The 10 best beaches in the world
They are a paradise for those who cannot conceive of a vacation other than by the sea and walking on sand, destinations where languid palms multiply and the sun is a constant.
Phang Na (Thailand)
A rocky labyrinth leads into the waters of the Andaman Sea in the south of the country. The mountain ridges emerge into the waters, covered in green. The area above the bay is the Ao Phangnga National Park and daily cruises leave from Phuket to tour the area, ideal for scuba diving.
Many of the islands are uninhabited and invite you to have a Robinson Crussoe-style experience in this sort of maritime mangrove. One of them was the setting for the film The Man with the Golden Gun, from the James Bond saga, which, of course, bears the name of the famous English secret agent.
Whitehaven Beach (Australia)
At the heart of the barrier reef this beach is, according to the Australians themselves, the best place in the Whitsundays Island archipelago. You can stay here for life or join the experience offered by the boats and luxury ferries that arrive daily to spend the day here.
Six kilometres of sand so white it blinds you, borders a sea of deep turquoise water. At the northern end, the coast goes into an incredible bay known as Hill Inlet.
Venturing into an ocean rafting or sea kayaking are proposals for those who seek to combine romantic moments with action that has its share of (unavoidable) adrenaline.
Mauritius (East Africa)
The Dutch, French and English took over this green and rugged island, and since 1968 it has been an independent republic. It is inhabited by Hindus (67%), Creoles, Chinese, Muslims, and Christian and Protestant Europeans. In addition to sugar cane, they grow Ylang Ylang here to obtain an exquisite, aromatic essence.
Mauritius is located in the east of Madagascar, surrounded by reefs that contain turquoise and calm waters, like those in the north, in Pereybere, and in Belle Mare, where the most refined resorts were installed. Those of Blue Bay, Roches Noires, Grand Bay, Le Morne, Flic en Flac… are added until a 330 km circuit is completed.
Anguilla (Lesser Antilles)
Turned into a luxury destination, this small island with a British past today is dominated by residential villas and a few top-level resorts; settling down in them is the only way to get close to this exclusive Caribbean refuge.
There are 33 beaches (Rendezvous Bay is one of the best) that appear on the pale sand coast, barely licked by a translucent sea of beautiful tones.
In Valley, the capital, the disorganized hamlet takes away the charm of the few colonial vestiges that still remain; the picturesque touch is provided by the goats loose in the small streets that the traveler usually encounters. Reggae sounds in the bars.
El Nido (Philippines)
To the west, an infinite succession of islands disappears into the China Sea: this is the Palawan archipelago. The place where, interspersed with those small pieces of limestone that emerge among the waves with white sand beaches made of algae dust, El Nido is kept.
The sea is transparent and lets you see coral formations of different shades, multicolored fish and a garden of aquatic plants. Inland, the geography abounds in underground rivers, caves and a verdant rainforest.
Here, fishermen use bamboo looms to materialize the nipiz, a delicate cloth made from the thread of the bromeliad anassa or the stem of the banana tree.
Los Roques (Venezuela)
Looking at the map every morning and choosing one of the many keys and atolls to spend the hours alone with the sea and the sun is what those who visit this national park 30 minutes away from Caracas do.
There are more than 300 coral islands and only four are inhabited. Gran Roque, the capital, concentrates all the services. From there, you leave by boat to the chosen island, where you are “abandoned” with an umbrella and a refrigerator and picked up again at an agreed upon time. The other way to tour the archipelago is by boat, a major pleasure that does not cost more than living in Gran Roque.
Beach of the stars (Panama)
Swimming in the sun has a special charm. It is a habitat of shallow water and calm waves, and at the bottom you can see huge red, yellow and orange starfish. These particular sea creatures, which are counted here by the dozens, are the real attraction for visitors who apply themselves to discover them just by looking through the green-blue waters of the sea surrounding Columbus Island, one of the many that form the Bocas del Toro archipelago.
In the rest of the island, forests, rivers, streams and swamps alternate with coastal coral reefs and lush mangroves.
Years ago, the area was a land of cocoa farms; then, when it was all over, the site was slowly reconverted. Today, those large areas between the hills inhabited by palm trees have become the destination of those seeking new “paradises”.
The best beaches: Itacarezinho, ideal for surfing. Prainha, enclosed between two hills and surrounded by an incredible coconut grove, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. In Havaizinho one feels like on a desert island and in Jeribucaçu the low tide forms a huge, transparent lagoon like an appendage of the sea.
On a cliff, the enigmatic walled city of the Mayans, Tulum, guards an extensive shore on the Caribbean Sea. White sand beaches and incredibly turquoise waters invite to a long stay under the sun.
Located right in front of the Mesoamerican Reef – the second largest coral reef in the world – this destination is also a natural park that seduces diving and snorkeling lovers.
Not everything here is beach life; a good alternative is to visit the archeological sites of Cobá and Muyil, which are very close by, and add an escape to Chichén-Itzá.
Seychelles (East Africa)
A paradise of jungles and dream beaches, this archipelago is an exotic and exclusive destination in the north of the island of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean. The site also has a taste of the cultural mix left on the locals by the successive colonizations. Here it is common to hear Creole, French or English spoken.
Mahe, the capital, has 70 beaches, but most of the resorts are grouped together to the north over the Beau Vallon area. Praslin, another of the islands, is a destination for snorkeling lovers; its heart has an extra attraction: Valle de Mayo, a natural botanical garden and a UNESCO heritage site.