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Bored of the rainy British summer? We’re here to lift your spirits with a rundown of our top ten favourite beaches in the world.
No rundown of the world’s best beaches would be complete without an entry from Hawaii. The surfer’s paradise boasts an awe-inspiring coastline with countless picturesque beaches. Our top pick? Honopu Beach located on the north shore of Kauai, one of the smaller islands which make up the Hawaii archipelago. Set against towering 1,200ft cliff faces this secluded beach which has its own waterfall looks like a place time forgot. No wonder it’s been used as a backdrop for films like King Kong. Getting there isn’t for the faint hearted either; it’s only accessible for swimmers! At least you know it won’t be overcrowded.
From the air Whitehaven Beach on the uninhabited Whitsunday Island looks more like an oil painting than a beach. The contrast between the white sand, green tropical forest, and the piercing blue of the sea will leave you speechless. The average temperature on the island is 27 degrees and with 270 days of sunshine per year, it’s the perfect remedy for the grey British weather.
If Instagram created a beach this is what it would look like. Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island is something which you have to see to believe. No, that’s not a filter - the sand really is that colourful. It might have become a bit of a tourist hotspot, but the crystal-clear swimmable waters and excellent beachfront restaurants makes Pink Sands Beach one to add to your bucket list.
Looking for the full Castaway experience? Head to Havelock Island in India’s Andaman archipelago where you’ll find Radhanagar Beach. This under-the-radar paradise is the sort of beach you dream about. Lush rainforest gives way to soft white sand and pristine water. You’ll never want to leave.
Not a beach in the traditional sense, but Grotta Della Poesia makes it onto this list for its beauty and uniqueness. The swimming hole located in the Puglia region of Southern Italy, is a favourite for locals and in-the-know tourists. Do like the Italians and sunbathe on the rocky outcrop that surrounds the grotto, or, if you’re feeling brave, use it as natural diving board from which to launch into the royal blue pool. Top tip - arrive early to avoid the high summer crowds.
If your social media is overloaded with pictures of white beaches, then why not stand out from the crowd and pay a visit to Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland? With its dramatic volcanic black sand, bizarre rock formations, and rough Atlantic seas, Reynisfjara is another world. It epitomises the raw and wild natural beauty of Iceland - just please don’t ask us to pronounce it!
There are sand dunes, and then there are Sand Dunes. Bazaruto Island off the coast of Mozambique has the later. Mountains of sand rise up from the sea, giving you the sense that you’re on the edge of the world. With turtles, exotic birds and dolphins Bazaruto is a haven for nature lovers and divers alike.
True, Ukraine isn’t the first place you think of when you imagine a beach holiday but trust us on this one. With kilometres of untouched sand and warm waters Dzharylhach is reminiscent of the Maldives. As with all good secluded beaches, it’s not the easiest to get to. So, pack your tent and make the most of the long journey with a night camped out under the stars.
Looking for something a little closer to home? Not an issue. With its unique coastline, Britain boasts countless incredible beaches, and whilst we can’t promise blue skies, we’re pretty sure that the scenery will more than make up for the bad weather.
In the case of Big Sand Beach, you really are getting what’s on the tin. The beach, which is situated next to the village of Gairloch, is as simple as it comes - one long expanse of sand. But don’t let its modest appearance fool you. Sheltered from the wind by extensive sand dunes and Longa Island, and with spectacular views of the mountains of nearby Skye and Torridon, it’s a little piece of paradise. Feeling like a road trip? Gairloch sits along Scotland’s North Coast 500 considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful coastal route.
A Gandy’s favourite, Lulworth Cove and neighbouring Durdle Door have all the striking beauty of Hawaii’s Honopu Beach without the hassle of getting there. Situated on Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, the two beaches are a World Heritage Site, but it’s the unique horse-shoe shape of Lulworth Cove and impressive rock arch at Durdle Door which qualify them for this list. Tourists flood in during June and August, so we recommend going off season to get the full impact of these two stunning beaches.