As the global pandemic rages on and with the end nowhere in sight, hunkering down at home with the rest of the world had me dreaming of sunny days, sand in between my toes and sipping piña colada under a palm tree somewhere in the tropics. A girl can dream, can’t she?
On that note, I’m compiling Thirty-something Tourists’ top 5 favorite beach destinations in the world as something to look forward to once the pandemic ends and the world opens up for travel again.
1. Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is the biggest city in the state of Quintana Roo, a province of Mexico. Its proximity to the US makes it a top American holiday beach destination, but convenience aside the land blessed with miles and miles of white sand beaches, superb tacos and where tequila flows freely is quite deserving of its world class reputation.
What I particularly love about Cancun is that there is so much to see and do. You are not entirely restricted to beach activities alone. For the history buffs Chichen Itza (one of the 7 wonders of the world) and the well-preserved ancient Mayan port city of Tulum are two attractions definitely worth seeing while in Cancun.
2. The Algarve, Portugal
I’m partial to the warm tropical beaches of my native Philippines but I can make a pass for the chilly waters of the Algarve only because the area is quite mesmerizing. Portugal’s sun-soaked southern coast where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean offers stunning coastline, pristine beaches, and scrumptious fresh seafood dishes (Cataplana anyone?) It’s also a famous surfing destination in Portugal
3. Mykonos, Greece
Lively, colorful and with lots of amazing beaches, the gem of the Cyclades is more than just your typical Greek party island.
Mykonos was named after the Greek god Apollo’s great grandson Mykos and belongs to the Cycladic group of islands.
Explore the labyrinthine streets of whitewashed houses and colorful shops or dine in one of the many seaside restaurants serving the best Aegean dishes. It’s great to watch the sunset in one of these cafes too!
Keen on hobnobbing with the hip crowd? Mykonos is famous for its beachside revelry.
If you are not into the beach party scene though, there are many quieter beaches a short drive from Mykonos town. Agia Ana, Kapari Beach are some of our favorite beaches in Mykonos. Santorini, another beautiful Cycladic island is only 2.5- hour ferry ride from Mykonos.
4. El Nido, Philippines
If you’ve been looking for a tropical paradise on the cheap and the Philippines has not reached your radar yet—you are seriously missing out!
The Philippines is an archipelago comprised of over 7108 islands, giving you plenty of uncrowded beaches to choose from.
Cebu, Bohol, Camiguin, Boracay offers some amazing white sand beaches but El Nido tops our list.
Set in the northernmost part of the island of Palawan, El Nido is consistently ranked among the top 10 most beautiful island destinations in the world and it’s easy to see why: with countless powdery white sand beaches, beautiful limestone cliffs circling emerald-green lagoons, not to mention friendly locales.
Skip the stuffy capital and head straight to the smaller islands for a taste of true tropical island bliss.
Check out this informative El Nido travel guide.
5. San Diego, USA
Blessed with moderate weather all year round, 70 miles of coastline and oozing of that laidback California beach vibes, So-Cal city of San Diego places 5th on this list.
San Diego is in the southern end of California, bordering Mexico. There are plenty of beaches to suit every taste – 31 to be exact.
Go swimming in the nude in Black’s Beach, surf in Mission Bay, stroll around the quaint village of La Jolla and see its star attraction: seals basking on rocks in La Jolla Cove. Marvel at the beautiful San Diego skyline best viewed at night from Coronado Island, and stay at the 18th century Victorian Del Coronado Hotel. You won’t run out of things see and do in this city. The San Diego Zoo and Sea World are also worthy of a visit.
Check out this post on the Best San Diego Beaches
Let us know what’s on your list?
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