Because we are already planning our next vacation, or because we just want to dream a little, Hamaji Magazine invites you to discover its carefully curated selection of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
From Brazil to Kenya, Greece, Morocco, India, Japan and Zanzibar, there is no shortage of heavenly beaches on Earth. Ocean lovers will find something to dream about with this top 20 ranking. Shades of blue, endless variations of heavenly beaches, palm trees rocking in the sea breezes. Between the dream landscapes and the horizon that stretches as far as the eye can see, leave your novel aside and open your eyes wide.
ANSE SOURCE D’ARGENT, SEYCHELLES
In the shade of the Seychelles palm trees, one can enjoy the freshness of the crystal clear water on the Anse Source d’Argent beach, where you will easily succumb to the dolce farniente (the art of doing nothing) while enjoying this natural treasure.
NUNGWI BEACH, ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar’s beaches are increasingly popular among seekers of crystal clear waters, immensely clear skies and fine sand. Located on the northern tip of the island, the village of Nungwi was one of the first seaside destinations. In a bohemian-chic atmosphere, it is the holy grail for holidaymakers.
LEGZIRA BEACH, MOROCCO
In between Mirleft and Sidi Ifni can be found Morocco’s most unique beach.
Like its other Atlantic counterparts, the 8 km-long stretch of Legzira Beach is windy, rocky, and expansive. What set Legzira apart, however, were its two mammoth stone arches. Naturally formed after years of erosion, these sedimentary giants jutted out into the perpetually crashing waves and are accessible during low-tide.
DIANI BEACH, KENYA
A beautiful 30 km long beach lined with palm trees, Diani beach also boasts a beautiful coral reef. Its region is famous for its black and white colobus monkeys, as well as for the Shimba Hills National Reserve, a wildlife reserve overlooking the Indian Ocean.
In southwest India, in Goa, lay your towel on the beach of Anjuna: no doubt, you are at the end of the world. The beaches of northern Goa are known as havens for backpackers and yogis. If you fancy something a little different, long empty ocean roads and secluded coves all to yourself, and aren’t bothered about frills and luxury, then you could do worse than giving the Indian coast a go.
YONAHA MAEHAMA BEACH, JAPAN
The relatively little-known island of Miyako in Okinawa is home to Yonaha Maehama Beach, a pristine 7-kilometer stretch of shoreline ranked among the best sandy beaches in Japan. This picture-postcard beach has sun parasols and deck chairs available to idle the day away and plan your ongoing journeys in Okinawa.
LOPES MENDES, BRAZIL
Elected by The Guardian in 2009, as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches of Brasil, Lopes Mendes beach, in Ilha Grande, deserves the title: 3 Km of very clear and thin sand and crystalline clean waters. To the left of the Beach is Morro dos Castelhanos, with 350 m of altitude, and to the right, Morro do Ferreira, 760 m high.
MAYA BAY, THAILAND
Maya Bay is a stunningly beautiful bay that is sheltered by 100-metre high cliffs on three sides. Inside the bay there are several beaches, most are small and some only exist at low tide. The main one is around 200 metres long with silky soft white sand, underwater colourful coral and exotic fish in exceptionally clear water; the whole bay is one big reef. Maya Bay has become the main tourist attraction of Phi Phi since The Beach was filmed there in 1999.
MCKENZIE LAKE, AUSTRALIA
There are many different aspects to Fraser Island, but the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake McKenzie makes it probably the most visited natural site on the island. It is a ‘perched’ lake, which means it contains only rainwater, no groundwater, is not fed by streams and does not flow to the ocean.
The sand there is pure, white silica and is not only beautiful to look at but feels beautifully soft to walk on. The blues and greens of the lake are endlessly fascinating and it is well worth getting up early to look across it in the soft light of dawn.
The luminous Greek Island of Milos has the best beaches in the Aegean, a fascinating history, superb seafood and kind-hearted people- and yet it is so often overlooked. All the better for the few who do go there, entirely alone in its turquoise bays.