We decided it was high time we wrote this post as we keep arguing about which beaches deserve to be in the top 5, so it’s time to put an end to it… As you will see from our selection, it is quite clear that we have a preference for very long and deserted beaches with lots of palm trees and not a lot of tourists. So if you are looking for a post on the coolest beaches where to sip a fresh pina colada, this is probably not the right article for you 🙂
1. Sok San Beach, Koh Rong island, Cambodia
This is hands down one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen in the world. Sok San Beach is a 10 km C-shaped long secluded white sand beach with warm crystal clear turquoise blue water, and not a soul around. There are only a handful of hotels on this beach and you can only get here by boat, so it really feels like a deserted piece of paradise that still has to be discovered by the world.
2. Praia de Lopes Mendes, Ilha Grande, Brazil
This beach is a close runner-up to Sok San Beach, and even if they are both on a completely different continent, they are very similar to each other. Imagine kilometres and kilometres of untouched white sand boarded by a dense tropical forest on one side and the majestic Atlantic Ocean on the other; the perfect ingredients for a spectacular beach. Like many of the world’s beauties, it is not easily accessible as you have to hike for half an hour through the jungle to reach it but the reward is definitely worth the effort.
3. Polihale Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Number three on our list but definitely not less beautiful compared to its two predecessors is Polihale Beach on Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian islands. This is again an incredible long deserted beach but much wilder than most of the beaches we are typically used to, with huge sand dunes and a very wild Pacific Ocean whose dangerous waves reminded us of the force of mother nature. What makes this beach so special is the close view you get on the mountains and the ridges of the north side of Kauai which have taken millions of years to be formed, a spectacular scenery. If you are lucky, you can even spot whales jumping out of the water on the horizon…
4. Ngapali Beach, Myanmar
Ngapali beach is the definition of the perfect tropical beach: white sand, crystal clear calm warm water, boarded by gorgeous coconut trees and as much seafood as you can eat. There are many hotels on the beach but it doesn’t feel crowded at all and the atmosphere is very laid back. It is a must for anyone visiting Myanmar.
5. Tulum, Mexico
Last but not least, one of our all time favourites is and will hopefully always be the beach in Tulum. This beach has grown to become very famous over the past few years but it is so large that it does not feel crowded at all. The sand is white like snow and soft like silk, and the sea is super refreshing.