It is fair to say that traveling is both at the back of people’s minds and at the front. With everyone is advised to limit non-essential travel we can only wait and dream of the places we would like to visit. And for many people that means dreaming of the beach, and planning their trips for next year when things, hopefully, will be much, much better for all of us.
If you are one of those people craving sea and sand we can give you some ideas for amazing beaches both here in the U.S. and, for when things really get back to normal, abroad.
In the U.S.
If you can brave swimming in cold waters, then Cannon Beach in Oregon is a must-visit. Stretching a seemingly endless 4 miles long, Cannon Beach has crystal-clear water, fine white sand, and picturesque vistas highlighted by the Instagram-worthy Haystack Rock, a 235-foot rock formation that juts out of the majestic ocean.
Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, some 7 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, is a quintessential New England getaway. It’s also home to 19(!) scenic beaches, the best of which is Moshup Beach. It is paradise unspoiled, with turquoise water crowned by white sand and surrounded by stunning striated cliffs of varying hues of red, brown, and tan. With the Vineyard’s vast selection of beaches, expect sparse crowds in Moshup Beach, which makes for a more relaxing stay.
There are plenty of things to do in Oahu, especially for outdoor-loving travelers. One of the best is enjoying Lanikai Beach, found at the small beach town of Kailua, on the Windward side on Oahu. This beach features fine, golden sand with crystal-clean water that is calmed by an offshore reef. Lanikai Beach is also a great takeoff point for island-hopping, as well as an ideal spot for windsurfing, sailing, and snorkeling.
Outside the U.S.
This gem of a beach is found just across the Atlantic, on the islands of Turks and Caicos, and has been hailed by a FlightNetwork survey as the most beautiful in the world. Its praise is well-deserved, as Grace Bay has pristine turquoise water, ultra-fine white sand, and no trace of pollution. The water is calm, too, making it perfect for an array of water activities, including jet skiing and playing water sports. Grace Bay also offers inclusive accommodation, making it close to perfect as a vacation destination.
Thailand is a premier tourist destination in Southeast Asia well known for its amazing culture and good food. However, its main attractions are arguably its many tourist spots with a travel write-up on Thailand by ExpatBets noting how the islands of Phuket and Koh Phangan attract the most tourists. Phuket, in particular, is home to some of the country’s most popular beaches, including Patong Beach in the resort town of Pa Tong. It has crystal-blue water and golden sand, and offers lots in the way of activities, like getting a soothing beach massage, parasailing, riding a jet ski, and enjoying the beach nightlife.
Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Just south of the border is beautiful Brazil, described in a CNN travel guide as a go-to destination for “travelers looking to find everything in one place” — including world-class beaches, like the Copacabana and Ipanema. Brazil is also home to Baia do Sancho — a fixture in most best world beach lists. This beach, nestled on the island of Fernando de Noronha, is difficult to get to, yes, but the effort will be worth it as you’ll be greeted by clear turquoise-colored water, powdery-soft golden sand, and lush greens everywhere. Even better, Baia do Sancho is unspoiled and uncrowded!