My Top 15 Beaches in the World

Aaaaah! A nice beach. Something almost every person would like to encounter.. Frequently 😉 For a person wanting to relax, swim,to go sun-bathing, to go fishing, to go for a jog, or even just to show off your curves.. Whoever says they don’t like a beach, needs to be burnt alive..

But for the rest of us, the list of favourite beaches can go on and on. It’s a very very personal thing though. Some people prefer a quiet beach to relax. Some people prefer a busy beach with lots of pretty girls. It’s all a matter of opinion, and if you understand perspective, they are all gorgeous opinions in their own way.

An article like this can never be a fact, so I will explain to you all what touches me personally about a beach, why I feel that way, and the perspective you need to look at these beaches in order to get the enjoyment out of them that I do.


What’s my definition of a gorgeous beach?

A beach that’s more than just a beach. A beach that gives you that “wow” feeling. A beach that will create special memories that will stay with you forever. For me, unfortunately that’s not going to be your endless white sand beaches with nothing else but water and sand for miles. For me, it’s all about view, feel and vibe..

Lets take a dive into fifteen of my greatest beach experiences around the world…


15th Place

Siloso Beach, Singapore

Located on Singapore’s Island of fun, the Sentosa Island. Siloso beach is a bit different. It’s at the end of a very commercialised small little island which is full of cable cars, zip lines and theme parks. Siloso beach also has a few man made like islands which are connected to the shore by suspension bridges. It can be reached very easily by public transport through Singapore’s world class public transport system. There are many many entertainment and food options that are all walking distance from the beach as well.


14th Place

Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

What makes Camps Bay Beach special is that there’s a long street full of shops, diners and clothing stores along the beach, which has very pale brown sand, and behind you is the perfect view of the twelve apostles. The only downfall is, the water is a bit cold to swim in (well for me, and definitely not for the Cape Townians 😉 )


13th Place

Big Wave Bay, Hong Kong

At the end of the world famous Dragon’s Back Trail, is a gorgeous little beach that’s surrounded by the mountains you trek on in order to get to it. The Big Wave Bay is a fantastic option to jump into after your exhausting hike, and a lot of the fellow hikers you meet on the trail will join you! For more information about the Dragon’s Back trail, you can read up my article on it here.


12th Place

Freedom Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Thailand has many beaches that look nice. With perfect temperature of water to swim in the whole year round, except the problem is majority of them are overcrowded. Thailand has become a hot destination globally because of excellent value for money and also being visa free for majority of the world “The land of smiles” is a favourite for many.

But Freedom Beach is an exception to this..


Only accessible through a boat trip, or a savagely steep fifteen minute staircase, Freedom beach is a gorgeous beach in Thailand almost always without the crowds due to it’s inaccessibility. With just a small cafe at the bottom serving light refreshments, what you come here for is something different, and that’s exactly what you get.


11th Place

Olympos Beach, Mugla Province, Turkey

Around 2500 years ago, the Ancient City of Olympos existed at this point in Lycia. The ancient city is located between a mountain and a lagoon, which eventually flows into the Mediterranean Sea.


It’s as if they knew exactly where to create these cities thousands of years ago. It’s a gorgeous spot, of which you have to drive down a narrow mountain road to get to.


You can enter the Ancient City if you would like to see some of the structures and get an idea of what the city looked like, or you can relax and spend the day here with many food options for breakfast, lunch or diner.


10th Place

Cape Vidal National Park, KZN Province, South Africa

Think of Cape Vidal as a very large private beach that has controlled entry, with endless sand dunes, an endless shoreline and an endless amount of marine life that’s very close to the shoreline. The water has perfect temperature to swim in the whole year round and is also right next to the world famous Saint Lucia world heritage sight.


Visiting the Cape Vidal National park as a day trip from St. Lucia is a great idea, although leave early as they limit the amount of people and vehicles that enter.


9th Place

Yas Beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

While majority of the Middle East has mostly boring, flat and green watered beaches, the Yas Beach was made to stand out, and I think they really did a good job doing it.


It requires an entree fee and has specific opening and closing times. It’s like a beach day club. It’s cleaned very thoroughly and even has vehicles that flatten out the sand from footprints. Those Arabs are rolling in money 😉


There are many food and refreshment options, lots of music and entertainment, and tons of sun-loungers around of different sizes.


There’s even a pool right next to the shoreline. Yoooh! Funky..


8th Place

The Ancient City of Phaselis, Antalya Province, Turkey

Phaselis was a port city in Ancient Lycia. The entire ancient city takes up quite a large area along the Turkish Mediterranean, of which you need to enter, and you can swim, relax and explore as you like.


What makes this very special is that the same harbour that was used thousands of years ago by the Lycians, is in ruins but still partially intact and underwater. This is because earthquakes over the years caused the surface to go deeper underwater. It all happens for a reason, and that reason now is a snorkelling haven!


