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Photo Essay: Travel Bloggers Share Their Favorite Beach

Photo Essay: Travel Bloggers Share Their Favorite Beach

Do you have a favorite beach? One that no other can compare to? A beach you could spend countless hours at and could visit, again and again? We share our favorite beach with you, along with many other travel bloggers. Through this photo essay, travel bloggers share their favorite beach.

Kimmy & Drew of AfterGlobe

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Kimmy on Our Beach, Maui

Our first time on Maui together, we discovered a tiny little beach just past Big Beach and before La Perouse Bay. A beach that can only be found when the tide is low enough. A beach that was so peaceful, serene, and beautiful. How could it not become our favorite beach?

We pulled our vehicle over, jumped out, and ran down to the beach. We sat, soaking up the sun with our toes in the sand and the waves crashing around our feet. The only company we had was that of little fish that were caught in tide pools. It was perfect.

We never did find out the name of that beach or if it even has a name. It doesn’t really matter; it’s our beach. We always return to it each time we are on Maui, reliving the first time we found it while creating new memories.

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Trashing the dress at our little beach on Maui.

Anna of The Legendary Adventures of Anna

Favorite Beach

Rincon Beach, Caño Frio

Rincon beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to. The drive there through the mountains is gorgeous, you get a stunning view of the entire beach before you arrive. On the way there are many fruit stands where you can purchase fresh pineapple, coconut, guava, and many other fruit. They also sell a variety of tasty food on the beach. All of it is very cheap.

There is a clear stream called Caño Frio that flows into the ocean. It is surrounded by a lush green jungle canopy. You can pay for a boat tour up the stream or to see all of the colorful fish-snorkel it yourself.

I love Rincon beach because of the amazing scenery surrounding it and when I went we practically had the whole beach to ourselves. Camping there was very primitive but a delightful experience.

Lora of Crazy Running Girl

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Coyaba Beach Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica

About a year ago, my then fiancé and I enjoyed this view as we finished up our couple’s massage two days before we were to be married on this very beach outside of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

I love everything that this photo represents. It brings back a flood of wonderful memories as I think of our wedding celebration with our friends and families. It also serves as a reminder about why I love the great island of Jamaica as much as I do. With its noble and friendly people complemented by breathtaking landscapes, it is a place that is unlike anywhere else.

Megan of Where in the World is Megan Cliare?!

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Big Beach, Maui, Hawaii

What’s not to love about a beautiful, long semi-secluded beach with an incredibly strong surf and incredible sealife?! Easily my favorite beach in the world – and for those more “adventurous” travelers, just over the divide we are standing on to get to “little beach” lies Maui’s only nudist beach!

Sarah of Traveling with Ana

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Old Home Beach, Trinidad, California

As a kiwi kid I spent my summer holidays in a bikini, fearlessly diving through waves, building sandcastles and collecting pipis from rock pools. Summer was saltwater sticky hair, sand in our ears and peeling skin.

Now, still freckled from a child hood pre slip, slop, slap campaign, I have children of my own. We live in Oregon.

On our first trip to the Oregon Coast we wore swimwear and sun hats and we were taken aback by the cold wind and freezing water. Under dressed we left the beach and found a café.

The following summer we visited Trinidad in Northern California. A little further South of our first coastal visit but still cool and windy. After a clam chowder lunch we took a stroll to the Memorial Lighthouse and our three year old led us down a steep trail to Old Home Beach.

The beach was quiet. A cool breeze whipped around us. The waves lapped in. Big rocks jutting out of the ocean provided private islands for seals and sea birds. I was struck by the beauty. The serenity.

The kids, fully clothed, ran towards the freezing water and as the tide rolled back in they’d turn and run back towards me. My son, wobbling several paces behind his confident big sister. Both kids squealing in delight until they reached my arms. Rubbing wet black sand all over my white wind jacket. I smile. This is summer at the beach.

