ISOLP’s Top 10 Beaches


As a sun-loving Australian I am fond of a good beach. Here is a list of the top 10 beaches I’ve encountered around the globe.


Top 10 Beaches #1

Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles 

The Seychelles has many amazing beaches. The beach at Anse Source d’Argent is something else though.

Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue, Seychelles

Photo credit: Amrita Ronnachit


Top 10 Beaches #2

Secret Lagoon Beach, El Nido, Philippines

Is it the inspiration for Alex Garland’s hit novel The Beach?

Secret Lagoon Beach, El Nido, Philippines

Secret Lagoon Beach, El Nido, Philippines. Photo credit: Benjamin White


Top 10 Beaches #3

Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica

A little peninsula in the Caribbean, protected from development by a jungle-filled national park, it’s coastline lined with picture-perfect beaches.

Punta Puerto Vargas, Cahuita NP, Costa Rica

Photo credit: Benjamin White


Top 10 Beaches #4

Little Pigeon Island, Papua New Guinea

Little Pigeon Island is crown land, and therefore free for all to access and use. Mostly it’s used as a picnicking spot by residents of Kokopo.

Little Pigeon Island, PNG

Photo credit: Benjamin White


Top 10 Beaches #5

Beaches of the Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone

Tired of overdeveloped beach resorts? Then the beaches of the Freetown Peninsula, in Sierra Leone, might be for you.

Bureh Beach, Beaches of the Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone

Bureh Beach, Sierra Leone. Photo credit: Amrita Ronnachit


Top 10 Beaches #6

Kilili Beach, Saipan

How many places in the world can you swim alongside WWII tanks?

Sherman tank, Kilili Beach, Saipan

Photo credit: Amrita Ronnachit


Top 10 Beaches #7

Lopes Mendes Beach, Ihla Grande, Brazil

Lopes Mendes Beach is often said to be Brazil’s most beautiful beach. And Brazil, you’d imagine, would have some pretty good contenders for the title.

Lopes Mendes Beach, Ihla Grande, Brazil

Lopes Mendes Beach, Ihla Grande, Brazil. Photo credit: Benjamin White


Top 10 Beaches #8

Cristo Rei Backside Beach, Timor Leste

If Cristo Rei Beach is just too mainstream for you, then you can continue around the headland to an equally beautiful stretch of sand known as Cristo Rei Backside Beach.

Photo credit: Benjamin White


Top 10 Beaches #9

Lalomanu Beach, Samoa

Getting to Lalomanu, Samoa’s finest beach, is simple. Just fly yourself to the remote South Pacific island of Samoa, get yourself into a car of some description, turn on the engine, and drive.

Lalomanu Beach, Samoa

Photo credit: Benjamin White


Top 10 Beach #10

Brownes Beach, Barbados

Brownes Beach sweeps around tranquil Carlisle Bay just south of the CBD of Bridgetown (the capital city of Barbados). This means not only is Brownes Beach the premier beach of the country, it’s also the most accessible.

Brownes Beach, Barbados

Brownes Beach, Barbados. Photo credit: Benjamin White





Worthy contenders:

Copacabana Beach, Brazil:

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo credit: Benjamin White


Tumon Beach, Guam

Tumon Beach, Guam

Photo credit: Amrita Ronnachit


Camps Bay, South Africa

Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Photo credit: Amrita Ronnachit


Callis Beach, Fethiye

Callis Beach, Fethiye, Turkey

Callis Beach, Fethiye. Photo credit: Amrita Ronnachit


Marina Beach, United Arab Emirates

Marina Beach, UAE

Photo credit: Benjamin White


Maracas Bay, Trinidad and Tobago

Maracas Bay, Trinidad and Tobago

Photo credit: Benjamin White

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