The time for long lazy days, beachside lounging, and hours in the water has finally arrived and the Trippy community is abuzz planning beach vacations! Whether you’re dreaming of white sandy beaches, seeking adventure, or just want to relax in luxury, the travel experts at Trippy have you covered. Here are their picks for the Top Five Must-See Beaches Around the World.
The Mediterranean coastal town of Sitges, Spain is less than half an hour away from Barcelona, and makes for an easy day trip when you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. Considered one of the most charming towns on the Catalan coast, the seaside town is colorful, vibrant, and full of Spanish Old World charm. With amazing beaches and year-round temperate climates, Sitges is the ideal summer destination.
“Best beach city I have been to. There is a direct train from Barcelona lasting about 30 mins that will drop you off right in front of the city. Walk through the gorgeous cobblestone streets towards the beach, maybe stop for a cafe along the way!” – Meghann Murphy
Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
If luxury is what you’re after, look no farther than Jumeirah Beach in Dubai. The white sand shoreline stretches along the coast, and is full of over-the-top 5-star hotels, gourmet restaurants, and exclusive beach clubs. Lounge poolside, gaze out at the multi-million dollar yachts, and take a dip in the water park. If you get tired of beachside opulence, you can hop over to the world’s first indoor ski slope. After a long day in the sun (or on the slopes), relax with a drink at Trippy favorites Barasti or Jetty Lounge.
“Barasti is a vibrant, buzzing place with a younger crowd and Jetty Lounge is an upscale beach lounge with a beautiful setting.” – Sarah Wiser
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
The laid-back vibe, pristine beaches, and beautiful forests have made the Coromandel Peninsula one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand. An outdoor lover’s paradise, you can fish, dive, hike, cycle, surf, and more. Thrill seekers can rappel down the waterfalls of Sleeping God Canyon, while those looking to chill out can dig their own spa at Hot Water Beach, a stunning stretch of sand that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Castle Rock.
“Thanks to some underwater volcanoes the water there is naturally hot and you can literally dig your own little pool to form your own personal hot springs.” – Laurel Grant
Hanakapiai Beach, Kauai
Two miles off of Kauai‘s Kalalau Trail lies Hanakāpīʻai Beach, a secluded sandy gem accessible only by foot. The hike is steep and rocky, but dazzling, and is largely considered one of the most breathtaking trails in all of Hawaii. More experienced hikers may be interested in hiking (and camping) all the way to Kalalau Beach.
“Kalalau Trail – this is an unbelievable 11 mile hike from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach along the Napali Coast. It is for experienced hikers. The first two miles of the trail are moderately strenuous and open to the public. It is one mile uphill and one mile downhill. The rest of the hike is pretty hardcore and you camp at a beach at the end of 11 miles.” – Susan Johnson
Boulders Beach, Cape Town
Part of Table Mountain National Park in South Africa, penguins can be found waddling the white sand of Boulders Beach. Boardwalks were specifically built to assist you in your penguin gazing, but the beach also is also known for having some of the best swimming in Cape Town. Named after the large boulders that help shelter the beach from wind and currents, you won’t want to miss these unspoiled African beaches.
“Do a day trip to the Cape Point with a stop at Boulders Beach on the way back to see the penguins. The drive is incredibly beautiful and there are interesting little towns along the way…” Brew Johnson
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