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Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 10 Beaches in the World

With innumerable beaches located all over the globe, tourists are bound to get confused on how to choose the best beaches that Earth has to offer. You can go ahead and ask any traveller Ė they all have their own favourites. And once you check out their selections, it is hard to fault out a single drawback. So how do you go about defining the list of the Top 10 Beaches in the World when you have to choose from hundreds of picture perfect settings. What is it that makes a beach better than the other? Is it the sun or the sand? The sunsets or the waves? The crowds or the seclusion? The breathtaking natural vistas or exotic wildlife? Well, the answers can depend from one traveller to the next and it ultimately depends on what you prefer. Keeping all such preferences in mind, we have tried to compile a list of the Top 10 Beaches in the world and have added the best of all worlds Ė beaches with wildlife, beaches that offer beautiful vistas, beaches known for their mesmerizing sunsets, beaches which offer perfect people watching opportunities and beaches which are secluded and ideal for romantics.

10. South Beach, Miami

Known to be the best beach in the world for people watching, the South Beach offers the quintessential beach experience in Florida. It is the best place in the world to show off and to be seen. It is a beach where short clad men vie for the attention of gorgeous bikini clad women, where models perform photo shoots by the sea, where the nightlife is known to be among the hottest on the planet. You never really understand whatís going on at the South Beach, but you can expect to have an over the top experience every single time.

09. Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

The Pfeiffer Beach is one of the best beaches in the world when it comes to offering dramatic landscapes and breathtaking vistas. The unusual purple sand and the rocky coves help to give the beach an extremely exotic feel and the presence of dramatic cliffs, lush green forests and grassy meadows simply add to the charm. However, the Pfeiffer Beach can be quite hard to find for first time travellers.

08. Trunk Bay, St. John

The Trunk Bay is located within the Virgin Islands National Park. This beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world for watching wildlife. Not only does it offer a splendid marine life and brilliant snorkelling trails which allow tourists to identify various types of fish, corals and sea urchins, the 7000 acres of protected jungle which surround the beach also allow for some of the best inland wildlife watching experiences.

07. Seven Mile Beach, George Town, Grand Cayman

The Seven Mile Beach is located to the north of George Town. This public beach has been ranked as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean innumerable times and a single glance at its soft coral sand and the crescent shaped sea shore is enough to understand why it gets such rave reviews from travellers. What makes the beach so famous is the mesmerizing coral and the equally beautiful fish which call the waters surrounding the beach their home. The crystal clear waters allow tourists to see the beautiful colours of the fish and coral and the perfect scenery makes it an ideal place to spend some time with your loved ones.

06. Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

The Maya Beach is a white sand beach which is surrounded by limestone walls and mangroves that are blanketed by the dense foliage. There is no doubt why Danny Boyle chose the beach in his movie, The Beach, and itís easy to see why people ranking it as one of the best beaches in the world to see dramatic landscapes. The tourism might have rocketed only after Leonardo DiCaprio shot for Danny Boyleís movie, but the beach has been constantly ranked as one of the best spots on the planet since time eternal.

05. Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain

The Playa de las Catedrales, also known as the Beach of the Cathedrals, is known for its mesmerizing views of the Atlantic and the unusual caves and arches which draw thousands of visitors from all over the globe. Despite the fact that the white coloured sand, craggy cliffs and unusual geography are the main reasons behind its popularity, the best gift offered by the Playa de las Catedrales is the spectacular view of the Atlantic which can be seen during low tide.

04. Bahia Gardner, Espanola Island, Galapagos

Most tourists visiting the area simply cannot resist the charm of the Bahia Gardner and end up visiting the beach one way or the other. The beach is popular as one of the best beaches in the world for wildlife viewing opportunities and some of the most popular sightings include red lava lizards, sea lions and Espanola mockingbirds. The soft white sands, beautiful island landscapes, numerous species of birds and singing finches help create a unique atmosphere and the secluded areas make it an ideal spot for couples and lovers.

03. Polihale Beach, Kauai

The Polihale Beach offers tourists with a seven mile stretch of secluded locales, barrier dunes which rise up to 100 feet and verdant cliffs. Most tourists hardly seem to bothered about the fact that the beach offers no cell phone reception as the picture perfect sunsets, ideal picnic spots and romantic scenery more than make up for any shortcomings that the beach might have. It might be quite difficult to reach the beach and the bumpy roads might cause some problems, but donít give up midway as one of the most breathtaking sights await you once you reach the beach. With a 12 mile stretch, you can mark out your very own secluded spot and the views of Na Paliís cliffs are worth dying for. You would be wise to avoid swimming at the beach as it is quite dangerous.

02. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Most tourists who have managed to get a real life glimpse of the Matira Beach would keep arguing that it is by far the best beach in the world. Despite being a public beach in Bora Bora, the Matira Beach is extremely gorgeous and offers postcard type scenery, lush green palm trees and excellent snorkelling facilities. However, the beach is best known for its jaw dropping sunsets. Make sure that you linger on the beach for a little longer and you will be treated to a dramatic sight of a glowing orb that scatters into millions of colours across the sky.

01. Anse Georgette, Seychelles

At the very top of the list of the Top 10 beaches in the world is the Anse Georgette. Known to be the best kept secret of Seychelles, the Anse Georgette is known for its soft sand, secluded surroundings, luxury resorts and breathtaking natural beauty. The hilly walk to the beach helps to keep the large crowds away and the secluded feel offers the perfect spot for couples looking to spend time with each other surrounded by beautiful scenery and picture perfect settings.

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