There are plenty of rankings that pick the best beaches every year, but this list is a bit different. Famous beaches like Baia do Sancho are included, but we deliberately omit tourist magnets like “The Beach” Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh – crowds of tourists spoil the “experience”. A strip of sand where you can experience something for yourself.
Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
The Seychelles are not to be missed, of course. Anse Source d’Aragent beach is located on the island of La Digu. With its powdered sugar sand, rock formations, and of course crystal clear water, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here you can swim and snorkel very well. The little corner of the world can only be reached through the “L’Union Estate” park, which costs a low entrance fee of 1.40 euros per person per day. You can easily find your way using the good signs. By the way: Some scenes from the survival drama “Cast Away – Verschollen” with Tom Hanks were filmed on this dream beach.
Sancho Bay, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
The Fernando de Noronha National Marine Park is located in the north of Brazil, about 350 kilometers from the mainland, and offers a backdrop difficult to imagine in the wildest dreams. The archipelago was opened to “soft tourism” not so long ago and visitors have the opportunity to experience everything here in a very original way. Huge populations of dolphins and sea turtles and great biodiversity make the islands one of the best diving areas in the world. Baia do Sancho can only be reached by boat or via a very steep staircase that descends through a rock chimney on several levels. The effort is worth it, we promise!
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
This is how you imagine paradise! Whitehaven Beach is located on Whitsunday Island and, with a quartz content of almost 99%, it is one of the whitest beaches in the world and one that not only looks beautiful, but is also very creaky when you walk on the beach. The number of tourists in the national park, which covers the entire island, is limited here by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. So if you want to see this dream beach, you need to sign up with a tour guide for access. It is also possible to spend the night here, for which the camping area in the southern part of the island is available, which, in the name of nature, is very basic.
Vík í Mýrdal Beach, Iceland
The “Bay in the Swampy Valley” in southern Iceland impresses with its black beach, colored by lava and ash, and stands out from all other “dream beaches” advertised in holiday brochures. Here you have to take into account the forces of nature, such as storms, rain and strong waves, but the Icelandic community of Mýrdalur is still worth a visit. Off the coast are three towering pinnacles: “Skessudrangur”, “Landdrangur” and “Langsamur”, which according to legend are petrified trolls.