Bathing in the Sun: Top 7 Beaches in the Eastern Hemisphere


Mar Menor at Night. View from the La Manga strip looking onto the Mar Menor at night.

Many people consider the beach the most relaxing place on Earth. With the sun to sooth your skin and the waves to ease your mind, who can really argue with that. If you’re considering a trip to the Eastern Hemisphere in the near future, check out one of these seven beautiful beaches that’ll wash away all your stresses.

La Manga Del Mar Menor Beach in Spain

Known as “A paradise between two seas,” this 12-mile stretch of beach separates the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean Seas. Not only to beachgoers flock here for the fresh air, but this beach is home to Europe’s biggest salt-water coastal lagoon, making it perfect for people who want to pamper their skin or treat rheumatism. Since these waters are generally shallow, it’s ideal for families with little kids too.

Ko Lipe Beaches in Thailand

Located in the Tarutao National Marine Park, this small island paradise offers three beaches that are all a short 15-minute walk from one another. The main one, Pattaya Beach, is famous for its snorkeling and soft sands. Although this beach tends to get crowded during the busy season, Sunrise Beach (Hat Chao Ley) and Sunset Beach (Hat Pramong) both offer visitors are more secluded experience. With three beaches to choose from, you can’t go wrong.

Myrtos Beach in Greece

Reviewers have continued to rate this beach the best that Greece has to offer; that’s saying a lot considering the many beautiful coastline destinations in this country. It’s regularly featured in magazine spreads and pamphlets — and for good reason. The beach is made up of white cobblestones, with a cliff overshadowing it. The water has varying hues of blue, attracting you to take a dip and soak in its comforting warmth.

Coron Beach in the Philippines

With clear waters, deep caves, high cliffs, and beautiful waterfalls, it’s no wonder that Forbes Traveler Magazine awarded this beach one of the 10 best scuba diving sites in the world. It’s not easy to get here, though, since you either have to take a ferry or a plane. Although it might seem like a hassle, it’s well worth it once you touch down and realize where you’re at. Yes, it’s that beautiful and mesmerizing.

Bali Beaches in Indonesia

Bali is famous for its beaches, with about three million people visiting the Island of the Gods annually. With so many beaches to choose from here, you really need to know what you want out of your experience. If you’re in the mood to surf the waves, check out Balangan Beach. If rough waters aren’t your thing, relax in the calmer ones of Geger Beach. For privacy and a spectacular view, take a trip to Bias Tugal; although, the current is strong here too.

Watamu Beach in Kenya

You might not initially think it, but East Africa has some beautiful beaches of its own. Watamu Beach in Kenya not only has a smooth stretch of soft white sand, but the water here is shallow. Sure, it’s a little rough, but it makes for some fun time in the water — almost as if you’re getting a massage. There are also many coral formations around these parts so it makes for some good snorkeling too, if that’s your thing.

Priaia Del Fuoco Beach in Italy

If you want to leave the kids behind and travel to a romantic getaway, consider taking a boat (that’s the only way you can get there) to this secluded beach on the Capo Vaticano coast. What’s great about this beach is that it’s not frequented by typical tourists, making it ideal for couples who want privacy with a spectacular view of the aquamarine waters. Another great way to experience the Italian beaches is to book a Viking cruise. This way you can view all of them as you pass by on your way to other exotic and historic destinations in the region.

Whether you’re traveling alone, with the family, or with a lover, there’s a beach in the Eastern Hemisphere to satisfy your needs and wants. Visit any one of these seven and you won’t regret it.


Source = ETB News: Shaun Chatman
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