Updated on: 14 July, 2021
Coconut palms swaying gently in the sea breeze, buttery sand that is warmed up by the sun curls between your toes, plus crystal clear turquoise blue water – in this article I will introduce you to 15 of the most beautiful beaches in the world, real dream beaches! Four of them are only suitable for bathing to a limited extent, but they will still amaze you, I promise.
For example, where do you find the whitest sand in the world, which beach offers a very special surprise because it is so completely different, and what can you experience in the individual places: I will answer these questions for you now. I wish you a lot of fun and wanderlust while reading!
The most beautiful beaches in the world: 9 dream beaches & travel tips
Table of Contents
• British Virgin Islands: Smuggler’s Cove on Tortola
• The Shroud Cay in the Bahamas
• Baker Beach with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge
• Baby Beach in Aruba
• The whitest sand in the world: the Whitsundays in Australia
• Beach and snorkeling dreams come true in the Maldives
• Most beautiful beaches in the world in Iceland
• Grand Anse & Anse Marron on La Digue
• The Anse Georgette on the Seychelles island of Praslin
British Virgin Islands: Smuggler’s Cove on Tortola
A beautiful beach that absolutely enchanted me with its perfect crescent shape, fine soft sand and bright turquoise water is the small Smuggler’s Cove on Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands. The green, densely overgrown slopes that rise steeply just behind the beach create the feeling that at any moment Johnny Depp could break out of the jungle with his pirate friends.
The small neighboring island of Jost Van Dyke, which is only a stone’s throw from Smuggler’s Cove by boat, also promises two very special experiences!
Here on Jost Van Dyke you will find the legendary Soggy Dollar Bar, where you can jump from the boat into the water with your dollars in a bikini or swimming trunks and swim to the beach bar. You then pay for the original Painkiller Cocktail authentically with your Soggy (soaking wet) dollars, which are hung up to dry in large numbers on a clothesline. Cool right?
Nearby, off the coast of Little Jost Van Dyke, is the tiny islet of Sandy Spit, a true Robinson’s dream in the warm Caribbean waters. If you come here very early in the morning, with a little luck you will even have the sand island all to yourself.
To stay near the Smuggler’s Cove on Tortola I can give you two villas plants recommended, namely the Villa Sirenetta and the Villa Del Mar . Both are located exactly in the green jungle just behind the bay, which I find so enchanting. You can find even more travel tips for the British Virgin Islands in these two articles:
→ Tortola British Virgin Islands: My highlights and tips for the British Virgin Islands
→ Sailing in the Caribbean: Wonderful days on the British Virgin Islands
Shroud Cay in the Bahamas: a real dream beach
The Exumas, a group of islands in the Bahamas, consist of 360 smaller and larger islets, many of them uninhabited and blessed with absolutely fantastic beaches. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world for me can be found on the small Shroud Cay, which you can best reach as part of an organized sailing tour from Nassau.
Depending on which side you are approaching the island from, you will either land directly on the beach or have to take a 30-minute walk through shallow water and mangroves, which is highly recommended due to the great landscape!
The sand of the absolutely perfectly formed beach is very light and soft as butter, the water is a crystal clear and turquoise glowing dream. In the distance on the horizon you can see the silhouettes of small, uninhabited islets and a wide river forms a warm, shallow lagoon in the hinterland. No shop, no hotel and no other tourists disturb the idyll, here on Shroud Cay you are usually all alone with your sailing group. Wonderful, isn’t it?
Nassau is also more than worth a day or two to explore. The Island House is a mega beautiful hotel with a wonderful pool, open bathrooms and stylish rooms . It is set back in the green, and you will find a beautiful beach nearby. How about a rum tasting including a food tour in the historic core of Nassau? So you get to know the little town again from a completely different perspective!
Baker Beach with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge
Baker Beach in San Francisco itself may not be the most beautiful beach in the world, the sand is probably too dark and not fine enough for that, but the view is definitely unique: while you sit in the warm sand, you can see it glowing red Golden Gate Bridge from its most beautiful side!
A short hike along the California coast in the late afternoon, when the sun bathes the entire landscape in a soft, golden light, is highly recommended. As a starting point, I recommend the end of Ocean Beach facing the Golden Gate Bridge, because then you will also pass the great ruins of Sutro Bath on your walk towards Baker Beach.
