards away from the tip of the south-east peninsula highway where the Sea Bridge ferry to Nevis stops. This is not a fancy beach but it has everything you need to unwind and relax – golden sand, warm turquoise water, and no bars or other noisy establishments.
Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
The name gives it away – this is a long spacious beach where you’ll have little problem finding a spot. It is a gorgeous coast with white soft sand and clear turquoise calm water. You’ll have lots of fun, especially if you don’t mind sharing the beach with people who like to be nude. The beach is also very popular at night. You won’t have to walk far to find a party going on at bats and clubs along the beach.
Cable Beach, Australia
Go to Cable Beach in Broome to see one of the most beautiful sunsets you can ever see. Everyone flocks to the beach with their eskies and chairs, or grabs a seat at the Cable Beach Bar, or jumps atop a camel to enjoy it. This gorgeous beach is set against a backdrop of red ochre cliffs. It’s a popular tourist destination. Ride a camel along the beach and view the spectacular sun as it sets over the Indian Ocean.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
A holiday there is a tropical vacation of a lifetime. This is Bora Bora’s most popular public shore, and the only public beach on the main island. The gorgeous white sand beach has is a fun atmosphere and offers natural shade from palm trees, safe swimming in warm and shallow water and easy snorkeling. During low tide, you can wade from Matira Point, across the shallows, out to the barrier reef, according to Bora Bora Island Guide.
Playa Paraiso, Cuba
Cuba’s Cayo Largo, was recently crowned one of the top beaches in the world in TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice survey. It was also voted the third most beautiful beach in the world by Traveler’s choice in 2016.The secluded and gorgeous shorehas a nice little beach bar, a shuttle from nearby lodgings, a rich sea life and awesome soft white sand. No wonder the beach’s name is Paradise Beach. It is also popular among naturists who usually gather on the east side.
Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands is an adventure destination that doesn’t require a passport. If you want to explore the Caribbean Sea, head to the absolutely serene Trunk Bay. But go early in the morning because it gets really busy later in the day. Try the Underwater Trail, which is a snorkeling path of coral and fish with underwater signs. Boat tours, scuba diving and snorkeling are by far the most popular activities for tourists.
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
North Beach, tucked away from rough ocean currents and winds, is also known as Playa Cocos and Nautibeach. Along this wide stretch of heavenly beach, you can rent water toys, kayaks and snorkeling gear, as well as lounge chairs and beach umbrellas, according to Travel Yucatan. You can also find shade beneath clusters of palm trees. There are several palapa (thatched roof) restaurants and bars that will bring drinks and snacks to you on the beach. The aqua water is crystal clear and stays shallow for a long time.
Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
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El Nido is a haven for 5-star island resorts as well as a town mixed with budget lodgings and reasonably priced hostels. Spend a day on this stunning, golden, almost 2-mile beach. There are just a few snack shacks and some basic lodging, which is ideal for those of you looking for peace and quiet. It has become more popular so that serene scene is likely to change soon. Go visit while you still can.
Shoal Bay, Anguilla
This is Anguilla’s most famous beach and is always ranked at the top of most beautiful coasts in the world thanks to its pinkish white sand and intense turquoise water. The beach is just two miles long with plenty of bars, restaurants and hotels in the vicinity. Visitors love to sit and relax, and more active people prefer it for snorkeling, kayaking, diving, and open-water swimming.
Playa del Amor, Mexico
It’s more popularly known in English as the Hidden Beach because its location is the definition of offbeat. You can get to the “Beach of Love” only if you dare to swim through a tunnel that is about 45 feet long. You also have to get a permit. Another unique feature at the beach is the surrounding overhanging rock ledge. The beach and the island are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Carro Quebrado, Brazil
Spanish for “broken down car,” Carro Quebrado is nearly empty except for red cliffs, a tiny bar, and the vast stretch of ocean. The name also hints of what will happen if people try to drive to the beach. Pristine white sand and azure blue water awaits the lucky few who can find and access the stretch of desert beach known as Carro Quebrado.
Kaupoa Beach, Molokai Island, Hawaii
Kaupoa beach is practically empty—a stark contrast to most other beaches in the area and to what it used to be. The Kaupoa resort that once ensured a steady stream of tourists closed down in 2008 and left behind the dark sand beach, abandoned beach huts and a series of stunted palm trees. It’s you, the sand, a few empty cabins, and the ocean.