The 15 Most Magical Beaches in the World from The 15 Most Magical Beaches in the World

The 15 Most Magical Beaches in the World

Crystal-clear water, warm sand beneath your toes, a tropical breeze, the beautiful sunrise over the horizon, tons of watersports, and palm trees swaying in the wind — whatever your ideal paradise may be, you are sure to find it at one of these magical beaches.

Phra Nang Beach, Thailand

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Thailand is full of stunning beaches, and Phra Nang Beach is one of the most popular. A review on TripAdvisor says it is “one of the most 'picture-perfect' beaches of all S-E Asia.” It is only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs that cut off mainland access.

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

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This island is so secluded it is only accessible by boat. It is well-known for its spectacular white sand and beautiful scenery. But there is one thing that makes it stand out from the rest: The sand on Whitehaven Beach does not retain heat, making it easy and comfortable to walk around barefoot.

Barnes Bay Beach, Anguilla

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This is a secluded beach, perfect for a peaceful getaway. The white sand is breathtaking, and the opportunities to participate in watersports are endless. Go swimming, diving or snorkeling; stay in one of the gorgeous beachside hotels; and eat delicious food at the abundant restaurants.

Hyam’s Beach, New South Wales

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This beautiful Australian beach is located on the shores of Jervis Bay. It is known for its soft, fine and tremendously white sand. Visitors enjoy diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the beach’s crystal clear waters. A review on TripAdvisor said: “Stopped off at this little hamlet on Jervis Bay, the whitest sand I have ever seen, so beautiful and tranquil.”

Po’ipu Beach, Kauai

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With a series of golden sand crescents and clear water it’s no wonder why this is one of the most popular beaches in the South Shore. Beach-goers enjoy swimming, snorkeling, boogie-boarding, surfing, and relaxing in the natural ocean wading pool.

Peniche, Portugal

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Picking one beach in Peniche was way too difficult. Peniche is full of incredible beaches. Visit Baleal Beach, a wide extension beach with fine white sand; Medao Beach, known for its incredible waves; and Gamboa Beach, famous for its crystal clear waters and situated in a natural and cultural environment (portugaltravel.org).

Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia

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This beach is known for its unusual, otherworldly shape that continuously changes. Visitors say it is a beautiful place to watch the sunrise and sunset. It’s also a great beach for families; children can enjoy playing in surrounding playgrounds. Tip: Rent a paddle boat or jet-ski for some ocean fun.

Kampen Beach, Germany

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Kampen Beach has an array of mind-blowing colors. The red cliffs will take your breath away and the sand looks as if it changes colors – far from the shore it looks grey and the closer you get the sand turns gold.

Lovina Beach, Bali

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This black sand beach is created from the cooled lava of Mt. Agung. Visitors describe this beach as very relaxing. It’s a low-key beach with calm waves. It is one of the most magnificent places in Bali to watch the sunrise and sunset.

Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

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Iceland has several black sand beaches but Reynisfjara is one of the coolest and most impressive. It features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Hálsanef, according to Guide to Iceland. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife including puffins, fulmars, and guillemots. They are especially strong and unpredictable, so swimming is not advised.

Cathedrals Beach, Ribadeo, Spain

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Playa de las Catedrais is an astonishing coastline dotted with arches and caves, which resemble cathedrals. You should go see it while you still can. This amazing natural wonder also goes by its official name, which translates to Beach of the Holy Waters. The biggest attraction is the walk between the cliffs at low tide when a big collection of rock formations and caves of stunning beauty are uncovered.

Bandon Beach, Oregon

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This gorgeous and public beach is worth visiting every day of the year. Each season the weather and tides reshape the sandy landscape. The unusual rocks will take your breath away, especially around sunset time. Face Rock, which represents the face of a princess drowned by an evil sea spirit, is one of the most photographed monolithic formations in the area.

Siesta Key Beach, Florida

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The sand on Siesta Key Beach is known as the “World’s Finest, Whitest Sand,” according to siestakeychamber.com. It’s a very wide beach, 8 miles long, situated on a crescent-shaped barrier island. The four main areas of this beach include Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach, and Siesta Key Village.

Hermosa Beach, California

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Located in Los Angeles is the gorgeous Hermosa Beach. Visitors travel there for sunbathing, paddle boarding and incredible surfing opportunities. The average temperature of the water in the summer is around 70 degrees and 55 degrees in the winter. “This beach is so picturesque! Soft white sand, clean, and close in proximity to restaurants, shops, bars, etc.,” according to a review on Yelp.

Rainbow Beach, Australia

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Located in Queensland, Australia is this famous tourist destination. Rainbow Beach gets its name from its rainbow colored sand dunes that overlook a gorgeous white sand beach. While you are there make sure you visit Great Sandy National Park for some outdoor adventures.