In Australia we are spoiled for choice of pristine beaches and especially here on the West Coast! During my travels it has been hard to find beaches that measure up to our beautiful coastline.
I love being near the water whether it is swimming, snorkeling, being on a boat or having a game of beach cricket. It gives me a sense of calm and clarity. So it is only natural that when I travel I often find myself by the ocean.
Here are a few of my favourite coastal areas from around the world.
Phi Phi Island in Thailand
Phi Phi Island is just a boat ride away from Phuket and watching the cliffs appear on the horizon is magical. The water is crystal clear and a beautiful blue colour with plenty of marine life. It does however attract hundreds of visitors to it shore so if you are after a nice quiet beach this is not the place for you.
Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean and the island has turquoise water and sandy beaches to relax on. There are plenty of resorts all along the island’s coast with beach access and gorgeous views.
Langkawi in Malaysia
Langkawi is a beautiful tropical island with magnificent beaches. There are 99 island in the region so island hopping is a must! This is the view from my hotel at Tanjung Rhu Resort and I don’t think I could ever get sick of looking at it.
Redang Island in Malaysia
Redang is one of the largest islands on the east coast of Malaysia and it offers excellent diving and snorkeling. Redang is one of nine islands that form a protected marine park. Staying at Berjaya Redang Island Resort we had access to a beautiful white sandy bay where we wasted the days away.
Zipolite in Mexico
Zipolite is a beautiful stretch of beach on the southern coast of Oaxaca state in Mexico. With strong currents swimming can be extremely dangerous and it is known as the beach of the dead as there are so many drownings each year. We respected the ocean, didn’t venture into deep water and just splashed around the shallows. It is still a nice place to hang out and as it has a hippie vibe and I love a bar on the beach with nothing but sand and a few hammocks. If you are on a budget there are many rustic cabins located on the sandy beach.
With an extremely large amount of islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea how can this not be a favourite spot. Greece has an ideal climate, safe turquoise coloured waters and a diverse landscape. Every island has a different beaches such as sandy beaches, pebble beaches, dark coloured sand from volcanic soil. It is the perfect spot to island hop and enjoy all that is on offer.
Unfortunately on my travels I have seen so many beaches effected by pollution so please remember to leave a place cleaner than when you found it.
Do you have a favourite bit of coast?
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