30 Best Beaches and Small Islands to Visit Before You Die

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Summer is the warmest of the four temperate seasons, between spring and autumn. At the summersolstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, culture, and tradition, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.

Small, remote and vulnerable places that seem almost unreal.

Seychelles

When I think of the Seychelles all the colors in my mind go electric. The sun reflecting off the white sand, turquoise water, green jungles and fiery sunsets make everything surreal, a tropical dream-come-true.

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St Barths Beaches

For a small island, St. Barths has a wide variety of beaches, all of which are open to the public and all of which are lined with beautiful white sand, there are 14 beaches on St. Barths.

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Fraser Island, Australia

Fraser is the world’s largest sand island and stretches for 123 km and spans 166,000 hectares.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving.

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Nantucket Island, Massachusetts

Nantucket, a tiny, isolated island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is a summer destination with dune-backed beaches. It’s marked by its unpainted cedar-shingled buildings, many surrounded by manicured privets.

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75 Mile Beach, Australia

It is not hard to guess how this location got its name. A bloke measured the beach one day and found out that it was 75 miles long. Apart from its length, there are many more impressive things about this rugged stretch of sand on the east coast of Fraser Island.

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Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

Located in the north of La Digue, a long sandy beach of dazzling white with huge granite blocks in a blue azure sea surrounded by swaying palm trees. Anse source D’argent is really a piece of paradise on earth.

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Aroa, Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are renowned for their pleasant, temperate climate, being sunny most of the year round.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod, a hook-shaped peninsula in southeastern Massachusetts, is a popular summertime destination. Its 15 main towns encompass quaint villages, seafood shacks, lighthouses, ponds and bay and ocean beaches.

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Las Islas Cies, Spain

The Cíes Islands are an archipelago off the coast of Pontevedra in Galicia (Spain), in the mouth of the Ria de Vigo. They belong to the parish of San Francisco de Afora, in the municipality of Vigo. They were declared a Nature Reserve in 1980 and are included in the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park created in 2002.

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Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is known for its 4 km balneario beach or 2.5 miles, which is one of the most famous in the world.

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Sidari, Greece

Sidari is a settlement in the northern part of the island of Corfu. It is a community of the municipal unit of Esperies.

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Natadola Beach, Fiji

Gorgeous Natadola Beach is one of Viti Levu’s best. Its vast bank of white sand slides into a cobalt sea, which provides good swimming regardless of the tide. Natadola’s strong currents often defy the brochures though: instead of glassy, still conditions, you may find sufficient chop for good body surfing – just watch the undertows. And there’s serious surfing here too.

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Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, a community in the town of Kailua and on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The name Lanikai means “heavenly sea.”

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Maho Beach, Saint Martin

You’d expect a typical beach to be a nice and quiet haven to relax and chill – but tourists flood the Maho Beach on the Saint Martin island to get exactly the opposite. The beach on the Dutch side of the Caribbean islands is known for all the low-flying airliners, which fly so closely above the beach that people can actually be blown into the water because of the jet blast

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Langkawi, Malaysia

Off the coast of Kedah is a cluster of 99 islands offering the best of many worlds: beautiful beaches, world- class infrastructure, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra- cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.

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Maldives

The Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world; they’re on almost every one of the country’s nearly 1200 islands and are so consistently perfect that it’s hard not to become blasé about them. While some beaches may boast softer granules than others, the basic fact remains: you’ll find consistently whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water like this almost nowhere else on earth. This fact alone is enough to bring over a million people a year to this tiny, remote and otherwise little-known Indian Ocean paradise.

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Matira Point, Tahiti

Often described as the most beautiful beach in the world, Matira Beach is actually the only public beach on the main island that is worth a visit. It is so gorgeous that it is in our list of best things to do in Bora Bora! Everybody is welcome on this expanse of sand. There is a fun atmosphere that offers natural shade from palm trees, safe swimming and easy snorkeling.

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Negril, Jamaica

Negril is a laid-back town in western Jamaica. It’s known for its miles of uninterrupted white-sand beaches on shallow bays with calm, pale waters

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El Nido, Philippines

The ordinariness (and some might say the ugliness) of El Nido only heightens the contrast between the mundane and the sublime. Spanish for ‘the nest’, El Nido is the gateway to the fabulous Bacuit Archipelago.

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Maya Bay, Thailand

Maya Bay is a stunningly beautiful bay that’s sheltered by 100-meter high cliffs on three sides. Inside the bay there are several beaches, most are small and some only exist at low tide. The main one is around 200 meters long with silky soft white sand, underwater colorful coral and exotic fish in exceptionally clear water; the whole bay is one big reef.

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Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

When many people think of the Bahamas, the first thing that comes to mind is the stretch of fancy resorts and casinos that line the beaches of Nassau, Paradise Island and Cable Beach. Many of the smaller islands of the Bahamas, like Harbour Island, break that stereotype. Pink Sands Beach is the place to go for natural beauty, elegant resorts and most importantly, three miles of perfectly pink sand and gentle waters. The ocean is ideal for swimming – warm throughout the year and generally calm, protected from the rolling waves of the Atlantic by a coral reef.

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Red Beach, Greece

The red beach is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The small size of the beach creates a much crowded atmosphere and there are many days where most of the visitors choose not to make it all the way down to the beach and instead admire this unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks from the headland.

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South Beach, Miami

South Beach, also nicknamed SoBe, is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida, United States, located due east of Miami city proper between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The area encompasses all of the barrier islands of Miami Beach south of Indian Creek.

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Surfer’s Paradise, Australia

Energetic, enthusiastic, electric, eclectic! These are just some of the words that sum up the social scene that Surfers Paradise was built on. Since the days of the original Surfers Paradise Hotel, Surfers has always been an entertainment playground famous for its world-class nightlife venues, international events and pumping atmosphere.

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Tayrona National Park, Colombia

One of Colombia’s most popular national parks, Tayrona grips the Caribbean coast in a jungly bear hug at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The park stretches along the coast from the Bahía de Taganga near Santa Marta to the mouth of the Río Piedras, 35 km to the east, and covers some 12,000 hectares of land and 3000 hectares of sea.

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Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife is the striking (and slightly saucy) grand dame in the archipelago family. Attracting over 10 million visitors a year, the island’s most famous southern resorts offer Brit-infused revelry and clubbing, combined with white sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts. But step beyond the lobster-red tourists and what you’ll find is a cultured and civilized island of extraordinary diversity.

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Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

Take note when visiting Waikiki that there are 8 main sections of beach that are distinctly different from one another.

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Whitehaven, Australia

Whitehaven Beach is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s been voted the world’s top eco-friendly beach, and Queensland’s cleanest beach.

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Nungwi, Zanzibar

Nungwi is a charming little village at the northern tip of Zanzibar.

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