Taking the path less travelled just might be the way to go the next time you plan your next island vacation. These underrated beaches are sure to surpass your expectations. It wasn’t an easy task putting together a list like this, but we searched high and low, near and far, across the land and into the stars to find you some of the most amazing, pristine pieces of heaven on earth. Get in on the world’s best-kept secrets and pick your favorite paradise beach. This is the ultimate sneak peak to the places that are incredibly exciting and beautiful. Your guide to emerald waters, iridescent sandy beaches and everything beautiful nature has to offer.
Phu Quoc, Vietnam – This spectacular island is situated on the Southwest side of Vietnam. One half of the island is covered in lush, dense jungle so it is considered a national park. Hailed as one of the country’s best beaches, it is also Vietnam’s largest island measuring in at a whooping 40 kilometers, north to south. Don’t forget to pick up some fish sauce while you’re there, as Phu Quoc is famous for having an endless supply of anchovies that ply the island’s waters, thus producing only the finest of this deliciously salty condiment. There are also black pepper and pearl farms, as well as local night markets for you to visit. If you like fishing, take part in the unique squid fishing tours at nightfall.
Delray Beach – The charming Delray Beach in Florida is the ideal getaway for everyone because it is extremely family-friendly. This 2-mile long beach is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and sandcastle building. It’s so breathtakingly beautiful, with its blue waters and white sandy beaches. At sunset, take a stroll on the always festive Atlantic Avenue and enjoy the boutiques, seafood restaurants, cool architecture and the Pineapple Grove Arts District. If you are seeking a worthwhile splurge, check in to the Seagate Hotel and Spa on Atlantic Avenue, it’s just a short trolley ride to the beach and the private Seagate Beach Club. It’s fun to spend your hard earned money on things you actually want. So, save yourself some cash and get yourself a comprehensive insurance plan that will protect you in the event of an abhorred mishap. Travel with the peace of mind that you will be easily reimbursed when you get home.
Malapascua, Philipines – Malapascua is one of the most breathtaking islands out of the whooping 7,000 in the Philippines. Did you know that this is the only place in the world where you can dive with the magnificent thresher sharks everyday? This quaint, peaceful paradise is near the Monad Shoal, a sunken island where the thresher sharks live and hunt. They are not threatening to humans and will swim over the side of the shoal if scared. It is quite an unforgettable, one of a kind experience to be able to get close enough to a thresher shark and touch them. You can easily access the island from Cebu, which is connected to various international airports.
Koh Rong, Cambodia – About 25 kilometers from Sihanoukville, off the Southern coast of Cambodia, sits beautiful Koh Rong Island. Within the Koh Rong Archipelago is Koh Rong Sanloem, where you can go to relax at the crescent shaped Saracen Bay. Here, you will discover three kilometers of iridescent sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters. What makes this island so incredibly special is the sparkly blue phosphorescent plankton that illuminate the waters at night. Your experience will be ethereal when you stand under the starry sky with your feet in the glowing water. It all just seems otherworldly. Find the darkest side of the beach and walk in about a meter deep. Then, “shake” and swirl the waters with your palms and feet and you will see the plankton light up. The more you swirl the water, the sparklier it gets. Also in Sanloem, there are bio diverse dive sites and trekking/biking trails that uncover attractions like a historic lighthouse and waterfalls.
Palm Beach – Palm Beach County, Florida, may have more than 47 miles of beautiful, pristine beaches, but the crown jewel is undoubtedly the exclusive Palm Beach. This 14-mile-long, half-mile-wide island is the epitome of extravagance. If you want a little Hollywood excitement on your paradise beach vacation, you have come to the right place. Palm beach has been the winter home to the Kennedys, the Rockefellers and a slew of other amazing celebrities. Palm Beach also features some of Florida’s finest hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as some truly magnificent beaches. Nestled next to the Gulf Stream, this haven enjoys the benefit of warm blue waters and light breezes. For a beautiful beach that has abundant marine life and rare plants to explore head to the John D. MacArthur State Park. The nature walk is perfect for families.