Summer is here and is not going anywhere anytime soon. Can we really be mad about it though? Especially when there are dreamy beaches all around the world most suited to be explored in the summer. As a 20 something year old, I look for a beach to offer me a combination of party, relaxation, and activities for entertaining. Guess you can say I like having the option to relax or let loose.
Needing some inspiration myself, I asked these travel bloggers to share their favorite beach vacation spots. The result? Travel inspiration and the sudden urge to become a mermaid. I have a feeling you will too in a minute.
Now without further to do, throw on your bathing suit, smother on the sunscreen, and soak up some vitamin-sea at one of these dreamy beach spots!
Curonian Spit – Lithuania
The Curonian Spit is a thin nearly 100 km sand-dune spit between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea coast. Half of it belongs to Lithuania, and another part of Russia, and I myself can only speak for the Lithuanian part. It is the one of the most beautiful places I have ever encountered on Earth. It also has a good infrastructure, hotels, mini-bus connection between the villages and a cycling path throughout the whole Spit.
The sea-part of the spit has a 50 km long beach of white smooth sand. On a clear evening you can get a local freshly smoked fish, a bottle of dark brown beer and sit on the beach to watch a beautiful slow sunset.
The lagoon part has five small fishermen villages located on it and one of the world most amazing dunes (pictured). It is facing east, so if the sunset was not enough for you, you can come here and meet the sun rising right from the waters of the lagoon.
The Baltic Sea can be rather refreshing, but with such beaches, great local food, beauty of the nature and an abundance of sport activities you can do, it is a hidden gem of a beach holiday destination.
Jurerê Beach – Florianópolis, Brazil
Florianópolis is endearingly referred to by Brazilians as “Ilha da Magia”, the Island of Magic. The city-island is home to 100+ (!) otherworldly beaches. Literally a beach for every type of personality!
Given my personality, Jurerê Beach is my favorite out of all of them. Located on the northwest side of the island, where rich and famous Brazilians spend their summers. The beach is best described as Miami beach vibes with more nature and beautiful Brazilian eye candy in every direction.
This bustling beach stretches as far as the eye can see topped with gorgeous white sand. Lining the beach are many chiringuitos (food and drink stands) for you to take some caipirinhas (Brazilian lime-based cocktails) and wandering vendors to sell you choripan (Argentinean sausage roll) or cangas (Brazilian sarong).
Being a huge nightlife fanatic, my favorite part of Jurerê is the awesome parties – especially the beach club P12. P12 is a beachside day club that throws huge Vegas-style pool parties with international DJs and local Brazilian talent. After the party ends, I like to go lie on the beach and think about how lucky I am to be there.
Swakopmund Beach – Namibia, Africa
One of the best beaches I have had the pleasure of visiting was Swakopmund beach in Namibia. Beautifully breezy from Atlantic Ocean waves, perfect for adventure seekers as well as those wanting some space to just lounge and daydream as the waves crash ashore.
What makes this beach special is its proximity to the beautiful sand-dunes across the road. You can be wind surfing on the beach one moment and the next be sandboarding or dune bashing with quad bikes, not to mention the beautiful German inspired town right next to the beach.
Namibia may seem like a world away with many flocking to more popular destinations in Europe or the Caribbean but those in the know have kept hush about Namibian beaches for far too long. Many an adventure awaits you in Swakopmund. Just a stone’s throw away is also where you can spot whales and beautiful pink flamingo frockling on the shores of Walvis Bay.
So whether you are up for an adventure or lounging in warm and toasty sunshine, Swakopmund beach has to be added to your beach getaway list. Besides, where in the world can you do both beach lounging and dune bashing without the additional effort of traveling a great distance between two activities other than Namibia?
