Considering all of the breathtaking beaches out there, it really is hard to narrow it down to just a few favorites. Fortunately, we have members all over the world offering up their selections. We scoured the comments from some of our previous roundups of beautiful beaches (8 Incredible Beaches and 7 of the World’s Most Interesting Beaches) to see what we missed. Here are some of your picks!
1. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
The uncrowded beaches, bountiful barrier reef, and romantic vibe have earned the island of Providenciales the number one spot on TripAdvisor’s list of Top Beach Destinations in the World for the second year in a row. Care2 member Linda W. mentioned Grace Bay specifically as the most beautiful beach on the island.
2. Zlatni Rat, Brač, Croatia
Zlatni Rat is a narrow white pebble beach near Bol on the island of Brač, Croatia. Jadranko V. says “This beach changes its shape according to the sea streams.”
Image: Creative Commons
3. Isla Saona, Dominica
More than one commenter suggested Dominica as a hot spot for gorgeous beaches and we had to agree. We narrowed it down to Isla Saona, which was named one of the eight dream beaches of the Caribbean by Caribbean Travel & Life magazine. The island has “great snorkeling, miles of sugary beaches, and a submerged sandbar covered with a universe of starfish.”
Image: bruce_bruce948 / Flickr
4. Long Beach, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada
Located in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, this beach is popular with surfers because of the consistent waves. Kalinka P. describes the beach as “mystical,” possibly due to the surrounding forest, wildlife, and regularly-appearing dreamy layer of fog.
Image: pat_ong / Flickr
5. Cabots Landing Provincial Park, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
One reader mentioned Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia as home to some lovely beaches. We thought the island’s Cabots Landing Provincial Park looked like a particularly interesting spot because of the red sand beach overlooking Aspy Bay, where it is believed by some that Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto (or John Cabot) first landed in North America in 1497.
6. Magens Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Nominated by Nola G., the curving arc of white sandy beaches and calm waters make this breathtaking bay truly idyllic.
7. Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia
Nicky M. suggested we turn our attention to the beaches of Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, Australia. Most of this southermost part of mainland Australia is protected as part of Wilsons Promontory National Park, making the area home to beautiful rainforests and abundant wildlife in addition to the unspoiled beaches.
Image: Wiki Commons
Did your fave make the list? What other beaches did we miss?