The waves are lapping upon the shore and the music of a distant wind is dancing on the reeds…that’s what most people would envision when they’re asked to go to a relaxing place within their minds. What if we told you that those beaches you conjure up within your mind are actual locations on Earth? Well, they are, and we’ve got them listed here. Take a look at the fifteen best beaches in the world that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

 

Muriwai Coast is one of the 15 best beaches in the world

Muriwai Coast, New Zealand

Muriwai Beach, New Zealand: We’ve all hear of white sandy beaches, but what about black sand? Well, there is definitely such a thing, and it’s all over Muriwai Beach in New Zealand. Notorious for its excellent surfing, this picturesque setting is possible due to minerals in the water and earth from volcanic activity.

 

South beach has one of the world's best beaches

South Beach, Miami, Florida

Miami Beach (Florida), USA: Located in the state of Florida in the US, Miami Beach covers approximately 18 square kilometers and is packed with restaurants, entertainment venues, nightclubs, hotels, and parks along the strip-like shore. This is one of the hottest tourist destinations in North America.

 

 

Lily beach is one of the worlds best beaches

Lily Beach, Maldives Photo Credit: Ibrahim Asad

Lily Beach, Maldives: If the clear teal waters of the Indian Ocean aren’t enough, you’ll adore the wooden walkways that are perched atop the water. These unique walkways can support a surprising amount of foot and bicycle traffic and lead to grass huts that double as accommodations in some areas of the beach.

 

Cala Nova Beach is one of the worlds best beaches

Cala Nova Beach, Ibiza

Cala Nova Beach (Ibiza), Spain: A hot-spot for impromptu celebrity sightings, Ibiza’s beaches are world-class and offer up some of the most glorious sun and surf in the Mediterranean Sea. The water is so clear that you can see the bottom for what seems like an eternity, and the Spanish flair of the shoreline shops and eateries is a pleasing bonus.

 

Uvita Beach in Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Uvita Beach, Costa Rica

Uvita Beach, Costa Rica: Costa Rica’s Uvita Beach has an interesting shape that resembles a lagoon, which can be attributed to its hallmark sand bar. This beach is semi-secluded and remains untouched by most resorts, offering serenity among the hectic world of travel.

 

Fraser Island is home to one of the  most beautiful beaches in the world

Fraser Island, Australia

Fraser Island, Australia: Known as the world’s largest island made of sand, Fraser Island is a huge destination for eco-tourism, hiking, and lounging on an untouched beach paradise. The white sand and attractions like The Cathedrals (colorful cliffs) make this a dream spot for those who are interested in soaking up some sun in Queensland.

 

Preveli Beach, Crete Photo Credit: RD_Elsie

Preveli Beach, Crete Photo Credit: RD_Elsie

Preveli Beach (Crete) Greece: Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and its cliff-side cities and resorts have amazing panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Preveli Beach has lounge chairs, making it ideal for people who just want to laze around. The impressive inclusion of a freshwater river flowing straight through the beach and into the ocean is a gorgeous feature that makes this beach a dream to view from above and enjoy from ground-level.

 

One of the best beaches in the world is  Winnifred Beach in Jamaica

Winnifred Beach, Jamaica

Winnifred Beach, Jamaica: Situated in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica’s Winnifred Beach is a stunning little crescent that’s is still free to the public despite commercial projects attempting to come in and privatize it. The white sands and delightful turquoise waters only add to the local charm of this Fairy Hill beach, which has food stalls, and souvenir shops for tourists to peruse.

 

Kona Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Kona Beach, Hawaii

Kona Beach (Hawaii), USA: Hawaii’s Kona Beach is located on what is known as The Big Island in Hawaii’s network of isles off the shores of the US in the Pacific Ocean. This strip of beach is extremely long and features plantations, legendary places from Hawaii’s tribal history, public beaches, and resorts. This beach is also known for its top-notch surfing, diving, and other water sports.

 

One of the world's best beaches is on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos

Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador Photo Credit: Aaron Logan

Santa Cruz Island (Galápagos Islands), Ecuador: Although you may not be able to throw down a towel and sunbathe with a pina colada, Santa Cruz has a lot to offer. Santa Cruz is part of The Galápagos Islands, just off the coast of Ecuador, and has some of the most diverse and protected wildlife in the world. Here, you can see flamingos, tortoises, and volcanoes in addition to the rocky beaches and tropical waters that lodge colorful fish.

 

Long Beach, Tofino, BC, Canada

Long Beach, Tofino, BC, Canada

Long Beach (Tofino), BC, Canada: Quite out of the way, Tofino’s Long Beach is just off the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It is an interesting beach regardless of the season. Summers serve up great waves for beginner and novice surfers, and beachcombers will love walking kilometers of shoreline that seems to slowly fade into its dark depths. During the off-season, storms are often quite powerful, creating a separate market for a storm-watching season at local resorts.

 

Shirahama Beach Photo Credit: Henry Burrows

Shirahama Beach Photo Credit: Henry Burrows

Shirahama Beach, Japan: Most of the white sand had to be shipped in courtesy of Australia, but Shirahama Beach is a Japanese heaven that’s just under a kilometer long in the Izu Peninsula just south of Tokyo. The beach is great for mild temperatures and its relaxing settings, but the natural hot springs are the most popular pull for the area.

 

Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia is one of the world's best beaches

Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia: the laid back beach of Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia has numerous resorts and was once a huge surfer destination in the Indian Ocean. The rain forest, diving, and other exciting excursions around the crescent of this glorious beach provide unforgettable memories merely through existence.

 

Mineral Beach at the Dead Sea, Israel

Mineral Beach at the Dead Sea, Israel

Mineral Beach, Israel: Set on the Dead Sea in Israel, Mineral Beach’s sand and high-salt content waters are loaded with tons of rejuvenating properties for skin, and even in the ‘off-season’ it’s a great place to go for a soak (or float). Everyone should take a dip in the Dead Sea at last once in their life. If you really want the full experience of Mineral Beach, just start covering yourself in the healing mud like everyone else.

 

Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach (California), USA: Venice Beach is a wonderfully diverse, palm tree-lined portion of the golden sand coast in Los Angeles, California. This amazing location is excellent for surfing and getting in a game of beach volleyball. With the famed Muscle Beach Competitions (remember Arnold Schwarzenegger?) and all of the quirky characters singing, drumming, reading fortunes and selling hand-made crafts along the boardwalk,  Venice Beach is the ultimate for people watching.

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