Summer reminds me of ice pops, watermelon salads, and beaches. I mean who doesn’t love them, our summer vacations are incomplete without a trip to a beach, be it a road trip to Goa, or a flight to the scenic beaches of Greece.
I get you a check list of beaches you have to visit in your life!
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays
The pristine sand stretches over seven kilometers of Whitsunday Island, smack bang in the middle of the Whitsundays, with crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkeling. It’s the most photographed beach in Australia according to Tourism Whitsundays. The best view is atop Tongue Point, where at low tide you can witness a beautiful array of colors come to light.
The most romantic beach island in the whole of Greece, not that Greece wasn’t romantic enough! This place is rich in culture and history, the colorful houses are just like the sprinkles on a pretty cupcake. It’s a volcanic island, bursting with traditional food produce like cherry tomatoes, white eggplants, fava, caper and “hloró tyrí”, a special kind of fresh goat cheese. How can a trip in Santorini be complete without a wine tasting at the many wineries specially produced from the grapes grown there.
Elephant Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
A trip to Havelock Islands is an incomplete one without snorkeling at the Elephant Beach, This destination offers beautiful white sand beach along with an amazing coral reef which starts at a depth less than a metre. The white sand beach and the blue green water at the Elephant beach is enticing for almost every traveler. The boat ride to Elephant beach passing through the light house is amazing.
Things not to miss on Mykonos are the fantastic beaches on the south, the sunset from Little Venice, the view from the windmills and a night out in Mykonos Town. The most fabulous beaches are located on the southern side of Mykonos island. Super Paradise, Paradise, Platis Gialos and Lia amaze visitors with the soft sand and the crystal water.Beach bars are open all day and attract many visitors for swimming, kite surfing and other activities. A nice trip is a boat trip to Delos, a small island that is considered an open archaeological site. According to mythology, Delos is the island where god Apollo was born and this is why there is an entire sanctuary dedicated to this god.
Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
The sheltered location makes this a superb beach for swimming and splashing about, and the clam-shaped shoreline makes for exceptional aerial photographs. There’s a dedicated lookout for the best views of Wineglass Bay, accessed with a one hour return hike up a path.Wineglass Bay is part of Freycinet National Park, and is several hours from both Hobart and Launceston. The picture-perfect beach consists of stark white sand set against the area’s pink and white granite peaks, with a deep blue sea completing the rainbow of colors. Tourists and holidaymakers flock here to fish, sail, kayak, rock climb and simply relax in the sun.
Bondi Beach, Sydney
Locals and travellers alike love Bondi, which has a thriving atmosphere and provides plenty of people-watching opportunities. The iconic beach is home to the first Surf Life Saving Club in the world, which was founded more than 100 years ago. These days, Bondi is typically crowded with sunbathers, swimmers and walkers alike, as its clean shores and close vicinity to the centre of Sydney making it an accessible and popular destination.
Turquoise Bay, Exmouth
Western Australia’s Turquoise Bay has been deemed the second best beach in the country, thanks largely to its stunning reef and snorkeling opportunities. Let the current take you towards the exquisite Ningaloo reef, but be wary of the strong current near the sandbar. Take to the water to spot creatures like anemone fish, colorful parrotfish, moon wrasse, starfish and reef sharks.
Kauna’oa (Mauna Kea) Beach
When eco-tourism pioneer Laurance Rockefeller first saw this sugar-soft beach back in 1960, while touring the island with Hawaii’s governor, he immediately knew that it was something special. Rockefeller was there to scout locations for a potential hotel—and he found the perfect one. He chose Kauna’oa as the setting for his legendary resort, Mauna Kea, which still draws couples and families to the Big Island today. The beach is a pristine beauty with turquoise waters, gentle waves, and plenty of marine life, including turtles and the occasional manta ray.
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro
If there is one beach that foreign travelers know by name, it’s likely this one—no, the Barry Manilow song is not about the beach, though the idea is thought to have originated at the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio. The atmosphere is extremely vibrant with several beach bars and multiple sports facilities along the sand. Meet some locals and participate in a pickup game of volleyball or soccer (though obviously, they call it football here). A word to the wise: with popularity comes crowds. Be prepared to share this beach with plenty of other people.
Vagator Beach, Goa
This beach is on the list for every Indian’s road trip, I mean even a visit to Goa is incomplete without going to Vagator. The best place in Goa for a night party, or just go there on a Wednesday and shop till you drop for a cold beer of course in the flea market. The best time to visit the place, is December any guesses why? Sunburn of course, the coolest music festival is held here, but you can go there in summer also.