Some people love summer crowds when many flat and largely unvisited stretches of sand all over the world fill up; for them, the beach is like a nightclub—but with swimming and few clothes. The beach is the ultimate place for doing absolutely nothing, it does not matter what is your preference. just lie in the sun, reassured and guilt-free in the knowledge that that’s pretty much the whole point of being there. So if you need a wonderful spot to do little more than listen to the waves and maybe read a book, here is a selection of some of the best bits of sandy coastline in the world.
1 Banana Beach, Koh Hey (Coral) Island, Phuket, Thailand
Banana Beach a backdrop of the impossibly-green jungle with crystal-clear water—all part of a national park and marine preservation area (30 minutes by boat from Chalong Pier on Phuket). Banana Boat riding is famous, as is snorkeling, sea kayaking, and parasailing. With minimal infrastructure and one restaurant built out of bamboo, this is a great, less-than-crowded spot to park yourself for the day in the sun.
Cathedral Beach, Honopu—like Waipio Valley—is quite difficult to reach because. It’s only accessible by water; to get there, you must swim from an offshore boat, or from neighboring Kalalau Beach (a quarter-mile swim). trouble is also worth it: Think cumin-colored sand bordered by soaring, vegetation-cloaked cliffs—and, usually, not a soul in sight. Such films as Six Days, Seven Nights, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and King Kong and many more film shoots on this location.
3.Elafonísi, Crete, Greece,
A gorgeous spit of sand connected to an island nature reserve on the southwestern coast of Greece’s largest island, this beach was one of the last best-kept secrets in the Mediterranean.in high season it can be mobbed—but pitch up in spring and fall and you might find yourself alone on the pink sand, surrounded by wildflowers (over one hundred rare plants) and strange rock formations.
4.Gouverneur, St. Barts
Gouverneur is remote and pristine. A well-maintained parking lot comes courtesy of the privately owned land (none other than Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich). The farther west you walk, the fewer people you’ll find.
5.Honokalani Beach, Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
Honokalani Beach is a photographer’s dream With its jet-black shore, electric-blue waters, and thick, jungle-like foliage. Besides lying lazily on the “sand”—actually: you’ll find seaside lava tubes and sea caves carved into the lava cliffs along the shore.
6.Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
While it may be one of the most popular beaches on the island, Horseshoe Bay has a hidden secret: Port Royal Cove has shallow water perfect for kids, and dramatic rock formations that complement wonderfully soft, pink sand.
7.Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Maldives
It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite beach in the Maldives—with over 1,200 to choose from—North Malé Atoll, and Reethi Rah in particular.
8.Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI
In the Caribbean it is one of the most photographed beaches, if not the world, Trunk Bay sits in the northwestern corner of the Virgin Islands National Park (it was donated to the park service by Laurence S. Rockefeller more than 50 years ago). Calm, clear water, a 225-yard underwater trail for snorkeling are big draws, as are hiking trails up and into the surrounding greenery, filled with the ruins of historic sugar cane plantations.
9.Maundays Bay, Anguilla
It’s hard to debate this one. Anguilla is blessed with many a stunning beach, but Maundays Bay—on this skinny island’s southwesterly tip—wins for crystal-clear water, a gradual slope, pristine sand, and a perfect half-moon arc.it is rarely crowded and populated Technically a public beach predominantly by guests at the Belmond Cap Juluca—recently reborn after a glorious heyday in the ’90s. Of note, it is ideal for families with kids, as sightlines are uninterrupted, there are rarely any waves, and the beach is neatly bookended by two small breakwaters
10.Kiawah Island, SC
Kiawah Island, a mostly private, gated community, less than a hours drive from Charleston International Airport. Stretch for 10 miles along the Atlantic. Flat sand, the water is shallow, there are lifeguards on duty, and you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas rentals.