While COVID-19 has put paid most holiday plans, we’re looking forward to a time when international tourism is again permitted. Beaches are a favorite destination for many, especially those from colder climates. Beaches offer various attractions: stretches of sand for walking or tanning, crystal clear waters, and perfect waves to surf. Here is a short introduction to the best beaches in the world.
- Ka’anapali Beach, Hawaii
With warm temperatures in both summer and winter, Ka’anapali is a perfect destination for heat lovers. Its three-mile stretch of sand is great for walking and basking in the sun, while the warm water is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. It is less than an hour’s drive from Kahului Airport and is the location of Hawaii’s very first resort. Not only that but for thrill-seekers, there is the attraction of cliff diving: a summer custom taking place every evening in the hotter months.
- Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Fernando de Noronha is 350 km off the coast of Brazil – part of an archipelago named after a Portuguese nobleman. It offers everything a beach needs: sunshine, carpets of smooth sand, and perfect conditions for swimming and snorkeling. The archipelago consists of 21 smaller islands, only one of which is inhabited, and it is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its rich biodiversity. A limited number of visitors are permitted to avoid damaging the ecosystem. Excellent visibility underwater offers the chance of meeting turtles, fish, and octopuses.
- Long Beach, Cape Town
As the name suggests, Long Beach offers visitors a stretch of sand perfect for a meander. At high tide, a small lagoon is formed, which is a great place for children to splash around – the water at this beach is quite chilly. Gazing out to sea conjures to mind the stories of people stranded on desert islands: sand unspoiled by footprints and a distant horizon where sky and sea blend into one. While swimming isn’t as popular at this location, surfers regularly hit the waves. If you walk far enough, you could also come across the wreck of Kakapo, a schooner whose remains emerge from the sand – sunk over 120 years ago.
- Pink Beach, Indonesia
Pink Beach (Pantai Merah) is unique: the sand is pink in color – one of seven beaches on the globe to boast this unusual feature. Apart from this aesthetic attraction, the beach is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Kayaking is also a popular pastime, while under the surface there is a multitude of things to discover: coral, tropical fish, and manta rays among others.
- Whitehaven Beach, Australia
If you visit Australia, Whitehaven Beach is a must. Like many of the most beautiful beaches, it offers an endless stretch of white sands and clear water. Another attractive feature is the relative isolation: its remoteness means that there is lots of room to breathe, and you can lie on the sand, read your book, or even register at ZAR Casino in complete peace.
Just A Taste
These are only five of the best beaches in the world. If you are fortunate enough to be able to travel, they are a great starting point for your bucket list.