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My Pick of Top 10 Tropical Beaches

top 10 tropical beaches

Who doesn’t love a beautiful tropical beach?

The glistening sun on it’s clear blue waters, that shimmer in the sunlight and add to a spectacular sunset or sunrise!

I’ve been lucky enough to visit my fair share of amazing beaches, and although I’ve many more to see and experience, I thought I’d make a list of my top ten favorite tropical beaches so far!

The countdown to #1 begins…


10. Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii has always had a special place in my heart ever since my first visit there when I was 18 years old! I’ve since returned 5 or 6 times, and every time I land on these islands, I feel a piece of me belongs there. Although I haven’t been since 2015, I think of the land of Aloha very frequently.

Makena Beach, also knowns as Big Beach, is found on the island of Maui in Makena State Park. It’s one of Maui’s longest beaches and has over 3000 feet of white sand, and one of the most popular beaches, rightfully so.

One the north side of the beach, the sandy shore ends with a rocky formation… but there’s a surprise if you’re willing to climb the mound of volcanic rock: the other side hosts Little Beach (a very known nudist beach)! Although nude sunbathing in Hawaii is technically illegal, this seems to be widely overlooked here!

Makena Beach
Makena Beach

9. Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

While not the best of beaches in Bali, it was the only one I visited. I got extremely sick while in Nusa Lebongan, but I really loves the beach and low-key vibe of the island! We stayed at this beachfront property and the pool overlooked the beach which was epic, especially at sunset.  At low tide, they had a seaweed farm exposed which was pretty cool to see as well!

8. Yasawa Island, Fiji

Yasawa island Fiji

Fiji is a spectacular string of islands in the South Pacific! I had the privilege to visit Fiji in 2018 and visit one of the most remote islands in the country: Yasawa Island. 

This island is so remote, that the only way to get here is to take a boat or to fly in with a private puddle-hopper plane. There are no runways on this island, aside from a strip of grass that is used by a very small 8-seater aircraft used by the only resort on the island. This resort is Yasawa island resort and spa, and I was fortunate to be able to visit during my stay in Fiji.

 Because it’s so remote, it’s virtually untouched and so the beaches and waters are stunning!

 Here you can see some of that beauty during my visit! If you want a secluded beach, this is it! In the middle of nowhere, on a small island in the middle of the South Pacific! Wonderful break from civilization!

7. Eagle Beach, Aruba

Aruba is known for it’s beautiful waters and island charm! While Palm Beach is the most known and crowded beach since that’s where all the high-rise hotels are as well as all the tour operators, I found Eagle beach to be perfection. It’s much less crowded than it’s neighbor and the waters are beautiful and calm! Way more low key which is my vibe!

6. Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos

Turks and Caicos are certainly known for their white sand beaches and calm, turquoise waters! Grace Bay beach does not disappoint! You can literally walk for miles on end with plenty of places to have a quiet corner all to yourself! Not to mention the little restaurants and markets scattered along the stretch make it epically perfect! While the most known beach in Providenciales, and where most fo the high rises are, the beach stretches long enough that you can easily get away from it all.

5. Carlisle Bay, Barbados

Barbados is certainly blessed with some of the best beaches in the Caribbean! Carlisle bay is right outside of Bridgetown and offers an array of activities. Paddleboarding, snorkeling, sunbathing… you name it. It’s still fairly quite considering the hotels on the bay, and the waters are crystal clear. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a turtle while you’re out snorkeling!

4. Kalalau Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

If anyone has been to the island of Kauai in Hawaii, then they no doubt heard about the NaPali coast, and more specifically the Kalalau trail! 

Having been to Kauai twice, the jaw-dropping scenery there is unlike any other place on the planet. 

The Na Pali coast is a very rugged mountainous area, with no roads or access point except by boat or by hiking the 17 km (11 miles) trail alongside sheer cliffs of over 2000 feet! Not for the faint hearted! BUT, when you arrive at the end of the trail, Kalalau beach is your destination. Situated in the Kalalau valley, the beach’s backdrop is STUNNING! What makes this place so special is how hard it is to get to! But beware – it’s not a swimming beach by any means. The rip-tides and under currents are no joke! Literally people have died here or have been rescued which is no easy feat!

I didn’t hike there myself (you need to get a permit beforehand), but I did hike the top of the valley that was more accessible through another park, with an overlook and different perspective of the beach and valley itself. I also did a doors-off helicopter flight and the views are to die for!

3. El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines

I visited The Philippines back in 2014, and my all-time favorite part was visiting El-Nido in Palawan. I cant even begin to explain the beauty of the different islands, the limestone cliffs, and the marine life. Diving was exceptional and the reefs so incredibly beautiful. The scenery itself is pretty spectacular, as you can see here! Marine life was plentiful and I sure hope that doesn’t change! The only way to visit most of the little islands is by boat, which is what we did.

2. Baa Atoll, The Maldives

Baa Atoll is the Maldives is a Unesco biosphere reserve since 2011, the only one in the Maldives to date. It was designated as such due to its great ecological diversity. the atoll supports one of the largest groups of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean.

That being said, as a protected area, it’s no doubt that it has beautiful beaches. I stayed at The Reethi Beach resort in 2017, and their beaches are simply divine, as you can see. There’s also a house reef right off the beach, which was very cool to explore.

1. Bimini, The Bahamas

For those who know me, know that Bimini in The Bahamas is by far my favorite place and my all-time favorite beach! Some might argue that there are better ones, and I’m sure there are, but this one for me is home. I’ve been to this island 5 times and have no intention of stopping that! I literally dream of this island every single day, and my walls are decorated by it’s beauty.

If you want to learn more about the island of Bimini, check out my post about it here. Additionally, you can check out my swimming with wild dolphins post here, and my Wildquest post here. Magic all around!

That’s all for now, folks!

I hope you enjoyed this little list and that it has given you some inspiration to get out there and visit some of them!

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