For as long as mankind has been around, the beach has captured our imaginations. There’s just something about the sound of surf lapping up against the shore and looking out over the water that really brings a sense of relaxation to the soul. Things are even better when you have a beach that offers something different than the rest – a beach that marries incredible scenery with all the things that are common to beaches around the globe.
On the list below, we’ve pulled together what we believe are the 20 beaches that every single person must see before they die. As you take a look at the pictures we’ve pulled together, we think you’re likely to agree. But, remember this! As good as these pictures might be, they’re only facsimiles of the incredible natural beauty that these wonderful beaches hold. Let’s check them out!
1. Praia Don Ana (Lagos, Portugal)
Sitting underneath towering and gorgeous cliffs, this beach is without a doubt one of the most beautiful in the world.
2. Deauville Beach (France)
Located in Normandy, this beach has a distinct charm all to itself, and the whole town was put on the map by none other than Coco Chanel.
3. Pensacola Beach (Florida)
As you head out into the clear waters off of this beach, it’s possible you might run into a dolphin or two.
4. Playa Norte (Mexico)
Only a short distance from the party atmosphere of Cancun, you’ll find this beautiful area with a decidedly laidback atmosphere.
5. Eagle Beach (Aruba)
The divi-divi trees that Aruba is known for and that line this beautiful stretch of sand and surf are really something to behold!
6. Horseshoe Bay (Bermuda)
With plenty of snorkeling to be enjoyed here, you’ll likely find yourself pondering over the beautiful rock formations as well.
7. Waikiki Beach (Oahu, Hawaii)
This is just classic Hawaii beach living, pure and simple, and that’s something that everyone should experience at least once.
8. Mancora Beach (Peru)
If you’re looking for an exotic beach at which you can do some incredible surfing, this is an ideal choice.
9. Matira Beach (Bora Bora)
In a region that’s known for the beauty of its beaches, this one is a real stand out, and that’s saying something!
10. Elafonissi Beach (Crete, Greece)
You’re certain not to believe your eyes once you scope out the pink sands that this beach is renowned for.
11. El Nido (Philippines)
The gorgeous cliffs that loom overhead of the ideal beaches here are what make this place a real standout.
12. La Concha Beach (Spain)
If you’re looking for one of the very best beaches in all of Europe, then this has to make your list of places to check out.
13. Dreamland Beach (Bali)
Just take a look at the picture about, and take note of the name. There’s really not much else to say about this one!
14. Huntington Beach (California)
Forget about the beaches in Santa Monica; when you’re in Los Angeles, this is the beach you want to check out.
15. Koh Lan Island (Thailand)
While most travelers head to Phuket for their Thai beach experiences, the smart ones go here.
16. Grace Bay Beach (Turks & Caicos)
When you’re looking for a beautiful Caribbean beach that’s ideal for snorkeling, look no further than Grace Bay Beach.
17. Trunk Bay (St. John)
As part of a National Park, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for snorkeling if you visit this Caribbean treasure.
18. Reynisfjara Beach (Iceland)
Let’s just put it this way; you’re not going to feel like you’re on planet Earth when you visit this beach.
19. Nissi Beach (Cyprus)
There’s just something about this beach that casts its magic upon all of those who see it. Just look at it! Wow!
20. Bondi Beach (Australia)
You might not think of beaches when you think of Sydney, but that’s only because you’ve never been here!