On the beach, yea yea yea/Down on the beach, yea–Chris Rea, “On The Beach (Summer ‘88)” (1988)
What are the “Top 10” Globe Trotter Beach Destinations?
Regardless of your personal preferences, there is a sandy, serene, seaside sanctuary to suit the taste of every single beach lover. If, however, you wish to learn whether or not your selected slice of sunny vacation paradise actually appears on our list of “Top 10” beach destinations then, by all means, read on, beach babes and beach bums.
Here then, are the top 10 beach destinations:
10. La Maddalena, Strait of Bonifacio, Sardinia, Italy
The beach known as La Maddalena is situated in an area of pink granite islands and islets which make up the Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena. Specifically, the beach is found along the northeastern tip of Sardinia in the Strait of Bonifacio between Corsica and Sardinia. It’s said by veteran visitors to be a noteworthy base for boating around the popular island’s coves, jewel-colored waves that have worn the granite there into odd, natural sculptures. Boat tours are a favorite activity there.
9. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Crete, Greece
Elafonissi Beach is a name that appears on many “top’ charts especially when it comes to European beaches. In fact, it recently hit number two on that list. It features clear, rock-free water. The sand is white with just a slight tinge of red garnet in it. It is the most popular beaches in all of Greece.
8. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
El Nido, indeed all of Palawan is still not a big tourist spot. Nevertheless, it still consistently slots in highly on various award lists. El Nido actually includes almost 50 fine, white sand beaches. Each one is backdropped by limestone formations. The water there is said to be “blindingly blue”. It makes the waters of the Caribbean Sea appear downright murky. The sunsets there are some of the best in the world.
7. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia
Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia is considered by many veteran visitors to be “breathtakingly beautiful.” The 4+ mile length of beach makes many “top” charts every year. In fact, the overall ratings and reviews of this beach are always top notch. It is praised for its beautiful white sand and overall landscape among other things. You can even enjoy a barbecue lunch on the beach.
6. Honokalani Beach, Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
Honokalani Beach is one of three beaches in Hawaii that always make the charts. It includes thick, jungle-like foliage, lapis lazuli waters and a jet-black shore composed of tiny lava pebbles. Considered an excellent spot for photographers, there are also seaside lava tubes and even caves naturally carved into the lava cliffs by the shore. It’s a fine example of unspoiled, wild Hawaii.
5. White Beach, Boracay, Visayas, the Philippines
The White Beach in the Philippines is a favorite of families and those who are not good with water. Online travel reviewers, leisure websites. and those who have been there all report that it is a child-friendly spot and give it high ratings. It’s also praised as a nice place for tourists who enjoy the water but don’t swim well. It has no current and it becomes deep slowly.
It is mostly quiet in the morning and at noon. The locals (and even some tourists) come out to engage in various sports in the afternoons. Volleyball is the big favorite here. The sunsets are said to be memorable too.
4. Tropic of Cancer Beach, Exuma, Bahamas
Named after the theoretical Tropic of Cancer line which some say runs through it, this beach is also known as Pelican Beach, this long, sweeping spot is highlighted by its turquoise waters. It is perhaps most famous as the place where the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed. There are no facilities at this beach so enjoy a picnic on the beach or sample the food at the nearby Tropic Breeze Beach Bar & Grill or Santana’s. The beach is not well-marked but it can be found down a gravel road off Highway One south of Perry Road. This is also a good place to enjoy geocaching.
3. Playa Bavaro or Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Playa Bavaro beach is not only one of the best in the Caribbean but one of the best in the entire Dominican Republic. It is also the main tourist beach in Bavaro. It features coco palms and powdery white sand.
Tourists familiar with the beach say it can provide couples with a long, evening walk that may seem nigh endless. It can be found via a clearly marked access road which is south of Melia Caribe Tropical Resorts. The parking lot at the end of the road borders a market and gift shops.
2. Hulhumale’ Beach, Kaafu Atoll, The Maldives
Situated in Kaafu Atoll, the Hulhumale’ Beach offers a wonderful vacation spot for a reasonable price. The blue water and white sand make this spot what some have called charming, exquisite and beautiful. While one can get closer to nature here, it is in a “Muslim area” so bikinis are frowned upon here.
Still, the hotels here are cheaper than those on the resort islands. While there you can enjoy swimming, group snorkeling, scuba diving, and take in the colorful sky on an evening Sunset Cruise. The beach is just over a mile away from the Male’ International Airport. It’s just a ten-minute drive before you can enjoy the sun and the surf.
And the winner is . . .
1. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Matira Beach is arguably one of Tahiti’s most well-known beaches. It is famous for its shallow emerald lagoon and silky, powder-white sand. It is lined by a backdrop of palm trees and other tropical foliage. Those in the know also point out that this beach is one of the few public-access beaches in Bora Bora. Ergo, you don’t need to be staying at one of the local five-star resorts to enjoy the local natural beauty.