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Style Beach Wedding Dresses

A wedding at the beach has become a statement of sort in the recent past. Many couples are opting to have their nuptials at a beach side instead of traditional locations. If the same is true for your wedding, then you need to be dressed to match the beauty of the occasion. Beach wedding dresses with a Greek influence can be perfect answers because not only do they provide the classic look that a wedding demands, but also give you that desired feeling of lightness and an angel like appearance. Most Greek style wedding dresses are designed in such a manner that they achieve a very Goddess like look which can be absolutely stunning. As a bride, there are many different designs and options that you can try out. We give you some of the most beautiful design options.

One Shouldered Dress
A classic style for a Grecian wedding dress is a one shouldered wedding gown with an empire waist that then drops down into a skirt that flows to form a long skirt with a circular trail. If you would rather opt for a dress that is slightly more form-fitting, then you could opt for a body hugging skirt instead of a flowing one. You could have a single layer of sheer Georgette over the skirt to give it a feeling of lightness.

Empire Column Gown
A popular option among Greek style wedding dresses is the column style of the sheath style. You could do well by opting for a column style wedding gown with an empire waist and a strapless top. If you want, you could opt for a long flowing skirt or go with a ruched and pleated structured look that can be a more modernistic option for a wedding gown that takes from Greek elements.

Cowl Neck Gown
Another great design for a wedding dress would be a full length gown with a cowl neck. A twist to this could be to keep the neckline simple and give the back a deep cowl neck look. Allow the top to gather up at the waist and let the pleats fall asymmetrically for a Greek Goddess look that could be hard to top. If you are looking for something slightly less structured, then you could add a long trail to the gown made entirely of tulle.

Halter Gown
This style is a slightly modern take on traditional Greek style. Opt for a heavily embroidered corset top with a halter neck that instead of tying up in the back is attached to skirt with a single column of fabric. Allow the skirt to be made of a free-flowing fabric. This creates for a stunning look that can be just what you need for your wedding.

Ideas for Unique Beach Wedding

Fabulous Beach Wedding Ideas

To get started on some unique beach wedding ideas, you’ll first need to decide what part of the wedding is happening by the shore. Are you exchanging vows only and then moving on to a rented-out hall? Or are you doing it the traditional way in the church and then making your way to the beach for the reception? Once you decide what you want, the arrangements should then follow.

Hawaiian Theme
Have people wear semi-formal outfits with women sporting summery dresses, and men in formal shirts and linen pants. You could have volunteers at the beach entrance place garlands or a crown of flowers, on guests before they enter. The music can be Hawaiian inspired with hula dancers off to one side. You could also have your reception there too, if you decide to do the ceremony at the beach, since that would seem like the perfect way to complete your wedding day. You could have drinks like Mai Tais and Piña Coladas, not to mention a lavish spread of seafood and tropical eats.

Bonfire Theme
Why do receptions have to be all formal and traditional? You can step out of the mediocre way of doing things and try something new like a barbecue set up to one side, with a raging bonfire where your guests can gather around with their drinks and marshmallow skewers. Everyone’s relaxed, having fun and taking in the sights and sounds during sundown. Have a band perform for you, or a DJ whipping up some tracks to get your guests in the mood. Have games like ‘limbo’ to spice up your night with more fun and fervor.

Masquerade Theme
This may seem weird at first, but have your guests dress up in their best but sporting a fancy mask to complete their look (these masks can be handed to guests, being easily available in stores). You don’t have to choose a sandy surrounding for this theme, but a place next to the beach where you have the view and an open area to enjoy your wedding celebrations; how about a beach house? Try to experiment with very phantom of the opera type themes to throw in some contrast to your wedding.

Beach Shack Theme
To rid your mind of all things serious and too complicated to organize right down to a tee, why not just invite your guests to a dining shack next to the beach that is both accommodating and highly rated? Rent out the area and have the staff cater only to you and your guests on this one day where all the attention should ideally be focused on you and your partner. The environment is chilled out, your guests have no worries about what to wear, and the place is set up the way you’d like considering the color theme and decorations you’re going with (think pastel shades, tropical flowers/fruits, and marine-esque elements as centerpieces).

The Best Beaches in Phuket

Patong Beach

Patong, located on the west coast, is synonymous with everything Phuket stands for―and we’re talking both, carnal and surreal. The area is abuzz with the ‘mai pen rai’ or ‘take it easy’ attitude, for when you’re in Patong, everything, and we mean everything, is easy to get. From a Pad Thai breakfast off the street, to a Thai cabaret show to round off the night, nothing is impossible when you’re here.
But amidst the neon lights, the souvenir shops, the sleazy ladyboy bars lies Patong’s super-popular beach. Stretching 3 km, the beach holds quite a reputation for its nightlife. Which doesn’t mean that families refrain from coming here. There are endless activities to indulge in, including jet-skiing, parasailing, swimming, or simply lazing on those inviting lounge chairs―you may even get a Thai massage, if you please.

