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Best Beaches In Continents

A continent is one of several very large landmasses on Earth. Generally identified by convention rather than any strict criteria, up to seven regions are commonly regarded as continents. Ordered from largest in size to smallest, they are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.

Asia
Apr 30, 2015

Clifton Beach – Karachi

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Clifton Beach or Seaview is a beach in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan located on the Arabian Sea. It is one of the neighborhoods of Clifton, Saddar Town. In 2003 it was affected by an oil spill.Most of you have visited this one or have heard about. This comes at first number apparently with sceneries of camel riding, travelling on lit up buggies and...

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Oct 28, 1999

Gadani Beach – Balochistan

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Gadani is a coastal village of Lasbela District located in the southern part of Balochistan along the Arabian Sea, Pakistan. It is also a Union Council of Hub Tehsil and is just a 1-hour drive away from Karachi, Sindh. The population of Gadani was estimated to be around 10,000 in 2005. More than 97% of the population is Muslim with a small Hindu...

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Dec 14, 2009

Kund Malir Beach – Balochistan

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Kund Malir is a beach in Balochistan, Pakistan located in Hingol National Park, about 145 km from Zero-Point on Makran Coastal Highway. The drive between Kund Malir and Ormara is considered to be scenic. The area is part of Hingol National Park which is the largest in Pakistan. Travelling time from Karachi is around 4 hours and there are no food...

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Oct 1, 2009

Bali Beach

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Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. Bali is a popular tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourists since the 1980s. Tourism-related business makes up 80% of its economy. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. The...

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Jun 20, 2010

Gwadar Beach – Balochistan

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Gwadar is a port city on the southwestern coast of Balochistan, Pakistan. The city is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, approximately 700 kilometres to the west of Pakistan's largest city, Karachi. Gwadar is near the border with Iran, and is located to the east of the Persian Gulf and opposite Oman. Gwadar and its surrounding region...

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Oct 25, 2016

Jumeirah Beach

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Jumeira Beach is a white sand beach that is located and named after the Jumeirah district of Dubai, on the coast of the Persian Gulf. It stretches along the coast south of the city's historic district to the junction with The Palm Jumeirah and terminates between the southern end of the Jumeirah Beach Residence (adjacent to the Dubai Marina...

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Africa
Jul 12, 2017

North Island, Seychelles

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Otherwise known as "Sunset Beach," North Island in Seychelles is where giant tortoises graze in the grass, the sea turns pink as the sun sets, and the West Beach Bar buzzes with the low hum of famous voices--celebrities like George and Amal Clooney, and Prince William and Kate Middleton have honeymooned here, and if it's good enough for them, it's...

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Jul 12, 2017

Paternoster, South Africa

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An old fishing village 90 miles north of Cape Town, Paternoster is defined by its cottages with white-washed walls and thatched roofs, and these days, several serve as lovely B&Bs.

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Jul 12, 2017

Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast

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The original capital of Côte d'Ivoire, the colonial town of Grand Bassam suffered a decline from its heyday as a seaport until the 1930s, but that led to its revival as a resort town beginning in the 1960s, and now it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Palms line its biscuit-colored shore, and you'll be hard pressed to beat its Ivorian seafood.

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Jul 12, 2017

Santa Maria, Cape Verde

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Flat, dry and dotted hotels, cafes, and restaurants ranging from the low end to the high end, Santa Maria, on Sal Island in Cape Verde, is a windsurfers haven with pool-blue waters.

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Australia
Jan 1, 1997

Marley Beach

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Marley Beach (also known as Big Marley Beach) is an unpatrolled beach in the upper Royal National Park, on the outskirts of southern Sydney, Australia. The beach is one of eleven beaches located within the territory of the Royal National Park. The northernmost major beach in the Royal National Park, Marley is considered by Surf Life Saving...

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Dec 11, 2016

Bondi Beach

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Bondi Beach is a popular beach and the name of the surrounding suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Bondi Beach is located 7 km (4 mi) east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council, in the Eastern Suburbs. Bondi, North Bondi and Bondi Junction are neighbouring suburbs. Bondi Beach is one of...

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Jul 12, 2017

Noosa Main Beach, Queensland

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Though beautiful beaches are a dime a dozen on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Noosa’s Main Beach is arguably the area’s most popular. For one, it’s postcard-perfect, with its golden shore, turquoise waters, and swaying palms. It’s also patrolled by lifeguards every day of the year, boasts ample facilities, and is conveniently located next...

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Jul 12, 2017

Blinky Beach, New South Wales

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Though many of the continent's best beaches can be found in Queensland, make no mistake—New South Wales can hold its own. Besides its excellent surf, Blinky Beach, on the east side of Lord Howe Island, is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, according to our readers. Situated between Blinky Point and a promontory known as Mutton Bird...

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North America
Jan 28, 2009

Coast Guard Beach

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One of the few returnees form last year's list and the only New England beach on the list, Coast Guard Beach is named for the one-time U.S. Coast Guard station there. It faces the Atlantic on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Dr. Beach says "The sand is fairly coarse so the beach slopes steeply into the water." And since that water reaches summer...

