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Auckland has never been confused for a “beach town,” but one of the most enduring images of the place comes from this beach about 25 miles north of the city. It’s home to Lion Rock, a massive 16-million-year-old stone that’s made appearances on both the Auckland phone book and postage stamps. Green hills line the shore, with streams and tributaries running out into the Tasman Sea.Piha is a black sand beach, formed by volcanic minerals, and the harsh breaks make it one of the top surfing spots in the Pacific.
Can’t decide whether you want white- or pink-sand beaches? You don’t have to at this postcard-worthy stretch of beach—and that may actually be all you see, because the island is so small. The pristine shore’s beauty is only matched by the bright blue waters, which are prime for snorkeling and scuba diving. In fact, Jacques Cousteaus research group asserts that this remote spot—about a 55-minute flight from Tahiti Island—contained the highest concentration of fish among any other atolls in the world.
For sheer drama, it’s hard to beat this wide arc of sand located on the Atlantic just seven minutes from Cape Town. Backed by the craggy Twelve Apostles mountain range, Camps Bay is popular with the young, beautiful and successful who swim, surf, sip and shop (there’s also a palm-lined promenade), especially on weekends and throughout the peak season from November to January. Enjoying a sundowner cocktail here is a must — as west-facing restaurants and bars offer superb views.
The salmon-orange sand on Makena during sunset creates a mind-blowing tableau of color against the blue water and red sky. The view from the sand is of the white-capped Pacific leading out to other Hawaiian islands.
Balis beaches are by far this islands most magnificent attribute. Crystal clear blue waters, white sands and legendary sunsets tend to be the norm here. Whats more, direct beach access is common at the numerous five-star resorts situated throughout the island.
A swim through an opening nearly invisible from the sea reveals what locals call the “hidden beach,” encircled by an impressive rock ring forming a natural oculus for the sun and sky. Only six visitors at a time can visit “Love Beach” via approved tour operators such as Punta Mita Adventures.
Icing-sugar sand, 3km of it, crystal-clear Caribbean water, off-shore coral reef with spectacular snorkelling or diving, a smattering of bars and open-air restaurants ... job done! This stretch on the east of the fun yachtie island, near Dickenson Bay town, is quieter than nearby Jabberwock beach.
The Galapagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Its considered one of the worlds foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. A province of Ecuador, it lies about 1,000km off its coast. Its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galapagos species later inspired his theory of evolution.
When it comes to the most beautiful tropical beaches in the world, Bora Bora’s beaches are tough to compete with. Bora Bora is 29.3 square km island of French Polynesia. The island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef and in the center there the remnants of an extinct volcano. Luxury resorts are located near the beaches of Bora Bora, many with their own private beaches. The white, sandy beaches here provide plenty of sunshine and are dotted with rows of coconut trees and looks highly inviting. Thus, no wonder the attractive landscape of the beaches of Bora Bora attract tourists in large numbers.
Navagio Beach is an isolated sandy cove on Zakynthos island only accessible by boat. It is one of the trademark beaches in Greece, frequently featured on postcards. Navagio Beach is home to the wreck of an alleged smuggler and features sheer limestone cliffs, white sandy beaches, and clear blue water. No wonder this stunning beach attracts thousands of tourists every year
The Baths are situated at the southern tip of Virgin Gorda, the third largest island of the British Virgin Islands. Huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming spectacular tunnels and grottoes that are open to the sea and flood at high tide. The sandy beaches are lined with tropical palms, adding to the dramatic effect.
Panama has three archipelagos: San Blas is pricey to get to, the Pearl Islands are pricey to stay on, but Bocas del Toro, just south of Costa Rica on the Caribbean side, puts virgin beach utopia within a backpacker budget. From the funky town hub of Bocas on Isla Colon, boat taxis cross between the 10 inhabited islands and some 300 islands and islets, although this protected beach, gloriously decorated with a liberal smattering of starfish, is on Colón itself.
At the west end of this remote beach, a mile from the access point, a solitary mailbox stands, planted by local Frank Nesmith in the ’70s, and continually replenished with notebooks inviting visitors to jot thoughts, dreams, wishes, and whatever else moves the spirit.
The renowned white and pastel-colored homes that pervade Oia tend to distract from the fact that this Grecian island is home to some pretty unique beaches. Venture down the islands famous cliffs and youll find red sand at Red Beach, black sand at Kamari Beach and turquoise waters at Amoudi Bay.
When Oprah Winfrey and Aussie chef Curtis Stone threw a beach barbeque during her 2011 Ultimate Australian Adventure, they did so on this sweeping, 4½-mile stretch of white silica sand in Queensland’s Whitsunday islands. It’s accessible solely by boat, seaplane or helicopter, so the approach is part of the experience — and the sight of this slender, jungle-backed beach along with Hill Inlet to the north, where tidal shifts create gargantuan sand art, is the definition of breathtaking.
Although one of the most popular beaches on the island, Horseshoe Bay has a hidden secret: Port Royal Cove (pictured), which has shallow water perfect for young kids and dramatic rock formations that complement wonderfully soft, pink sand. Nearby Spicelands Equestrian Centre even offers trail rides down to the private cove, which is located in part of South Shore Park in Southampton Parish.
Located near Cape Point, Cape Town in South Africa, Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach featuring inlets between massive granite boulders. The beach is part of the Table Mountain National Park and is famous for its colony of African penguins which settled here in 1982. Thus, the beach is a favorite destination for wildlife lovers and birdwatchers. From only two penguins in 1982, the colony has grown to about 3,000 now. Visitors to the beach are allowed to watch the penguins closely with the help of a boardwalk that takes them to within a few meters of the birds without disturbing them. However, the permit is not granted to land on the beach with the penguins and visitors can enjoy beach activities in adjacent beaches.
Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) is among Europe’s most famous beaches and one of the top tourist attractions in Croatia. Situated near the city of Bol on the southern coast of the island of Brac, Zlatni Rat is a narrow white pebble beach. The amazing shape of the beach shifts with the changes in tide, currents and wind. In 2009, it was named as one of the top ten best beaches in the world by Lonely Planet.
On the north-west coast of the island, Nungwi is considered to be the most beautiful beach of Zanzibar, where the absence of strong tides guarantees the pleasures of swimming and snorkelling in the crystal, jade sea. The island has long been loved by intrepid travelers for its enigmatic old Stone Town and 30 or so pristine beaches. Tourists tend to gravitate towards Nungwi, a settlement located along the coast of north Zanzibar. In Nungwi’s extremely shallow shores, travelers can quite literally walk on water, with baby formula sand between their toes. The azure waters and coral around Nungwi are home to scores of marine creatures.The dreamy sunsets of Nungwi are an unforgettable experience, where hues of burnt orange and blushing rose drop into the sparkling waves of the Indian Ocean. Embedded in a luxurious and enchanting location, Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa offers spectacular oceanfront settings known to be among the finest in the world.
There are a number of beaches to check out on Hvar, but with boating, day parties, and mountainous landscapes, this underrated European escape has it all.