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Colombia, Cartagena, Playa Blanca beach, palm over water
Playa Blanca is an excellent beach in the Caribbean coast of Colombia (20 km south of Cartagena) with classic tropical landscape - white sand and palm trees over water. A lot of people come here from Cartagena for the daily trip. But the beach is empty before 10am and after 4pm. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (437 votes)

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Colombia, Tayrona, Cabo San Juan de Guia beach
Cabo San Juan de Guia is a beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia. The place is beautiful with different attractions. There is a coast with white sand and palms, as well as additional bonuses like wild jungles and abandoned Indian town. There are a lot of tourists, but this is not a problem. Swimming in the ocean is dangerous in many places due to strong currents. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (51 votes)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Cayo de Agua beach
Cayo de Agua is the best beach in Los Roques islands. There are no trees, but the sandbanks are beautiful. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (488 votes)
Colombia, Providencia island, Manzanillo beach, palm tree
Manzanillo - the best beach in Colombia in the Caribbean island of Providencia. At high tide you can jump into the water using a bungee tied to a palm tree. There is also an iconic Roland Roots Reggae Bar on the beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (74 votes)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Cayo Madrisqui beach
Cayo Madrisqui (Madriski) is one of the best islands in Los Roques archipelago, Venezuela. The sand is white, and sea water is azure, - as elsewhere around, but there is also something unique. Firstly, there are trees with saving shadow, - that can be rarely met on the other islands of Los Roques. Secondly, there is a fishing village (Cayo Pirata). It's a miracle, but it survived after the island obtained the status of National Park. We recommend local cafes with delicious and cheap seafood. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (19 votes)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Cayo Crasqui beach
Cayo Crasqui (Crasky) is one of the outer islands in Los Roques group, Venezuela. The island's beach is very long with several trees and superb sandspit, which however goes under water during the high tide. In the center of the beach there is a small fishing village with several cafes. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (16 votes)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Cayo Carenero beach
Cayo Carenero is an island with infinite beach in Los Roques group of Venezuela. All the southern coast of the island is a perfect shallow lagoon with white sand and clear water, while the north coast is good for snorkeling. This place is popular, but you can always find a secluded area. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (7 votes)
Venezuela, Playa Cayo Sal beach
Playa Cayo Sal is an excellent beach in the Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela, - beautiful and easily accessible. There are many palms and white sand, as well as parasols rental, a bar and even a small chapel. Salt lake located inland can be interesting to walk during the low tide. At the weekends, the beach is overcrowded with the domestic tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (1 vote)
Venezuela, Cayo Sombrero island, beach
Cayo Sombrero is an island with the best beaches in Morrocoy, Venezuela. There are several beaches - both overlooking the open ocean, as well as facing the mainland. The landscapes are for very taste, - there are palm groves, bushes and mangroves. In addition, in the north end of the island, there is a lake giving a lot of mosquitoes. The island is large enough, but at weekends the best coastal areas are getting overcrowded. There are two fish restaurants, as well as rental of parasols and sunbeds. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (11 votes)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Cayo Noronky beach
Cayo Noronky (Noronqui) is one of the nearest islands in Los Roques group, Venezuela. It has white sand, easy entry into the water with a decent depth and good snorkeling. Noronki is a small little-known beach, so there are usually not a lot of tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (11 votes)
Brazil, Florianopolis, Campeche island
Campeche is a small "paradise island" near the island of Santa Catarina in Brazil. The only beach is beautiful - with white sand, huge rocks and clear water. Unfortunately, there are usually a lot of people and boats, so some seclusion is possible only in the early morning. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (5 votes)
Venezuela, Cayo Boca Seca beach
Cayo Boca Seca is the most commercial beach in Morrocoy, Venezuela. There are a lot of sun loungers, and always a crowd of tourists. However, this is still a very pleasant place. The landscape is beautiful, while the water is calm without waves. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (2 votes)
Colombia, San Andres island, Johnny Cay beach
Johnny Cay - beach on a sandbank, just north of the Colombian island of San Andres in the Caribbean. The place is beautiful, but there are a lot of people in the high season. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (62 votes)
Venezuela, Cayo Playa Mero beach
Cayo Playa Mero is a beach in Venezuela with the least number of people by the standards of Morrocoy. There is a lot of space with palms, as well as mangroves. The water is calm and clear with excellent snorkeling. However, there are also large areas with seagrass in the water. You may rent a parasol and sun loungers, or buy some snacks in cafe. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (4 votes)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Cayo Francisqui island, beach
Cayo Francisqui is an island being the nearest one to the airport of Los Roques on the Caribbean coast of Venezuela. Beach has poor vegetation, but white sand is gorgeous, and shallow lagoon has crystal clear water. In general, this is quite typical island in the archipelago, but relatively crowded. In the middle of the island there is a lake, thus giving occasional problem of mosquitoes. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (18 votes)
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana beach
Copacabana is the most famous beach in the World, and it's the center of fun in Rio. Recent years, the bohemian image of this place was spoiled by different kinds of crime. And don't expect much of tropical beauty, - this is the usual urban beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (74 votes)
