What does the phrase, “We’re going to the beach,” bring to mind? The answer probably depends on where you are in life. If you are young and single, a trip to the beach might mean days filled with fun on the beach and nights packed with clubbing. People like me, who have young kids, are looking at a very different seaside experience.
Yep, people head to the ocean for lots of reasons. If you are looking to relax, pure and simple, Conde Nast Traveler has come up with the Top 10 beaches for you.
- Banana Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis — While most of this island has seen dramatic commercial development in recent years, this beautiful oasis of peace and tranquility has escaped the bulldozers and crowds.
- Anchor Bay Beach, Lizard Island, Australia — The island is part of the Great Barrier Reef. Access to the beach is limited to guests of the resort, which keeps away the crowds.
- Sao Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam – So isolated you will feel like Tom Hanks in Castaway. Gorgeous sand beaches, lovely breezes and swaying palm trees to lend shade.
- Meads bay, Anguilla — Popular but with a laidback vibe. The sunsets are spectacular.
- Culebrita, Culebra, Puerto Rico – There is absolutely nothing on this island except sand, sun and solitude. It’s BYO everything – and worth that effort.
- Petite Anse, La Digue, Seychelles — This little-known beach is typically empty, leaving you to enjoy its beauty in total peace and quiet.
- Punta Coco, Isle de Holbox, Mexico — The rare Mexican beach untouched by development. Miles of soft sand and amazing views.
- Sea Grass Bay, Laucala Island, Fiji – The most chill beach in the most chill country on Earth. Pristine beaches, coconut groves, green, rocky green mountains. Perfect.
- Honeymoon Beach, St. John, USVI — You can only get there via boat or hiking trail. And, get this – it’s part of a U.S. National Park.
- Cocoa Island Beach, South Male Atoll, Maldives — White Sand, turquoise water, a couple of restaurants and a library. What more do you need?