It’s no wonder that beaches continue to be the #1 destination for a relaxing vacation, especially if you live in a cooler or land-locked area. Whether you love spending the day getting massages and facials, lounging with a book and a margarita, or surfing non-stop, we’ve got you covered for your next destination. Here are the five best beach destinations you need to see.
Best Beach Destinations for Your Upcoming Trip
With the number of beautiful beaches dotting this big, beautiful globe, it’s an obviously impossible task to pick only 5 – but we’ve done our best to give you the must-sees.
No prizes for guessing which one tops our list. Thailand is a real paradise of white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters in hues of turquoise and cerulean. There’s a beach for everyone – be it lazy sunbathing or water sports enthusiasts.
There are hundreds of beautiful beaches in Thailand, like Phi Phi and Koh Samui. Some luxurious resorts even have their own private beaches. If you’re visiting Koh Samui, make sure to take the speed boat to the other neighboring islands like Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and Mango Beach.
Best Time to Visit: November to February
Phi Phi Islands
2. Queensland, Australia
Turning the plane way down under, we land in Queensland, another world-class destination for hundreds of must-visit beaches. Two of our favorites here are Whitehaven Beach (often voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches) and Seventy-Five Mile Beach, where you can find the Maheno Shipwreck, Champagne Pools, and a stunning volcanic rock formation.
Best Time to Visit: September through April
3. United States
Who said you have to go international to find your dream beach? A good reason why most Americans don’t travel much abroad is that this huge country someplace to see for almost everything – deserts, rainforests, tundra, and even the most breathtaking beaches in the world. Sanibel, an island city in Lee County, FL is known for its pretty shell-strewn beaches. There’s also Coronado Beach for an action-packed beach vacation with the family in the San Diego area, and Cannon Beach about 80 northwest of Portland, OR.
Best Time to Visit: July or August
Seychelles look like a bunch of tiny dots on the map but it’s actually a stunning archipelago of 115 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. There isn’t a single beach you must visit since the whole region is a paradise of soft white sand, palm trees, and boulders.
Best Time to Visit: Year-round!
5. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is often dubbed as the world’s most beautiful city because of its unique topography. Very rarely you’ll come across such spectacular beaches, mere minutes away from the center of the city. You can find family-friendly beaches on False Bay and more luxurious beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard. Other favorites include Camps Bay, Clifton, and Llandudno.
Best Time to Visit: December to February
We hope this travel guide has been useful to find your ideal beach paradise for that getaway you’ve been planning. It’s time to pack your bags, slather on a lot of sunscreen, and smile at the camera and say, “Beach, please!”