By now you would know spending time on the beach is one of our favorite ways to spend the day – The blog is called ‘A Beach Blog’ after all! Since we started traveling together 15 years ago, we have seen so many stunning beaches; some have even taken our breath away. We are often asked which ones are our favorite but with so many its very hard to narrow it down. Would it be the beaches in Fiji, Hawaii or perhaps the Caribbean? So many to choose from!
As we have trouble answering that question ourselves, we thought we would put the pressure on a few of our Travel Blogger friends. However, they did not hesitate, the knew exactly which beach they would nominate as their favorite. And let me tell you, there were so many amazing contenders that we turned this into a multi-post series. Last month we had Part 1 of the series. We hope you enjoy Part 2…
Life Outside of Texas
“It’s no surprise that the Maldives is one of the best destinations for snorkeling and diving. The water is crystal clear and the reefs are full of colorful fish and coral. My absolute favorite fish to spot (and there were plenty) was the Sheephead Parrotfish. Their colors are so vibrant and they are absolutely gorgeous. We spent as much time in the water as possible and it never felt like enough. We would gladly go back to the Maldives. Our only complaint was that it took so long to get there.” – Meagan LeAnne
Twitter – @lifeoutsideoftx
Points and Travel
“Enjoy a day at the beach in the world famous Seven Mile Island, Grand Cayman. You will not be disappointed, as the sands are some of the most exquisite with turquoise waters that I have ever seen. There are plenty of luxury hotels, villas and private condominiums that dot the beach along this famous stretch of land and despite its name, it is only 5.5 miles!
Named one of the “ultimate Beaches” by Caribbean Travel + Life, I have to say that I couldn’t agree more. There are plenty of things to do one on the water with everything from giant beach toys rentals, jet skis, kayaking to snorkeling. You can even rent a cabana or use one of the many beds provided by the resorts. Also, it is only four miles from the airport, so once you arrive and get settled it, your vacation can start right away. The islands are cool and breezy and have that laid back vibe or relaxing and forgetting your worries kind of feel.” – Cacinda Maloney
Twitter – @Pointsandtravel
“One of the best beaches in the world is located on Michigan’s Sunset Coast, in a small town called Saugatuck. Named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by Conde Nast, Oval Beach is a gem. It is bracketed by huge sand dunes inland, and gorgeous Lake Michigan on the water side. Oval Beach is reached via a long, winding road through dunes and forest, just south of the Kalamazoo River (the city of Saugatuck is located on the north side of the river – artsy boutique shopping and great eats there!). Pay a small fee to get in, and play the day away. On the north side of the entrance, you’ll find a wide, gently sloping beach, attended by a life guard. There’s plenty of parking, and you will be very close to the facilities: restrooms/changing rooms, outdoor showers, a concession stand, picnic tables, and a small swing-set. Walk north along the beach, and you’ll pass old dock pilings and wind up at the river.
On the north end of the beach, you’ll climb down a set of wooden stairs and have access to a narrower beach. This is the end that is preferable to locals – less crowded, dogs play, and there’s not really enough room for a lifeguard. Here, you can dig in the sand, fly kites, have a picnic, and enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan.
I grew up here – and it’s my favorite beach in the world!” – Jessie Voigts
Twitter – @WanderingEds
Kathmandu & Beyond
“Arugam Bay on Sri Lanka’s south-eastern coast is a mecca for surfers and it enjoys a reputation as the country’s best spot to ride the waves. As non-surfers we also found plenty to keep us busy for a few days. Arugam Bay’s fishing village roots are still evident with many colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down in the harbour and the small town has a relaxed atmosphere with surfers, travellers and holiday-makers mixing happily. Focussed along the main strip of road, there are plenty of guest-houses and restaurants, many of them facing the ocean.
Not surprisingly the main beach has some BIG waves and isn’t the place for a gentle swim, but along the bay lagoons form to provide safe natural pools. Our stay coincided with a surfing competition which meant that as well as watching the learners we also got to see some real pro’s in action – a definite highlight! Sri Lanka’s east coast has some beautiful stretches of coast and only having recently opened up to tourism, now is definitely the time to go!” – Kirsty Bennetts
Twitter – @KathmanduBeyond
Travel Photo Discovery
“Hapuna Beach on the west side of Hawaii Island is one of the top beaches worth visiting on the Big Island of Hawaii. Powdery white sand, beautiful vistas easy surf and the water temperature is oh so nice. Walking on the beach from the cliffs to the Hapuna Prince hotel is a favorite pass time for viewers and the walkers alike and a day spent on the beach at Hapuna is a must when visiting the island.” – Noel Morata
What’s your favorite beach in the world?