25 World Class Beaches Worth Getting in Shape For

It is the simple things in life that make me happy. Give me a sunny beach, a beach towel, and a cold beer and I’m good.

I’m at my happiest when I’m taking a nap on the beach next to my girlfriend and listening to waves crash on the shore. What does this have to do with fitness? Well, it is more enjoyable when you look and feel good in your swimsuit (or lack of swimsuit).

One of my major goals is to travel to as many different beaches as possible in my lifetime. My hope is that other beach lovers will comment and add beaches to this list that I may have missed.

natadola beach fiji islands

[This photo was taken on Natadola Beach on the Fiji Islands. My favorite activity on the beach is to take a nap on a beach towel until I get hot, then I cool off in the water…and basically repeat the process all day long…with a few ice cold beers mixed in.]

In No Particular Order…

Vik Beach – Iceland
I had to throw you guys off a bit and start with a cold beach. I wanted to put this in here, because I like cold beaches as well.

This particular beach has black sand and many claim it as one of the prettiest beaches on the planet. I never thought of Iceland for a beach vacation. I have a feeling I would want to drink a few beers before jumping in the water…brrr! Here’s a photo.

vik beach Iceland

Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island – Bahamas
Okay, so the rest of the beaches are warm destinations. Pink Sand Beach is a 3 mile long beach in Harbour Island that actually has pale pink sand. The sand is a mix of coral, broken shells, and calcium carbonate. The pink color comes from a microscopic shelled animal called Foraminifera.

Laguna Beach – California
I had to throw in a California beach. This is the beach where I wish I would have grown up. I’m jealous of all of the kids who got to spend their summers playing on this beach. California is an amazing part of the world and is expensive for a reason…it is hard to beat.

laguna beach california

Emerald Bay, Pangkor Laut – Malaysia
“Emerald Bay is frequently listed in the top ten world’s best beaches. It sits on a tiny island off Malaysia’s west coast and is privately owned by the luxury Pangkor Laut Resort, where only clients of the resort can indulge in its elegant facilities, so it is totally vendor-free.

The bay is crescent-shaped, and it boasts of soft golden sand and serene emerald-green water.”

Paradise Beach, Mykonos – Greece
This is the big party beach in Greece. This looks like a place for the younger college crowd to get nutty. It appears that the party starts around 2:00pm and goes until sunrise the following day. You are likely to see celebrities on this beach as well.

paradise beach in greece

Camps Bay, Cape Town – South Africa
This is a big beach with a lot of activity going on. The beach is lined with bars and shops. There are different beach sports going on during the day and at night it is just as alive with bonfires, fire dancers, etc. Definitely a party beach.

Cabo San Lucas – Mexico
Cabo is on the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. It used to be a fishing village and is smaller than a lot of the beach destinations in Mexico.

For many years it was a place where only very wealty private yatch owners had access to.You have your choice of hanging out on beaches on the Pacific ocean or Sea of Cortez. Nice to look at as well…

cabo san lucas beach

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Rio isn’t the safest place in the world at this time, but at some point I need to visit this beach. I’m not a huge Barry Manilow fan, but that is a great song. Pretty corny, but unforgettable lyrics. “Here name was Lola, She was a showgirl”

St. Vincent and the Grenadines
These are islands located in the East Carribean about 90 miles west of Barbados. St Vincent is the big Island and The Grenadines are 32 Islands that stretch south of St. Vincent.

Every beach resort I looked looked incredible. Here is a breathtaking picture of what the water looks like.

the grenadines beach resort

Natadola Beach – Fiji Islands
From Forbes Magazine – “Fijians are legendary for their friendliness as well as natural beauty, and Fiji features white-sand beaches, lagoons, palm trees and world-class scuba diving.

Some travelers consider Natadola Beach, located on the main island of Viti Levu, to be the most beautiful beach there, but visitors can’t go wrong with any of the beaches.”

Arambol – Goa
This is actually a small village with an amazing looking beach. Many of the people who come here decide to live here for the winter months. Her is a quote from the website I’m linking to…”I’ve lived here for three seasons now and really enjoyed it. It’s still reasonably cheap (although prices are rising quickly), Arambol Sunsetthere’s loads of great restaurants and places for a drink and the locals are friendly and welcoming.

Apart from the embarrassing hippy element, the expat crowd are a good laugh. If you want guaranteed great weather, a sea that’s the temperature of your bath and a decent crowd of people to enjoy it with, Arambol’s ideal.”

arambol beach goa

Bondi Beach – AustraliaThis is where you go if you want to be around a lot of people.  I have honestly never seen a beach so big and so packed with people. It looks like great surfing as well. A few of the regular readers on this site from Australia, say this is an outstanding beach. I am guessing there is great nightlife right off the beach, since it is next to the city.

