From the Philippines, to Thailand, American Samoa and Greece, these are 8 top beaches according to our readers
The sun is hitting the northern hemisphere with full force again and it’s time to lie back on the beach with a good book and get some sun. This time, we didn’t select the world’s top beaches ourselves – it was you, our readers, that recommended the spots to enjoy the beach and sea.
We decided to explore the suggestions and now we present you the eight top beaches recommended by the savviest internet commentators on our Facebook feed.
Seven commandos beach, Palawan, Philippines
Among the plethora of commentators on our recent post, one particular country dominated. And, honestly, there is no wonder why the Philippines are so often named as a true paradise. Despite the fact that the government has implemented measures against overtourism in certain areas, the country still clearly takes first place.
“Even if Boracay has been closed down, there are a lot more to enjoy powdery fine sand and crystal clear water in my country. Palawan itself is home to many beautiful islands, from north to south. It has in fact been voted as the Best Island Destination for years,” said one of our readers, and we cannot agree more.
The area of Palawan just calls for island hopping and exploration while one of the region’s most iconic islands happens to be El Nido, home to Seven Commandos beach.
Guarded by distinctive palm trees visible miles from the shore and that resemble armed guardians, the place is believed to be named after seven soldiers allegedly stranded at the beach during World War II.
No matter if the story is based on reality, the beach is popular for being a stretch of fine sand and coconut trees that welcomes both guests and locals with amazingly clear waters and rich marine life.
Noosa Main Beach, Queensland, Australia
One of the few north facing beaches on the entire east coast of Australia, located right next to a European-style village that claims to be one of the country’s most popular shopping and foodie strips, Noosa Main Beach is an ideal spot to enjoy outstandingly sunny weather with your family or friends.
The whole 100 km-long coastline in the South East of Queensland bears a self-explanatory name – the Sunshine Coast – and the unique position of Noosa Heads make it a great starting point for surfing. The orientation to the North reduces the waves making the waters unusually calm.
The area is close to the Noosa National Park, a hiker’s’ dream, that is surrounded by waters with much wilder conditions better for more experienced surfers and other extreme water sports enthusiasts.
In the unlikely case that the Sunshine Coast doesn’t fit your idea of beaching in Australia, our readers also recommend areas such as Lenox Heads and Yamba.
Veligandu Island Beach, Maldives
With golden sand, azure water and a coral reef within swimming distance, this beach is what the whole Maldives experience is about. You don’t need to pack anything else than your swimsuit, a pair of flip-flops and tons of sunscreen because the sun will never cease to amaze you with its strength.
Featuring outstanding conditions for snorkelling, or spots for pure relaxation with a drink on a pristine beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, there is no wonder this location has been popular among married couples as their honeymoon destination.
The Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, which lies right next to the beach, offers a direct access to the sea straight from the water villa which allows you to have your morning coffee surrounded by the most colourful fish, turtles, manta rays or even sharks. Trust me, you will never have a better coffee break.
Mullet Bay, St. Maarten
Business in the front, party in the back. With a golf course ready for establishing new business deals in combination with party shacks right on the finest sand surrounded by crystal waters, Mullet Bay beach could reflect the description of the iconic hairstyle from the 80s and 90s at its best. The beach is, however, named after a type of fish, so you don’t have to worry about meeting MacGyvers or Kurt Russells running around.
Excellent water quality makes Mullet Bay one of St. Maarten’s best place for swimming and even though it’s central to many of the area’s urban amenities, it is the kind of a beach that never gets too crowded. Surfers will also benefit from the north winds that bring fantastic offshore conditions.
Mullet Bay is also equipped with various shacks serving food and mobile snack vendors which is a great opportunity to check one of our reader’s opinion that the local food itself is a good enough reason to visit the island of St. Maarten.
Anse Major, Seychelles
Located on the Mahé Island, Anse Major will please all tropic paradise hunters seeking a little bit of privacy. Being accessible only by boat or through the Morne Seychellois National Park that requires some serious hiking – or even rock climbing – you won’t meet too many holiday-makers at the spot.
The walk itself is a memorable experience with majestic views practically the whole time. And once you finish the trail, staring at the desired beach before you, the feeling of an unprecedented reward will overwhelm you completely. Visitors agree that to make the trip only once in a lifetime definitely doesn’t suffice.
Don’t forget to take your snorkelling gear as well as snacks and other refreshments. To keep the spot an untouched oasis, no service is provided on the beach. The only things resembling the human civilization are a few abandoned buildings scattered around.
Emerald Cave, Koh Muk, Thailand
While selecting the best beaches for the upcoming season, one cannot forget to mention the epitome of plage life – Thailand. Home to partygoers as well as one of the world’s biggest digital nomad community, Thailand will always grab the hearts of travellers for its magnificent beauty as well as some of the friendliest people on Earth.
With the Hollywood famous beach of Maya Bay being temporarily closed to save the rare marine ecosystem that suffers from omnipresent tourism, other less known and hidden places are filling the spotlight.
One of the little paradise islands, Koh Muk, lies south of Krabi and near Trang and hides a treasure all mystery lovers would fancy. A cave that leads to a tiny oasis inside the rocky surroundings accessible only during the low tide which, according to legends, pirates used as their treasures’ hiding place.
A group of explorers can access the spot with a tour guide that leads them through the cave while holding onto a rope. Rocky cliffs that surround an area of sandy beach and green waters brought it its name – the Emerald Cave. Not recommended for claustrophobes though.
Ofu Beach, American Samoa
If climbing to the Anse Major is only for the more active of travellers, this hidden gem in the South Pacific – a region that was also recommended by various readers – suits only the most dedicated ones. You will sweat, you will swear, you will hate yourselves, but once you finish one of the trails to the nearly untouched coastline of American Samoa’s Ofu beach, you certainly won’t regret it.
The beach is so unpopulated it maintains its coral reef in perfect shape. Marine biologist from around the world come to study its resistance to bleaching. Being so far flung, Ofu definitely isn’t the typical vacation beach and serves mostly those who prefer a temporary refuge, quietness and calm.
The sheer beauty of this curve of sand and the emptiness of its shores make the place truly out of this world.
Seychelles, Ikaria, Greece
To pick the best beach in the whole of Greece is almost as impossible as the task is in the Philippines, Thailand, or South Pacific. Myrtos in Kefalonia, Crete’s Elafonisi or the entire island of Mykonos… These places are more famous than Jesus. But what truly stands out in our point of view is a magnificent white stoned beach, coincidentally named Seychelles, on Ikaria island.
Apart from the bluest waters, white sands and majestic white cliffs, the area offers a number of underwater caves ready to be explored.
The location is connected with the village Magganitis by a tunnel and the area around features numerous bars and cafes allowing to embrace the wholesome greek idyllic. The beach has earned its place in the spotlight only recently but has been sought-after by young people and couples.
Sometimes called the Jamaica of the Aegean Sea, Seychelles is one of the most intriguing beaches in the world. Hurry up before it blasts to the Mykonos proportions!