Whether you love the ocean or prefer to spend your beach days at the lake, there are plenty of beaches and beach towns to explore across america and the world. While some have gotten incredibly popular, others remain underrated, especially the most affordable ones.
Anna Maria Island-Florida
This perfect picture postcard kind of place moves at a very slow pace. Often know as Florida’s best kept secret, Anna Maria Island sits at the southern tip of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and is perched north of Longboat Key. Leave the car at home and travel the island by trolley bus.
The beaches of Anna Maria Island are some of the best on the Gulf Coast. Not for just the soft sugar white sands and the rich turquoise blue water but the most incredible sunsets that this part of the world is famous for.
Honokalani Beach- Maui, Hawaii
I’m not going to lie, I was a little frightened when I first seen this. Tucked away on a deserted stretch of Maui’s lush Waianapanapa State Park, Honokalani Beach commands awe from those lucky enough to chance upon it. The beach and other volcanic formations along the coast were created by waves crashing over hot lava flowing from the volcano Haleakala.
Hatenohama Beach Kumejima, Japan
Hatenohama Beach, the 11km long coral sand cay is in Kume Island, Okinawa, Japan.Accessible only through a glass-bottom boat tour, the 7 km long (4.3 mi) stretch of sand makes this beach a popular outing spot, where you can both swim and snorkel. See some of the exquisite shells and tropical fish, or take snorkeling and diving lessons with expert instructors. A huge area of pristine shallow water sheltered by coral reefs and funky rock formations offers excellent diving opportunities, and you’ll see local fishermen looking for a catch further out from the shore
Koh Kradan Beach- Thailand
Thailand is full of gorgeous beaches, but hordes of screeching tourists tend to undercut some of their allure, but not to worry with Koh Kradan.
Koh Kradan Beach is located just off the coast of Trang and is a little slice of paradise. The water is so clear that often, you can just sit by the shore and watch fish swim about. The white sandy beach is perfect for swimming when it’s high tide and low tide gives you the chance to walk endlessly due to the long sandbar that stretches along the island.
Second Beach- Washington
The three breathtaking beaches on Olympic Coast of Washington in the USA offer breathtaking sights. It is a great destination for hikers with a thick forest cover. Beautiful wildlife, mesmerizing shorelines, and canopied forests will simply leave you awe-struck. On your approach to sea, you can long hear the faint sound of crashing waves and breeze flapping your face.
Spartines Beach Alonissos- Greece
Alonissos Beaches are amongst the clearest and cleanest beaches in the world, making this area a very safe and satisfying island for swimming. The beaches are mainly pebbles/rocks with a few exceptions! Below are the main beaches on the island. There are many smaller ones that are not as easy to get to but equally beautiful. Making the effort to go to these remote beaches you will find you may be the only ones there… even in the middle of August! Also, it’s popular with nudists…So just beware. 😉
Just an hour-and-a-half south of bustling Miami, Islamorada feels like an entirely different universe. The so-called “village of islands” is home to countless beaches at the edges of its scant seven square miles, most of them without official names and conspicuously absent of sunscreen-slicked sunbathers. The waters are so shallow, gentle, warm and clear that wading in feels like a dip in the world’s largest bathtub.
Lord Howe Island- Australia
Lord Howe Island is but a tiny sliver of earth, the remains of a seven-million-year-old volcano adrift on the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. A close-kept secret among Sydney cognoscenti, this tiny Pacific Ocean island—where tourists are capped at 400, streetlights are a rarity, and most people get around on bicycles—is an easy two-hour flight from the city. Born from a volcanic eruption 7 million years ago.
Lord Howe Island, is one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the world with its long Fiji-blue lagoon protected by the world’s most southerly coral reef and two mountains that wouldn’t look out of place in Tahiti. It’s a barefoot kind of place, a place to get back to simple pleasures, and perfect for adventure travellers, nature-lovers, couples and young families.
Capo Sant’Andrea, Elba
Capo Sant’Andrea is a small island inside the island of Elba, where Napoleon was exiled to in Tuscany, Italy. This part of the island is the most beautiful and naturally preserved based on the union between the sea and the mountains.
Capo Sant’Andrea is a small stretch of white sandy beach bordering crystal clear waters with an abundance of marine life and spectacular climbable cliffs. Because of its size, it can easily go unnoticed, but it remains a very beautiful and relaxing beach.
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Phu Quoc is a delightful spot with an unfortunate name. While some say “faux cock” (which reminds me of a fake rooster, or worse) and others attempt a potty-mouthed “poo wok”, the correct pronunciation of this Vietnamese island, which sits off the coast of Cambodia, is “foo kwuk”
The largest island in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is nearer to Cambodia than mainland Vietnam. As a result, there is a sizable military force in this still underdeveloped tourist destination of just 103,000 residents, known for uncluttered beaches and the country’s best fish sauce—a key Vietnamese ingredient.Phu Quoc Island boasts idyllic beaches, romantic sunsets, evergreen forests, and a serene atmosphere, making it an ideal holiday destination for travellers looking to escape bustling city life
So when you are looking to book your summer vacation, to to visit these beautiful beaches.