If the main beach in Patong is too overwhelming for you, head to Freedom Beach, a white sand haven dotted with granite rocks and surrounded by hills covered by thick cover of green. The beach can only be accessed by boat, which means, you’ll find relatively fewer crowds here. On the agenda here is soccer, volleyball, snorkeling, and sunbathing; all of which you indulge in complete peace and quiet.

Paradise Beach is another gem in the vicinity of Patong, which stands true to its name. The beach itself is tiny and rocky, with the clearest waters that are perfect for a spot of snorkeling. You can hire a boat from Patong to get here, provided the tides aren’t too choppy. People take the effort to sail down here to simply view the gorgeous corals, and spend a relaxed day here―mind you, there aren’t any vendors here. Yay!

Surin Beach

Surin Beach, again, is on the west coat of Phuket, and is around 15 km away from Patong. The beach is small, but makes up in terms of scenic beauty. Like other beaches, Surin is commercialized as well―you’ll find endless rows of loungers here. The atmosphere, though, is much less charged, which is a pleasant change indeed.
The tiny resort town of Surin also goes by the name of Millionaire’s Row, owing to the many famous names that come here to vacation and/or own some spanking, sea-facing property here. You’ll find some excellent grub for cheap over here, along with some high-end restaurants as well, and you can particularly enjoy a leisurely dinner here, as you watch the sun go down―truly, one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Surin is not exactly a place for those into water sports. The sea here is a little too rocky for novice surfers, and you’ll hardly find any speedboats over here. Kayaking is one activity which does find some takers, with excursions going to the Laem Singh Beach which is close by.

Karon Beach

Karon Beach is favored by families, and you won’t spot a lot of the singles crowd here. It’s across the street from Hilton Phuket, so many of the hotel’s guest often do the hop-skip-and-jump to get here. The beach is long and clean, and more importantly, not as crowded, which makes it perfect for long walks. If you’re looking for a spot of isolation, head to the northern end of the beach, which tends to be practically deserted all the time. The nighttime markets are also a great place for some unusual finds and souvenirs to take home.

Water sports operators make their vociferous presence felt at all times on Karon. So, from parasailing and jet skiing to windsurfing and wakeboarding, you’ll find plenty of exciting options here. The beach is a great spot for snorkeling as well. A favorite way to pass the evening here, according to the locals, is to play a game of volleyball, and everyone is invited to play or watch.

Karon Beach suffered a lot of damage in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but has made quite a recovery ever since, and is now one of the most remarkable beaches in Phuket.

Kata Beach

Kata Beach is located further south from Karon, and is a gem of a spot in the shape of a cove. The street that lines the beach is lined with trees―a refreshing splash of green in searing hot Phuket. It has all the beach essentials―loungers under humongous umbrellas, water sports like surfing, parasailing, and jet skiing. You’ll also find the beach staple of food carts and shacks selling some delicious Thai food here.
With all the white sand and turquoise water loveliness around you, it’s really hard to be wanting anything more. But even so, snorkeling is one activity that must be enjoyed here on Kata Beach, for the water is perfectly clear, shallow, and warm. Windsurfers and Hobie Cats can be rented by the hour. The southern end of the beach is predominantly a surfer’s zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, the waves here are not as fierce, and you can even avail surfing lessons.

Kamala Beach

An erstwhile fishing village, Kamala has undergone a complete facelift in recent years. A stone’s throw away from Padong, Kamala Beach is the antithesis of its more famous neighbor. So, if you’re coming here (and you should), expect a more laid back scene, with families and couples having a relaxed day on the beach. Also, you won’t be too hassled by vendors when you’re here, which in Phuket, is a major plus.

The relative solitude here at Kamala Beach is a treasured quality for the locals, mostly comprising retirees and long-term holiday makers. As far as activities are concerned, this beach is quite good for scuba diving, although you need to get in touch with any of the local schools here to arrange a trip for you. Surfers usually head to the northern end of the beach which has beach break with stable sandbanks, owing to the presence of reefs. Besides, you’ll also find the seaside regulars like parasailing and jet skiing.

A bit about the overall beach-scene in Phuket
Being an island, you’re never too far away from a beach when you’re in Phuket. But yes, we all have our reasons for coming here, so you need to chalk out a purpose before you hit the beach.
Padong, by a long shot is the clear winner if you’re looking for action and excitement, be it water sports or nightlife.
There are calmer spots in Phuket too, like the Freedom Beach or Paradise, depending upon your activity of choice.
Most beaches on the island are accessible by car or motorbike. You may have to even take a ferry to reach a few beaches.

