Eagle Beach, Aruba
These iconic stretches of sand around the world come tailor-made for all kinds of travelers.
Watching as the sunlight dances across the surface of a cyan-blue lagoon. Inhaling the tang of salt-misted air. Listening to the steady thrum of waves washing the shore. Then finally, immersing yourself to swim and float in the water. Isn’t this the essence of bliss?
For many of us, beaches are the ultimate embodiment of vacation magic. Part of the reason is that time spent on the shore makes us happier and more relaxed (there’s even science to back this up!). And our collective love of beaches goes a long way toward explaining why islands are some of our most sought-after destinations.
But how to choose the best island for beach travel, when the world is filled with them? While nearly every island has some sort of beach, not all are graced with truly stunning stretches of shoreline. Of those, only a lucky few islands encompass a variety of beaches offering all kinds of pleasures, like amazing scenery and accessibility; privacy and partying; kid-friendly shallows and open areas for watersport adventures.
These are the places that can truly be called “beach-blessed,” and it makes sense that visiting them maximizes your chance of a dreamy holiday. Interested in vacationing on one of these exceptional islands? Here are a few to consider.
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With a land mass of more than 2,000 square miles, including volcanic mountains, verdant farmland, and thick jungle, Bali’s coastline varies enormously in topography and vibe. Visitors come for its graceful Hindu temples and yoga retreats—but also for its diverse array of southern Indian Ocean beaches. Among them:
Renowned for its rich cultural diversity, lively festivals, and happy vibe, this Dutch island in the southern Caribbean is even more famous for its dazzling shoreline. Some of One happy island’s most celebrated beaches include:
While it’s hard to pick a single island destination in the Philippines (a nation that comprises more than 7,500 islands), Palawan, in the southwestern part of the archipelago, offers the most strikingly different beach experiences. Getting there requires an hour-long flight from the Philippine capital, Manila; but beaches like these make it worth the trip:
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