Thousands of fish and even turtles will swim with you as you explore the ruined harbour. It is also very easily accessible as it’s less than an hours drive from Antalya City.


7th Place

Cinarlar Beach, Antalya Province, Turkey

Kas is the point of where the former Roman City of Antiphellus exsited. The Cinarlar beach is located an easy walking distance from the town of Kas. Since Kas is literally between a mounatin and the sea, you were bound to get a beach like that as well 😉


With restaurants surrounding this little beach, there are also many areas of which you can enter it. Kas has much to do and is right opposite the Greek Islands, and you sort of get that feel when you are there..


6th Place

Butterfly Valley, Fethiye, Mugla Province, Turkey

The Butterfly Valley could only ever be reached by boat until recently. What makes this little valley so special is that it’s world’s apart between the top and bottom.


At the bottom, you have a crystal clear watered beach, completely surrounded by mountains, and at the top you can view the whole valley.


The trail from the bottom to the top is not for the faint of heart as it requires the climbing of a few vertical slopes. You can read more about the climb here.


5th Place

Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida, Indonesia

Bali has some stunning beaches, but sorry, for me this takes the cake! On the Island next to Bali, Nusa Penida is an untouched rural paradise (At least for now it is).

Driving to Kelingking beach is through very poor roads and you reach the viewpoint at the top. Trekking to the beach from the top requires moderate fitness and is through a dangerous path that has claimed many lives.

Although when you do reach the bottom, you realise why people go through it to get there. Clear water, white sand, few people and even manta rays that swim with you, and when you look up, mountains surround you. Priceless.


4th Place

Konyaalti Beach, Antalya Province, Turkey

Located within Antalya city, there are a few things that make Konyaalti beach special. It has an enormous coastline, so you can pick your spot 😉 Almost the entire beach is lined with restaurants and shops. There are hotels all around which are steps away from the beach, and it’s connected to Antalya’s excellent public transport system through a tram.


At the end of the beach, there’s an excellent restaurant where you can enjoy the view of the whole beach, with the Tahtali mountains in the background. Oh yes please!!


Bronze Medal

Poda Island, Krabi, Thailand

When people speak about paradise beaches in Thailand, well this is exactly what they are talking about! Think about this carefully… White sand, clear water, warm temperatures the whole year round, cheap Five Star hotels, cheap food, cheap tours, friendly people… Oh and limestone rock formations all over the place.


Poda Island in Krabi, Thailand has been used as a filming spot for many movies, and because it’s not very near Phuket, the crowds are less as well. It’s very easy to combine with a few other nearby islands on a day trip from either Krabi or Phuket.


Silver Medal

Kaputas Beach, Antalya Province, Turkey

Do you know the feeling when you do something that you love, and it makes your heart thump and that smile on your face in uncontrollable?

That’s what this beach does to me every single time I see it. You don’t really need an explanation to do whatever it is that gives you that feeling.



Kaputas Beach is on another level. Literally and figuratively. Located in Turkey’s Antalya province, there are many things that make this little beach so special. This part of the Turkish Mediterranean is very mountainous, so the drive to this beach is jaw dropping already, and when you reach it, you can walk along the steep road and gets panoramic views of the beach which are all so different depending on where the position of the sun is.


When you do take the stepped pathway to the bottom, there’s a nice restaurant, public toilets and just you between a mountain and crystal clear water. If you would like more information about getting to this beach, you can read my article on Antalya Province here.


Champion

Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz, Mugla Province, Turkey

The Jack of all trades. My favourite place in the world. My heaven. Something the whole world needs to see at least once in their lives.


Let me try to explain to you what this place is. At Oludeniz beach, there are many types of hotels in every price range. Located a walking distance away is a beach with the Mediterranean Sea on one side of you, and a blue lagoon on the other. Between them are a few different restaurants which all have sea or lagoon views, many different types of water sports and a huge amount of sun loungers.


Mount Babadag is located right next to Oludeniz, which is a world famous paragliding spot. Paragliding off this spot is special, but what’s so different about this is, at any area in the lagoon or beach there are paragliders in the sky the entire day, and every single one of them lands back at Oludeniz Beach.


You can do boat trips from Oludeniz, Jeep safaris that take you through dirt roads in the mountains, you can trek up Mount Babadag or you can walk the streets of Oludeniz beach and do some shopping. All located within walking distance from each other. If you would like to visit Oludeniz, you can read my article about it here.


There’s something about having the freedom of everything being in the same area. No driving, no transport, no getting lost. Everything is here. Total freedom.


Combine that with the Mediterranean climate and Turkey’s excellent value tourism system, and there you have it. The Jack of all trades.



I watched the joy on everyone’s faces every time I’ve been here. People from all over the world. People of all ages. There’s entertainment options for everyone.


At the end of the day, happiness is something that we all want. This is my version of it, and I hope that you find every version of yours!


Shuayb Ismail

Shuayb Ismail is an entrepreneur, frequent traveller and athlete with a passion for self-development and improvement.

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