The Dangers of Water

Fraser Island, Australia

Fraser Island is situated along the Southern coast of Queensland, Australia. Its length is about 150 kilometers and width is about 30 kilometers. This island is known to be the largest sand island in the world. It is also largest island of

Queensland and sixth largest island of Australia.

While the scene and waters surrounding Fraser Island looks beautiful, it is strictly a prohibited zone, as the seas are home to loads of jellyfish and sharks. The water also carries strong rip currents. The island is home to a few world’s deadliest spiders and crocodiles. There are also dingoes seen, which are known to attack humans at times.

Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands

Bikini Atoll inhabits a large number of marine creatures, and it’s known to be a great place for divers. However, the place is dangerous due to sharks and radiation levels in the area. Around 1944s to 1960s, it was also a testing ground for nuclear weapons. Between 1946 and 1958, around 25 nuclear devices were exploded by the United States at seven test sites situated on the reef, inside the atoll, in the air, or underwater. This is why, the island is polluted with radiation. The place has been declared to be a safe zone now.

Kilauea, Hawaii, U.S.

Kilauea is a town which is located on the Northeastern shore of Kauai. Kauai is one of the eight islands of Hawaii. Hawaii is well-known for its beautiful beaches, rolling waves, and pleasant weather. However, there are also dangers associated with it. The place has many number of active volcanoes. Mount Kilauea is mostly popular for its active volcanoes. The beach is dangerous since it’s located close to active volcanoes.

Playa Zipolite Beach, Mexico

This beach is situated in San Pedro Pochutla municipality on the Southern coast of Oaxaca state in Mexico. It is well-known for being one of Mexico’s few nude beaches and for maintaining its hippie culture. It became famous in the 1960s and 1970s. The water of this beach looks gorgeous due to its crystal clear appearance and brilliant white sands in Southern Mexico. It is also known for its deadly water currents and for taking lives of many people every year. Some of them who have died were pulled into deep sea and returned to the beach by the water in a circular pattern back. Some others were lost in the sea. It is recommended to stay away from the waters and enjoy the beach without swimming or surfing.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida, U.S.

The beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The area offers many facilities for outdoor recreation like fishing, sailing, motor-boating, hiking and others. Visitors enjoy their vacation by swimming, scuba diving, surfing and others. This beach is also a well-known spot for shark attacks. The kinds of sharks which dwell there are black-tip reef sharks and bull sharks. There are more than 260 shark attacks on record for New Smyrna Beach, which is the highest number of attacks than in any other beach. However, the attacks are mostly minor and rarely fatal. The waters also have unpredictable and deadly rip currents. It is recommended to stay in the beach rather than going for swimming or surfing to avoid danger.

Victoria Falls, Zambia

The Victoria Falls in the Zambia is a spectacular sight for its beauty, but is one of the most dangerous places in the world. There is a natural pool called Devil’s Pool near the edge of the falls. The pool is a great spot for swimmers, but dangerous too. Occasional deaths have taken place when people had slipped over the rock barrier. The huge cliff over which the falls move rapidly, changes the calm water to a violent stream cutting through many gorges. Guides are available there to supervise and make sure you don’t move over the edge.

Belle Fourche River, Wyoming, U.S.

The Belle Fourche River is a tributary of the Cheyenne River, in the U.S. states of Wyoming and South Dakota. The river runs 290 miles from Gillette, Wyoming, and moves eastward to the Cheyenne River in Western South Dakota. This river is not poisonous or radioactive. However, it is turbulent in one particular area. As several deaths have taken place in the area, authorities near the river’s dam want the area closed to public. Many other fatal incidents have occurred over the years because of the unpredictable water currents that prevail in the area.

Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Lake Kivu is one of the great lakes in Africa. It is located on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The lake inhabits loads of fish, which are an important food and income source for the residents. However, deep below the waters, a gas containing carbon dioxide and methane lurks. It is very dangerous, as it can cause a sudden outburst of methane into the atmosphere. Evidences show that the lake had sudden releases of gas in the past. Scientists say that the lake could become deadly in the future.

Hanakapiai Beach, Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.

This beach in the Hawaiian islands is a well-known tourist attraction. It is located on Kauai’s Nāpali Coast. Its sandy shore line is well visible during the summers, while during winters, powerful giant waves and high tides sweep away the sandy shore line. This beach has no road access and is remotely located.
The beach is dangerous for its strong rip currents. The coast is especially unpredictable because there are no reefs to block the water currents. The spot is known to have taken the lives of many beach visitors.
There is a wooden sign near the beach, which welcomes visitors to the beach and cautioning not to swim, for the strong water currents have killed people. You can enjoy the beauty of the beach, but do not ever go for swimming, surfing or bathing.

River Nile, Egypt

The Nile river is the most famous river in Egypt. It is the longest river in the world. It is located in Northeastern Africa. It is also one of the most dangerous water bodies in the world. It is home to over 600,000 of Nile crocodiles, which are regarded as the most dangerous of the crocodile family. They kill hundreds of people every year in Saharan Africa. Others organisms like flatworm, spiders, snakes and mosquitoes also dwell in the river’s habitat.