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Nov 11, 2015

Coronado Beach

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Coronado, since the 1980s also mistakenly known as Coronado Island, is a resort city located in San Diego County, California, across and around San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego.Its population was 24,697 at the 2010 census,up from 24,100 at the 2000 census.Coronado is Spanish for "crowned one", and thus it is nicknamed The Crown City. Three...

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Feb 25, 2009

Hanauma Bay Beach

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Beach awards this nature preserve in southeastern Oahu the top prize for its "stunning white sand coral beach enclosed in a breached volcano," with "the best accessible snorkeling in Hawaii" thanks to "thousands of tropical fish." The park is closed Tuesdays "to give the fish a chance to rest." It's also Hawaii's first non-smoking beach.

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Oct 3, 2005

Kapalua Bay Beach

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Kapalua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. A resort development by the Maui Land & Pineapple Company extends inland from Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay. The population was 353 at the 2010 census.Kapalua Resort offers accommodations, a variety of restaurants, a shop, and several golf courses.The area has several...

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Jul 23, 2001

Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach

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Arr, mateys! Leatherman notes that Okracoke was the home of the pirate Blackbeard, and it's still home to "some of the wildest beaches in the country" with "big surf" in late summer and pursuits like "swimming, shelling and enjoying a walk through the old cemetery on a foggy night."

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Nov 30, 2015

Beachwalker Park

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This beach near Charleston has been on the list for years now. Dr. Beach says it's "a nature-lovers coast, so visitors should pack their canoes and kayaks to paddle through the tidal inlets. It is also fun to walk or bicycle down to Captain Sam’s Inlet to see thousands of birds." Resorts and parks near by provide for golf, tennis and...

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Jun 7, 2003

Caladesi Island State Park

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Making its return to the list after an 8-year hiatus (it was No. 1 in 2008), Caladesi Island State Park is described by Dr. Beach as a "white beach composed of crystalline quartz sand which is soft and cushy at the water’s edge, inviting one to take a dip in the sparkling clear waters." He says that his favorite trails here are traversed not on...

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Aug 2, 2010

Coopers Beach

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"As the first 'Gold Coast' in the country, Coopers Beach is hundreds of yards wide, made of grainy white quartz sand," says Dr. Beach. In the Hamptons, summer playground for legions of well-heeled New Yorkers, it's "backed by large sand dunes covered by American beach grass interspersed with large and extravagant mansions."

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Europe
Jul 12, 2017

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

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Also known as Shipwreck Beach due to the ancient freighter buried at its center, Navagio is easily the most beautiful stretch of sand in Greece. It’s sheltered by sheer limestone cliffs and is so isolated that you can only access it by boat. While you can spend all day sunning on its powdery sands, its beauty is best appreciated from the viewing...

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Jul 12, 2017

Cala Macarella, Menorca, Spain

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Located on the sun-bleached southwestern coast of Menorca, the tranquil Cala Macarella is the ideal escape from the congested beaches of nearby Mallorca and Ibiza. Getting there is a trek: you can either hike two miles along the cliffs from nearby Cala Galdana, or drive on a rough and winding road from Ciutadella and hike an additional 20 minutes...

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Jul 12, 2017

Praia de Albandeira, Algarve, Portugal

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Despite high tourist traffic to the Algarve region, this tiny, secluded cove has (amazingly) remained somewhat under the radar. You won't find any umbrellas, beach chairs, water sports, or beach bars here; just a golden lick of sand, cool crystalline waters, sea caves, and natural rock pools—which is precisely why you should visit. Added bonus?...

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Jul 12, 2017

Île de Ré, Bay of Biscay, France

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Off the western coast of France in the Bay of Biscay, Île de Ré is known as the "White Island" by locals due to both its soft, pale sand and the elegant waterfront houses painted in neutral colors. Windswept dunes and pine forests, like the beautiful, Hamptons-like Plage des GollandièresI, back its long, flat stretches of beach—making every...

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South America
Nov 29, 2004

Grayton Beach

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"Sugar-white sand and emerald green water" are the hallmarks of this beach between Panama City and Destin where, Leatherman says, "development has been restrained so big sand dunes still dominate the landscape." Camping is a popular activity here alongside "tidal lakes and freshwater ponds."

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Dec 13, 2008

Siesta Beach

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Siesta Key is a barrier island off the southwest coast of the U.S. state of Florida. It is situated between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A portion of it lies within the city boundary of Sarasota, but the majority of the key is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sarasota County. After the probable Amerindian name of Zarazote for the area and...

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Jul 12, 2017

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janiero, Brazil

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Ipanema Beach is located in the southern region of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There are always circles of people playing soccer, volleyball and footvolley, an invented sport that is a combination of volleyball and soccer. With waves reaching up to 9 feet in the winter, it’s also a great destination for surfers.

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Jul 12, 2017

Tayrona, Colombia

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Cañaveral, Arrecifes, La Piscina and El Cabo are 4 popular beaches to visit in Colombia’s Tayrona National Park. Travelers looking for beaches that are off-the-beaten-path should try one of these beach destinations, but remember to pack light. Cañaveral Beach is the only beach reachable by car. The other 3 beaches will require a hike to reach...

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