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 top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world (in our opinion) that you should be visiting this summer. Start scrolling for some serious beach wanderlust!
- 1 15 beach destinations to visit this summer
- 1.1 Sardinia, Italy
- 1.2 Whitehaven Beach, Australia
- 1.3 Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
- 1.4 Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
- 1.5 Malindi Marine National Park, Kenya
- 1.6 San Blas Islands, Panama
- 1.7 Isla Saona, Dominican Republic
- 1.8 Islas Marietas, Mexico
- 1.9 Similan Islands, Thailand
- 1.10 Surin Islands, Thailand
- 1.11 Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
- 1.12 Mykonos, Greece
- 1.13 Playa Ancon, Cuba
- 1.14 Cinque Terre, Italy
- 1.15 Siargao, Philippines
15 beach destinations to visit this summer
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. With its beautiful beaches Sardinia is the perfect European summer destination.
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.” Whitehaven Beach is a popular stop for backpackers that road trip along the East Coast of Australia.
Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Gili Trawangan was the favourite part of my recent trip to Indonesia. 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!
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”
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.
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!”
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.
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”
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!
Surin Islands, Thailand
Always in Thailand, the Surin Islands are very similar to the Similan Islands, just more off the beaten path. The Surin Islands don’t even have hotels on them, the only way to stay there overnight is either by camping on the beach or in a live aboard dive boat. The Surin Islands have soft white sand, crystal clear turquoise water, a rich marine flora and fauna with lots of corals and fish, mangrove forests and the ultimate island vibes.
Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
You’ve guessed it by now, Thailand has some pretty beautiful beaches and I love the country so I’m adding another epic Thai beach destination to this list. The Phi Phi Islands have become a popular tourist destination thanks to the movie “The Beach” by Leonardo di Caprio, which was set in Maya Bay in Phi Phi Lei. Maya Bay is closed today due to over tourism but the rest of the Phi Phi Islands are still open to visitors. I personally love them because the beaches are very scenic, when you couple the white sand and turquoise water with palm trees and limestone cliffs it really creates an impressive backdrop. Koh Phi Phi Don is also an entirely pedestrian island, where you can enjoy some very chill island time.
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’.”
Playa Ancon, Cuba
What I loved most about Cuba was the colonial architecture in Havana, the history of the country, outdoors hiking and horse riding experiences in Vinales and the cute historical town centre of Trinidad, but there is no denying that Cuba has some pretty stunning beaches. We spent 10 days in Cuba just after a long beach holiday so we weren’t too bothered about visiting beaches, which is why we only scheduled one beach day in our itinerary and it’s safe to say that Playa Ancon was worth it. Playa Ancon near Trinidad is stunning, not just because of its fine white sand clear turquoise water, but because it was a 10km stretch of beach with very few people there. The perfect beach destination to enjoy your summer away from the crowds!
Cinque Terre, Italy
While the Cinque Terre in Italy are mostly known for the Sentiero Azzurro, the famous cliffside hiking trail that connects Monterosso to Riomaggiore and passes through the towns of Vernazza, Manarola and Corniglia on the way, it is also home to some pretty stunning beaches. Most of the beaches are rocky as opposed to find white sand but the water is very clear. Add to that the beautiful backdrop of the coloured houses of Cinque Terre and you have a winner. A cool way to experience the beaches and sea in Cinque Terre is to do a sailing trip, which allows you to swim in the sea while seeing the beauty of the coast line and colourful houses.
I recently spent 3 weeks in the Philippines and absolutely fell in love with the beaches there. Everywhere we went we found crystal clear water and pristine white sand, often surrounded by steep limestone cliffs that added to the scenic beauty of the location. My personal favourite island where we went beach hopping was Siargao. Siargao is still off the main tourist radar, meaning the islands and beaches aren’t run over by tourists. To me, it’s the embodiment of chill island life.
Have you ever been to one of these beaches? Are these the top ten beaches in the world? Or do you have other beach destinations which you love and want to recommend? Let me know in the comments below! Can’t get enough of beautiful beaches? Check out this list of top 3 beaches in Algarve, Portugal. If you need help planning for a beach holiday check out this packing list.
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