Costa Smeralda – Sardinia, Italy
“The north of Sardinia is known as “Costa Smeralda”, a well deserved name thanks to its distinct emerald sea. Driving along the coast you’ll see beautiful crystal clear water on one side, and huge granite rocks and Mediterranean shrubs on the other. Sardinia is a wild destination. Don’t expect to find the neat rows of sun-beds and beach umbrellas that you can see in other Italian beaches.
The best beaches in the area, such as Cala Coticcio or Le Piscine, are hidden away where only those searching for adventure can find them. After a quick drive in the Mediterranean vegetation you’ll park your car in what may seem the middle of nowhere, ready for a hike in the bushes and climbing across granite rocks. But the trek is well worth the prize.
Once you get there you will be swimming in crystal clear water and tanning on white pristine sand, undisturbed by the tourist masses or locals trying to rent you a sun-bed. There are also other beautiful beaches in the islands of the Arciplago della Maddalena, that you can only reach by boat. Sardinia is a must see destination for all the beach lovers.”
Mylopotas Beach – Ios Island, Greece
Ios Island is one of the Cyclades, located close to Santorini and Paros. Really well known as a party island during the high season, it has a totally different vibe before June. Mylopotas Beach is the most popular beach on the island, having a rather interesting history.
In the 1970s many young tourists would just bring their sleeping bags and camp here after a night of partying. Nowadays, it is quite the equivalent of a mass tourism resort but there are moments when you can have the beach almost to yourself. Show up in late May and you are guaranteed not to have to worry about finding a sunbed.
The beach offers plenty of places to eat – I loved Drakos Fish Taverna – , as well as many water sport activities. Pass by Meltemi Watersports’ shack if you want to try stand up paddling or take boat rides, for example. Even before the season there are buses from the port and Chora (village) to Mylopotas. You can also easily walk here (5km from Chora).
Nacpan Beach – Palawan, Philippines
Voted the number one beach in the Philippines, Nacpan was bound to be good. After all, there is a lot of competition: Boracay, Panglao etc. However, this three kilometre stretch of heaven confounded our beliefs of what an exceptional beach is.
Powdery sand that extends into crystal clear water. But then again this could describe any number of beaches in the Philippines, or the world. It is what is missing from Nacapn that makes it indescribable. Lacking tourists, hotels and sun loungers that crowd most beaches: Nacpan is unspoilt. Instead of being lined by resorts, Nacpan is lined by palm trees.
Furthermore, there are no rocks, coral, or sea urchins to avoid: you can simply relax and let your stresses melt away. The final bonus of Nacpan is its location: to find this slice of paradise you don’t have to travel far from tourist hotspots. It is located just 45 minutes from El Nido. Therefore, it is more than the best beach in the Philippines: it is the best beach in the world.
Sao Beach – Phu Quoc Vietnam
On public holidays and weekends it is filled with Vietnamese holiday makers but mid week, this little slice of paradise is virtually deserted. Its powdery white sands are dazzling – i’ve never seen a beach THIS white. There are water sports options, some shaded, leafy bars nearby and plentiful hammocks to while away an afternoon. The shallow waters only contain tiny fish, so take a snorkeling trip on one of the boats if you are interested in the marine life nearby.
The best way to reach Phu Quoc island is via its small airport (there are reasonable daily flights from Saigon) or via the Mekong Delta. It can also be reached if traveling overland from Cambodia. Ferries leave from Rach Xia/Ha Tien daily.
Carabao Island, Philippines
Carabao Island is a hidden gem located in the province of Romblon, Philippines. It’s one of the most underrated beaches in the Philippines, overshadowed by the world-renown Boracay Island nearby. Carabao Island has a long stretch of clear beach with fine sand. Several meters from the shore, the water goes deep and you can see a healthy environment of star fishes and other animals amid sea plants.
Separated from the main road by rows of coconut trees, Carabao Island is far from hidden unlike most beaches. As such, it’s easily accessible and available to the public. Carabao Island is a quiet beach destination to spend the summer in southeast Asia
Where are your favorite beach vacation spots? Share in the comments below!