Are you looking for the perfect beach destination? We’re more than half way through June, and well into summer. For the late planners that are still not sure where to spend the hot summer months, and are in search for the perfect beach, this is the post for you! I have teamed up with some of my favourite travel bloggers to share with you the best beach destinations (in our opinion) that you should be visiting this summer. Start scrolling for some serious beach wanderlust!
1. Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia will never stop being my number one choice when it comes to beach destinations. Sardinia has some of the clearest water that you will find in Europe, especially if you visit the famous islands of the Arcipelago della Maddalena. Imagine crystal clear water, accompanied by white sandy beaches surrounded by Mediterranean shrubs and granite rocks. Thanks to the windy weather, if you love water sports it’s also one of the best locations to practice windsurf and sailing. Sardinia is the perfect European summer destination.
2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Laura from She Who Wanders recommends Whitehaven Beach, in Australia, and with water like that who can blame her! She says: “What’s better than 7 km of white sand that doesn’t get so hot it burns your feet? (thanks silica sand) If you answered, “nothing” then Whitehaven Beach should be at the top of your bucket list. Located in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands this award winning beach is not to be missed.”
3. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Gili Trawangan was the favourite part of my recent trip to Bali. An entirely pedestrian island, that you can only get around by either bicycle or horse cart, with cute restaurants dotted along the beach, for the ultimate chill beach vibes. With white sandy beaches and turquoise water, what more could you ask for? There is also the added plus of turtles living just off the coast, which you can easily swim to on a snorkelling trip from the beach!
2. Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
Michelle from IntrepidViajera recommends Grace Bay Beach, in Turks and Caicos: “I went to Turks and Caicos for the scuba diving, but fell in love with the beaches. We stayed on Grace Bay Beach. I couldn’t believe the colours: pristine white sand, gorgeous sea blues. The water was the perfect temperature with amazing visibility (which also makes for amazing diving). It fulfils every stereotype you can imagine of the perfect Caribbean beach. If you want to check out more beaches a moped is a great to get around in Turks and Caicos. #nofilter”
5. Malindi Marine National Park, Kenya
When you think of Kenya you would normally think of safaris, and exploring the savannah on board a Land Rover while searching for the Big Five. What you might not expect are white sandy beaches and turquoise water. After spending a couple days doing a safari in the Tsavo East National Park we went to Malindi to relax. I’m really glad we did, as the beaches and Marine Parks were amazing. There are three coral reefs off the coast of Malindi, which make it also a great place for scuba diving.
6. San Blas Islands, Panama
If you’re looking for a way to get from Colombia to Panama, and stop at some beautiful islands on the way you’ll want to check out The Kiwi Couple‘s recommendation! “If you’re after deserted beaches and private islands – San Blas is the place to go! There are around 365 islands to choose from, without the crowds and development that you find elsewhere. It’s also a great way to get between Colombia and Panama since there’s no other overland route. It’s truly an untouched paradise!”
7. Isla Saona, Dominican Republic
Isla Saona is an island off the coast of Santo Domingo, about an hour away by speed boat. The journey is totally worth it, as you arrive at a beautiful pristine beach. Imagine the perfect Caribbean beach. Isla Saona will fulfil all your expectations and stereotypes. Tall palm trees shade the edge of the white sandy beach, as people dip in the crystal clear turquoise water.
8. Islas Marietas, Mexico
If you’re searching for a beach in Mexico, check out Monica’s (aka From Here To Sunday) beach destination recommendation! “Islas Marietas off the coast of Puerto Vallarta. Most famous for the Hidden Beach where there are a series of islands with soft white sand and clear blue water”
9. Similan Islands, Thailand
If you’re looking for turquoise water, where you can also go snorkelling and scuba diving, with high likelihood of spotting turtles the Similan Islands should be your next stop. Thailand beaches are also great fun to explore by long tail, the typical Thai wooden boat!
10. Mykonos, Greece
With so many exotic beaches I thought I’d close with another classic European beach destination. Lindsey from Seven Day Weekender tells us a bit more about the go to beaches in the beautiful island of Mykonos! “With soft, white sand, clear turquoise water, amazing seafood and some of the friendliest people you’ll meet, Paradise Beach and Beach Club in Mykonos is your go to for relaxation during the day and partying into the night. Add it to your beach bucket list because after all, as actress Nia Vardalos famously said, ‘In many ways, we are all sons and daughters of ancient Greece’.”
Have you ever been to one of these beaches? Or do you have other beach destinations which you love and want to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!
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