Recife, Brazil

More than 100 shark attacks and 30 fatalities have occurred since 1931. Most of these attacks were in Brazil. It took place in a town called Recife, which has a beach, well-known for shark attacks. It was bustling with swimmers and surfers, but that is not the case today. Today, the place is known to be one of the top 10 shark-infested places in the world according to the International Shark Attack File. There are also signs along the edge of the beach, which tell about the dangers of swimming.

Bolinas Beach, California, U.S.

This beach is well-known for its fine rolling waves. The water is ideal for every type of surfing or paddle-boarding and swimming. However, it is also a spot for the giant white sharks.

East Coast Beaches for Family

Sandbridge Beach, Virginia
Virginia holds some of the most beautiful clear water beaches, which are suitable for family getaways. Among them, Sandbridge Beach is frequently visited by many tourists. The seashore is covered by rich golden sand, blanketed by sea oats. Beautiful beach houses and cottages make for a good and a comfortable stay for families who want to visit Sandbridge Beach. The area around the Sandbridge Beach offers some interesting shops, giving you a chance to indulge into some shopping. Arrangement of certain activities such as kayaking, surfing and dolphin tours keep the tourists engrossed into their vacation. After plunging into the activities of your choice, you can enjoy a nice sunset dinner at the beach with your family.

Maryland Beaches
Ocean City is a popular beach here. It is heavily packed by many tourists and has many amazing activities to offer to its tourists. Due to its good climatic conditions, people around the world love chilling at the Ocean City Beach of Maryland. It is one of the most crowded beaches, and the seashore has soft light brown sand accompanied by crystal clear water. Being one of the commercialized beaches, Ocean City has a number of hotels and restaurants that provide all sorts of accommodation, as per the requirement of the family. Occasionally, Ocean City arranges for live concerts and many more amusing activities that people take pleasure in participating.

Sandy Hook Beach, New Jersey
Sandy Hook beach stretches up to 6 miles and is located towards the eastern coast of New Jersey. Throughout the year, Sandy Hook Beach plays host to many families, couples and youngsters who visit the beach for recreational purposes. The beach is equipped with life guards for the protection of the visitors, rest rooms and little shacks that provide excellent food for its visitors. The nearby accommodations available around the Sandy Hook Beach are Sandy Hook Cottage, Seascape Manor, Grand Lady and Nauvoo. Restaurants such as Sea Gulls’ Nest Deck, Landmark Bahr’s Landing, Something Fishy and Moby’s are great options for dining purposes.

Sea Island, Georgia
Sea Island is more calm, quiet and a little isolated from the city life. These reasons pull many people to visit the Sea Island beach in Georgia. It has some great spas and also has a variety of activities in store for its visitors. While the women rejuvenate themselves in spas, children and men can engross themselves in different activities such as tennis and horse riding. Cloister is among the well-known resorts of Sea Island that offers luxurious suites and can comfortably accommodate families. If you want to wake up to the early morning sea, then this beach has beautiful beach cottages in store for you. Summers is the best time to visit the Sea Island beach.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Located in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach has a many motels, resorts, condos and beach houses where families can settle in. Children enjoy spending time at the water and amusement parks set up at Myrtle Beach. Flea markets, malls and boutiques offer some great shopping too. Myrtle Beach is a suitable place for family vacations and weekend getaways.

The French Riviera Beaches

French Riviera beaches have developed into one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. It first evolved as a winter health resort for tourists from cold countries searching for balmy warm climes at the end of the 18th century. By the mid-19th century, it was patronized by British, Russian, and other aristocrats, such as Queen Victoria, and King Edward VII while he was Prince of Wales. As its popularity grew, it drew artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham, Aldous Huxley, as well as other wealthy people from all over the world. In the latter part of the 20th century, it was promoted as a destination for mass tourism through trade fairs, exhibitions, and business conventions. While it still remains the playground of the rich and famous, and celebrity sightings are common here, it has not remained exclusive to them.

Contrary to the burgeoning popularity of these French beaches, many have pebbles rather than sand, are often small or narrow, and located near busy roads or highways. The beaches turn into seas of humanity in the height of summer, and visitors often find that they have to pay for a stretch of sand to lie on, as many of the beaches are privately owned. For those who want to get away from the crowd and commercialization, there still exist pristine stretches of sand that allow for a relaxed peaceful holiday experience.

Plage de La Paloma, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

East of Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is where the truly affluent live in their palatial villas that dot the rocky peninsula. However, the Plage de La Paloma still has stretches that are open to the public. So find yourself a spot on this crowded beach, put down your towel, and park yourself there. The steep steps that lead down to the plage open up to a view of yachts and sailboats, the resort of Beaulieu, the cliffs at Eze, and Cap d’Ail. The bay is shallow with soft sand and clear water. A swim out to about 100 meters in the ocean gives you a view of the magnificent mansions above the beach.

