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A Pristine Beach for Every Traveler

A Pristine Beach for Every Traveler Photo

Photo by HiramAbif

Posted on June 4, 2008 in Trip Ideas

The world is full of beautiful beaches, but on many of them, you’ll be communing with a few thousand fellow sun-lovers rather than with nature. Then there are those deserted crescents of sand that stand above the rest, with pristine waters and magnificent backdrops. Here are 10 of those beaches—places where IgoUgo travelers enjoyed the sea in blissful solitude.

Tonsai Beach, Krabi, Thailand
armandpj says: “Amazing cliffside views and rock-climbing sites; white, coarse sand; great coves and bays; pristine waters; moderately accessible on foot from Phranang Beach around the rocks at low tide and through the jungle from West Railay Beach any time. Most recommended for chilling and lazing in the sun, late-afternoon naps, and all-day drinks.”

Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao
CaribbeanNuts says: “This is truly the most pristine beach Curaçao has to offer. Beautiful beach, crystal-clear water that will amaze you, and full-of-life reefs. We spotted so many kinds of fish underneath the surface of the water!”

Curonian Spit, Lithuania
raycarstairs says: “The Curonian Spit is one of the most magical places I have ever visited. It really is a paradise of enormous, forested sand dunes and rich wildlife—ideal for a spot of peaceful relaxation. Without a doubt, you must explore the dunes and pine forests, relax on the pristine beaches, and visit Nida, a quaint village a few miles from the Russian border.”

Honda Bay Islands, Philippines
HiramAbif says: “The islands of Honda Bay, off the central eastern coast of Palawan and within easy access from the capital of Puerto Princessa, are greatly underrated and underreported. Surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters, pristine beaches with the finest sand, and unspoiled natural environment, they are pure heaven.”

Itacaré, Bahia, Brazil
Elisabete Magnani says: “Itacaré is a little paradise in Brazil. Fascinating beaches, places to relax—this is the right place for those who are looking for peace, waves, and nature. You will love it.”

West End Beach, Anegada, BVI
ripplefan2 says: “My first order of the day was to pour a rum punch and head for a walk along the beach to West End Beach. This entire island is covered in burrs (spiky plant seeds) that float around and stick to your feet, but the atmosphere is worth the annoyance. I finally arrived at West End Beach, where the seas were rough and the winds were high, but the sun and seclusion were amazing.”

Palolem Beach, Goa, India
mandappakc says: “I've been all over the South, and by far one of the most beautiful sights I've seen is a lesser-known beach among the famous Goan ones in south Goa. A fascinating horseshoe-shaped shallow beach, it has waves that recede miles. At the end on one side are two hillocks, in between which the sun sets, and here is a rocky area where people gather silently to witness the last rays of the sun.”

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece
GB from Devizes says: “We pull over, jump out of the jeep, and walk to the barrier-protected edge. There spread before us is a spectacle like nothing either of us has ever seen before, a wide, graceful arc of shimmering sand and pebbles protected by staggeringly steep cliffs to it’s rear and on both ends. The waves are rolling ashore gently, with water that is literally pure turquoise in color. This is of course Myrtos Beach, the best of it’s kind on Kefalonia, if not the entire Ionians, or even Greece, for that matter.”

Gulf State Park Beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama
melissa_bel says: “Located between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, this stretch of sand lies between two heavily built-up areas like an oasis. Here, the typical Gulf beach has been preserved with dunes, sparkling white sand, and blue-green waters of the Gulf. The pelicans are here too! You’ll often see them flying over, and it’s quite a sight.”

Ravahere Island, French Polynesia, South Pacific
adf says: “A large but uninhabited island in the Tuamotus, Ravahere has the usual pristine beaches and swaying coconut palms. The real attraction is underwater, where I had the best night dive of my life.“

Whether your vision of paradise looks like a coconut-strewn coast in South America or a Florida beach pulsing with the bronzed and the beautiful, you can find more of the world’s best beaches at IgoUgo.

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