Erin of Travel with Bender

Favorite Beach

Friars Bay in St Kitts

Friars Bay in St Kitts has to be our favourite beach in the whole world. And we know beaches. We live on the beach in Australia, we have cruised the Bahamas, the Caribbean, holidayed in Mexico and Belize, as well as sun baked in Thailand and Langkawi. White sand, crystal, calm translucent water that no matter how far you walked out you were still only waist deep. A snorkelling area located to the right near large rocks, and little fish can be found throughout most of the water. Grab some shade by hiring a beach umbrella for about $10. And then lay back and soak up the perfectness. We spent a delightful morning playing in the water with the kids, building sandcastles and having a great time. For me a beach with kids has to tick 3 things: Calm water (transparent is a plus), white sand with a splatter of shells for collecting and the ability to order a cold cocktail (juice for the kids, please). Heaven.

Elle of Vendi Vidi Vici

Favorite Beach

Trunk Bay, St. John

The contrast of sparking white sand, green velvet-like mountains and the crisp turquoise sea makes Trunk Bay on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands my favorite beach. Even better? The beach is part of the US Park System therefore it will remain untainted and undeveloped! A reef just off the shore is the perfect location for snorkeling. The reef features underwater plaques that inform swimmers about the fish that are indigenous to the area and about the coral that they are viewing.

Nearby you will find the ruins of Annaberg Sugar Plantation. The ancient grey stone structures offer impressive views of the nearby islands. Trunk Bay is my happy place!

Jennifer of Jdomb Travels

Favorite Beach

Kihavah Huravalhi Island, Maldives

The ring of pristine white sand beach around Kihavah Huravalhi Island slopes gently into the clearest, bluest waters we’ve ever seen. With coral reef circling the island just a few feet offshore, world-class snorkeling was only steps away. And when we tired of swimming with the most colorful variety of fish we’ve yet to see, the beach was the perfect place to relax and soak up some Maldivian sunshine.

Stephanie of Stephanie Dawn Travels

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Trunk Bay, St John USVI

Some people say that if you’ve seen one beach, you’ve seen them all. As a traveler, I know that is not true. Since I am such an Island Girl, I have learned that anywhere the Sea and Shore embrace is a beautiful display of God’s Heart. Two entities: one liquid and one sand, no egos work together to bring each person who wanders to it Peace and Tranquility.

My favorite beach of all time is Trunk Bay, St John USVI. When touring the Island you get a bird’s eye view of it’s majesty, but once inside you feel the most soft and purest sand under your feet. I felt it disrespectful to even wear shoes. The waters displayed hues of greens and blues and welcomed you to get in the clear water. No matter how many inhabitants were there, I felt alone with my thoughts and took the time to marvel at Life and all the wonders in it.

Trunk Bay is definitely a place that one needs to see with their own eyes!

James of Escaping Abroad

Favorite Beach

South Water Caye Beach

Finding the perfect beach isn’t as easy as you might think, rarely do they live up to photos and expectations once you arrive to them. South Water Caye’s beach however is an exception. This tiny 12 acre island is located right on the Belize barrier reef in the Caribbean sea; and is included in the World Heritage list of protected sites.

This beach has everything I desire. The water is crystal clear, warm and calm. It is isolated from large crowds and quiet, leaving you to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. When feeling energetic, the snorkeling and kayaking are amazing here as well, never leaving you with a dull moment.

Shara of SKJtravel

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Playa Linda, Ixtapa, Mexico

Playa Linda in Ixtapa, Mexico, is my favorite beach mostly by virtue of being the only one I visit regularly, and it continually grows on me. Lovely, calm waters of a nice temperature, lined with palm trees, good seashell collecting, and a low-key atmosphere with the beachgoers being mostly locals. There is a crocodile sanctuary adjacent to the beach which I adore, teaming with birdlife and iguanas, as well. The thing that skyrocketed this beach into my unquestionable favorite was the day I was walking down it to find a crocodile sauntering toward the water. He had escaped the sanctuary, and the police officers who came and casually kept an eye on him until he could be properly retrieved and put back home, told me this happens pretty regularly. What I love is the completely laid back nature of this place — not only does it have desirable vacation beach attributes, but how many other places can you build a sand castle while a crocodile walks by, and absolutely nobody seems concerned about it? This is the kind of thing that appeals to me.

