From pristine sands to turquoise waters, beaches are a grand attraction for holiday-makers all over the world. Whether you prefer to sit back and relax, play around in the sand or go for a swim, there’s a beach out there for you. We’ve compiled a list of seven famous beaches from around the world to inspire your next coastal trip.
7 Famous Beaches Around the World
1. Champagne Beach, Vanuatu
Located on Vanuatu’s largest island, Espiritu Santo, Champagne Beach is well known for its crystal clear waters and unique volcanic sand that creates a champagne-like effect when the waves crash against the shore. It’s a popular spot for avid snorkelers, swimmers or those who simply enjoy relaxing in the sun.
2. Ipanema Beach, Brazil
Considered by many as Rio’s crown jewel, Ipanema Beach is known for its beautiful scenery, clear water, and vibrant atmosphere synonymous with Rio. Framed by the twin peaks of the Dois Irmaos (two brothers) mountains, visitors are treated to stunning sunsets met with claps and cheers from the crowds. The beach is lined with vendors and food kiosks and is perfect for those who prefer to stay active with great surf and many football and volleyball games.
3. Maya Bay Beach, Thailand
This stunning location gained popularity after being featured in Leonardo Dicaprio’s The Beach. Located on the island of Phi Phi Leh, the white-sand beach only recently re-opened to tourists after four years of conservation efforts by Thai officials. The tropical paradise, which is surrounded by tall limestone cliffs, now has a cap on number of visitors and visit duration so be sure to plan ahead to avoid disappointment.
4. Miami Beach, Florida
Like most beaches on this list, Miami Beach boasts white sand and clear-blue water. What sets Miami Beach apart from the rest is its thriving cultural-scene. The island city is home to stunning architecture, art deco, fine dining restaurants, and a vibrant boardwalk that stretches from one end of the city to the other.
5. Navagio Beach, Greece
Also known as Shipwreck Beach, Navagio is located on the Greek island of Zakynthos. Visitors from all over the world flock to its crystal-clear waters for a look at the wreck of a smuggler's ship that washed ashore in the 1980s. The beach can only be accessed by boat, but it's definitely worth the trip for the stunning views and unique atmosphere.
6. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
World-renowned for its rugged views, vivid culture, and energetic crowds, Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach is a top pick for holiday-seekers. With a breathtaking backdrop of Diamond Head, a dormant volcano cone, the beach is famous for its role as one of the birthplaces of recreational surfing. Sun, sand, shop, or surf, the choices are endless!
7. Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia
Popularly known as the ‘Golden Horn’ for its distinct shape, Zlatni Rat is located on the south coast of the island of Brač in Croatia. The unique shape of the beach actually changes depending on the currents, tide, and wind, sometimes giving the tip of the beach a small pool. The beach is made up of tiny white pebbles and is loved by adrenaline junkies for its range of activities including windsurfing and kitesurfing.
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