You can walk to the Golden Gate Bridge if you like, and the hike the other way round is also possible. That afternoon was definitely one of my favorite ones in San Francisco!
I can wholeheartedly recommend the small and cute San Remo Hotel to stay the night . With its enchanting vintage decoration in retro style, it exudes endless charm and is also in a prime location near Fisherman’s Wharf. You can reach the Golden Gate Bridge in just 15 minutes by bus or taxi. The famous cable car terminus is also nearby, where the cars are still turned by hand in the traditional way. By the way, that was my second favorite pastime in San Francisco: Ride the cable car until you drop!
Baby Beach in Aruba
The island paradise of Aruba is located in the Caribbean, not far from the coast of Venezuela. Aruba is part of the Netherlands and the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao). From this trio, however, only Aruba makes the hearts of beach fans beat faster, because only here you will find a large selection of the finest, white sandy beaches and wonderfully shallow water that invites you to swim and splash around.
We were particularly impressed by the snow-white Baby Beach on the south coast of Aruba. The water here is so shallow and calm that even babies can play safely in the warm water along the shore. This is where the name Baby Beach actually comes from. You can walk several hundred meters into the sea and still stand.
What else makes this beach special? The crooked Divi-Divi tree, one of the landmarks of Aruba!
Unfortunately, the colorful Boardwalk Boutique Hotel is not located directly on Baby Beach, which is not a bad thing, because Aruba is not big and you can easily reach all places on the island with your own rental car without problems and long distances. So if you are looking for an absolute good-mood place with super nice staff and cozy rooms to stay overnight, then you have found a perfect match in the Boardwalk Boutique Hotel. We loved every second here!
My tip: The perfect change from beach life (or if you’ve just caught too much of the sun and urgently need a bit of shade) is the little village of San Nicolas, just a stone’s throw away. In addition to numerous beautiful cafes, ice cream parlors and restaurants, you will find many street art works of art here. The best thing to do is stroll through the streets with an ice cream in hand and let yourself be enchanted by the unique flair. Here are more travel tips for Aruba:
→ Aruba vacation on the ABC islands – highlights & tips in the Caribbean
The whitest sand in the world: the Whitsundays in Australia
On the small archipelago of the Whitsundays in Queensland, in the very east of Australia, there is a beach with a special feature that is unique in the world: at Whitehaven Beach you can dig your toes in the whitest sand on earth with almost 99% quartz content. In addition, it is as fine as flour, it actually squeaks under your feet with every step, a very unique feeling.
Do not miss the wonderful view from the Hill Inlet Lookout, you will not be able to shut your mouth out of sheer amazement!
Numerous hiking trails lure the Whitsundays into the densely overgrown hinterland. Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the somewhat rough nature that is so typical of the islands, the hidden beaches and the fabulous viewpoints. I can recommend the Reef View Hotel on Hamilton Island as the perfect base for exploring the archipelago . Not only do countless cheeky cockatoos visit you on the balconies of the rooms on the upper floors, the view of the bay in front of the hotel is also incomparably beautiful!
→ Whitsundays: 7 great ideas for Queensland Australia (+ lots of tips)
If your budget somehow allows, then book a sightseeing flight with a small Cessna over the Great Barrier Reef. The countless turquoise and blue tones of the reef system shine really unearthly beautiful from up here. The highlight? A look at the magical Heart Reef!
Beach and snorkeling dreams come true in the Maldives
You will without a doubt find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world in the Maldives. While the sand trickles through your fingers, fine as icing sugar and in a brilliant white, the Indian Ocean beckons with a colorful aquarium of the most amazing marine animals.
During numerous snorkeling tours we were able to observe all kinds of colorful fish, manta rays, stingrays, turtles and even reef sharks, what a special experience!
We have visited three islands with beautiful hotels and can highly recommend the lush nature of these islands, the beaches and the accommodations. Gili Lankanfushi Resort definitely has the best house reef for snorkeling directly from the beach . A very special project is also being promoted at the Gili Veshi Marine Biology Center there: planting corals. With this method, marine biologist Claire hopes to support the reefs of the Maldives in their healing.
