Top 10 white-sand beaches in the world

 

Does cold weather have you dreaming of a warm beach in an exotic location? Sun, sand, and surf tempt the winter-weary to enjoy marvelous fun and relaxation. Where the sparkling water meets gorgeous white sand, the penultimate imagination of paradise beckons. Here’s a look at ten of the best white sand beaches from around the world to really perk your desires.

Bora Bora, Tahiti

It’s billed as the most romantic island in the world, and it’s hard to find any reasons to argue with that. Private over water bungalows provide sublime relaxation. Mount Otemanu rises into the sky like spires of a castle, inviting you explore the fantastic panoramas above the glistening beaches. Matira Beach is enchanting while also being exciting. With plenty of water sports, Bora Bora brings all of the best amenities together in one place.

Bora Bora

Playa Paraiso, Cayao Largo, Cuba

Cuba you say? It is getting easier for Americans to travel there, as this report in the New York Times Points out. Experience remote and exotic before the exquisite beauty of this stretch of sand becomes more common knowledge. You can take a train ride from the hotel zone. Don’t confuse it with another fantastic beach by the same name in Tulum, Mexico.

Playa Paraiso

White Beach, Boracay, Philippines

Unlike the more remote Playa Paraiso mentioned above, White Beach on Boracay is definitely on the map when it comes to white sand tourist destinations. Inviting bars and restaurants that stay open until dawn are steps away from the white sand. The winds in the earlier months of the year make Bulabog Beach on the east side of Boracay a great destination for wind surfers and kite boarders, while White Beach offers exceptional snorkeling and diving.

White Beach

The Maldives, Indian Ocean

It’s a big island chain near the Equator, with lots of different resort options for those seeking a sublime getaway or a sport-filled excursion. Try the beaches near the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru for the best of both. With villas spread across the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, guests experience five-star elegance amid grand natural wonder.

Maldives

Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy

Located about halfway between Malta and the shores of North Africa, Lampedusa is graced with white sand beaches, crystal clear water, stunning bluffs, Rabbit beach was named the top Traveler’s Choice Beach in the World for 2013 on TripAdvisor. Looking at it makes it clear why it was so honored. Charming villas and hotels in styles from Mediterranean to Caribbean and African offer a nice variety.

Rabbit Beach

Langkawi, Malaysia

The word Langkawi, when translated, means “land of wishes.” Part of an archipelago of about 100 islands, it’s full of stunning white sand beaches. The Datai Langkawi embodies the land of wishes with its extraordinary location. Set in the midst of virgin rainforest with pathways leading to gorgeous white sand, the resort sets a high standard. Bountiful natural grandeur and luxurious pampering await.

Langkawi

Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii

This treasure on the Big Island is the classic crescent-shaped white sand beach, lined with palm trees and beautiful blue water. Everything you might imagine a tropical Hawaiian paradise can be seen at one location. Resort hotels offer all the best amenities while the beach calls for you to explore, relax, and experience its serene beauty.

Kauna'oa

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Gorgeous sunsets, sparking white sands under pink granite rock formations and green mountain peaks, and stunning water vistas await. Part of spectacular Freycinet National Park, the natural grandeur will envelop you in its beauty. From camping to luxurious resorts, there is a range of lodging options. About 2 and 1/2 hours drive from Hobart on the East Coast of Tasmania, it’s exotic and enticing.

Wineglass

Grand Anse Beach, Seychelles

Located on La Digue Island in this remote chain in the Indian Ocean off the East Coast of Africa, this is truly one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The granite rock formations set against the beach, ocean, and green landscape draw you in. The Seychelles are astounding objects of natural wonder that will stir your imagination to the hilt. The beach does experience big waves – great news if you want to surf while on vacation.

Grand Anse

Anse de Grande Saline, St. Barts

The crystal blue water is in the mid-80s year round, while the glistening white sand is favored by naturalists. The marshy salt pool behind the stretch of sand gives the beach its name and is a haven for tropical birds. Taking in the scenery while sipping a nice tropical drink defines a beach paradise. The island promises enough relaxation and recreation to satiate anyone who desires a tropical holiday.

Anse de Grande Saline, St. Barts

Any of these beaches are worthy of being placed at the top of any list covering the world’s best beaches. Fine white sand, great amenities, natural wonder, and luxurious accommodations await those who dare to venture forth. Get rid of your winter blues straight away when you find yourself literally stepping into paradise.

Pierre Fortier is General Manager for Palmex International.

