Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay is known for its white sand and dazzling blue water. The trademark of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the clean water and soft sand is free of rocks, seaweed, and pollution. A barrier reef one mile away naturally protects the beach from the Atlantic Ocean’s swells, and can be accessed for great snorkeling and diving via a short boat ride.
Providenciales’ greatest resorts are found on this stretch of the coast, and watersports abound in this locale. To the east, the beach is known as Leeward Beach, and The Bight Beach is its western continuation. One may walk the seven-mile stretch from Leeward, all the way down to Turtle Cove Marina.
Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
With sparkling emerald water, coral reefs, and more solitude than you can shake a book at, the second-best beach in the world is made all the more serene by the complexity with which it is reached. Along a dirt trail, down a rickety ladder through a rock wall, through a tight crevasse, down an even more precarious ladder, and easing down dozens of sandy, slippery steps brings you finally to what some have called a true heaven on Earth. Baia do Sancho is a terrestrial paradise under an endless Summer sun.
Playa Paraiso – Cayo Largo, Cuba
An endless expanse of clear, blue, water, a little quirky beach bar, and a shuttle from nearby resorts—what could honestly be better than this? This unfettered beauty comes with an animated community along its shores to get the full experience of living in paradise. The sand has been likened to sugar, and surely its waters are always the perfect temperature. Hundreds of trees add to the allure, and thanks to the recent easement of travel between the United States and Cuba, it won’t be too terribly difficult to pull a beach chair under some branches, or take in the warm sun’s rays.
Anse Lazio – Praslin Island, Seychelles
Half a mile of fine, white sands, lined with lush jungle on one side, hugging perfect aqua waters on the other. Anse Lazio is a beautiful slice of bliss with water so clear you can watch the fish swim alongside you. The beach is best reached by car, or you can take a bus and hike over a great forested hill to reach the utopia. Either way, it’s well worth it. Early in the morning is the best time to find the beach uncrowded, as it is preceded by its reputation and thus immensely popular.
Cayo de Agua – Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
One of the most secluded treasures of Los Roques, Cayo de Agua is the crystal clear water lined with bright white sand … and it is a best-kept secret in Venezuela. This little slice of heaven is rarely crowded, even during peak seasons, and snorkeling is reportedly nothing short of magical. Fish can be observed easily in the clean waters. Even spending a few hours on this quiet little beach can calm the mind while pampering the senses. A short hour’s ride can bring you to your own little world.
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