For as long as man has walked this earth, man has been drawn to the see – to paraphrase Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”. There’s just something about the place where the land meets the sea that captures the imagination. Perhaps it’s the knowledge that the waters hold untold mysteries that most of us will never get to experience firsthand. Perhaps it’s just simply the feeling of being on the precipice, wondering just what could be hiding behind the horizon.
Whatever the case may be, when people like to travel, they most often like to travel to coastal destinations. And while any time upon the coast is to be enjoyed, there are simply some coastlines that have something to offer that far exceeds that offered by any other.
On the list below, we’re going to take a closer look at 10 of the world’s most beautiful coastlines in 20 pictures. Just looking at these coastlines will surely capture your imagination, but remember this. Nothing compares to actually being there; so, perhaps your next vacation is meant to be taken at one of these 10 places! Let’s take a look…
1. Queen Charlotte Drive (New Zealand)
For a land known worldwide for its natural beauty, this may be some of the best it has to offer.
2. Take a Drive
In fact, this drive may be one of the most beautiful road trips you can take in a lifetime, and it’s only 25 miles.
3. Ionian Sea Coast (Greece)
Located in Corfu, this is without a doubt some of the best coastline that a land known for its coastlines has to offer.
4. Wonderful Villages
What makes this coastline so Instagram-worthy are its villages which are colorful and diverse in their architecture.
5. Stone Town (Tanzania)
Craggy rock faces, white sand beaches, and azure-blue water conspire to make this a place of unrestrained natural beauty.
6. World Heritage
So impressive and historic is this coastline that it’s been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
7. Halong Bay (Vietnam)
With a landscape surrounding that does nothing short of inspire awe, this is something you must see in person.
8. The Culture
But while the landscape is pretty enough to look at, it’s the culture of the area that will make you want to stay.
9. Nova Scotia (Canada)
It’s not always about warm climates when it comes to beautiful coastline. Just ask the people who live in Nova Scotia.
As you go from place to place along the Nova Scotia coastline, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience some of the world’s best and freshest seafood.
11. Antofagasta (Chile)
This 20 miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean are without a doubt some of the most beautiful in the world.
12. Rock Formations
What really makes this stretch of sand and surf simply irresistible are the stunning rock formations created by the regions unique geology.
13. The Pacific Coast Highway (California)
California is home to some of America’s best coastline, all of which can be seen from “The PCH”.
14. Big Sur
Perhaps best of all, while traveling up the PCH, you can take a stop and admire Big Sur, one of the most beautiful places in the country.
15. Amalfi Coast (Italy)
Where does the rich culture of Italy combine with its greatest natural beauty? On the Amalfi Coast, of course!
16. A Town
But, it’s perhaps the site of buildings stretching up high along the cliffs that inspires the most awe.
17. The White Cliffs of Dover (England)
Located in Kent, The White Cliffs of Dover are impressive from the beach or front the edge.
18. Act Fast
If you’ve longed to see the White Cliffs of Dover, then act soon. Erosion is a near-constant threat here.
19. Apostles (Australia)
It’s the sweeping and sheer cliffs that give this coastline its natural beauty… But, that’s no where it gets its name.
20. Craggy Rocks
It gets its name from the dozen rock formations just off shore, which were are dubbed “The Apostles”.