Beaches. Waters. Sands. I’m not a great fan of water. Maybe because I feel vulnerable when I’m bombarded by it. So when it rains, you’ll find me staring at it in annoyance. When I pass by a puddle, I skirt it and curse anyone who splashes. When I’m near a pool or the beach, I make sure I’m careful enough not to be around people who can dunk me into the water.
Nevertheless, there is something about beaches that pulls me to them. There is a sense of calm that comes with sitting on the beachside, watching the waters, or walking through their shallower parts, just enough so that your ankles get a taste of the blues. And because of this, you can find me staring at pictures of beautiful beaches, of waterfalls and of large hotels with glistening pools. Especially Santorini, my dream destination that I had the absolute pleasure of visiting in 2017. I can’t seem to help myself as I gaze dreamily at the white and blue walls as well as the blue waters that ripple in the backdrop, occasionally cut through by boats and ships and yachts and what not. It’s a delight is what I’m saying.
So this Travel Tuesday, instead of going on and on about the white walls, let me focus on the sandy floors and the tempting blue waters, where one does not have an option but to wade into them, even if it is just to test them. Here are the 10 beaches in the world on my bucket-list. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. 😀
Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA
I’d visited Los Angeles on my trip to the United States in 2015, but due to time and transportation constraints, couldn’t visit this beach. I feel like this is more of an ‘This is talked about everywhere, hence I want to visit it’ kind of thing rather than something that I wanted myself. But it’s still beautiful and this is why it’s on this list of 10 beaches in the world on my bucket-list. I’m hoping that another chance will present itself to me to experience the atmosphere that it is so famous for.
South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA
I’ve visited this one and I’m so, so glad! The combination of the sparkling white sands and the blue, blue waters is one that I’m not going to forget in a hurry. I did a whole blog post about my experience in Miami. It’s not an extensive or comprehensive one, but I feel like it did capture my feelings about it pretty well. Ticking off bucket list items is so satisfying, honestly. But here’s a look at a picture that I took when I visited this beach.
Secluded Beach, Furore, Amalfi, Italy
Italy is a gorgeous, gorgeous country, and there is no two ways about it. So when a secluded beach from the Amalfi Coast popped up in my search, enclosed by mountains and just a thin entrance/exit via water on one end, it blew my mind and ended up on this list of 10 beaches in the world on my bucket-list. Plus, if you’ve read my earlier blog posts, my relationship with Italy has sort of strengthened a little ever since I read Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words and learned of the passion she holds for the Italian language. Combine it with this gorgeous view and I’m a goner. ❤
Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida, USA
I’ve been to Miami, but again, due to time constraints and due to having been a little under the weather (read: heavy-flow periods) in this city, I couldn’t visit Key Biscayne. And this remains a regret that I hope to rectify as soon as I can.
Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece
Oh yes! I’ve been here! Here’s a picture from the time that Paradise Beach took my breath away. The sparkling waters of Greece, coupled with the gorgeous people (I mean how do they look so put together, man?) milling around and relaxing, spun my head like that totem from ‘Inception’. Someday, I’d love to go back there and experience that atmosphere again.
Tahiti, French Polynesia
There are those places that feature on your list solely because of the gut feeling within you that says, ‘Oh I have to visit this place!’ Tahiti is one such, though that gut feeling also tells me that this beach will give me an experience that no other beach possibly can. The very thought of lying back and watching the clouds scud across this sky as I don’t have to think of anything else is giving me chills. Literal chills. (Can you tell I’ve been watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine? :P)
St. Lucia, Caribbean Islands
Another of those gut feeling beaches. Walking around this circumference is going to be beautiful. I can feel it in my bones! Why can’t I go there already?! Oh, I know.
Phi Phi Island, Thailand
Ah. Thailand. The country that is known for its promiscuity, but you’ll only hear of it in a subtle manner. But then, it has some pretty stunningly romantic scenes that no other country can offer you. Phi Phi Island is home to such beaches that will leave you goggling in a stupor. I can’t swim to save my life. Literally. But this view makes me want to learn. Seriously.
Whitehaven Beach/Hill Inlet, Australia
Okay, listen. It’s going to be a shame if I don’t go to this beach from here. Seriously. I’d be so disappointed in myself. But then again, I’m not the luckiest person alive, so let’s see about that. But this is a place I want to visit sometime in my life if not this year. Yes, there are those reports of animals laying claim to all they lay eyes on in Australia. I guess we’ll have to be reeeeeally careful, is all. 😛
Maldives is one of the most beautiful destinations to exist on Earth. And with the beaches with thatched enclosures overlooking the sands and waters that say hi to the stunning horizon, it’s no wonder Baros figures on this list of 10 beaches in the world on my bucket-list. Soon, I tell myself. Soon, I will visit this place and make it mine. Soon. It’s like I’m challenging myself to see how soon I can disappoint myself. But this picture somehow gives me hope.
But until I can actually go to these places, I’ll have to live and get by, by just looking at the pictures. The best part of the wait is that I don’t mind it one bit. 🙂
Which one of these beaches would you like to visit? Is there another you would like to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
I’ll see you in the next blog post.
Until next time, keep reading, travel responsibly, and add melodrama to your life. 🙂