With so many beautiful beaches around the world, how does one know where to start when planning a beach getaway? It helps when a destination comes recommended, so we asked a few of our travel blogger friends for their favorite beaches from around the world. This is part 3 in a 3 part series. You can find more amazing beaches in Part 1 and Part 2 of the series.
“Isolated in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of 26 coral atolls. At only 4 feet above sea level, it is the world’s lowest country, as well as the world’s most dispersed country.
The Maldives is a tropical paradise, and as more people learn of its existence, its tourism is beginning to explode. This is important because global warming has been having nasty effects on the Maldives, and tourism is crucial to its survival. With that being said, it won’t take much to convince most people to visit after they’ve seen photos of the place.
Beaches are pristine and marine life is abundant. You could spend days lounging and relaxing, or choose from a wide variety of water activities such as snorkeling, diving, or boating.
During low tide, natural sandbanks form off of many of the islands, allowing you to walk out into the sea for miles. It is truly a beautiful feeling being surrounded by the ocean, especially at sunset.” – Beth Williams
Twitter – @besudesuabroad
Goats on the Road
“Koh Phangan is known as the busy party island in Thailand. However, we spent a month there and outside of the Full Moon, we had the whole place virtually to ourselves. Leela Beach is one of the smaller coves on the island with one hotel, one set of bungalows right on the beach and another guesthouse just around the corner…but that’s it! The sand is white and soft and the waters are completely calm. It’s a very peaceful place. We loved waking up each morning and taking the 2 minute walk from our guesthouse to this pretty beach. Every time we saw this uniquely bent palm tree reaching out to the water, it put a smile on our faces.” – Dariece Swift
Twitter – @goatsontheroad
The Further Adventures of BENNETT
“Piha Beach is on the West Coast of New Zealand, famous for its black sand and awesome, but tough, surfing conditions. The water is filled with so many rips, that the beach has its own TV series “Piha Rescue” showing the great work the lifeguards do there to save lives.
This picture is taken from the Tasman Lookout to the south of the beach. There is also a great lookout at the north of the beach too, called Te Waha Point.
It’s perfect for a day trip away from Auckland!” – Sarah
Twitter – @penguinbennett
Maupiti, French Polynesia
Maupiti is special in that it is just as beautiful as Bora Bora, yet not many people travel here, so it’s secluded and much more affordable. A short two-hour ferry ride from Bora, you can rent a bike at the ferry dock and ride to a part of the island that is so remote, you will feel like you have your own private beach. Wade through the shallow lagoon out to the motu and do as you please with your day. Pack a picnic, skinny dip… it’s your own little slice of heaven. Enjoy it!
Twitter – @thetraveluster
What’s your favorite beach in the world?