Updated on December 19, 2014
10 Beaches I Must See Before I Die: Part II
This post began under a thatched roof in Uruguay. Part two is being written in an empty house in North Carolina. Somehow I think that now is the more appropriate time to be writing. It is hard to whittle down all of the possibilities to just a list of ten. Part one was easier because I could always consider locations that were on the bubble in the next part of the series. Well here we go again in no particular order:
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is a region in the Dominican Republic that is known for its beaches. It is considered a major resort area which is something I normally try to avoid. It does however have an extremely stable climate with average temperatures fluctuating only 6°F (4°C) and remaining in the mid 80’s (upper 20’s °C).
It has shallow swimmable waters and several natural marine pools. The area also boasts very good scuba diving.
Boracay is an island off the southern coast of Manila. White Beach and Bulabog Beach are the two popular beaches on the island although there are a few quieter beaches found around the island. The island has a tourism season because of wet and dry seasons. You should be able to pick up fantastic discounts during the off season as you can in most seasonal locations.
White Beach is the main strip of the island featuring its nicest resorts and restaurants. From White Beach you can get to a few quieter beaches that are located on the same side of the island, like Diniwid Beach.
Bulabog is Boracay’s other tourist beach. Bulabog is more well known for its water sports. It has become a popular spot for the young sport of kiteboarding as well as its older brother windsurfing.
Costa de la Luz, Spain
Costa de la Luz is one of the quieter beaches on the Andalusian Coast of Spain. Real estate has picked up steam here, but there are still no where near as many tourists here as there are on some of the more well known beaches in the region. I am always drawn to places off the beaten path.
Costa de la Luz is also known for its water sports, including kiteboarding. It is even more well-known for it’s nature reserves. It can be very difficult to find undisturbed coastline and Costa de la Luz is one of those rare places.
Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand
Despite its name Ninety Mile Beach is only around 55 miles long. Still, 55 miles of uninterrupted beach is nothing to scoff at. This strip of sand is designated as a highway although I have seen pictures of cars that didn’t make it and have been buried most of the way in the sand by the tide. Try to explain that to the rental company. Like much of New Zealand this strip of sand is mostly undeveloped and beautiful. The massive sand dunes are popular for sandboarding and apparently some people bodyboard them.
The water is popular among fisherman and is safe for swimming.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is well known both for its beaches and hiking trails. The park is home to four beachs; Manuel Antonio, Espadilla Sur, Escondido, and Playita. The park also has a few tide pools worth snorkeling in.
A major attraction of Manuel Antonio is it’s biodiversity. You will have the chance to see monkeys, iguanas, toucans, and dolphins. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking are all accessible ways to enjoy the parks wildlife.