Palawan – Phillipines
Jacques Cousteau claimed that Palawan was the most beautiful place he ever explored. If Jacqus Cousteau says that, then it has to be good. He was fortunate enough to explore some of the most beautiful places on the planet. What a life that guy had. Here is a picture of what he was talking about.

palawan beaches

Teahupoo – Tahiti
This little town in Tahiti supposedly has the most dangerous wave to surf in the world. While some places have slightly higher waves, Teahupoo has a “heavy” thick powerful wave. It has a perfect, yet deadly break. Pictures won’t do this justice, I will throw in a video…and “no” I don’t plan on getting anywhere near this wave!

Hurghada Beach, Al Bahr al Ahmar – Egypt
Hurghanda Beach is located on the Red Sea about a 6 hour drive from Cairo. The Red Sea has some of the best scuba diving in the world…and this particular beach has some amazing high-end all inclusive resorts.  It is also a place that is great for windsurfing, which is something I’ve always wanted to learn.

Click the link to see how beautiful this beach looks.

Azeda Beach Buzios, Rio De Janeiro – Brazil
This is a hidden gem I found on a blog about South American beaches. You need a fold up map to get there. It seemed like such an amazing hidden place, I had to include it.

I also want to put up a picture from that blog so you can see how unusual this beach is (jungle and rock, next to soft sand).

azeda beach buzios

Papohaku Beach, Molokai – Hawaii
There are  so many beaches in Hawaii. I will have to list a few. This one looks great because it isn’t crowded, is great for surfing, skimboarding, and boogie boarding. It is a 3 mile long beach that is often deserted and it looks like you could have a lot of it to yourself. Great place to learn how to surf or a good place to skinny dip.

Nice, Cannes, Monaco – The French Riviera
This is the vacation to take, once you have a bit of money. Whenever I think of the French Riviera, I think of James Bond movies and Yachting. My goal is to get here with my girlfriend within the next 5 years. It looks like luxury travel at its best and I want to bring enough money to go “all out”.

You only live once, so I want to splurge on this trip.

the french riviera vacations

Cancun – Mexico
Cancun is one of those places you need to see at least once in your life. It is best to when you are young so you can enjoy the wild nightlife. If you are past that stage, then go to Playa Del Carmen (my preference). It is hard to explain how soft and white that sand is until you experience it for yourself.

Golden Horn Beach – Croatia
I have to admit, Croatia isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I’m thinking beaches. After a bit of research, it looks like a place I must visit.

This beach looks outstanding (click the link to see other amazing beaches in Croatia). This place is great for surfing, volleyball, has cafe’s and restaurants right on the beach. I want to put up a picture of a nearby beach that shows how clear the water is. It looks like those boats are hovering above the sea floor, the water is so clear.

 brela berulia beach croatia

Sousa Beach – Dominican Republic
I only know about this place, because my buddy Brett went there with his wife a few years back. This is one of those  places I would not have heard about unless a friend told me. I’m hoping to find more “secret” places like this in the comment section.

Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica
When I took a cruise to Mexico a few years ago, many of the people we ran across kept talking about Costa Rica. I didn’t really know what the big deal was until I did some research. Costa Rica is made up of a dense jungle and gorgeous beaches. It has a less “tourist” feel when compared to a lot of the beach towns in Mexico and Hawaii.

A good friend of mine went there with his wife and recommends Manuel Antonio. Take a look at these brilliant colors!

costa rica beaches

La Nova Mar Bella, Barcelona – Spain
I really want to visit a beach in Spain that is near the city. Spain is known for its food and nightlife, so I would want to be close to both of those. Out of the beaches I researched, this one looked like one of the best. The good thing is that there are several beaches all within walking distance.

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland – Australia
I saw this picture and immediately knew I had to visit this place! This is the opposite of the other Australian beach I listed, Bondi Beach. Whitehaven is scenic and tranquil. Every picture I see from this place makes it look like pure paradise. Take a look at this photo.

whitehaven beach australia

Benagil Beach, Algarve – Portugal
From the website…”Coves, caves, grottos, sandy beaches – the Algarve has it all. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult knowing where to start.

For the prettiest secluded coves, widest sandy beaches and most dramatic honeycomb cliffs, head west from Albufeira.” Great description, but check out this picture!

benagil beach portugal



65 thoughts on “25 World Class Beaches Worth Getting in Shape For”

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  2. Great list! Will have to visit some of those. My favorite beach is anyone you can shore dive from! Cane Bay on St. Croix is a great one for that. But for scenic purposes, Ke’e Beach Kauai.

  3. fantastic beaches! Cancun,Mexico is an amazing place! you can indulge in your dream sports like Parachuting, Jet skiing, Para gliding, Scuba diving, golf and much more.thanks for great list!!

  4. Brenton,

    I guess it depends upon if you are going alone or with someone. I hear nothing but raving reviews about Costa Rica…that would be towards the top of my list.

    On the other hand, flights to Australia are usually so expensive from the US…if you get that paid for “down-under” may be a great choice.

    It is such a hard call, but my first instincts are Costa Rica…followed closely by Australia. Australia may be outside of the budget you want to stick to.

    Hope that helps!


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