National Geographic has published a selection with the 40 best beaches in the world, from the Mediterranean to the Pacific Ocean, in it, you will find the most irresistible sandy areas and coves on the planet. We have made our particular selection of 10 of these wonderful beaches in the world. Take note and let your imagination run wild …
1. Matemwe Beach, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
A long line of palm trees shading the white sand is the characteristic image of Matemwe Beach, in the northeast of Zanzibar. The proximity of the African coast has made the island – and this beach in particular – the destination for those looking to relax after a safari in the parks of Tanzania or after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the roof of the continent. Matemwe is an excellent enclave for diving among corals and sailing aboard a dhow, the typical sailing boat of the Swahili coast.
2.- Ko Similan (Thailand)
Archipelago and national park, the nine small islands of Similan – in Malay, Similan means nine – are a paradise in the middle of the Andaman Sea. Close to the popular Phuket but more pristine, they are the favorites of diving lovers for the transparency of its waters and for the biodiversity that inhabits its seabed.
The beach of Ko Similan, the largest island of the archipelago, is famous for the curious ways of their submerged rocks (a deer, a leaf, a mushroom …) and coral reefs.
3.- Palolem (India)
The warm Arabian Sea bathes this beach in the Indian state of Goa, on the west coast. Its 1.6 km sandy tongue is delimited at both ends by two large rocks. Until recently, shacks and fishing boats were the only human evidence in Palolem, but a nascent tourist infrastructure has recently emerged, in part thanks to its appearance in the movie The Bourne Myth (2004). Just 12 kilometres away, the forests of the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary are the habitat of Bengal monkeys and tigers.
4.- Bora Bora (Tahiti)
Anchored in the middle of the ocean, Tahiti and its Islands (French territory) are paradises that have seduced sailors, explorers and artists from different times. The atoll of Bora Bora is one of them. Its turquoise lagoon reflects the silhouette of Mount Otemanu, an extinct volcano that rises above a coastline of white sand and coconut trees. This idyllic image is echoed a few kilometres east on the Aitutaki Atoll in the Cook Islands, where Bounty men nearly touched their dream in 1789.
5.- Playa Bonita (Dominican Republic)
The main quality for which this beach gets its name is its simplicity. At the Bonita beach, the main elements of an idyllic Caribbean retreat come together: palm trees, fine sand and crystal clear waters away from cars and vendors. A little frequented beach, ideal to immerse yourself in the greens and blues of the Caribbean, and forget about the rest of the world for a few days.
6. Cayo Largo (Cuba)
Cayo Largo, an islet located 177 kilometres from the southwest coast of Cuba, is a unique destination to enjoy the sun and the waters of the Caribbean. The Sirena, Lindamar and Paraíso beaches, with dwarf palm trees leaning over the white sand, preserve the Eden image that the ancient navigators found. Cayo Largo is connected by boat with Varadero and by plane with Havana, the Cuban capital.
7.- Los Roques (Venezuela)
That of the Roques is a natural paradise and one of the best-kept secrets on the coast of Venezuela. It is famous for its paradisiacal beaches and for having some of the most impressive seabeds in the Caribbean. A visit to Los Roques offers the possibility of choosing between multiple cays and islets, inviting the visitor to get lost in a multitude of exuberant nooks and crannies.
8.- Ke’e Beach (Hawaii)
Kauai, the geologically oldest and northernmost island of the Hawaiian archipelago, has a very diverse coastline with cliffs that plunge into the ocean and beaches protected by the coral reef. Ke’e Beach, in the north, gathers powerful attractions: a lagoon without waves and rocky bottoms with a multitude of fish and sea turtles. Here begins the Kalalau Trail, an 18-kilometre trail that runs along the rugged Na Pali coast and reaches the Kalalau Valley, a tropical corner with waterfalls and accessible only on foot or by sea.
9.- La Digue (Seychelles)
On Seychelles, large blocks of granite are scattered across the sand and the shoreline of the teardrop-shaped island. La Digue is located half an hour by catamaran from the island of Praslin, it only has one paved road and there are hardly any motor vehicles. Calm is thus assured, especially if the day is spent at Anse Source d’Argent, the beach with the most amazing rocky moles. Almost without leaving the shore and equipped with diving goggles, you can see coral and tropical fish.
10.- El Nido (Philippines)
The island of Palawan, between the China Sea and the Sulu Sea, has a spectacular landscape in El Nido: a water hole surrounded by a circus of jungle-covered cliffs up to the very shore. From the lonely beaches of this protected area in the western Philippines, the clear sky changes the color of the water throughout the day, gleaming from a seabed rich in vegetation and fauna. Such biodiversity has made this enclave an ideal destination to see coral, sea turtles and birds from Southeast Asia.
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