The world's most famous beaches
Welcome to our indispensable list of #iconic beaches – the places that offer more than just chalk-white sand and turquoise water. You travel here for the best bathing experience, but also for the famous history of the beaches.
There are countless lists of the world's most beautiful beaches, which is why we have focused on coastlines that offer more than just parasols and deck chairs. We have selected beaches that have rich wildlife and human life. In other words, beaches for those who are a little restless and need impulses and entertainment.
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Here's a list of beaches worldwide you really don't want to miss:
1. Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"Everyone" has heard of Copacabana Beach, the beach with white sand and majestic Sugarloaf Mountain in the background. Copacabana beach is over four kilometres long and stretches out towards the Atlantic Ocean.
The beach is on our iconic list since it has appeared in countless films and series (An Idiot abroad, Moonraker, Fast Five), books, songs, and social media, in addition to having an awesome atmosphere.
This is a place where locals gather for football, samba, and Brazilian culture from morning to night, including on the seafront's many bars and restaurants. If you're feeling restless, you can even head from the beach up to the mountaintop!
2. Santa Monica Beach, California
The final destination on legendary Route 66 is one of the world's most famous beaches. Why is Santa Monica Beach cool? It's where nostalgia meets the modern Californian lifestyle – you can cycle along the promenade, which is several kilometres long, watch street performers and skaters, work out at legendary Muscle Beach, or simply lounge on the beach.
There is also an amusement park and a bunch of restaurants and market stalls. A visit here is a real must when you're in Los Angeles.
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3. Renaissance Island, Aruba
This private island belongs to the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, but you can visit by boat. The island is home to Flamingo Beach, which you're bound to have seen in an Instagram post at some point.
As its name suggests, the beach is full of pink flamingos! It's an experience out of the ordinary, although it might give you pause that the animals are wing-clipped, a practice used to keep bird species in semi-free environments.
4. Isla Holbox, Mexico
This small island lies at the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, about two hours by car north of Cancún. It's a real beach paradise, with turquoise water and everything you need to find peace.
The island also has no cars, but you can cruise around on a moped or in a golf cart. The most exotic thing here is the wildlife, especially underwater, where you can swim with whale sharks: Isla Holbox – Mexico's unknown holiday paradise
5. Sotavento Beach, Spain
Sotavento is located in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, Spain. Although the islands have a reputation as a cheap package holiday destination, the label is unfair as you can find incredibly fine beaches and culture there.
Our focus is on the former, and we must then mention Sotavento Beach, which is actually a series of beaches spread across a several- kilometre long stretch of coast. Sotavento has it all: relaxation, abundant wildlife, and plenty of water sports. In fact, Sotavento Beach is one of the most popular windsurfing and kitesurfing destinations in the world.
6. Praia do Norte, Portugal
The city of Nazaré is located on Portugal's Atlantic coast. It gained prominence when American surfer Garrett McNamara rode a giant 30-meter wave there in 2013. The incredible feat took place in Praia do Norte, a beach famous for its big waves.
This is where the most experienced surfers go as well as or those who want to witness enormous forces of nature and see surfers from all over the world doing wild stunts.
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7. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
This legendary beach stands out because it ticks all the boxes on a long checklist:
1. Just a half-hour ride from Sydney.
2. Dine like a local hipster at one of the many restaurants on the main street, Campbell Parade, which is the entrance to the beach.
3. Take a surf course in the perfect waves. (Don't worry, the beach has a shark net.)
4. Snap a selfie and brag that you've been to the beach, which is featured in the TV series Bondi Rescue.
5. Lie down and just enjoy the sun and all the action going on around you: skaters, lifeguards, tourists, and people playing volleyball and dancing to music.
6. Take a swim in the iconic Bondi Icebergs Pool. This is the world-famous Olympic swimming pool located virtually in the sea which offers views of the Pacific Ocean and Bondi Beach.
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