With the winter now in full swing, it’s likely that many of you out there are dreaming of warmer environs. If you’re anything like us, then you likely dream about what it would be like to feel powder soft sand beneath your feet as the sound of rolling waves washes through your ears… It all sounds gorgeous, doesn’t it?
Well, since no one has invented a Star Trek transporter yet, we’ll all have to wait a bit to realize these dreams of fun in the sun… But, we can still enjoy taking a look at gorgeous beaches around the world. Better yet, we can start planning now for a vacation that will take us to one or even some of these gorgeous beaches!
With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to make our picks for the world’s 15 best and most stunning beaches. Take a look at what we’ve chosen, and enjoy imagining yourself at each one…
1. One Foot Island (Cook Islands)
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re stranded on a beautiful tropical island, then this Cook Islands treasure is where you should go.
2. Bowman’s Beach (Florida)
Make sure you bring your bucket when you hit this Floridian treasure, because the shell collecting is absolutely amazing.
3. Carmel Beach (California)
Looking for a beach to bring the pooch or just want to play with other people’s dogs? You’re going to love Carmel Beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea, then.
4. Anse Source d’Argent (Seychelles)
It’s often said that this is the most photographed beach in the world. That must be true, given how hard it was to choose a picture of it!
5. Lyme Regis (England)
As you stroll the beach here, you’ll be able to look at the fossilized remains of sea creatures that swam the oceans nearly 200 million years ago.
6. Sunset Beach (North Carolina)
Take a walk down this beautiful beach, and then find the mailbox at the edge, where notebooks from past visitors are filled with hopes and dreams.
7. Reynisfjara Beach (Iceland)
Beautiful rock formations on one side, black sand beneath your feet, and powerful waves rolling in… This is rugged nature at its finest!
8. Sleep Bear Point (Michigan)
The huge sand dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan are something else… But the views here? They can’t be beat.
9. Cathedrals Beach (Spain)
Just one look at this beach, and you know how it got its name. Those sweeping rock formations stretch over one-hundred feet into the air.
10. Corniche Beach (France)
Rising up from sea level to a height of 357 feet and around a mile-and-a-half long, this beach is home to the largest sand dune in Europe.
11. Shell Beach (Western Australia)
There’s no sand on the beach at this UNESCO World Heritage site. That’s because it’s covered in cockleshells, with piles as deep as 30 feet.
12. Pink Beach (Philippines)
The pink sand of this stunning (and protected) beach is created by small specks of red coral that have piled up on the beach over centuries and centuries.
13. Lazy Beach (Cambodia)
A wonderful stretch of sand that sits below undulating hills of dense jungle, this beach is something else!
14. Cannon Beach (Oregon)
On a nicer day, head out to this Oregon beach with a picnic, and then sit and admire Haystock Rock, which is just off shore.
15. Papakolea Beach (Hawaii)
It takes a two mile hike to reach this remote beach, but when you get there, you’ll be setting foot on one of the few green-sand beaches in the world.