Turquoise Blog’s Top Beaches Worldwide – Part 1

So now that I’ve pretty much run out of trips to blog about (a few more on the way but from years ago, once I actually write them), until I go on a new trip, I’ll be writing about my favorite places around the world, by category. Last time, I focused on my favorite colorful villages and this time around it’ll be about my favorite beaches.

Oh man, was this list tough to make. I’ve been to so many beautiful beaches around the world, that it was hard to place them in order. Obviously, I didn’t include ALL the beaches I’ve been to, or else there would be 10 parts to this blog post. In the end, it came down to: the colours of the water and the memories I have of those beaches, which are the beaches that managed to make this list. With that being said, they were all so beautiful and I would love to return to any of them. This post, Turquoise Blog’s Top Beaches Worldwide – Part 1 will include numbers 20 to 11, while my next post, Turquoise Blog’s Top Beaches Worldwide – Part 2 will include numbers 10 to 1.

Turquoise Blog’s Top Beaches Worldwide – Part 1 (numbers 20 to 11)

20. Nonza Beach, Corsica, France

Beach in Nonza (2017)

First up on my list: Nonza Beach in Corsica, France. I chose to include this beach, as I found it pretty unique. Okay, I’ll admit I only admired it from up top (we were told the walk down was only 5 minutes but after checking it out quickly, there’s no way you make it up or down in 5 minutes unless you’re Usain Bolt). What’s unique about this beach is the colour of the sand: black. Ok, its not pitch black, but the sand looks very dark, nothing like I’ve ever seen at other beaches before (except maybe Black Beach in Santorini – I’ve been to a lot of beaches, its hard to remember them all). As well, the colour of the water was pretty stunning too. For more on my trip to Corsica, click here!

19. Red Beach, Santorini, Greece

Red Beach (Santorini, 2014)
Me at Red Beach (Santorini, 2014)

Yep, another unique beach. Red Beach in Santorini is one of the most popular beaches, because of the colour of the sand: red. This is a beautiful beach, not only because of the colour of the sand but because of the contrasting colours between the sand and the ocean (red and blue). I wouldn’t really recommend this beach for tanning, but its definitely worth stopping by to admire for a bit. For more on my trip to the Greek islands, click here!

18. Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia

Rottnest Island, Australia (2012)
Quokka on Rottnest Island (2012)

First on the list are the beaches of Rottnest Island, in Western Australia. The island has beautiful beaches and is habited by adorable quokkas. Rent a bike and some snorkel gear and explore this beautifully little island.

17. Cottlesloe Beach,Western Australia, Australia

Cottlesloe Beach, Perth, Australia (2011)
Cottlesloe Beach, Perth, Australia (2012)

Cottlesloe Beach was hands down my go-to beach in Perth. The water was beautiful and calm (unlike City Beach), it was very close to the city and most of the restaurants nearby served amazing food (the gnocchi at Il Lido was one of my favorites). Obviously, I wasn’t the only one who had this opinion of the beach, therefore it was often full of people. Cottlesloe was also a short drive over to Fremantle, where I loved going to the market.

16. Penguin Island,Western Australia, Australia

Penguin on Penguin Island (2012)
Penguin Island, Australia (2012)
Penguin Island, Australia (2012)
Penguin Island, Australia (2012)
Penguin Island, Australia (2012)

Penguin Island is another island in Western Australia. Because I lived in Australia for 8 months, I had the chance to visit many beautiful beaches. I liked Penguin Island, because in order to get there, you have to walk across a tiny stretch of sand in the middle of the water, called a sandbar. Plus, the island gets its name from its adorable habitants (apparently the smallest species of penguins in the world). Because it’s an island and further away from Perth, the beaches aren’t packed so its nice and quiet (it also helps that no humans live there). There’s also a viewpoint in the middle of the island, which gives you views over the beautiful turquoise waters surrounding the island.

15. Palombaggia beach, Corsica, France

Palombaggia beach (2017)
Palombaggia beach (2017)

Palombaggia is known as the most beautiful beach in Corsica and it did not disappoint. The key to Palombaggia as with any popular site is to arrive early (early bird gets the worm! Or in this case, a parking spot just steps from the beach and a sun bed). We got here before 10am which was perfect (to be noted though that we came here mid-September) we got excellent parking near the beach and our top choice of sun beds by the sea. Palombaggia is a very beautiful beach, with calm and turquoise waters. However, it is very expensive to spend a day here: 30 euros for 2 sun beds plus lunch and water at the beach side café (no outside food allowed). For more on my Corsica travels, click here!

14. Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico (2016)
#followmeto Cancun (2016)
Chilling out at Mandala Beach Club (Cancun, 2016)
Me and Alex in Cancun (2016)

I think Cancun had the nicest turquoise blue waters of all the beaches I went to in Mexico, but because of the seaweed and the abundance of people, the vibe wasn’t the same as it was at other beaches. That being said, we still had a great day chilling out at the Mandala Beach Club, sipping on some cold Modelo especial beers and enjoying some pulpo enamorado (octopus in a creamy tomato sauce). For more on my trip to Mexico, click here!

13. Spiaggia del Principe, Sardinia, Italy

Spiaggia del Principe (2017)
Spiaggia del Principe (2017)
Me at Spiaggia del Principe (2017)

Spiaggia del Principe (Prince’s beach) is one of Costa Smeralda’s most popular beaches and gets its name from Prince Aga Khan IV. Park your car at the top for a couple euros per hour and make your way down to the beach. Warning, the trek downhill is in dirt and rocks so its best to wear running shoes to get there (I managed in flip flops). We went there pretty early in the morning (around 10 am) so the beach was pretty empty and quiet, but as we were leaving, the car park was beginning to get crowded and more and more people were making their way down to the beach (I only wanted to see it). The walk down is beautiful, as you get to see different perspectives on the beach. The beach itself was pretty amazing, with its white sandy beach, turquoise and clear waters and jutting rocks. There’s a bit of a rocky part on the right side, which you can walk along and see different angles of the beach from. For more on my Sardinia trip click here!

12. Spiaggia di Is Arutas, Sardinia, Italy

Spiaggia di Is Arutas (2017)
Spiaggia di Is Arutas (2017)
Spiaggia di Is Arutas (2017)

A bit hard to find and get to, but definitely worth it. While searching on Google for places to visit and top Sardinian beaches, I stumbled upon photos of Spiaggia di Is Arutas. This beach is also known as the arborio rice beach, because of the small and soft colorful pebbles that make up the beach area and replace your typical sand. This beach is a must, because it is so unique; I’ve never seen another beach like it. The water is warm, calm and best of all, there aren’t many people. There are also a couple of restaurants before you reach the beach, by the car parks, which offer delicious pasta dishes. For more on my Sardinia trip click here!

11. Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal (2015)
Lagos, Portugal (2015)
Lagos, Portugal (2015)
Lagos, Portugal (2015)

Lagos had many beautiful beaches, with great view points from the cliff walk. Some of the beaches were more difficult to access, where others were more secluded and others packed full of people. There is definitely a beach here for everyone! For more on my trip to Portugal, click here!

UP NEXT: Turquoise Blog’s Top Beaches Worldwide – Part 2!

*All photos are mine (or taken by someone with my device, or of me)

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