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  1. John says:

    Above Top 10 white-sand beaches in the world are different nice romantic beaches.
    Our beautiful Ngapali Beach is gorgeous and another Ngwe Saung Beach is most pleasant long beach and white sand against the blue sea in Myanmar South East Asia.
    Fringed with coconut trees, almost all hotel buildings usually face toward the beach. Diving-fishing facilities and boat tours to nearby islands can be arranged.

  2. Catherine grove says:

    My beach bucket list… Let’s go ❤❤❤❤ I’ve been to some beautiful beaches…. But these omg…. Look amazing…. X

  3. Carmilla says:

    Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, Australia & Hyams Beach in New South Wales have to go on this list. Absolutely the most beautiful white silica sand, not coral based like many. Never gets hot in the feet. Apparently Siesta Key in Florida is the same.

  4. Lina says:

    Great list. I am obsessed with white sand beaches. I do think that there is one in the US that should make a list. Destin, Florida a well hidden paradise.

  5. Tracy says:

    I have to agree with Lina. Some of the most beautiful sugar white sand beaches are located in Northwest Florida along Destin and Scenic Highway 30A.

  6. John says:

    These are incredible! I’ll have to add them to my ‘bucket list’ for sure.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Thanks for the great list. We have some fantastic white sand beaches here in Mexico too, but one of my favorite of all time is still Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda…just stunning!

  8. louise says:

    Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy added to my bucket list! Thanks for the great post! Check out some of Mozambique’s beaches too!

  9. Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras is also a beautiful white sand beach. A beautiful site in the Caribbean, in my homeland, I am proud to say :)

  10. martincx says:

    I personally recommend Tortuga Bay in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Ecuador.

    You’ll never forget a place that marvelous.

  11. Langkawi means ‘land of wishes?’Never heard that before, thanks for the info! Great pictures btw.. :)

  12. David says:

    Great effort put for this, however, please let your writers know that they should do proper research before having a field day compiling lists like these. I’m from Malaysia and your Langkawi listing is all wrong. I wonder if any of you have actually been there.

    First of all, “Land of Wishes” is wrong – “The magnificent name, Langkawi, is believed to have originated from the abundance of eagles found on the island. The Brahminy Kite, a species of eagle fondly known as “Lang Merah” in Malay, and “Kawi”, meaning marble in Sanskrit, is also unique to the island. Another reference states that the name is a combination of two Sanskrit words, “Langka” (beauty) and “Wi” (innumerable), which means ‘The Place of Immense Beauty’”

    Second – The Detai Langkawi. It’s DATAI Langkawi. If your writer bothered to do some research, you would have visited their website at least before featuring them.

    Third – “Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii” – That photo is actually the Berjaya Resort in Langkawi Island. Those are the water villa units there. I was just there a couple of months ago too.

    Writing articles or list requires ‘some’ skill and knowledge, not pulling info and photos from the web. I should be contributing this for you as I have pretty much travelled a fair bit.

    Hope someone edits or corrects the mistakes as it can make you look bad for such a well branded blog. Worst, it gives readers the wrong information. That’s not good.

    Regards,
    David

  13. Tiff says:

    David, I can’t speak to your first two points, but your third point is invalid. The way that they formatted the article is: locale name, paragraph description, then pic. So the pic you think they are attributing to Hawaii actually goes w/ the Malaysia blurb. If you start from the top, you’ll see that’s how it is. You were so tough on them, I just had to point this out! :-)

  14. Paul Johnson says:

    Hello David

    To address the points you raise…

    1. I notice much of your text here has just been copied and pasted from http://naturallylangkawi.my/EN/Langkawi_History

    If you were to delve further, you might have come across this explanation from wikitravel.org:

    “The name “Langkawi” has two possible origins. First, it is believed to be related to the kingdom of Langkasuka, itself a version of the Malay negari alang-kah suka (“the land of all one’s wishes”), centered in modern-day Kedah. The historical record is sparse, but a Chinese Liang Dynasty record (c. 500 AD) refers to the kingdom of “Langgasu” as being founded in the 1st century AD. Second, it could be a combination of the Malay words ‘helang’, meaning “eagle” and ‘kawi’, meaning “reddish-brown” or “strong”, in old Malay.”

    2. I have corrected that typo and changed Detai to Datai.

    3. Tiff is correct. As is pretty much always the case with these kinds of round-ups on A Luxury Travel Blog, they each take the form ‘heading’ (the bit in bold), followed by ‘description’ (the text) and ‘photograph’ (and in some cases some more text after the picture).

    I hope this helps,

    Paul

    PS – If you (or anyone else) would like to be a contributor to the blog, then please get in touch via http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/contact-us

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