With temperatures below freezing in most parts of the northern hemisphere, it’s the ideal time to escape to five of the most beautiful beaches across the globe.
The Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2015 were recently released by TripAdvisor, which ranks the most awesome beaches in the world that are based on countless reviews from travellers who actually visited these astounding beaches.
Baia do Sancho, a fantastic beach located on the island of Fernando de Noronha in Brazil, was announced the best in the world for the second time in a series without interruption.
From the crystal clear waters of Baia do Sancho in Brazil to the sands of Paloma, here are the top 5 beaches in the world which should be in your list of beaches to visit this year.
- Baia do Sancho, Brazil
- Ipanema Beach, Brazil
- Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Republic of Seychelles
- Hidden Beach, The Marieta Islands by Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Plage de la Paloma, French Riviera
Baia do Sancho, Brazil
A group of journalists in Brazil voted Baia do Sancho, located on an island two hundred and fifteen miles northeast of Brazil, as the most amazing out of over 2100 beaches in the country.
Rugged cliffs loom approximately 230 feet over squishy soft sand that is crescent-shaped, with trees forming a carpet over the tops of the cliff, eventually offering refuge to some exquisite birds. The best part of visiting Sancho is that it’s never over-crowded.
Most of the place is crazily empty since the overly-protected islands can house just about 700 visitors at once combined with less than 4000 locals.
A handful of tour boats make their rounds, especially in the morning, however, the ideal time for taking a sunbath is afternoon.
The only way to make your way towards the beach at this time is by foot, which can be somewhat arduous. But yes, it’s definitely worth your efforts.
Ipanema Beach, Brazil
Upscale Ipanema, the region made widely popular by a hit song in the 60s, has had a prolonged tradition of recommending the trendsetting beaches to worldwide travellers. There’s a reason why waxes and bikinis are christened “Brazilian”.
After all, the beach was a launching ground for the tight tanga bikini, which was once a popular G-string for the modern and stylish man.
The city is as hot as its sizzling locals, and this famous party beach is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to entirely not stare at them from the back of your aviators. You can find vendors along the boardwalk selling caipirinhas, and there are lots of waterfront gyms to pump your pecs before you commence on that long stroll down this fabulous beach.
Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Republic of Seychelles
La Digue Island is located forty miles towards the north-east of Mahe. An easy way to make your way to this exquisite beach is to take the Cat Coco catamaran, which is a boat provider that offers fun and a short trip in the region.
The Cat Coco takes just an hour and costs about $100 each way. Close to 2000 people reside in the region and they live a leisurely lifestyle-some amount of fishing, a bit of farming, in particular, fruit farming, which is an excellent tourist trade. With dazzling emerald waters and sugar-white sand, La Digue is an irrefutable paradise on earth.
Life here seems to be relaxed and it’s the only place on earth where you’ll get to see the occasional black paradise flycatcher bird, out of which there are only close to hundred left currently.
Hidden Beach, The Marieta Islands by Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Hidden Beach is rumoured to have been created by the Mexican military in the early 1900s while detonating test bombs.
It’s an idyllic beach based in the Marieta Islands, approximately 20 nautical miles from Puerto Vallarta. It’s also referred to as “Playa de Amor” or “Beach of Love” and is a kind of natural wonder that has remain untouched by people for a long time.
Within its cavernous, natural shell, turquoise crystal-clear waters lap against its white shores peacefully, out of reach and sight from the rest of the world.
It was only recently when its images went viral online did it become one of the most loved beaches in Mexico.
Plage de la Paloma, French Riviera
The waterfront beach located at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, near the French Riviera, is widely famous by the name Plage de la Paloma and has been a hit among some top celebrities.
The jagged peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, east of Nice has been named after the legendary painter Paloma Picasso.
He used to spend time with his friends and family members in this exotic paradise, obscured from the glitters and effervescence of this fantastic locale.
The affluent hotels and villas have been a hit for a long time among elite travellers.
However, anyone can opt to sunbathe on the Paloma beach, the coast shoreline of an inlet which is directed towards the north-east and not out to sea.
By shelling out 16 pounds, you’ll get a sunbed or a red matelas outside the Paloma beach restaurant. Cheapskates can choose to carry their very own lilos, grab a sandwich in the hamlets spread across the region and walk the lofty steps down to the sandy beach.
The view remains the same either way: sailboats and yachts, the cliffs at Cap d’Ail and Eze and the resort of Beaulieu.