Venezuela, Cayo Playuelita beach
Cayo Playuelita is a small beach in Tucacas, Venezuela. Most of bottom is sandy, but there is also great home reef. So it is perfect both for swimmers, as well as for those wishing to snorkel. Most of the coastal vegetation are pictersque palms, but few trees are also available. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (1 vote)
Colombia, Tayrona National Park, La Piscina beach
La Piscina is a beach in the Tayrona park (Colombia) being the only one suitable for swimming. Due to the home reef, there are no big waves, nor strong currents. The coast is very nice, - though not so spectacular like some other beaches located nearby. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (84 votes)
Venezuela, Margarita island, Playa Puerto Cruz, aerial view
Playa Puerto Cruz - best beach on Margarita island. Located in the bay, which protects it from strong winds, however there are always pretty waves. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (12 votes)
Venezuela, Cayo Borracho beach
Cayo Borracho is the most remoted and northernmost island of the Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela. There is no rental of parasols, nor cafe. Access to the island is limited to protect sea turtles. However, there is a small area, where access of tourists is allowed after obtaining permit in advance. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (2 votes)
Colombia, San Bernardo, Mucura beach
Isla Mucura is an island with the best beaches in the archipelago of Islas de San Bernardo, Colombia. You'll get a little piece of a tropical paradise and (that even more important) safety, unavailable in the continental Colombia. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (63 votes)
Colombia, San Andres island, Spratt Bight beach
Spratt Bight - popular beach in the north of San Andres island. It's a city beach with all following disadvantages. However, this place is beautiful. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (162 votes)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Boca de Sebastopol beach
Boca de Sebastopol is a remote beach in the south-east of Los Roques archipelago, Venezuela. This place is purely for snorkeling, as coast and bottom are not very good for a beach holiday. However, you can explore the wide coast with lagoons during all the day, - that is quite romantic, though not very spectacular. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (10 votes)
Colombia, Palomino beach
Palomino is a surfer beach on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Most of time there are strong waves, so it is possible to swim just near the coast. And anyway there are often strong currents. But after all you'll get your own 3-miles coast with a lot of tall palm trees. The sand is white with occasional black fractions. Snow peaks of Sierra Nevada Mountains can be seen from the beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (28 votes)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Gran Roque beach
Gran Roque is the main island (with the airport) in Los Roques group. Though most tourists head to the outer islands, Gran Roque is not so bad. The beach has white sand, trees and clear water, but there are too many excursion boats. The west end of the beach has almost no boats, but it's not so beautiful. In addition you can walk to the east of the island (Cayo Fabian) - behind the airport. There are several good secluded beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (9 votes)
Venezuela, Cayo Playa Azul beach
Cayo Playa Azul is a beach in the Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela. It is also known as Cayo Sur. There are mainly trees ashore, as well as few palms. The sand is white, and the water is clear, but many bottom areas are covered with algae. There is a rental of parasols and sunbeds, as well as a cafe. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (5 votes)
Venezuela, Cayo Paicla beach, sandspit
Cayo Paicla is a beach in Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela, being one of the nearest to the mainland. This is the rare place on the islands with a great sandspit. As for the rest, it's quite typical - with palms, white sand and crowds of tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (2 votes)
Colombia, San Andres island, San Luis beach, white sand
San Luis - beach in the east of San Andres island. It's cozy here and not too many people. Many consider this beach to be the best in the island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (47 votes)
Brazil, Fernando de Noronha islands, Sancho beach, view from the top
Sancho (Baia do Sancho / Sancho Bay) - the best beach in the island of Fernando de Noronha in Brazil. Usually there are no much people here, and landscapes looks like images of the Lost World. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (109 votes)
Venezuela, Cayo Las Animas beach
Cayo Las Animas is a beach in Morrocoy, Venezuela, located on the island being the nearest one to Tucacas. There are no palms, - only bushes and trees. In addition, there are many mosquitoes on the island due to the large inland lakes. But on the other hand, there are no crowds of tourists, as well as no cafe or any amenities. Anyway, the place is beautiful - with white sand and clear water. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (4 votes)
Venezuela, Playa Varadero beach
Playa Varadero is a great ocean beach in Morrocoy, Venezuela. In a contrast to most islands of the National Park, it is a peninsula, but access is possible by boat only. There is a perfect white sand, azure water and comfortable shallow depth. And after all, there are no crowds, no amenities and no beachboys. As for the coastal trees, there are just a few palms. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (1 vote)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Cayo Rabusqui beach
Cayo Rabusqui (Rabusky) is an island in Los Roques of Venezuela. There are no trees, while sea bottom is mostly rocky. The only notable attraction is Rabusky lagoon in the west of the island. It has clear shallow water and a lot of starfish. There is also La Pelona sandbank to the north off the island, where you may spend half a day under the parasol. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (20 votes)
Galapagos islands, Isabela island, Puerto Villamil, Iguana Point Bar
Isabela - the largest island in Galapagos islands. There is also the best beach - near Puerto Villamil village. Though the island is not considered to be the best place to explore Galapagos wildlife, you will easily find such inhabitants as sea lions, penguins, as well as a large variety of birds. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (79 votes)
Venezuela, Cayo Playuela beach
