Let’s face it: We’d all much rather have our toes in the sand right now. Dream of better days to come as you peruse these 11 beautiful beaches around the globe, all with their own special scenery that make them some of the world’s best.
Navagio Beach — Zakynthos, Greece
Only accessible by boat, this surreal stretch of beach tucked within the Greek Isles is home to the wreck of the MV Panagiotis, which ran aground during stormy weather in 1980. Though rumors abound surrounding what the ship was carrying, most can agree that this limestone gravel beach is a once-in-a-lifetime sight.
Flamenco Beach — Culebra, Puerto Rico
This white-sand, azure-water escape is what comes to mind when one pictures a quintessential Caribbean beach. Located just off Puerto Rico’s mainland on the island of Culebra, Flamenco consistently ranks among the best beaches in the world.
Maya Bay — Vietnam
You may recognize these verdant, emerald-green peaks from the 2000 movie The Beach, starring a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Maya Bay’s currently closed to the public until 2021 for habitat regrowth, but we’ll be dreaming about it until then.
Praia da Marinha — Lagoa, Portugal
These azure waters are an iconic symbol of the Algarve, the most southeastern region of Portugal and a popular vacation spot for Europeans. But the golden cliffs and rock formations along this Portuguese beach’s coast are the real star of the show.
The Baths — Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
It’s almost a stretch to call it a beach, but we’ll allow some rule-bending to showcase this unique geographical feature on the island of Virgin Gorda. The boulders of The Baths form natural shallow grottoes and tidal pools, perfect for lounging or taking in sea life
Anse Source d’Argent — The Seychelles
A remote archipelago off of East Africa, The Seychelles is a favorite celebrity hangout. Anse Source d’Argent, with its smooth, granite boulders and water that looks too clear to be real, is one of the most photographed beaches in the world.
Matira Beach — Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The largest beach with public access on beautiful Bora Bora, we think Matira’s postcard worthy in every way. Its cluster of tiki huts rounds out the quintessentially tropical views.
Cannon Beach — Cannon Beach, Oregon
Marked by the iconic, 235-foot Haystack Rock rising from the Pacific, this beach on the Oregon coast is a hotspot for kite fliers and anyone looking for a scenic stroll. A quick toe-dip in the ocean is just enough—the frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest are lovely to look at but not for the faint of heart.
Champagne Beach — Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
This sugar-sand beach nestled along the tiny island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu boasts some of the clearest water you’ll come across. A popular spot for vacationers from Australia, it’s still remote enough to feel like you’ve found a well-kept secret.
Honokalani Beach — Maui, Hawaii
Black sand formed from ancient lava flow makes this Hawaiian beach a standout among the myriad options that dot Maui—over 30 miles, to be precise. A sacred spot among Hawaiians, Honokalani offers stellar bird-watching and abundant hiking trails nearby.
Paradise Beach — Palawan Island, Philippines
Aquamarine waters lap gently against a lush shoreline on Palawan Island in the western Philippines at this off-the-radar beach. Taking in the views of the surrounding islands and lagoons, it’s not hard to see why Paradise Beach lives up to its name.