How’s the weather where you are today? Even if it’s fantastic, you may still be longing for a getaway to one of these stunning beaches! Whether you want to spend the day lazing about and enjoying the sun, or if you want to go surfing or snorkeling, there are so many reasons to visit all of these amazing destinations all over the world. Read on and start planning your next vacation!

1: Gandoca Beach, Costa Rica

Based on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, Gandoca Beach is a secluded little strip bordered by dense jungle. If you come here at the right time, you may see nesting or hatching sea turtles!

2: Nautholsvik Beach, Iceland

Iceland is known for its glaciers and hot springs, but this breathtaking country also has some amazing beaches! While not tropical like many of the destinations on this list, make sure to pay a visit to one of Iceland’s coastal views.

3: Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand

An incredibly popular country for expats and travelers of all ages, there is no shortage of gorgeous sights to see in Thailand. Travel to Railay Beach, which is a little different from Thailand’s other beaches in that it’s famous for its limestone cliffs and mangrove forests.

4: Gardner Bay, Española Island, Ecuador

Based on the beautiful Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, Gardner Bay is an incredible place to relax and to view amazing wildlife, like albatross colonies and green sea turtles!

5: Jurata Beach, Poland

Poland is not necessarily known for its beaches, but if you are looking for an absolutely beautiful, peaceful beach in Europe, consider Jurata Beach on the Hel Peninsula.

6: Crane Beach, Barbados

Travel to the Caribbean and kick back at Crane Beach in Barbados! Take in the beautiful views of the crystal-clear water from one of the 80-foot cliffs overlooking the beach.

7: Dunn’s River Beach, Jamaica

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If you’re up for a hike, trek to Dunn’s River Falls and then spend the day relaxing on its neighboring beach! This is a wonderful destination for a day trip filled with adventure and fun.

8: Tulum, Mexico

Less crowded and just as beautiful as other popular Mexican beaches, the stunning beaches in Tulum are inviting for tourists who want to get away from the 9-to-5 and relax for a little while in the sun.

9: Luskentyre Beach, Scotland

Known for its array of wildlife and turquoise waters, Luskentyre Beach in Scotland offers incredible views and hiking opportunities if you would like to get out and enjoy nature.

10: Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

This magical beach has so many different reasons to visit: go hiking or kayaking, take a boating tour, or just relax and enjoy one of the resorts in this Australian destination.

11: Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy

Perhaps the most stunning beaches in the world are located in the Mediterranean – and Rabbit Beach is the crown jewel. This Italian beach is beloved by tourists and locals alike, with soft sand and bright blue waters.

12: Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles

Go snorkeling at this amazing African beach, where you’ll be able to see colorful fish and unique rock formations! Come early enough and you may catch a glimpse of some tortoises as well.

13: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

This group of beaches in the Philippines offer so much for travelers: go boating, snorkeling, or diving, or hike along the many trails and enjoy the views.

14: Cayos Cochinos, Honduras

These keys off the north coast of Honduras are accessible by boat, and are perfect for a day trip. Enjoy a lunch and take a nap in the sun!

15: Caye Caulker, Belize

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A super popular destination for expats, Caye Caulker is a beautiful small island off the coast of Belize where you can go diving, take a tour of the barrier reef, or just hang out at one of the beach bars.

Which other stunning beaches are on your bucket list? Add your ideas below!

About the Author

Sarah Vandenberg

As the managing editor of Frayed Passport, my goal is to help you build your bucket list, plan your travels, and tell your story. I've been to 20 countries and five continents so far, lived for two years as a full-time digital nomad, and while I'm based in Miami now, I spend one-third of the year traveling to amazing destinations around the world. If you would like to contribute an article to Frayed Passport, feel free to get in touch with me at sarah@frayedpassport.com!