Cayo Playuela is a popular beach in the Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela. This is a real tropical paradise with palms and white sand, while the snorkeling on the home reef is excellent. You can rent a parasol, - and there is also a shower, toilet and food and drinks for sale. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (1 vote)
Galapagos islands, Espanola island, Gardner Bay, seal
Espanola - uninhabited island in Galapagos Islands. The best place in the island is Gardner Bay with a beautiful beach great for swimming. There's also lots of sea lions here. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (44 votes)
Brazil, Florianopolis, Galheta beach
Galheta is a wild beach on Santa Catarina island in Brazil. The bay is surrounded by mountains, protecting the beach from the wind. However, the waves are still strong. There are no bars, nor any buildings ashore. Galheta is considered to be a nudist beach, but most of tourists seem not to know about it. LGBT community is often can be met here, as well as on all the beaches of Florianopolis. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (4 votes)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Cayo Vapor beach
Cayo Vapor is a tiny island in the north of Los Roques archipelago, Venezuela. There are no trees, and entry into the water is uncomfortable due to the coral bottom. However, the snorkeling on the outer reef is superb, while to the south of the island there is a lagoon with good swimming. The coastal waters are also popular among kitesurfers. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (9 votes)
Venezuela, Cayo Pescadores beach
Cayo Pescadores is a beach in the Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela. This is the most remote island both from Chichiriviche, as well as from Tucacas, so it is usually not crowded - especially on weekdays. There are almost no palms ashore, - only trees and bushes. Shallow water is great for children, while the home reef has good snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (1 vote)
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Matadeiro beach
Matadeiro is a small beach on Santa Catarina island in Brazil. The beach is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and there are never many people due to poor transport accessibility. The waves are usually strong, but there are also places with calm water. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (1 vote)
Venezuela, Playa Punta Brava beach
Playa Punta Brava is a popular beach in Morrocoy, Venezuela. This is the only place in the National Park, which can be reached by car or even walking on your own. There is a parking lot, a restaurant, and rental of umbrellas and sun loungers. It is always crowdy, especially on the weekends. North island's beaches sometimes referred as Playa El Coco 3 and Punta Suanchez. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (1 vote)
Venezuela, Cayo Aleman beach
Cayo Aleman is a large island in Morrocoy, Venezuela. The only good beach is the isthmus in the north-west of the island. While boats arrive from south side of the isthmus, it is possible to swim on the other side. Usually there are not many people, as this place is little known even among the locals. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (1 vote)
Brazil, Florianopolis, Praia dos Ingleses beach
Praia dos Ingleses is a popular beach in the north of Santa Catarina island, Brazil. This is an excellent family beach with calm water, but there are too many people during the summer. In the south end of the beach, there is a high sand dune, coming close to the water. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (1 vote)
Venezuela, Cayo Muerto beach
Cayo Muerto is an island being the nearest one to Chichiriviche (Morrocoy, Venezuela). There is a cafe and rental of umbrellas, while the beach is pretty nice - though not the best in the region. However, there are too many people, and view to the town is rather boring. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (3 votes)
Venezuela, Playa Mayorquina beach
Playa Mayorquina is a mainland beach in the Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela (access is possible by the sea only). This is an isolated stretch of a white sand with high bushes and good entry into the water. There is a beautiful sandbank in the east end, as well as high cliffs in the west, popular among beginning climbers. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (2 votes)
Brazil, Florianopolis, Praia Mole beach
Praia Mole is the most popular beach on the island of Santa Catarina (Florianopolis), Brazil. It is always crowded, while the coastal cafes are the best in region. Unfortunately, there are strong waves and dangerous currents, so it is more like a surfer beach, though everyone is trying to swim. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (2 votes)
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema beach
Ipanema is the second most popular beach in Rio de Janeiro. In 1964 it was featured in The Girl from Ipanema song (Antônio Carlos Jobim - Garota de Ipanema). / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (18 votes)
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Barra da Lagoa beach
Barra da Lagoa is the longest beach on the island of Santa Catarina, Brazil. The south end of the beach has a lot of restaurants, so there are always many people. But if you walk a little to the north, you will find a miles long secluded coast, sometimes referred as Praia de Moçambique. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (1 vote)
Venezuela, Cayo Peraza beach
Cayo Peraza in the smallest island in the group of Morrocoy, Venezuela. The seabed is mostly coral, so the snorkeling is good, while the swimming is not very comfortable. There are no any amenities on the beach, so you should take everything you need. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (1 vote)
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Barra da Tijuca beach
Barra da Tijuca is a luxury district of Rio de Janeiro, inhabited mostly by businessmen and celebrities. 11-mile beach is the longest in the country. Same time the level of crime is the lowest in Rio. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (92 votes)
Brazil, Florianopolis, Campeche beach
Campeche is a beach on the island of Santa Catarina, Brazil. It is located just opposite the paradise Campeche island. Near the parking, there are always a lot of people, but if you walk a little to the left or to the right, it is possible to find a lot of free space. The beach is beautiful, but there are usually strong waves making it difficult to swim. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (8 votes)
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