Plage de Notre-Dame, Porquerolles

Porquerolles is one of the islands of The Golden Isles, located off the south coast. It is a beautiful Mediterranean island, teeming with vineyards, forests, fruit groves, and fragrant eucalyptus and pine trees. As cars are not allowed here, exploring has to be done on foot or by bike, which adds to the experience. The outdoor restaurants serve flavorful locally caught fish.

The Plage de Notre-Dame is a stunning beach on the north-east coast of Porquerolles. It is a bay, and offers an enchanting seascape of ships floating in and out of view on turquoise waters. As it is in the south of France, you are likely to find people bathing au naturel. If it is activity you seek, the beach offers the opportunity for swimming and snorkeling. However, it is the perfect place for quiet contemplation too. Remember to pack a snack, for the beach has no snack bar.

Côte Vermeille

At the southernmost tip of France is the département of Les Pyrénées Orientales, often referred to as French Catalonia in the region of Languedoc Roussillon. The beaches of Côte Vermeille here are relatively secluded and dotted with rocky coves. The stretches of flat sandy beaches of Côte Radieuse are a good option too. The best beaches on this stretch are La Franqui and Leucate near Narbonne, and Portiragnes and Sérignan near Béziers. A wonderful view of the Pyrénées can be enjoyed from the northern end of Argelès-sur-Mer beach. As the Côte Vermeille is close to Spain, the area has some Spanish flavor and thus a different feel to it. The closest cities are Perpignan and Montpellier.

Mala Plage, Cap d’Ail

This beach is at the small town of Cap d’Ail, west of Monaco. For reasons unknown, this posh French Riviera beach is uncrowded, even in the summers. This could be because of the tricky 10-minute downhill road from Avenue Princesse Grace that needs to be taken to get here. One can enjoy Mala Plage’s extensive public areas, by sunbathing on the beach or kayaking or snorkeling in the coves under the cliffs to the west. This beach is about a ten minute walk from the Cap d’Ail train station.

The French Riviera has always been perceived as a holiday destination for the wealthy. While its high glamor beaches and hotels are best known, it also contains secluded pristine beaches and affordable living options.

Long Beach in California

The area was initially known as the ‘Bay of Smokes’. This was because in the 1500s, an explorer named Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo observed smoke signals rising from atop the hill (known as Signal Hill today). The Native Americans originally occupied it and they were known to employ the practice of using smoke signals as a form of communication with people who lived across the Santa Catalina Island.

The late 1700s saw the division of the land that was owned by Spain. It was divided between two landowners. The Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos (as it was named) had a boundary between them that ran through the center of Signal Hill. In 1843, John Temple bought the Rancho Los Cerritos. Today, the Rancho Los Cerritos, also known as Ranch House, stands as an important historical landmark. Temple sold off the ranch house in 1866 to Flint, Bixby & Co. Portions of the Rancho Los Cerritos was sold by the 1880s. Finally in 1880, Bixby sold Rancho Los Cerritos to William Wilmore, who founded Wilmore City and subdivided and developed some of these areas. Although he hoped to create a farm community, he did not taste success, and the area was later renamed to the City of Long Beach.

John W. Bixby later leased the land at Rancho Los Alamitos. He also started the development of the coastal front of this place. He began planning the layout of the streets and parks of the new city. But The Rancho Los Alamitos saw itself being split between the heirs, with the sad demise of J. W. Bixby in 1888. The remaining area of this ranch was further subdivided into different areas.

The early 1900s saw tremendous growth of the town. It grew in its reputation as a popular seaside place, and also as a port-of-call. It was now home to ‘The Pike’, which was one of the most famous beachside amusements parks at that time. Lots of visitors thronged to enjoy the roller coasters and other major attractions.

The unfortunate earthquake in 1933 did a lot of damage to life, and caused loss of property in this area. Due to all the damage caused by this earthquake, The Field Act of 1933 was passed. According to this, it was mandatory to have earthquake resistant design and construction to be implemented for all public schools.

It still continued to have a sizable Japanese-American population for a certain period of time. But with a lot of interracial marriages, they form the minority between the existing populations at Long Beach today.

Today, Long Beach draws lots of visitors from across the globe. People even throng to visit the sites and attractions close to Long Beach. Apart from the Queen Mary, the Long Beach aquarium with its huge collection of plant and marine life always tends to be a favorite among most tourists flocking to this area. The Long Beach Airport offers direct flights throughout the United States with easy domestic and international connections. Among the busiest airports, it also remains to be an important aircraft manufacturing and flight-training center. Today, it has beautiful parks, historical sites of interest, and major sailing events. It is therefore no wonder that Long Beach, CA, remains the most popular tourist destinations for people around the world.

