When deciding to go on vacation it is easy to pick some great beaches from around the world. Of course it’s easy to say St. Tropez and Cancun are good; there is a reason why they are generally top beach picks and you see photos of them all around the web. But often great beaches are overlooked for no good reason. These places still make great holiday destinations without all the fanfare of the tourist heavy locations. If you are seeking something a bit more off the beaten path for your next beach vacation, here are some of the worlds most underrated beach destinations.
West Bay Beach, Honduras
Composed of eight large islands and 53 small cays, there is plenty to do in the Bay Island area of Honduras. West Bay Island Beach on Roatan Island features clear water and is a great location for both snorkeling and diving. The area of black rocks near the beach’s end is reputedly the best snorkeling area of the beach. Nearby hotels have marked off portions of West Bay Beach and those that expect to enjoy the facilities should be prepared to pay a nominal fee. Around $10 per person package deals can get beachgoers umbrella and chair rentals as well as the use of Wi-fi and bathroom facilities. Other chair and umbrella rental deals come with drinks included.
Even when the cruise ships are in port, this beach is not ever truly crowded. Should visitors tire of swimming, they should check out nearby Roatan Paddle Sports for paddle boarding rentals and lessons. West Bay Divers and Bananarama Dive Center are on hand for those interested in diving options near the beach. For those seeking less adventurous and more relaxing options, Serenity Day Spa is well worth a visit.
Mooloolaba Beach, Queensland, Australia
When people think about beaches in Queensland, their thoughts generally drift off to beaches like the Whitsundays or Gold Coast. Whatever you do, don’t forget about the underrated Sunshine Coast area! The region of Queensland has many great beaches, with one of the best being Mooloolaba Beach. Protected by an inlet, it is one of the most protected beaches on the Sunshine Coast, so you don’t need to worry about being swept away. Not only do you have a wonderful beach, but you have access to some wonderful shops and great food (we highly recommend the Fisheries on the Spit for some great fish and chips).
The Blue Beach, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
At least ten beaches can be found scattered around the island, but the Blue Beach is the best of them all and visitors can certainly see why. In fact, this beach received a 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Merit. The snorkeling is exceptional in this location, due to the clear waters. Powdery white sand and an isolated location are among the many perks of the Blue Beach. Some shade is provided by the overhanging palm trees, but guests who tan or burn easily might want to bring their own umbrellas. Lucky beach-goers may spot turtles or manta rays swimming about in the ocean.
The Blue Beach is a little of the grid, requiring a somewhat lengthy drive on an unpaved road. If planning to make the trip to this beach renting a 4-wheel drive vehicle may be the best option. Be sure to bring sunscreen, snacks, and water as there aren’t any places nearby to purchase these things. Visitors should be aware that the beach closes at 6 p.m. Other options for activities on Vieques Island include snorkeling the nearby coral reefs and swimming in the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay.
Sao Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam and home to some wonderful beaches. The pick of them is Sao Beach, with it’s white soft sand and crystal clear waters that invite you to grab a towel, unwind on the beach before taking a nice relaxing swim. Phu Quoc isn’t overly developed and the Sao Beach is a stretch of beach you can feel you have to yourself sometimes. There are a couple of small restaurants and only basic accommodation here so it’s probably best done as a day trip from the Long Beach area of the island where there are far more accommodation and entertainment option. Being so isolated makes it so much more enjoyable.
What are some of your favorite underrated beach destinations? Tell us about them in the comments.