Tasman National Park, New Zealand – New Zealand has 90 Mile Beach (which is actually only 55 miles long), but I like the privacy of this tiny little beach better.
Navagio Beach, Greece – The beach is also known as Smuggler’s Cove because of the 163-foot long shipwrecked boat right in the middle of it, which was suspected to be a smuggling boat.
Jökulsárlón Beach, Iceland
The volcanic rock of Iceland accounts for the black sand, and the ice pieces come from a nearby glacier that runs off into the lagoon.
Golden Cape, Croatia – This end of this narrow beach will change the direction it points depending on the winds.
Lucky Bay, Australia – This beach is inside a national park and is one of the few beaches kangaroos go to.
Glass Beach, California – While incredibly colorful, the glass is actually garbage from neighboring towns which has been washed over and smoothed over time. A little sad, but pretty at the same time.
Tropical Islands Resort, Germany
It could be a cold winter day, but you’d never know it. This beach is entirely contained inside a huge former airship hangar.
Hidden Beach, Mexico – In the early 1900s, the Mexican government carried out bomb tests in the area, which eventually morphed into stunning caves. Similar to Glass Beach, nature has found a way to make our chaos beautiful.
Papakōlea Beach, Hawaii – This is one of only four beaches in the world with green sand. It comes from the mineral olivine.
The Maldives – The bioluminescent phytoplankton lighting the sand turn an already beautiful beach into a must see spectacle.
Shell Beach, Australia – This beach is made entirely of shells and stretches for about 70 miles. It may not be at the top of your list of beaches to visit if you like making sand castles.
Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles – With pink sands and some of the coolest looking granite rocks lining its shores, it’s easy to see why this is one of the top destinations in the Seychelles.
Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach, Hawaii – Due to iron deposits in the surrounding hills, this Hawaiian beach has a stunning red hue. It pairs nicely with Hawaii’s green beach.
McWay Falls in Big Sur, California – This spectacular beach boasts an 80 foot waterfall, which flows year-round. It’s one of only 20 waterfalls in the world that empties directly into the ocean.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia – When the tide goes out, Hill Inlet turns into a winding river of white sand and turquoise water.
Rock Sound, Bahamas – The well-known pink sands of the Bahamas and the crystal clear water make the beaches a must see.
Maya Bay, Thailand – The bay is surrounded by large, plant covered rocks and was the filming location for the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach.
Hyams Beach, Australia – Hyams Beach holds the Guinness Book record for the whitest sand in the world.
Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
The almost perfect curve of the bay is as amazing from the shore as it is from the aerial view from the nearby mountains.
Benagil Cave, Portugal
Motu Tehotu, Bora Bora – Known for the above water bungalows, Bora Bora has some of the best beaches in the world. I think it’s time for a vacation.