Nothing beats the oohs and aahs that come from looking out the plane window down at the azure and emerald water below, reconfirming you are just about to arrive in a picture perfect paradise.
Booking a beach vacay remains one of the most common travel options for couples, families, and solo travelers alike. Whether it’s a romantic honeymoon, family adventure, or backpacking bon voyage, the beach is a perennially popular place to vacation.
While there are tens of thousands of beaches around the world, not all of them are created equal. Some are rocky, others are rough, and still more are downright dirty with murky water and trash-strewn sand. But there are plenty of phenomenal places for beach bums to swim in water so clear you might think you are swimming in bottled water.
From far-flung Furuzamami Beach on Japan’s Zamami Island and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands to the easier-to-access Devil’s Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands and The Exumas in The Bahamas, these beaches are surreal sunny spots that should be on every traveler’s (beach) bucket list.