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Radhanagar Beach (Beach #7), Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India

In my opinion, the most gorgeous beach in India.  A wild bus ride brings you to Havelock’s northern coast, and heart-melting sunsets.  There is a small snack bar, and a man selling coconut water. What more do you need?  There is a resident elephant as well. We were warned that the tides can be dangerous, but usually waves are small, just swim with caution as you would any where new.

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Kadidiri, Togean IslandsSulawesi, Indonesia
The crystal-clear beach of Kadidiri is unparalleled – just walking into the water, you’ll be surrounded by clown fish and see them clear as can be, no goggles necessary.  This beach is a bit removed from the rest of the resorts on the island. Jungle and beach come together at the shore.

Lalomanu, Samoa

Right on the National Date Line on Upolu, Lalomanu is one of the most beautiful beaches in Samoa.  The snorkeling is breathtaking – the wildlife is abundant, sea turtles are everywhere.  The only downside may be that the mosquitoes have already discovered this paradise…bring plenty of protection.

Byron Bay, Australia
Swim, sunbathe, flirt and surf – you’ll find the hottest surfer chicks and dudes all in one place at Byron’s beach.  This small city has an alternative feel – farmer’s markets and a lack of high-rise hotels along the beach like you might find in other surfer’s paradises – though it has been getting more popular with tourists because of this.  Come down in the morning’s just to watch the surfers brave the waves, if you don’t dare go out yourself.

Raglan, New Zealand

Follow a river that flows towards the sea and you’ll find  endless black sand beaches and the best Fish n’ Chips on the island. Raglan is a haven for surfers looking for the real thing.

Playa Barqueta, Panama
18 miles of black sand stretching along the Pacific Coast of Panama makes Playa Barqueta the longest beach in Panama.  A book, a rented cottage and a beach chair is all you’ll need.  Spend the day walking the beach looking for sand dollars and shells, but don’t forget to bring your sandals with you – the black sand gets HOT!

Monkey Beach, Cat Ba, Vietnam
A ten minute boat ride to Cat Ba island in Halong Bay brings you to a small beach – there may be a line of monkeys waiting for you.  The monkeys don’t bother you much though, just pay attention, as they might want to swim with you.

Lake MacKenzie, Fraser Island, Australia
The most beautiful beaches don’t have to lie on the edge of a sea – Lake MacKenzie is a turquoise jewel upon silver white sand expanse within Fraser Island in Australia.  The world’s 10 most poisonous spiders live on this island…so watch your step.  It’s quite a trek to get here, and totally worth it.

Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

Just as its name states, the sand is perfectly pink.  The endless blue horizon perfectly contrasts the sand – just sit back, dream and relax.

Hot Water Beach, Coromandel, New Zealand
Perhaps not the most beautiful beach at first sight, it surely is one of the most unique.  Hot springs bubble up through the sand into the ocean, making the water warm and always inviting.  Tip: Check it out on a full moon! (Skinny hot water dipping anyone?)

There are so many more beautiful, sandy places.  Which is your favorite?

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  1. adenaNo Gravatar
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Havelock island – any of those beaches are just paradise…the whole place is!

  2. wendy cruzNo Gravatar
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Hey! You missed costarrican beaches!

  3. BettinaNo Gravatar
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    Hey, what about european beaches. I don’t want to travel around the world to sunbathe and splache. My favorite is on corsica, the Santa Giulia beach.

  4. Karolina GrudzińskaNo Gravatar
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Punta del Diablo, Uruguay! This one has been the most incredible beach I’ve ever been to… Ocean, sand, and almost no people on it. Amazing, this place stole my heart!

  5. HollyNo Gravatar
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Karolina is absolutely right! Punta del Diablo simply cannot go unmentioned. Charming, unscathed by tourism, and empty 10 months out of the year, not to mention to most beautiful sunrises you’ll ever see. It’s simply incredible and incredibly simple.

  6. Alison McGowanNo Gravatar
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe you have no beaches in Brazil listed here. With 5000 miles of coastline there are hundreds of beautiful ones, sandy, rocky, deserted, whatever you like. Just check out the beach section in….

  7. Angela WhitworthNo Gravatar
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely agree about the fabulous beaches in Brazil. I have just returned from Alagoas and the beaches there are the nearest you get to paradise. The pousadas are wonderful too, most of them right on the beach. I have been trying some of the pousadas on the hiddenpousadasbrazil website and they are all fantastic.

  8. top ten beaches in the worldNo Gravatar
    Posted April 22, 2010 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    All this beaches are marvelous….
    My favorite beach is Radhanagar Beach
    top ten beaches in the world

  9. CruiseNo Gravatar
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Silver Sand Beach Resort at Havelock
    The resort consists of 32 beautifully designed sensitive cottages and bunglows with modern comforts (air conditioner, television, telephone). The resort has got a beautiful stretch of beach with in its adobe. enjoy sun bathing snorkeling and scuba diving.
    Fortune Resort Bay Island at Port Blair
    Located on one of the world’s last outpost of virgin, natural rain-forest islands. Built almost of the native “Padouk” wood, the beautiful red timber that is found only on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and designed by Charles Correa.

  10. AntoineNo Gravatar
    Posted July 26, 2010 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Joke list – There are at least 4 beaches in Corsica that should be on here:
    Santa Giulia (Porto Vecchio)
    Arena Biancha (Propriano)
    Santa Manza

  11. MartinNo Gravatar
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Byron Bay in Australia is a great day trip from the Gold Coast area. The views alone around the light house of the Pacific and coastal beaches are magnificent.. You won’t regret making a day trip to Byron Bay. This place is definitely worth the drive from Surfers Paradise or Brisbane. G’day!

  12. anhhhNo Gravatar
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    Great list. Thanks Adena for helping me know more abt beautiful places. Desperately want to visit all of them. I once went to Halong. It’s great trip and I had a lot of fun there: spending the night on halong bay, kayaking, rock climbing, etc. You guys should come there in summer coz’ Halong is the most beautiful in sunshine :)

  13. anhhhNo Gravatar
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    Wow, sound like you have visited so many places. So admirable. My dream one is Pink sands in Bahamas. Just imagine how beautiful it is with the combination of blue water and pink sand :). Halong is the second on the list. I am especially interested in visiting Sung Sot grotto ( (Surprising Grotto) )one of the widest in the world. We have prepared everything for the trip in the middle of August. For Pink Sands, it possibly has to wait for me until next summer when my budgets is no longer tight :)

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