Like a needle in a haystack, there are sweet little gems of nature hidden all over the world. While some of these places are well-known for their immaculate beauty and surreal views, there are a tonne of places not necessarily heard of by a lot of us. Throughout my experience of exploring, the places with the most breath-taking views are from the highest point of a hill or mountain and the sound of waves crashing the shore on a lonely beach. In this article we explore some of the best beaches around the world. From Surf beaches to remote islands, you’ll find a haven to relax and soak up a view of the sunrise in the morning or the golden hour of sunset in the evening. This is our essential list of the 10 best beaches in the world that you probably never heard of. In no particular order, lets dive in! Pun totally intended 😉
Kabalana Beach, Galle, Sri Lanka
One of the best surfing spots in the whole of Sri Lanka, Kabalana beach accommodates both beginner surfers and professional surfers alike. It’s one of our favourites and it’s where we take Nirbana guests from November to March (weather depending). The best of the surfing locations is called ‘The Rock’ with waves as high as 8 feet. This beach is best for surfing enthusiasts looking for perfect swells around the world. Peak seasons for the beach is during the months of January to March with the highest waves stretching across 300 meters of beach and some of the most impeccable A-frame waves the country has to offer.
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Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley, Philippines
Palaui Island beach break is essentially untouched by external elements. There are no hotels or resorts on the island, making this beach the perfect place for backpackers and digital nomads alike. Camping on the beach is the best way to experience the splendour of this beach. The island is described to have one of the best beaches in the world, making this a beach you have to visit on your surf holiday.
Meeru Island, North Atoll, Maldives
Surrounded by turquoise waters native to the Maldivian islands alone, the beaches of Meeru island showcase pristine beauty of white sandy shores and blue pastel waters. You are sure to experience unparalleled beauty, warm weathers and incredible hospitality. If you are looking for an escape from the busyness of life, this may be the perfect vacation for you.
Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Dubbed to be the most beautiful beach in the world, the Railay beach, locally called Rai Le, is everything you would come to expect for the best experience of a lifetime. The beach is a boat ride away, traversing through calm waters with enormous rocks along the way. Although the beach may seem small, it is jam-packed with activities, the most popular of which is rock climbing. The island displays its exceptional beauty through its natural constructs.
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
The whitest sand you would ever see in your life, the aptly named, Whitehaven beach located down under, is a beach that must be on every bucket list of an adventurer. Whitehaven beach is also said to be most of the most beautiful places in the world. A yacht ride is something you absolutely need to appreciate the beach so much more.
Bingin Beach, Bali, Indonesia
I’m sure all of us have heard of Bali. It’s not a surprise then, to have one of the beaches in Bali on a list of the best beaches in the world. Huge waves on the Bingin beach is especially well-known to be one of the hotspots for the most professional surfers. Fairly inexpensive, Bali is on the list of everybody with a passion for travel.
Tangalle Beach, Sri Lanka
The Tangalle beach, located at the south of Sri Lanka, is the definition of a tropical beach. The beach is sandwiched between the lush tropical forest the country so proudly hosts and turquoise waters that extend toward the horizon. Dubbed as the perfect beach, the sandy shore and sun kissed tranquillity heightens the beach to a place like no other. Cheap travelling and housing, makes this a place you have to visit.
Arch of Cabo Beach, San Lucas, Mexico
Also known as Lovers beach, Cabo is popularly known for its Arch rather than its beach. Its distinctive rock formation occurring over the span of thousands of years is an additional treat you get when visiting the beach. Located where the tip meets the peninsula, lovers beach is what its named to be. Surrounded by hills, this beach is a secluded paradise for travellers looking for an escape. It does get significantly hot during the day, so remember to pack sunscreens with you.
Palolem Beach, Goa, India
The beaches in Goa, India, in many ways are very similar to the beaches in Sri Lanka. Warm weathers, with a forest of encasing the beach and friendly locals who want the best for you. This is one of those beaches that is preferred for a relaxing afternoon with a drink in hand.
Zlatni Rat, Brac, Croatia
One of the best beaches in Croatia, Zlatni Rat or the Golden Cape is one beach you have to visit. The beach is especially popular in recent time due to the fact that the tip of the beach was altered by a hurricane. The combination of pebbles on the beach and clear blue waters that extend to a darker blue as the ocean continues is a sight to behold. it is a pebble beach, so, you would have to bring some sort of footwear just to be safe. This is one of those beaches you have to experience at least once in your lifetime.
Fare Beach, Huahine, French Polynesia
French Polynesia consists of about 1000 islands scattered through the southern Pacific Ocean. Some of these islands are more popular than the other, like Hawaii and Maldives, while others are not. These islands are celebrated for their natural beauty and the bodies of water they are surrounded in. The beaches are these islands are some of the most beautiful in the world. One of which is the Fare Beach in Huahine. Fairly cheaper than the other islands, this beach is the perfect getaway to a paradise on earth. Sandwiched between the jungle and the ocean, you are met with white sandy shores and clear water like you’ve never seen before.
These are 10 of the best beaches in the world. There may be differences in my choice with yours, and that’s absolutely fine. The fact that there are so many more beaches out there to explore and enjoy is something our little adventure heart looks forward to.