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. We hope you enjoy Part 1…
Latitude 34 Travel Blog
“The Phi Phi islands have become an extremely popular destination off the coast of Phuket in southern Thailand in recent years. With the filming of “The Beach” in now famous Maya Bay (located on Phi Phi Ley in the distance), the backpackers and young travelers have flooded the two small islands for relaxation and good times. Phi Phi Don is the bigger of the islands and boasts all the hotels, bars, restaurants and travel amenities as smaller Phi Phi Ley is s national park.
Phi Phi Don is home to a seemingly endless maze of winding walkways, dive shops, restaurants, bars and guest houses. Friendly travelers are found in plenty and you’re sure to make friends during a stay on the island. Further down the island is Long Beach (pictured), which provides a nice departure from the tourist crowds and one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen. A short 5 minute long tail ride away from the main hub, it is well worth a trip to truly relax in this island paradise.” – Jeff Johns
Goats on the Road
“After hitch-hiking for about a week, we finally made it to the very northern reaches of Mozambique, the Quirimbas Archipelago. We hired a traditional dhow boat and together with two other friends and 3 boatmen, we sailed around this sensational chain of islands. One of our stops was the wonderful island of Matemo, with nothing but a small village on one end and a very exclusive fly in, fly out resort on the other. We stopped at this gorgeous island and camped on the pure white sand under nothing but mosquito nets. We ate freshly caught fish, swam in the turquoise waters and had permagrins on our faces. We couldn’t believe where we were and how crazy of a journey it was to get there. Truly an off-the-beaten-path destination.” – Dariece Swift
Aperture Of My Soul
“It’s true you can’t control the weather. I went to Pensacola, Florida for a quick getaway to do some photography, but the sunshine took a detour. As I drove along Gulf Islands National Seashore in the rain, I decided to stop at one of the National Park beaches. The sole car in the parking lot, I stared out toward the surf. The water rolled down my windshield like little rivers, as I enjoyed the relaxing sound of the rain on my car. Suddenly, an ATV pulled up and two lifeguards jumped out and opened up their lifeguard tower for the day. It was then I saw the bigger picture. Focusing thru the water streaked windshield, I captured a moment of dedication to duty. I don’t think anyone needed rescuing that rainy day, but they were ready to do their job. “Lifeguards on Duty.” – Nancie Clark
Daves Travel Corner
“This photo was taken at the Kayangel atoll in northern Palau. When the tide goes out a beautiful crescent white sand beach is revealed. We arrived here after a couple of hours on a boat – with plenty of fresh fish that we had caught. Soon it was on a plate with soy sauce and hot wasabi and we were enjoying one of the best meals of Sashimi I’ve ever
had. Seafood doesn’t get much fresher than that and the views were truly incredible. When a local saw I
was taking photographs he offered to jump in the air which is when I captured this photograph.
There is a saying in the wine industry that wine tastes better depending on where and who you are drinking it with. I can see the same principle applied to food and location – and this secluded spot in Palau was the perfect example of this!” – Dave Thompson
Life Outside My Comfort Zone
“Boasting of one cafe, one take-away shop, one convenience store, a school, the adventure center, 2 different hostels and plenty of baches available to rent for suit every size group and budget, it’s no wonder you’ve probably never heard of Ahipara, New Zealand. Located 4 hours north of Auckland, and and hour and a half north of the Bay of Islands, this seaside community likely won’t pop out on the map. It’s one of those places the locals prefer to keep a secret. But if you search it out, will most certainly reward you.
90 Mile Beach offers all sorts of recreational opportunities; guided horse riding treks, 4×4 quad rentals, or hire a land yacht to race around while the tide is out. If you prefer to be in the water, there are plenty of places to hire a surfboard so you can get amongst the world class surf break at Shipwreck Bay. Don’t worry, there’s a surf school that offers lessons, too! If you’re looking for a more relaxed time, this west-facing beach offers some of the most amazing sunsets all year round; perfect for chilling out with a beer and some fish n chips on the beach.” – Kate Clarke
Inspire us – Where in the world is your favorite beach?