1. Pink Sands, Harbour Island, the Bahamas
Where speckles of pink glisten and glow under the sun
2. Tikehau Island, Polynesia
Remote and tranquil, Tikehau Island combines best of both worlds: white-sand, pink-sand; the schools of fish know best, as there is “the highest concentration of fish among any other atolls in the world,” according to Jacques Cousteau’s research group.
3. Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe, Thailand
Picturesque curves of sand bringing waves into your dreams. Its counterpart, Sunset Beach, is on the other side of the island.
4. Koh Kradan, Thailand
The enchanting view from one of Koh Kradan’s swings or hammocks of the coral-sand beach and Andaman Sea easily garners travel envy. Part national park, part resort island, Koh Kradan is a well-kept “secret” among insiders. Still relatively light on tourists, this protected destination is great for snorkeling.
5. Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach, California
Crescent Bay marries community and nature with many events and things to do, including ecological reserves, art festivals, etc.
6. Anse Source D’argent, Seychelles
Once considered to be the location of the “Garden of Eden,” Anse Source D’argent is one of the most popular beaches in Seychelles; its shallow emerald waters and distinct granite boulders shaped naturally by time make for perfect walks along the beach. Stay later into the day and you’ll get the feeling of having the beach all to yourself. There are also a couple of vendors that sell fruits and refreshments nearby.
7. Whitehaven, Australia
True to its name, Whitehaven really is a haven of white-sand beach. The swirls of water and sand that unfurl into each other resemble a surrealist painting. This, however, is real life and not imagined.
8. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Calm in the summer, excellent for surfing in the winter, Sunset Beach is, synonymous to its name, perfect for indulging in epic sunsets.
9. Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan
Said to be the most beautiful beach in El Nido, the white-sand Nacpan Beach is clean and untarnished with limestone cliffs. A caveat is that there are no resorts in Nacpan which makes it an oft-organized day-trip destination.
10. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres
Pristine beach with ethereal waters where marine life is abundant.
11. Phra Nang, Krabi, Thailand
Deemed as one of the most photogenic beaches in Thailand, Phra Nang also has another highlight of being home to a monkey-filled cave shrine.
12. Varadero, Cuba
A long stretch of breathtaking white sand beach in the Caribbean worthy of the paradise title.
13. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
A minimalists’ fave, Flamenco Beach has a sweeping clean landscape with calm turquoise waters and mountains as backdrop.
14. Eagle Beach, Aruba
Deemed best of Aruba, Eagle Beach is getaway-worthy for those in search of serenity.
15. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
A year-round idyllic destination, Grace Bay has the fine white sand and silky smooth water in varying tones of blues and greens.