Crowded Beaches in the World

Beaches in North America

Ocean City, Maryland
OC, as it is also known as, is a phenomenally popular beach town on the Atlantic coast. The summer is obviously the best time to be here, and it is estimated that a whopping 8 million people visit Ocean City every year.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
With its warm, subtropical climate, Myrtle Beach is known to welcome around 14 million visitors from spring to fall every year, with the number of visitors peaking every July.

Belmar, New Jersey
Being in the proximity of New York and Philadelphia, Belmar is a popular destination for sunbathing, fishing, surfing and swimming. Weekends, summers, weekends in summer, you’re bound to find the crowds here.

Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Beach is home to the wealthier lot of residents, but this stretch of paradise on the Pacific coast gets a lot of visitors every summer. It basically has everything you’d want from a beach – sun, surf, and sand, not to mention the super-luxurious resorts to stay at.

Imperial Beach, California
Bodyboarding, beach volleyball, and surfing are some of the activities that bring the crowds down here to Imperial Beach, which is the most southern beach city on the West coast of the US.

Miami Beach, Florida
The resort city of Miami Beach has lots of attractions on offer for visitors, but most of them prefer flocking to where else, but the beaches, of course. North Beach, Mid-Beach, and South Beach make up Miami Beach’s ocean side attractions.

Daytona Beach, Florida
23 miles of beautiful white sand awaits you at Daytona Beach. Part of their coast is favored by car racing enthusiasts, while the rest is left for the rest to enjoy.

Coney Island Beach, New York
Coney Island Beach, a 3-mile stretch of sand and sea is a favored destination of New Yorkers, offering respite from the manic mayhem of the city. No wonder then, that this beach is choc-a-block with people throughout summer.

Beaches in South America

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Probably the most famous beach known to humankind, Copacabana is where the world comes to p-a-r-t-y. Vibrant beach culture, beautiful people, and perfect weather is what brings the crowds to Copacabana.

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
As Copacabana’s neighbor, Ipanema Beach has its own share of distinct attractions and fans. Surfers and sun worshipers flock here, which is often referred to as the world’s sexiest beach.

Máncora, Peru
Máncora is a jewel on the Peruvian coastline. It is also considered to be a surfer’s paradise. Great weather, gorgeous turquoise beach, and easy accessibility make this a popular destination.

Montañita, Ecuador
Montañita’s sudden emergence as a beach destination has surprised many. Besides the obvious weather and waves, Montañita’s relaxed attitude towards the use of marijuana acts as a major draw for multicultural tourists, and is creating the reputation of being a shadow of Amsterdam.

Reñaca Beach, Viña del Mar, Chile
Reñaca Beach, which is located in the Valparaíso Region of Chile attracts a large number of surfers, along with the regular beach goers every season.

Punta del Este, Uruguay
Punta del Este has a mild oceanic climate, with pleasant summers and cool winters. Besides the obvious beauty of the region, people come to Punta del Este to indulge in nautical sports and fishing. The beaches of this town are frequented by tourists and locals alike.

Punta Carnero Beach, Salinas, Ecuador
People coming here have a myriad list of activities to engage in, besides surfing and bodyboarding. Parasailing, whale watching, and bird watching are some of the other attractions that bring people to Punta Carnero.

Beaches in Asia

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Surfing and snorkeling are the main activities that people indulge in, here at Hikkaduwa. Also, many tourists choose to dive in the clear waters to view the gorgeous corals. It is also very popular with board-surfers.

Haad Rin Beach, Thailand
Leave the sun, surf, and sand aside, if there is one reason why Westerners flock to Haad Rin is because of the Full Moon parties. Great music, lots of booze, and drugs are a staple at these parties.

Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Being one of the premier beach destinations in Asia, Phuket needs no introduction. Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy the beaches, and other unmentionables as well.

Anjuna Beach, Goa, India
Anjuna came on to the world map as a hippie heartland in the seventies. It may not be the best beach in Goa, but it certainly is one of the most happening due to its full moon and black moon parties.

Saud Beach, Philippines
Azure waters and white sand make up the Saud Beach, located in the resort town of Pagudpud. While it may not be as crowded as Phuket, the scenic beauty is a definite attraction for tourists.

Dalian Beach, China
Dalian is a relatively young city in China, but is steadily gaining popularity as a favored beach destination for both, locals and tourists alike, and is often listed as one of the most crowded beaches in the world.

Beaches in Europe

Bournemouth, located on the southern coast of England is a resort town with a sizable population. In the summer months, it sees a surge in the number of visitors who come here to enjoy beach-side activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Cala Tarida, Ibiza, Spain
No one needs a reason to come to Ibiza, they just need the means to come here. Beach lovers and party lovers flock to this destination every year in large numbers.

