Whenever we think of exotic beaches, Bora Bora, The Maldives, Fiji, or some Polynesian island quickly pop into our heads. We often dismiss the idea of traveling when we realize the financial burden of paying for a trip to an exotic island, but the beaches on this list are gorgeous beaches that give Bora Bora a run for its money.
Grace Bay Beach is a sparkling turquoise beach in the Turks and Caicos islands located in the Carribean. There are many activities on this beach such as snorkeling, scuba diving, boat tours, paddle boarding, parasailing and other water sports. Discover the diverse marine life by snorkeling through the reefs; if you prefer observing the marine life without getting in the water, a glass bottom boat ride is an alternative. If you prefer staying on the shore, ride a horse on the shore or sunbathe on the fine white sands. Grace Bay Beach was ranked #6 on Forbes' 2019 World's Best Beaches List.
Playa El Cielo, which translates to "heaven beach" in Spanish", is located off the coast Cozumel, Mexico. To arrive at Playa El Cielo, take a ferry from Playa Del Carmen to the island of Cozumel. Once you arrive at Cozumel island, take another boat to Playa El Cielo (only accesible by boat). Snorkeling and paddleboarding are among the most popular tourist activities in this exotic location.
Located on the shore of Isla Mujeres, Playa Norte is one of the most popular beaches in Mexico. It's glimmering light waters and fine white sand make it the perfect destination for vacation. There are many dining options near the beach, so you can eat fine cuisine while looking out into the ocean. Palm trees line the beach providing shade for those who do not enjoy sunbathing. A distinct feature of Playa Norte is the lightness and shallowness of the water. The beach is somewhat crowded, but it doesn't detract from the beauty of the beach.
With steep limestone cliffs lining the shore of Maya Bay, it looks distinctively different than the other beaches on this list. Maya Bay is located in Kho Phi Phi Thailand. It is ranked #19 on CNN Travel's World's Best Beaches. Maya Bay was transformed from a hidden gem to one of the most popular exotic locations after "The Beach," starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed here. Snorkeling, diving, and kayaking are especially popular in Maya Bay.
Santorini, Greece is the only beach on this list from Europe. Catamaran cruises are quite popular in Santorini, closely followed by sunset cruises. The sophisticated dome shaped architecture looking over the rich blue sea is one of the most instagrammable spots in Santorini (depicted in the picture above). There are personal photographers available to give you a personalized photo shoot for only $36.
Located in Destin, Florida, this beautiful Gulf of Mexico beach is the go-to beach in the South. With calm waves and emerald waters, Destin ranks #2 in Best Florida Beaches. With talented street performers and surf shops on every corner of Destin, it has a laidback and beachy vibe.
Oahu, Hawaii is popularly refered to as the "Heart of Hawaii". A must-see location in Oahu, Hawaii is the North Shore, also known as the "surfing capital of the world". Three of Hawaii's most popular beaches are located in Oahu, Hawaii. While at North Shore, snorkel at Shark's Cove and see the turtles at Turtle Beach.