Are you sick of the dull winter weather that has taken over our southern skies? Is your skin turning pale from the lack of Vitamin D hitting your pores? Do you want to bring back the sun, sand and sea of glorious summer?
For those who, like us, answered 'hell yes' to all three, we have collated ten of the best beaches in the Northern Hemisphere that are must-see destinations for people wanting to chase summer around the globe and see some exquisite, exotic foreign places in the process.
With its pinkish-white sand and stunning turquoise water, this two mile stretch of beach is not only one of the most popular beaches in the Caribbean, but also the world. Despite its many villas and restaurants, this holiday destination has not yet been overrun by tourists, so you can still enjoy a relaxing day at this pristine spot before witnessing a dreamlike sunset, seemingly at the edge of the earth.
Judged the 'World’s Leading Beach' at the World Travel Awards four years in a row, you can be sure that this spectacular beach will not disappoint. Along with white sandy beaches, Grace Bay is also home to some of the richest and most beautiful coral and aquatic life in the world. Unwinding doesn’t get much better than this.
Living up to its name, this spot really is a traveller’s paradise. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun, sip on a coconut cocktail, munch on some delicious Filipino cuisine as you listen to the waves crashing gently on the shore whilst laying in your beach recliner.
The hype surrounding this picturesque island is not unwarranted. The looming fortress-like cliffs tower over approaching boats, and the beaches are simply beautiful. Of the two islands, Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don, the former remains completely free of inhabitants and the latter totally without roads.
One of the longest beaches in the state of Goa, Candolim is a stark contrast to the populated centres of bustling India. It is just south of the famous Calangute Beach, but this beach is much more serene and peaceful. Candolim is a relaxed village containing only smalls inns and hotels, and has also been home for over 12 years to an immovable beached tanker, River Princess.
The southern tourist island of Sardinia, off mainland Italy, plays host to some of the most alluring and secluded coves and beaches in the world. The ‘Emerald Coast’ features 80 idyllic bays with pristine beaches, many of which are only accessible by boat. This northern coastline is ensconced in the unspoiled wilderness of Sardinia’s Lisa di Vacca and contains unique panoramic views of the surrounding national parks.
Baska Voda is a major tourist resort situated along the astonishing Makarska Riviera in Croatia’s south. Lying at the foot of the incredible mountain Biokovo, this 2km long pebbly beach is rich in olive groves and pine woods, making for an interesting and dynamic holiday destination.
The beach comprises of enormous wind-sculpted dunes, located just behind the mesmerising blue sea and soft sand. Divided into four regions, Maspalomas caters for all tastes. The beach offers tonnes of sports and leisure facilities as well as beach bars, restaurants and shops, and though it sits off mainland Africa it is considered the westernmost point of the Sahara Desert.
The iconic Maui Island is one of Hawaii's most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason. Comprising all the qualities travellers crave in a classic Hawaiian beach holiday - surfing, volcanoes, family friendly activities, posh resorts and traditional culture - Maui encompasses the envisioned relaxing yet exciting Hawaiian vacation. Makena is considered by many to be the best stretch of sand on the island.
Last but certainly not least on the list, is the primary party coastal city, Miami Beach. Featured in countless movies and TV shows, this iconic strip is a must-visit location for those on the quest of following summer around the world. Miami Beach is home to myriad festivals, parties and events, including Art Basel and Winter Music Conference.
June 25, 2012 by Greta Mayr