Megan of MeganTasker

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Juara Beach, Tioman Island, Malaysia

I’m not really a beach person, with my pinkish/see-through skin I can only spend so long sun soaking. But Juara Beach on the east coast of Tioman Island, Malyasia is what other beaches only dream of being. There are too many good things going on in one plot of sand, here are my top 10 reasons why I love Juara Beach

1. It’s basically deserted
2. There’s a beach shack, it’s called Tim’s beach shack
3. It’s a sea turtle nesting site
4. There’s great surf during the monsoon
5. Nemo is just off the coast
6. The sunrise is AMAZING, but the moonrise is even more spectacular
7. Banana pancakes are available
8. It’s cheap
9. It’s pristine
10. Did I mention it’s deserted?

Bethaney of Flashpacker Family

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Tuna Bay in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

The best beach we’ve come across on our travels is the beach at Tuna Bay in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. The sand was perfectly squeaky and white, the water was crystal clear and the snorkelling off the beach was great.

Noel Morata of Travel Photo Discovery

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Kings Landing, Big Island, Hawaii

Here’s one of my favorite beaches in East Hawaii called Kings Landing. Its mostly a green and black sand beach. The green sand are made of ovaline crystals which erode from the basalt lava flows and wash up onto the shoreline.

Mary of Calculated Traveller

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Princess Cays, Eleuthera, Bahamas

This is my favourite beach: Princess Cays located on the southern end of Eleuthera, Bahamas. It’s a private beach resort owned by Princess Cruises and is used as a port-of-call for their Caribbean itineraries. I love this beach stop when on a cruise because almost everything is provided for you with the cost of the cruise – the hammocks, chairs, facilities and a huge BBQ lunch. If you wish to splurge you can purchase excursions, rent snorkelling equipment or even participate in Yoga or get a massage on the beach. My activity of choice is to just laze the day away swinging in a hammock in the shade whilst reading a book (sigh…).

Kathryn of RTW Travel Guide

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Lanikai, Ohau, Hawaii

This is our favorite beach photo because it’s a classic Hawaii shot of people having wedding photos at the beach (something we saw virtually daily in Hawaii). The beach pictured is Lanikai, which is one of our favorite beaches on Oahu. It’s about 30 minutes drive from Waikiki. We also like Sunset Beach on the North Shore but that’s a longer drive for people staying in Waikiki. We spent 6 weeks in Hawaii in summer of 2013 and have lots blog posts with more photos and all our tips on If you like calm water the summer is the best to to visit Oahu. You’ll see in the picture that the water is fairly calm and great for swimming. Expect the water to be cooler than in places like Thailand and the Caribbean. One of our favorite things about Hawaii was the lack of bugs – there were very, very few mosquitoes or sand flies. We could be outside even at night without insect repellent.

Jessica of Missadenture

Koh Kood, Thailandfavorite beach

Koh Kood, Thailand favorite beach

From the minute our speedy ferry pulls up to a rickety wooden dock lined with stick-built houses decorated in hues of blues, greens and reds – the bits of paint that managed to weather the tropical rains that annually pelt these Eastern shores of Thailand – and drops us in front of the small fishing village’s local mercantile, I know already this might be my favorite island in the world: Koh Kood.

The roads (all three) cover only about half of Thailand’s fourth largest island, which makes it feel like a small paradise with a dark side – the undiscovered jungle that swamps the majority of the land. As our loaded (and free!) taxi snakes up hills and around corners, I watch the scenery pass by with my mouth agape. I am in love.

Do you have a favorite beach that nowhere else in the world compares to it?

About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. Hi Kimmy,
    Here is my submission:

    This beach is on Johnny Cay, just off San Andres, Colombia. I’ve never seen sand as soft, it was like running your fingers through a bag of flour. The water was peaceful and a beautiful turquoise color, the result of being protected by a reef that surrounds the island. It was gorgeous. We had a fish cooked for us while on Johnny Cay and it was the best meal we had in Colombia. We would go back in a heartbeat.
    Frank (bbqboy)
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  2. I love the idea in Trunk Bay of the underwater signs to help you identify the fish!
    Some absolutely stunning beaches and stunning reasons for why they are favourites of everyone :)


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