In this article of photos you will find the most irresistible beaches and coves on the planet; from the Mediterranean to the Pacific Ocean.
Bora Bora. Tahiti and its Islands
Anchored in the middle of the ocean, Tahiti and its Islands (French territory) keep paradises that have seduced navigators, explorers and artists from different eras. The atoll of Bora Bora is one of them. Its lagoon with turquoise waters reflects the silhouette of Mount Otemanu, an extinct volcano that rises on a coastline of white sands and coconut trees. This idyllic image is repeated a few kilometers east on Aitutaki Atoll in the Cook Islands, where the men of the Bounty almost touched their dream in 1789.
Playa Bonita, Dominican Republic
The main quality by which this beach gets its name is its simplicity. Nice Beach, the main elements of an idyllic Caribbean retreat converge: palm trees, fine sand and crystalline waters away from cars and vendors. A little frequented beach, ideal to immerse yourself in the greens and blues of the Caribbean, and forget about the rest of the world for a few days.
Cayo Largo, Cuba
Francis Drake and Christopher Columbus landed at Cayo Largo before crossing the Atlantic. Five centuries later, that islet located 177 kilometers from the southwest coast of Cuba is a unique destination to enjoy the sun and waters of the Caribbean. The Sirena, Lindamar and Paraíso beaches, with dwarf palm trees leaning on the white sand, preserve the image of Eden found by the ancient navigators. Cayo Largo is connected by boat to Varadero and by plane with Havana, the Cuban capital.
Los Roques, Venezuela
Los Roques is a natural paradise and one of the best kept secrets of the Venezuelan coast. It is famous for its paradisiacal beaches and for having some of the most impressive underwater bottoms of the Caribbean. A visit to the Roques offers the possibility of choosing between multiple keys and islets inviting the visitor to get lost among a multitude of exuberant nooks and crannies.
Palombaggia. Corsica (France)
The southern end of the long island of Corsica has beaches that, like Palombaggia, exemplify the purest Mediterranean. Under the shade of the pines, you can discover the play of light that the sun creates on the rocks and foam of the waves.
The cove is located within the term of Porto Vecchio, an old fishing town now dedicated to tourism and with a very lively port. Another attraction of Palombaggia is its proximity to the Cerbicale Islands, a natural reserve inhabited by a multitude of seabirds.
The coast of Licia, on the Mediterranean coast, offers the opportunity to bathe on beaches that have seen a dozen civilizations. The route that links the most beautiful sandy areas must stop at the long bay of Ölüdeniz, where its placid waters have earned the nickname of Blue Lagoon. A part of the bay is declared a national park and is an ideal enclave for canoeing and diving for some sea turtle. The Roman and Lycian ruins are a perfect historical complement.
La Digue, Seychelles
Large blocks of granite are scattered on the sand and shore of the beaches of this teardrop-shaped island. Dominated by the hill of the Nid d’Aigle (300 m), La Digue is located half an hour by catamaran from the island of Praslin, it only has one paved road and there are hardly any motor vehicles. The calm is, then, assured, especially if the day is dedicated to Anse Source d’Argent, the beach with the most amazing rock faces. Without almost getting away from the shore and equipped with diving goggles, you can see corals and tropical fish.
El Nido. Philippines
The island of Palawan, between the China Sea and the Sulu Sea, has a spectacular landscape in El Nido: an eye of water surrounded by a circus of jungle-lined cliffs to the shore. From the lonely beaches of this protected area of the western Philippines, you can see how the limpid sky changes the color of the water throughout the day, bringing out sparkles of a seabed rich in vegetation and fauna. Such biodiversity has turned this enclave into an ideal destination to see coral reefs, sea turtles and birds of Southeast Asia.
Cook Islands and Whitsunday
The coral island of Tapuaetai (“the one-foot island” in Maori) houses the most famous beach in this archipelago of the South Pacific.
The largest of the hundred islands of the Whitsunday archipelago, off the eastern coast of Australia, is an excellent first contact with the Great Barrier Reef. In 1770 Captain James Cook disembarked briefly in its sand and certified its beauty in the logbook of the expedition. Unlike other islands in the Queensland region, the interior is mountainous and covered in lush vegetation, while dwarf palms grow on the beaches and pointy fossils emerge from the sand.
Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas
Its name is already an invitation to the senses: a beach of pink sand, located in the Caribbean Sea, on the island of Harbor. Along its five kilometers in length, millions of corals and powdered shells have spread a carpet of pink tones that shine when the waves bathe it. The island has become a relaxing haven for celebrities and also a paradise for scuba divers. The only inhabited center of the island is Dunmore, a pleasant city with houses painted in pastel colors.