Looking for the most beautiful destinations to add to your beach bucket list? Look no further! We gathered the most incredible beach destinations from around the globe so you can see for yourself how great they are.
Whether you want to travel near or far, there are beaches in here for everyone. The most amazing things about this world is that there is often beauty in our own backyard, or close by. So you don’t have to go far to add to your beach bucket list!
Below are the beaches we think are unmissable and worth the trip.
Beach Bucket List: 33+ Beaches you can’t miss!
1. Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
Maybe one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Source d’Argent is a MUST SEE destination. Located in Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, and part of Africa, this pristine beach should be on the top of everyone’s beach bucket list!
2. Mnemba Island, Zanzibar
Zanzibar is probably not a place that comes to mind immediately when you are thinking of what to add to your bucket list, but trust this list, Mnemba Island is a must!
3. Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California
The coast of California is a great place to check off items on your USA bucket list. Just make sure to check out Pfeiffer Beach when driving the stretch around Big Sur. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t.
4. Diamond Beach, Iceland
This stunning black sand beach is on every European bucket list, but it isn’t really a beach to swim in. Sounds like a bummer, right? Wrong! What’s unique about this beach is the black sand and the broken pieces of ice from Glacier Lagoon across the street, that has made its way to the sand.
The water is usually too cold and aggressive with waves to swim in, but it is stunning.
5. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland Australia
Noted as one of the best beaches in all of Australia, Whitehaven Beach would be a fantastic addition to your beach bucket list. One look at it and you will be in love.
The glorious white sand banks and many colors of blue water just dazzle.
6. Pelosa Beach, Sardinia, Italy
This beach does get crowded but it is absolutely stunning in person. Sometimes you just have to visit the busy beaches because they are so beautiful.
7. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Have you ever seen pink sand against azure blue waters? Then make sure you have Bermuda on your travel bucket list! This remarkable destination is one of the best in the Atlantic Ocean.
8. Cannon Beach, Oregon
While Cannon Beach isn’t really a place you would go to swim, you do visit to see the beautiful coastline and the famous Haystack Rock, which is about 235+ feet high, that is just sitting right off the coast into the water.
9. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
The Philippines are made up of over 7,000+ islands and Boracay has long been a popular destination for beach goers. White Beach is the most beautiful beach in Boracay and you should plan to spend several days in this paradise.
10. Baker Beach, San Francisco, California
With a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, you aren’t going to find a more iconic beach to add to your beach bucket list, then this one.
You can walk up to the bridge as there is a three mile loop on the Coastal Trail.
11. Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
People who have been say it is the whitest sand and clearest water in the world. We can’t argue with that. When it comes to beach bucket list destinations, this is one of the best in the Caribbean.
12. Kasjuni Marjan Beach, Croatia
One of the biggest draws to this pebble laid beach is privacy. Unlike many of the more popular beaches, people choose to come here because it isn’t quite as busy and you can easily relax.
13. Positano Beach, Italy
Easily one of the most photographed beaches in Italy and maybe the world, Positano Beach is where everyone flocks during the summer months.
This coastal beach has buildings stacked high behind it as the beach sits at the bottom.
14. Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
The popularity of the beach is most known for its views of the twelve apostles. That being said, its white sand and crystal clear waters are equally as impressive.
15. Waikiki Beach, Oahu , Hawaii
One of the most popular beaches in all of the United States is Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii and graces the top of every Oahu bucket list for places to visit.
Diamond Head sits at one end and hotels line the white sand beach the entire way down.
Pro tip: If you stay at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, you are positioned perfectly on the beach to see both a sunrise and sunset.
16. Maya Bay Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
What makes this beach worthy of the beach bucket list? Other than it being super remote and stunning, it is popular from the movie “The Beach” in which it is considered a heaven on earth.
17. Navagio Beach, Greece
Also known as Shipwreck Beach, this cove is widely popular by tourists and photographers for its shipwreck. But more than that, the clear water and white sands that occupy it.
18. Dry Tortugas Beaches, Key West, Florida
You will need to take a plane or ferry to access Dry Tortugas, but once you arrive, you will not want to leave. The beaches here largely resemble Caribbean waters and the blues are incredible.
19. Icmeler Beach, Turkey
Located on the Aegean Sea and offering golden sands and deep hues of blues to its visitors, one look and you will see why it made the beach bucket list.
For many westerners, Turkey isn’t even on their list of places to visit, but this should be all the more reason!
20. Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia
Maybe the most iconic beach in all of Australia but not for reasons you may think. There is an actual infinity pool pushing out into the ocean.
While the beach is stunning, swimming in a pool, in an ocean, is even better! There is a lot to do in the area, so make sure to fill up your Bondi bucket list!
21. Laguna Beach, California
Most popular for being its own TV show in the earlier side of the millennium, Laguna Beach has maintained its popularity with Americans as they still flock there today.
22. May Rut Island, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
This island is largely unbothered by humans, making it so pristine and a top beach bucket list destination. If you are already in Phu Quoc, this is the perfect day trip.
23. Varadero Beach, Cuba
Cuba has largely remained unavailable to Americans until recent years, which makes Varadero Beach that mush more elusive! Being told you cannot visit this paradise and then suddenly being able to go .. you have to.
24. Brighton Beach, Australia
If you are looking for a stunning beach that is on the quiet side and kept pristine, then Brighton Beach is the pace to be.
25. South Beach, Miami, Florida
South Beach is one of the best beaches in Florida and popular year round. Because of its close distance to the Caribbean, you see the various clear shades of blue, making it that much more appealing.
26. Koh Pich Island, Cambodia
Also known as Diamond Island, this beach didn’t even exist 50 years ago. Imagine going to a stunning beach that is younger than your grand parents!
27. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Buxton, North Carolina
The beauty of this beach is unique in the sense that baby turtles hatch during the summer! Yes, you can enjoy this stunning beach year round, but seeing the baby turtles make their way to the water is an amazing experience.
28. Balos Beach, Crete
Known for its white and pink sand and lack of crowds, Balos Beach is a slice of pure heaven. If you are in Crete for any measure of time, take a day out to spend here because your beach bucket list would not be complete without it.
29. Red Beach, Santorini, Greece
While the white buildings, blue domes and sunsets in Oia brought you here, you will inevitably stay for the beaches.
Red Beach is the most unique beach in Santorini because of its red rocks against the backdrop of azure waters.
30. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia may not be in your bucket list yet .. but it should be. Virginia Beach is still a big spring break destination because the beaches are just that beautiful.
Even outside of spring break, the beach is three miles long and attracts people year round.
31. Hanuama Bay State Park, Oahu, Hawaii
Oahu has many beaches that are outstanding and Hanuama Bay is one of them. This beach is amazing for those who want to snorkel and what draws guests in.
The marine wildlife is robust in this region, so bring your GoPro and snorkel equipment.
32. Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece
If partying and seeing one of the best beaches in the world is on your travel list, let Paradise Beach in Mykonos be your go to. Consistently rated one of the best beach clubs in the world, it must be on your beach bucket list.
33. Eagle Beach, Aruba
Aruba has long been known for its crystal white sands and aqua beaches. Eagle Beach is hands down the best on the island and should be on your beach bucket list as a visit.
While you are in town, make sure to stop by the Renaissance Hotel and see Flamingo Island.
34. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, Flamenco Beach is a must see for avid beach lovers. What’s special about this beach is that it is off the coast about 20 miles, not attached to mainland Puerto Rico.
If you love snorkeling, bring your gear!
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