Been dying to head out of the city and sink your toes into the hot, white/red/black sands, well here’s a way to avoid the usual and hopefully, add to your selfie portfolio too.
1. Maldives beach made of stars
Bioluminescent phytoplankton might be the reason the sea is glowing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go home and tell everyone that you swam in the starlight. This one definitely deserves a visit.
2. Vik Beach, Iceland
The black pebbles littering the shore, the wind ripping through your hair, the waves so powerful that you are advised to be vigilant by the authorities and the magnificent bird life make all of this more of an adventure than a quaint holiday with the in-laws. Unless you wanted to help them along the way, that is.
3. Lord Howe Island, Australia
This may be the best thing to emerge from down under, since the discovery of the kangaroo. A small island where tourist levels are kept at the minimum, preferred travel method is cycling. This is a snorkeler’s paradise.
4. Ibo Island, Mozambique
Or the place to have your honeymoon, instead of Mauritius, because let’s face it, we’ve been going there since Great Aunt Ethel got married. With minimal interference from the outside world, very few plug points and an opportunity to test out your Portuguese; this can only be described as perfection.
5. Salema, Portugal
Imagine a place virtually untouched by modernity, with very few eateries and very affordable accommodation, this fishing village is a delight. A gorgeous beach with gentle waves, water that looks as if it has been pierced with diamonds and has very few visitors, so you are just that much more free to forget the fact that you threw out your diet five years ago and you probably should have invested in a more comfortable costume.
6. Palm Beach, Barbuda
With pink sand, a miniscule array of resorts, an expansive aviary sanctuary and it’s extremely close to its ever popular big sister, Antigua, this island has everything. Seclusion and romance, practically ignored by technology, in fact you may have to go to an establishment to use the restroom, this is the epitome of tropical paradise.
7. Puako, Big Island, Hawaii
Hawaii has this mystique of romance surrounding it, the dream island, the tropical destination of a lifetime, luaus and of course, Lilo and Stitch. It can now further boast a secluded beach, yet to be hustled by the hotel developers, it boasts peace and quiet, along with access to the ‘honu’ or the protected sea turtles, there is also a bit for the history buffs with rock carvings being a mere walk away.
8. Alagoas, Brazil
Brazil might be blessed with beaches for as far as the eye can see, but this one is fortunate enough to have escaped the intense crowds that normally rampage them. The turquoise waters are reason enough to venture here, never mind the glorious food and resorts that look like they belong in the movies.
9. Koekohe beach, New Zealand
While you may be under the impression that dragon eggs are only to be found in Game of Thrones, but the Moeraki Boulders found on this beach will satisfy any internal warrior queen cravings you’ve been dying to indulge.