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Quest for the Most Beautiful Beaches from Each Continent

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Imagine yourself on a beautiful beach, sunbathing, and sipping your favorite drink.

But what if you are from a country where beaches are not as stunning as those from tropical countries?

Worry not! We have compiled a list of the top beaches from each of the 7 continents.

Join me as I embark on a quest for the most beautiful beaches from each continent!


  • North America

Hulopo’e Beach located on the island of Lana’i is considered as the most beautiful beach in Hawaii and one of the world’s most perfect long beach. Its long stretch of sand, lush green surroundings, and peaceful island vibe make it stand out from the rest.

The beach has a marine reserve filled with colorful fish and the occasional spinner dolphin. The area is notable for having the finest snorkeling and diving spots in Hawaii. Swimming in the 70-degrees water makes it all the more appealing.

Some of the loveliest beaches in North America are Clearwater Beach in Florida, Tulum Beah in Mexico, and Playa Azul in Costa Rica.

  • South America

Copacabana Beach in Brazil is often referred to as the world’s most famous beach in and is renowned for its two and a half mile stretch of white sand. It is located in a densely populated residential area of Rio de Janeiro.

Large granite slabs surround the entrance to the bay and the area. A short walk will take you to a strip of the best shopping centers in Rio, as well as many movies and play theaters, fashion and jewelry shops, and restaurants and nightclubs.

Another gorgeous beach in Rio is Ipanema Beach. Some notable mentions are Punta Tombo in Argentina and Tayrona in Colombia.


Deception Island is one of the few beach travel destination in Antarctica. The island has a relaxing steam bath due to the fact that it is actually a partly-submerged volcano. Situated in the South Shetland Islands at the northern Antarctic Peninsula, volcanic activity formed Deception Island.

Take a dip in the thermal waters of Pendulum Cove, or explore the many other hot springs that can be found on the island. You can also watch the penguins on the beach or swim with them.

Some beaches you can visit in Antartica is McDonald Beach in Ross Island and Nekko Harbor.


Clifton Beach is found at the northwest tip of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula. Clifton is actually a series of four beaches, each separated by a stretch of granite walls. The beach clean and has the best view of the striking African sunrise that illuminates its white sand.

A different vibe is felt at Clifton, owing in part to the mystique of Table Mountain, which emerges gorgeously in the beach’s background, and in part to the glamorous pulse of the surrounding neighborhood.

Some must visit beaches in Africa are Grotto Beach and Camps Bay Beach in the Western Cape, Humewood Beach in the Eastern Cape, and Doctor’s Cave Beach and Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica,  Ramsgate and Marina beach KwaZulu-Natal.


Navagio Beach in Zakynthos Island is considered to be one of the most stunning sites in Greece. Famously called “Shipwreck Beach” or “Smuggler’s Cove,” the main attraction is the hulking, weathered hull of a freighter that ran aground in the early ’80s believed to be carrying contraband.

The ship now sits in the middle of a crescent beach, a few yards away from the tideline where bone-white sand meets the bright blue Ionian Sea. The area can only be accessed by boat due to the towering cliffs surrounding the area.

Top beaches in Europe also includes Zlatni Rat in Brač, Croatia and Cala Macarella in Menorca, Spain.


Whitehaven Beach is an unspoiled, renowned beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Whitehaven Beach stretches over seven kilometers of pure white sand which is one of the finest in the world.

Swim into the pristine water and sink your feet into the sand as you relax under the sun and you will soon realize why it’s a top destination among local and foreign tourists. Whitehaven has been voted the world’s top eco-friendly beach, and Queensland’s cleanest beach.

Turquoise Bay in Exmouth and Cable Beach, Broome are some of the top beaches in Australia that you should visit.


Bacuit Archipelago is home to the most beautiful beaches in Palawan, an archipelagic province in the Philippines. Palawan has been voted twice as the best island in the world and is world famous for its paradise-like beaches situated in virgin islets.

Bacuit Archipelago is a short distance away from El Nido, the main jump off point to the 45 enchanting islands riddled with karst cliffs, limestone formations, and gorgeous lagoons. You can reach this island paradise through a motorized boat.

Some of Asia’s best beaches are Phi Phi Island in Thailand Soneva Gili in Maldives.

Did you enjoy our quest for the most beautiful beaches in each continent?

Make sure to take a dip and go beach strolling on the beaches I have mentioned on the list if you happen to visit any of the continents.

If you like our list, make sure to comment below. Don’t forget to share this article too!

About the Author

My name is Carolyn Ballard. I’m a passionate traveler and the founder of DesToDis as well.

I created the blog with the main aim to share guidelines, tips and my personal experiences on all things travel. By this way, I hope to inspire and help people to wander around the world safely and easily.




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