With the world on pause and sheltered in place, now is the time to dream. Yes, we will travel again but for now, it’s all about wanderlust. Whether you’re dreaming of a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf, or spending this time at home to dream up the trip of a lifetime, a pristine beach is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world’s most beautiful beaches from South Beach to Sri Lanka.
Railay Beach, Thailand
Cut off from the rest of the mainland of Krabi province by high limestone cliffs, Railay Beach is only accessible by boat, making it one of Thailand’s most peaceful and beautiful beaches.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Australia’s East Coast is home to some legendary beaches—Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays is particularly heavenly. Over on the West Coast, Turquoise Bay in the Cape Range National Park is equally gorgeous. Just watch out for those sharks.
Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
One of the best places for snorkeling on Kauai’s north shore, the coral reefs at Tunnels Beach are suitable for divers of all skill levels.
Durdle Door, England
Set upon the Jurassic Coast between Swanage and Weymouth, this natural limestone arch is the perfect secluded cove for your next Insta-worthy travel diary.
The ancient Mayan ruins overlooking the white sand beaches and bright blue waters of Tulum feel a world away from Cancun, which happens to be just a two hour drive north.
Walvis Bay, Namibia
The massive sand dunes alone are reason to book a trip to Walvis Bay. But you’ll also want to come to this beach on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast for the wildlife—you’re likely to spot flamingos, seals, whales and even hyenas here.
Ngapali Beach, Myanmar
With the rise of tourism in Myanmar, there are plenty of places to stay in this beach town on the Bay of Bengal–but don’t fear that it’s lost its charm, it still maintains its sleepy fishing village vibe.
Baker Beach, San Francisco
While San Francisco might not be the sunny beach town you would imagine to see on a list like this, Baker Beach is worth visiting for the spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fair warning: the northernmost end of the beach is clothing optional.
The Baths, British Virgin Islands
Large granite boulders line the coast at the southern tip of Virgin Gorda, forming shallow pools that make The Baths an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling.
Clifton Beach, South Africa
The luxe beach houses here might try to overshadow this coastline, but the beach itself is still the most beautiful part of this Cape Town suburb.
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