Want to know where the world’s best beaches are? There are a few ways you can find out. One is to go to a source like the famous Dr. Beach – he’s one guy and he lists the world’s best beaches every year. The only problem is that he focuses solely on the USA and he likes to shift the list around to give all the beaches a fair chance. By the way, Dr. Beach’s favorite for 2012? Coronado Beach near San Diego.
As for me – my favorite beach in the world is without a doubt Kalama’s Beach in Kailua on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Not quite as beautiful as the nearby Lanikai Beach but with better waves, Kalamas isn’t as crowded as Kailua Beach Park and has wide expanses of sand. Perfect for body surfing, beautiful views of the Mokulua Islands and a safe and friendly locals beach on an island crowded with tourists.
I wanted to know the very favorite beaches of people who travel all over the world to out of the way places and who don’t necessarily have a commercial reason to list one over the other. So I turned, once again, to the travel bloggers of the world.
I wasn’t the only one to pick a Hawaiian Beach as my favorite. Stacy Kuyf of One Travels Far picked La’aloa Beach Park (Magic Sands) on the Big Island of Hawaii (and a few other incredible Big Island beaches.)
A couple of mainland American beaches made it to the list as well. Bret Love of Green Global Travel chose Sanibel Island Beach in Florida. Dr. Jesse Voights of Wandering Educators preferred the Great Lakes beaches of Michigan’s Sunset Coast.
It’s not just North America and the USA that have wondefulbeaches though – Michael Hodson of Go See Write points out the gorgeous Cabo Polonio of Uruguay while Mariana Calleja Ross of My Travel Thirst leads us to this incredible Southern Caribbean Retreat with Aruba, Bonair, and Curaçao. Laura Ann Klien of Edgy June Travels heads to Mexico to get her beach fix in her Doorway to the Sea.
In terms of European Beaches – there are a lot to choose from. Cristina Cantarelli of The Travloution is a huge fan of the beaches near and in Barcelona while Heather Cowper of Heather on Her Travels recommends Navagio on the Greek island of Zakynthos.
If you are wondering about the beaches of Turkey, Natalie Sayin of Turkish Travel Blog recommends one of my all time favorites – Ancient Greek ruins and beautiful Mediterranean beach at Phaselis. Ayelet Weisz of All Colores shares this off the beaten path beach in Netanya, Israel.
Finally, just in case you were wondering why there aren’t any magnificent Asian beaches…Bethaney Davies of Flashpacker Family shares Tuna Bay on Perhentian Besar in Malaysia. Sebastian Canaves-Borner of off-the-path writes about the paradise he found at Ton Sai Beach in Thailand.
Australia, the world’s largest island is surrounded by beautiful beaches. What’s the best one? Annabel Candy of Get in the Hot Spot tells us it’s Noosa Beach and offers a fun filled travel guide for Noosa to boot.
No one brought up Africa, but the beaches in Morocco, at least are pretty awesome. Here are a few Asilah, Tangier, Essaouira, Tetuan, Agadir…so I’m guessing the rest of this huge continent has some pretty stellar beaches too…
Last but not least, the beautiful Alexandra Kovacova shows us her favorite beaches of the Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines in this very bikini centric photo-essay. She really is a crazy sexy fun traveler!
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