We all love the beach for different reasons, whether it be the ideal place to relax in the sun or for the many diving and water sport opportunities. Not only do the most beautiful beaches in the world offer sparkling water, a gorgeous climate, and clean sand, but they also provide a peek into the culture of the country that they are located in, ensuring that they stand apart from the thousands of other beaches in the world. OROGOLD reviews some of the best beaches that you must visit.
Baia do Sancho, Brazil
Baia do Sancho, otherwise known as Sancho Bay, has been officially voted as the best in the world for two years running, and it is not hard to see why. The beach is located on a secluded bay on the main island of Fernando de Noronha, with the whole archipelago being protected by UNESCO. It is known to be the best diving spot in Brazil, with turquoise water that is packed with healthy coral reefs. In addition to the amazing diving and snorkeling opportunities, you can also trek to see the dolphins, and, if you are visiting between January and July, you will be around for the turtle spawning season.
Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos
This island, commonly known as Provo, is surrounded by one of the largest coral reef systems in the world, attracting divers from all over the globe. With miles of white sandy beaches, and tropical fish swimming at the surface of the clear water, it is obvious why the beaches on Provo are considered to be some of the best in the world. Unlike many other beaches around the world, where the sand contains sediments of soil and clay, the beaches on Provo are made up of broken down shells and coral, giving them some of the most powdery white sand that you will find anywhere. For the widest beaches, head to the north of the island, where you will find deep sandy ocean floors.
Curaçao is a small Dutch island, just off the coast of Venezuela. Although it is only the size of about a sixth of the area of Rhode Island, there are over 50 different nationalities that live there, making it one of the most culturally cosmopolitan places on the planet. Curaçao is a must for diving enthusiasts, with diving schools catering to every experience level, as well as offering certified courses for those who want to improve their skills. When visiting Curaçao, take advantage of all of the different cultures by trying the local cuisine and shopping at some of the local stores.
The Hidden Beach, Marieta Islands, Mexico
The Marieta Islands is located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and as it has always been uninhabited, the Mexican government used to use that area for target practice in the early 1900s. Now, it has become one of the most idyllic bomb sites in the world, as a secluded paradise formed decades ago, giving the island an isolated hidden beach rather than miles of devastated land. The only way to reach this underground beach is via a small tunnel, which visitors need to swim through, but once you are there, you will never want to leave!
The world is full of amazing top-class beaches, but many can often end up overrun with tourists during peak seasons. If you are looking for something quieter, have a look at some of the luxury resorts in these stunning locations, as many of them offer private beach access to their guests, giving you the best of both worlds.