Praia da Luz, Portugal
Praia da Luz attracts a considerable number of tourists from Europe, predominantly from the British Isles, Ireland, France and Germany, who come here to bask in the glorious sunshine and enjoy the local flavors.

Brighton Beach, England
Brighton is not too far from London, which makes it a popular seaside getaway. Beach sports are quite popular here, and it also has a reserved nudist area.

Pampelonne Beach, St-Tropez, France
St-Tropez has been a haunt for the rich and famous all over the world. Located on the French Riviera, the beach offers spectacular views of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, and is also a clothing-optional beach.

Durrës, Albania
Durrës is a beautiful coastal town on the Adriatic shoreline, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Albania, with an estimated 60,000 visitors every year, comprising locals and foreigners.

Samil Beach, Spain
Among Spain’s various seaside attractions, Samil Beach in the north-west is a big hit with locals and tourists. This area has the regular seaside activities on offer, along with its beautiful promenade.

Being at any of these beaches is sure to make you wonder, is there anything like a tranquil beach left in the world? Tough to answer that, my friend. Because, with the growing popularity of social media, it only takes a few seconds to click and upload a picture of a serene beach, and the aforementioned world-and-its-grandma turns up right there with their sunscreens and beach towels.

Dangerous Beaches in the World

Gansbaai, South Africa

Sharks. Scary enough? The Great White Shark. Drains the color off your skin, doesn’t it? Gansbaai is a small fishing town located in Western Cape, South Africa, and is home to a huge number of Great White Sharks. It sometimes also goes by the name of Great White Shark Capital of The World.
Almost as many as 60,000 Cape Fur Seals thrive in Geyser Rock, a small island in Gansbaai. Dyer island, a relatively bigger island nearby, is home to hundreds of thousands of penguins. A channel that separates the two islands is called the ‘Shark Alley’. The Great White Shark feeds on these smaller marines, and hence is found in large numbers here.
The strength and wrath of The Great White needs no explanation. Unless you are a shark-aficionado, this is the place to be, not!

Acapulco Beach, Mexico

There is no fear of sharks here. No deadly underwater currents. No radioactive pollution. No dangerous marine life. Still, it is the deadliest of beaches since the danger to man here is man himself. Acapulco beach is extremely notorious for murders.
According to a survey conducted in the March of 2013, Acapulco’s murder rate alone is 28 times more than that of the US. What was once a tourist’s haven, is now dubbed as the second-most violent city of the world.

Amazon Beaches, Brazil

If you decide to travel here, it will not just be the sharks who keep you company; expect creatures as torrid as piranhas, electric eels, anacondas, and other deadly sea creatures as well. The Amazon beaches of Brazil are home to some of the most deadliest and poisonous underwater sea animals.

Bikini Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands

The last 65 years have seen a huge decline in fishing around the waters of Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. This decline has resulted in the increase of sea life. And not just any sea life. Sharks. Dangerous sharks. The number of sharks found in these waters is huge, which is why it is unsafe to be near these waters.
And if sharks weren’t enough, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was declared as a test site for more than 20 nuclear weapons between 1946 and 1958. The resulting nuclear radiation is dangerous for human life, and even plant and animal life. A double-dangerous zone, Bikini Atoll sounds beautiful, but apparently isn’t.

Cape Tribulation Beaches, Queensland, Australia

Home to the Box Jellyfish, the most poisonous creature of the world, Cape Tribulation beaches are shut down every year between the months of October and April. More than 70 deaths due to the Box Jellyfish’s sting have been accounted for since 1883.
The sting of the jellyfish is so powerful, that victims continue to cry in pain even after they lose consciousness. Its venom is so effective, that if the victim is not relieved of the poison immediately, they could die due to cardiac arrest within minutes.

Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, India

When in India, do not do as the Indians do! The waters at the Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai are known to be the most polluted in the world. The waste and disposal from the entire city is dumped in these waters, so you can imagine the rate at which it is being polluted every day!
Although you might find kids from the nearby slums playing and frolicking in the water here, it is completely unadvised to swim in it. The pollution levels rose here in 2011, when a cargo ship filled with 60,000 metric tons of coal sank in the waters. This is one beach which has proven hazardous because of man’s doings, in contrast to other beaches which pose natural threats.

