Winter is coming, and it is time to start thinking of New Year’s Eve celebrations and skiing trips. Though this train of thoughts has become somewhat of a tradition, it shan’t snow everywhere in the world. It is always summer somewhere in the world, so why not have a second beach vacation to chase away your winter blues. Here are some of the world’s finest white-sand beaches to tickle your imagination:
Whitehaven Beach (Australia)
The Whitsundays are Australia’s most popular island adventure, primarily for the reason that they are the best entry for visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Whitehaven Beach is the one that appears on all the Whitsundays postcards, for its beauty and its name. The crystalline water washes across the white silica sand on the largest island in the Whitsundays group.
Playa Paraiso (Cuba)
Cuba, though close to the United States, is worlds apart in terms of culture. This island republic is a strange place where old-timer cars are the only form of transport, but the beaches are not laggy. Playa Paraiso, specifically, is an incredible white stretch of sand, and best of all, it is still a relative unknown, meaning you can hit the beach and truly marvel at being the only person in a place that is simply too pristine to be a part of this world.
Matira Beach (French Polynesia)
Bora Bora is the ultimate honeymoon destination. With secluded overwater bungalows, the crystal clear lagoon, you can count on every moment spent there being absolutely divine! Matira Beach is one of the better equipped beaches on the island, but really, you can find the same romantic landscape wherever you go on the island.
Hawaii is the archetypal chain of islands. They have everything you can expect from paradise, and more. The whitest sands, fringed with classy palm trees are located at Kaun’oa Bay, on the Big Island. Upon arrival, you can expect the traditional tropical welcome, one that incorporates lei and floral patterns everywhere. Be sure to book a night at a luau while you are there.
Pantai Cenang is the most tourist-friendly of Malaysia’s beaches located on Langkawi. This island can be compared to the Room of Requirement from the Harry Potter series: Langkawi literally means “the land of one’s wishes”, and it has been used by pirates as a hideaway for a long time. Today, this is no longer the place to go digging for pirate treasures, but a place to relax, enjoy the blissfully moderate weather, and sunbathe on one of the world’s whitest beaches.
Kanuhura Beach (The Maldives)
White sands, blue waves and dolphins. The Maldives make room for only the best in their offer, and for this reason, if you’re looking for pristine beaches, you’ve come to the right place. Thrilling watersports, soothing open-air spa centers, and beaches where nature has been both kind and beautiful.
Los Cabos (Mexico)
On the very tip of Baja California, Mexico, sits a popular summer getaway. Encircled by two seas, this municipality has plenty of beaches that have long been the most popular spring breakers’ destination, so they must be pretty entertaining, right?
White Beach (Philippines)
White Beach on Boracay is one of the Philippines better known beaches, and as such, it is often crowded. However, this doesn’t take away from its charm – between cocktail bars and kitesurfing, these white sands promise adventure and fun.
Grand Anse Beach(Seychelles)
The Seychelles have a fine reputation as a romantic getaway and as an adventure holiday destination, alike. To this you can add some splendid yachting opportunities, and perhaps mention the excellent conditions for surfing… there is no reason anybody should miss an opportunity to visit this white-sanded heaven on earth. The Grand Anse Beach is located on La Digue Island, and lulled from all sides by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
St. Jean Beach (St. Barths)
The most elegant of all summer vacation destinations, St. Barths, has long been a playground for the rich and the influential. There are many tame beaches around, but the most popular by far is St. Jean Beach. Arguably, it’s not for everybody’s budget, but it is definitely THE place to go if you are looking to see and be seen.