Battle of the Beaches – Favorite Beaches Around the World

Why do we like beaches so much? There are a lot of terrible things about beaches … sand in your swimsuit, crabs, uneven surfaces, saltwater in your eyes, too hot or too cold, too many people, and don’t forget about sharks! But despite all these shortcomings, so many of us are drawn to the beach.

I live about a block from a “beach” on the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle. This beach, Houghton Beach, hardly qualifies as a beach. It’s comprised of a small patch of dark gray stony sand. Yet on a beautiful summer day in Seattle (both of them!) this beach attracts throngs of people and makes parking on our street nearly impossible.

So who knows why we love beaches so much? All we know is that we do! Take a peek at a few of our favorite beaches and be sure to leave a comment on some of yours.

Cayo Costa State Park, Florida Gulf Coast Island
Cayo Costa State Park, Florida Gulf Coast Island

AmyCayo Costa State Park – a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Cayo Costa is only accessible by boat and is perfect for day trips, camping and hiking. Even though it’s one of the largest barrier islands, its lack of commerce makes Cayo Costa feel like your own private island.

Nerja, Spain
Nerja, Spain

Aly – Nerja, Spain – great little village right on the beach with delicious food and great people-watching.

Desolate beach on one of the Ionian Islands in Greece
Desolate beach on one of the Ionian Islands in Greece

Amy – Ionian Islands Greece – several years ago we did a bareboat sailing charter with good friends around the Ionian Islands in Greece. Everyday we sailed until we found a private beach to drop anchor near and spend the day basking in the sun, watching mountain goat climb the steep cliffs and picnicking.

Duck, North Carolina
Duck, North Carolina

Aly – Duck, North Carolina – this is a beautiful, flat and clean beach that goes for miles…perfect for running or walking. Warm water and a charming town nearby.

Beach near Asilah, Morocco
Beach near Asilah, Morocco

Amy – Asilah, Morocco – this was hands-down the best beach experience I’ve ever had. I spent two weeks at the now defunct Atlantis Safari Club outside of Asilah. It’s rare to find a beach that you can be on for days at a time and not see another human being … other than camel handlers walking down the beach with their camels in tow and a very occasional hotel guest.

Riding a FUNcycle in Canon Beach, Oregon
Riding a FUNcycle in Canon Beach, Oregon

Aly – Cannon Beach, Oregon – a sometimes chilly beach but the rock formations make this beach a photographer’s dream.  Plenty of unique activities to do on this beach, as well.

La Fontelina Beach Club, Capri
La Fontelina Beach Club, Capri

AmyFontelina Beach Club – a beach club near the Faraglioni on Capri. Not only is the the Fontelina Beach Club my favorite dining experience, the Fontelina beach is a must on any trip to Capri. Don’t expect the classic beach experience (i.e. don’t expect sand) but this rocky outcropping is a delightful “beach” to splurge (it’s pricy so spend the entire day). It won’t disappoint.

Stingrays in Grand Cayman
Stingrays in Grand Cayman

Aly – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – The famous Seven Mile Beach is reason enough to go to the Caymans.  Be sure to play with the stingrays at Stingray City, and go for loooooong walks on the beach and don’t miss the English town of Georgetown.

Christmas Cove near Northport, Michigan
Christmas Cove near Northport, Michigan

Amy – Lake Michigan Beaches – don’t overlook the Great Lakes for a summer beach vacation. You’ll find some of the finest sand beaches, big waves, clear unsalted water and lots of summer sunshine! Plus, quaint towns everywhere.

Kiawah, South Carolina
Kiawah, South Carolina

AlyKiawah, South Carolina – I have fond memories of this beautiful resort in the Southeast – Kiawah has a range of accomodations from a 5-star hotel to little beach cottages.  This is a beach with many options …riding the beach bikes for miles, lunch at the famed Ocean Course with one of the best views in the world, warm breezes and water temps like a bathtub.

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