For as long as there have been human beings on the planet, human beings have been attracted to the water. There’s just something about an expanse of water stretching out before you that captures the imagination and brings about a sense of calm and quiet reflection.
It’s no wonder then that world travelers are almost always drawn to coastal areas. And to be sure, there are plenty of destinations around the world that are eminently worth your time to check out if you’re looking for such an experience.
But, just as with any other kind of travel destination, there are certain coastal areas that really rise head and shoulders about the rest. In these places, it’s not just about the water; it’s about the natural environment that surrounds, the food, the culture, the architecture… Everything else!
So, if you’ve been looking for a cool coastal area to check out for your next vacation, you’re in the right place. On the list that follows, we’re going to share 20 gorgeous coastal areas you must see!
1. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Now that the Olympics have packed up and left, it’s a good time to check out the famous beaches this city is known for…
2. Cabo San Lucas (Mexico)
Fun, beautiful and exciting, there’s a reason that millions pay a visit to this destination each and every year.
3. Dalmatian Coast (Croatia)
Don’t think of beaches and coastline when you think of Croatia? One trip here will change all of that.
4. Big Sur (California)
The highlight of California’s Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur has long captured the imaginations of artists and dreamers.
5. Lofoten Islands (Norway)
The natural beauty of Norway is not something that’s easily rivaled, and it’s on perfect display here.
The coastline of the Pacific Northwest is haunting, otherworldly, and perfectly on display in Oregon.
7. Great Ocean Road (Australia)
This stretch of coastline that runs for just over 240 kilometers rivals even the best spots along California’s PCH.
8. Normandy (France)
A combination of incredible natural beauty and incredible history is something that makes a trip here almost haunting.
9. Legzira Beach (Morocco)
Known for the incredible natural arch that towers overhead, this may be one of the most gorgeous places on the planet.
10. Amalfi Coast (Italy)
All we can say is that this Italian treasure is world famous for a reason; you need to see it to believe it.
11. Krabi (Thailand)
When you put together incredible sheer cliffs, pristine water, and gorgeous white sand… Well, you get Krabi!
12. Ha Long Bay (Vietnam)
As a UNESCO World Heritage site, you just know you’re in for a treat when you visit this idyllic spot.
13. Antrim Coast (Ireland)
The landscape around here is like something you’d expect to see on another planet.
14. The Beagle Channel (Argentina)
When you’re paying a visit to this beautiful area, it’s possible you might be sharing the view with a penguin or several!
Much like Dr. Dre, many seem to forget about Greenland. Just take a look at that coastline, though. Don’t you want to see it in person?
16. Kauai (Hawaii)
Hawaii is paradise on Earth, hands down, and there are few better places to experience why than here.
Much like the gorgeous coastlines of Norway, there’s much and more to see along the coast of Iceland.
18. Cinque Terre (Italy)
You saw the Amalfi Coast, now check out the Cinque Terre. Why have you been putting off that Italy vacation, again?
19. New England
If you’ve never had the chance to drive the coastline of New England during the autumn months, you should change that this year.
20. Skeleton Coast National Park (Namibia)
Almost entirely undeveloped, the only sign of man you’ll see here will be the shipwrecks that lie just off the shore.