Pink sand beaches of Bermuda
If you're into secluded Caribbean shores with loads of natural coral, abundant marine life, and underwater caves, Klein deserves a spot on your list. Sitting eight miles off the southeast coast of the southern Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao is a slice of paradise, boasting one of the longest and most pristine beaches around. It's been nicknamed "Little Curaçao," because the island, which can be reached by boat in less than two hours, is a postcard-perfect vision of how the Caribbean used to be. Here are some more idyllic Caribbean destinations.
This stunning strand is the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and one of the most popular attractions in the Caribbean. Grace Bay has the kind of crystal clear water that lets you look right through to see fish, crabs, and all the natural sea life that'll make you feel like you're a real-life mermaid. You can also easily follow the local rope path on a snorkel adventure to nearby Bight Reef, where nature enthusiasts often find sea turtles of several varieties, stingrays, and eagle rays.
The wild horses of Shackleford Banks have frolicked on local North Carolina beaches for over 400 years, and continue to roam wild and free without a saddle, fence, or pasture in sight. Scientists, historians, and nature lovers alike have speculated the origins of the Shackleford horses (a.k.a. "Banker ponies"). The most popular theory is that the horses swam ashore after a Spanish ship exploring the new world met with a tragic fate off of North Carolina's shores. Visitors make their way to the island by private boat or ferry running from Harkers Island, Beaufort and Morehead City.
If hitting the Galapagos Islands wasn't already on your bucket list, let Tortuga Bay be the final straw that pushes you over the edge. One of the main recreational sites of Galapagos National Park, Tortuga Bay is located on the island of Santa Cruz, the second largest island in the Galapagos. Sea turtles, marine iguanas, pelicans, flamingos and sea lions are some of the many creatures roaming around this unspoiled island; at night, sea turtles come to lay their eggs on this magical beach. There are two ways to access this remote beach known for surfing, snorkeling, and kayaking: By foot or by boat (and yes, there are even cruises to the Galapagos—one of the best anywhere, though choosing from the best from this list would be tough). You'll want to book through a tour company like Quasar Expeditions, which offers luxury yacht cruises that take passengers to the beach, allowing them to get up close and personal with the abundant wildlife.
St. Petersburg and Clearwater
A hush-hush getaway for billionaires, celebrities, and royalty, this private island in the Maldives—among the best warm-weather destinations in the world—is unlike any other: You can rent the entire thing. That means time on this incredible island can be spent any way you'd like. Coco Prive's 30 resident staff members plan everything from custom meals to ocean excursions just for you, so when you arrive via private luxury yacht, the island of Kuda Hithi is ready for your stay. Surrounded by white sands and crystal-clear waters, the resort is home to just six villas (one is a master residence), ensuring paparazzi and crowds are worlds away during your island escape.
Playa El Tunco
Head down to Playa El Tunco, a black sand beach in El Salvador, to really get away from it all. This popular surfing beach faces the Pacific Ocean and is flanked by lush landscapes, pristine natural habitats, and everything an eco-traveler might dream of. And did you know that Central America is one of the top affordable places to travel in 2018?