The islands of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Reethi Beach Resort also have absolutely enticing beaches . While we found the sanctuary for injured sea turtles absolutely great and impressive on the first, we have the most fond memories of the sunset and the delicious barbecue on a small private island of the Reethi Beach Resort:
→ Maldives trip: an almost untouched paradise awaits you on this island
→ Maldives vacation: where the dream of paradise comes true
→ Maldives islands: turquoise lagoons meet white, paradisaical sandy beaches
Most beautiful beaches in the world in Iceland
The next three dream beaches, which I would like to introduce to you here, are unfortunately not suitable for bathing due to the coldness of the water, which, however, only gives their unique beauty additional charm. They have one thing in common: the sand, which the strong surf washes onto the shore with every wave, is pitch black.
The most enchanting of all is probably Diamond Beach, where glittering chunks of ice in all sizes lie on the beach like pure diamonds or float in the wild sea. Have you seen anything like this before?
I also find the wide, crescent-shaped bay in front of the Vestrahorn incredibly beautiful. Especially when the snow has dusted the rugged peaks in the background of the night-black beach like powdered sugar, the landscape with the dark dune hills looks absolutely picturesque. Unfortunately, you can’t just visit this beach, you have to pay an entrance fee of around 7 euros, as it is a private piece of land.
My third favorite beach in Iceland is the one near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. The waves lash against the beach with incredible force. With this violence it is not difficult to imagine that the water alone created the fascinating shapes of the rocks here. The large caves, which consist of many individual basalt columns and offer countless birds a protected habitat, are also great. Is Iceland on your bucket list too? Then have a look here for lots of travel tips:
→ Iceland vacation: The 20 most beautiful stops for us along the ring road (+ many valuable tips)
→ Camping Iceland: Helpful tips on weather, roads & Co. (+ beautiful spots along the ring road)
→ Northern lights and ice caves – Iceland’s fleeting beauties
One of the best hotels on the island is the stylish Sigló Hotel in the very north of Iceland. From the hotel’s own hotpot you have a really nice view of the harbor basin, the herring museum and an old, very photogenic ship. So if you are planning a road trip on the Ringstrasse, make a stop here!
The most beautiful beaches in the world in the Seychelles: La Digue
One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen is on the small island of La Digue in the Seychelles. Although the world-famous Anse Source d’Argent with its extraordinary rock formations is really very pretty to look at, I like the somewhat more hidden Grand Anse much better. Not quite as many tourists take the bike tour over the island hill and the waves here are simply terrific. Right next door you will also find the Petit Anse, also a real dream beach!
Simone from the Seychelles travel blog Wolkenweit has a real insider tip for La Digue : One of my absolute dream beaches is Anse Marron. It is located on the island of La Digue, the smallest of the three main inhabited islands, which measures just 5 x 3 kilometers. The beach is just beautiful. Huge granite rocks lie in the sand and in the sea and make the postcard motif perfect.
Anse Marron is mostly deserted, as the route without a tour guide is not recommended for travelers. At low tide it goes through the sea, then over rocks and through wild jungle. Some have already got lost here!
There is simply nothing on the beach itself, and that is exactly my insider tip. There is no restaurant, no bar, no people, no houses. But nature & loneliness in abundance. Between the granite rocks there is a natural swimming pool, which is separated from the sea by rocks. Here you can paddle at low tide or swim at high tide – both a dream.
La Digue Island Lodge is a very nice and recently renovated place to stay . Here you can feel really good right on the beach. With a rental bike from the hotel, the whole island can be explored very easily, as there are no real elevations on La Digue apart from the already mentioned island hill.
The Anse Georgette on the Seychelles island of Praslin
On the neighboring island of Praslin, there are also incredibly beautiful dream beaches, also with the granite rocks that are so typical of the Seychelles. My favorite? Anse Georgette, which you can actually only reach via the private property of a large golf resort. Such a shame that it poured from buckets when I visited. But not even the bad weather has affected the beauty of this beach.
Here on Praslin, you should definitely not miss a visit to the world-famous Vallée de Mai. On the entertaining path through a dense palm forest of the special Seychelles palm you can marvel at the Coco de Mer, the largest nut in the world, and with a little luck even the rare black parrot. Due to the rare plants and the old age of the granite rocks, the valley was even included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.
A really nice place to stay on Praslin is the Seashell Beach Villa right on the beach. Only 5 kilometers separate you from the Vallée de Mai and the nice owner will be happy to organize a reservation for you at my favorite beach on Praslin, the aforementioned Anse Georgette!
Did you find your very own dream beach in my post? What does a beach have to have to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world in your opinion? I am very happy about your comment here on my travel blog!