For the past year, travel has been limited, to say the least. Instead of long-haul flights to the other side of the world, many of us had to settle for trips to and from the fridge. But no longer – global travel is on the rise. Even better, it’s returning just in time for summer, the season of the beach getaway.
The following 10 beaches are truly the best in the world. Each one is stunning in its own right, regardless of your preferred style (e.g., earthy or luxury) or your favorite region. But all together, they serve as an urgent reminder that you’re overdue for a vacation.
Le Morne Beach, Mauritius
Located on the west coast of Mauritius, Le Morne Beach sits at the foot of the majestic Morne Brabant mountain, which is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. Access the beach easily via a local coastal road and take in the miles of white sand, clear water, and casuarina trees. Popular activities at Le Morne Beach include kite surfing, windsurfing, and scuba diving. To take full advantage of all Le Morne has to offer, visit during weekdays and off-peak travel periods.
Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Maldive
If you like the Indian Ocean region but prefer a more remote, luxury getaway, consider One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives’ North Malé Atoll. One&Only Reethi Rah is one of the Maldives’ largest resorts, consisting of 12 beaches, each with a small number of private villas. Travel to the resort by seaplane or by a 56-foot yacht, and spend your days exploring coral reefs, racing dolphins, or simply soaking up the sun from your secluded veranda.
Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay is one of the more family-friendly options on the list. It’s a 13-mile stretch known for its pristine, white sand, turquoise waters, and numerous resorts. Part of the Princess Alexandra National Park, Grace Bay Beach is a popular Turks and Caicos destination for snorkeling, sunset cruises, and a large assortment of restaurants and bars.
Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Without question, Hawaii is home to several of the world’s greatest beaches, but Poipu Beach is especially impressive. Poipu Beach sits on the island’s south shore and is actually home to two different beach experiences. On one side is Nukumoi Point, where you’ll find napping Hawaiian monk seals. On the other side is a sandbar, perfect for safe swimming and beginner body boarders. During weekends, Poipu Beach is also a hotspot for picnics and family gatherings.
Dry Tortugas, Florida
Like Hawaii, Florida’s shores are lined with countless beach destinations, but the Dry Tortugas National Park isn’t anywhere near as popular as Key West or the beaches along the Gulf Coast. The Dry Tortugas are made up of 7 islands and protected coral reef. Fort Jefferson Beach is the Florida Keys’ most remote beach, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and the state’s best snorkeling. After, explore the historic Fort Jefferson, go on a birding expedition, or sleep under the stars in the park’s designated campsites.
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
Whitehaven Beach is one of the world’s most eco-friendly beaches, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and protected by the surrounding Whitsunday Islands National Park. Access the island by high-speed catamaran, helicopter, or yacht, and spend your days paddle boarding, enjoying a sunset picnic, or taking a quiet swim at Betty’s Beach in Whitehaven’s northern end. However you spend your time, you’ll be wowed by the beach’s 98% pure white silica sand, which appears almost luminescent and makes for a jaw-dropping background in your travel photos.
Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Railay Beach is a tranquil peninsula comprised of four beaches. It’s only accessible by boat, and there are no roads, just footpaths. In other words, this is a truly remote experience. Spend your days exploring the lagoons hidden inside the cliffs, rock climbing, touring the island by speedboat, or lazing in paradise along the shore.
White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Billed as one of the best beaches in the Philippines, White Beach has a very active tourist scene. There’s no aggressive current, making it ideal for swimming, and it’s common to find large groups playing volleyball or soccer during the afternoons. The biggest draw is the beach’s beauty, which is especially captivating after a recent restoration. But the true appeal is the versatility of experiences. White Beach is divided into Stations 1, 2, and 3. Station 3 is nature-focused, Station 2 is for shopping and nightlife, and Station 1 is all about luxury. Whatever you like, White Beach provides.