Kilauea, Hawaii

The black sand beaches of Hawaii are situated at the foot of a volcanic mountain. Enough said to keep you from going there? There’s more. This volcano is the world’s most active volcano and has been erupting ever since 1983. Continuous eruption has resulted in lava being continuously spew over the beaches and waters.
Apart from this deadly phenomenon of fire meeting water, the waters here are home to sharks. More than 100 shark attacks have been recorded since 1828, out of which eight were fatal.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Mention Florida and beaches in the same sentence, and a lovely picturesque view of a bright, sunny day on the white sand of Florida starts floating in front of your eyes. Enter sharks. The beautiful imaginary view isn’t beautiful any more, is it?
The beaches and waters of Florida have been prone to an increasing number of shark attacks in the past few years. According to a survey conducted in 2007, more than 120 people around the world were attacked by sharks, and 17 of them alone were victims at the New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Playa Zipolite, Mexico

The good: Playa Zipolite is a nudist beach, flocked by hippies and backpackers from around the world.
The bad: It is also known as the beach of the dead.
Zipolite, according to an indigenous language, means beach of the dead. The beach has been named so due the innumerable human lives that were claimed by the waters’ dangerous underwater waves and monstrous rip currents.

Hanakapiai, Hawaii

Safe from sharks, but home to the strongest of rip currents. According to statistics, more than 80 deaths have been reported of victims who drowned while swimming in these rebellious currents.
Swimming is prohibited in the Hanakapiai islands as the ocean waters are highly unpredictable and monstrous in nature. High tides and dangerous shore breaks add to the danger of this beach, making it one of the most dangerous beaches of the world.

Beaches in Sydney

The warm sandy beaches, waves thrashing across the shores, the cool water touching your feet, and the undying sea breeze. Every time someone asks me what would be my favorite travel destination, I can’t help but mention any place that has beautiful beaches. And I’m sure many of you share my passion for beaches. So, when it came to writing an article on the best beaches in Sydney, Australia, I had to jump on the opportunity.

Sydney has some of the most amazing beaches in the world and thousands of tourists select them as one of their travel destinations. The ocean beaches are separated into Northern and Southern beaches. All the beaches are located along the Pacific Ocean coastline and attract tourists and locals all year round because of its wonderful climate. So, if you are planning on putting Sydney as your next vacation spot, perhaps you’d like to know where all the fancy beaches are.

Top Beaches in Sydney, Australia

Did you know that there are about 70 (big and small) beaches in the city? Yes! Whether you choose the Northern beaches located at the north side of the Sydney Harbour or the Southern beaches located at the Eastern suburbs and Cronulla, you are surly going to be mesmerized with their beauty galore.

Manly Beach

Manly Beach, situated on the Eastern side of the island, is one of Sydney’s most popular beaches. There are many things you can do on this beach. Attractions and activities along the Manly beach include kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, etc. One of the attractions of this beach is the Historical walk which tells us about diseased migrants who harbored at the northern part and then being quarantined by the locals. You can also go for a bike tour on this beach. Just rent a bicycle and stroll off. This beach conducts a lot of festivals like ‘The Food and Wine Festival’ and they have surfing competitions. You can go whale watching and also can see flying fish. There are a lot of hotels around the beach to enjoy the calm and beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

Bondi Beach

The meaning of the word Bondi or Boondi is “the noise of water breaking on the rocks”. This beach is famous worldwide and has a long history of its ownership, finally going public on 9th June, 1882. Thousands of tourists come to this beach to enjoy surfing and swimming. The waves on the northern part of the one km beach are much gentler than the southern part. There have been sightings of dolphins and sharks at this beach in the migration period, but fear not, as this beach has shark nets and you would definitely be safe here. As other beaches in this city, Bondi beach also has a lot of sports and recreational areas and has fine hotels and restaurants.

Tamarama Beach

Just one kilometer south of the Bondi beach, lies the beautiful Tamarama or the Glamarama(as called by locals) beach. The name Glamarama is set by locals because a lot of people, especially trend-setters, come here to be seen. This beach is just seven kilometers away from the business hub in Sydney. The main reason why this beach is famous is because of its location and landscape. It is in between Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach; the area is fairly quiet and has a peaceful atmosphere. It has parks, gully, and a recreational area as it is conveniently accessible. People come here to enjoy picnics, sunbathing, and surfing. All in all, a nice romantic place to take your girlfriend.

Coogee Beach

A lot of tourists find this beach, located at the eastern suburbs very pleasant and charming. This beach is not only safe but good to take your family too. It is circular shaped and looks beautiful. This beach is known for sports and night life. You can choose to go for Pro diving activity, visit massage parlors, or just a walk around the beautiful table top along the beach. The beach has an array of excellent cafés, bars to just sit relax and feel the warm breeze on your face. Of course with all these recreational areas, you have the option of swimming and surfing.

Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach lies between Coogee Beach and Bondi Beach. Every year in December you can enjoy the long distance swimming starting at this beach. The southern part of this beach holds a beautiful 30mts ocean pool. This beach is joined with parks, popular cafes bars and hotels. You can walk or jog along the pathway linking three beaches. You can definitely enjoy swimming and surfing at this beach. You can find a lot of families enjoying their picnics and family oriented fun, like junior surfers, junior surf lifesaving, etc. You definitely should not miss out on this wide beach as it is both fun and peaceful.