4 of the Most Beautiful Beaches on Earth (I Have Visited)

August 14, 2015
Nagigi Beach, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
Nagigi Beach, Vanua Levu, Fiji.

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Drool. On my keyboard. I still drool over my Nagigi Beach picture.

Because I snapped the image on a cloudy day. No filter. Mediocre camera. If that doesn’t speak to the stunning beauty of the tiny little beach in the South Pacific I have no clue what will.

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On to the stunningly beautiful beaches. All of which I’ve visited. All places where I’ve lounged; and yes….I have enjoyed freshly picked coconut juice on both Nagigi Beach and Nai Harn Beach, thank you.

1: Nagigi Beach, Fiji

Nagigi is the most beautiful beach I’ve seen in person AND it’s the most beautiful beach I’ve seen, ever. When

I had to say the coconut was good...look at the guy's machete! Seriously though, the coconut juice tasted delicious. From Naginagi, Fiji, on the beach.
I had to say the coconut was good…look at the guy’s machete! Seriously though, the coconut juice tasted delicious. From Naginagi, Fiji, on the beach.

we pulled up to Nagigi – on a cloudy day – the first thing I noted was the gradually darkening shade of blue as you observed the ocean. Beach side; crystal clear water. A bit farther out, light turquoise. The blue became darker, and more intense, as you made your way out into the South Pacific.

I’ve not seen anything like it in my life. Absolutely jaw-dropping stuff.

From the pretty coconut trees to the quiet, peaceful vibe – this is a village beach, not a public beach – to the mesmerizing color of the water, Nagigi, Fiji is A1 on my list.

2: Ganung Payung Beach, Bali

Pantai Ganung Payung di Bali? Indah! OK, enough of my rudimentary bahasa Indonesia. This ain’t your typical Bali tourist beach. GP is off of the grid in the Bukit, away from throngs of tourists and waves of locals. I spotted 3 folks at Ganung Payung on 1 visit, and 2 on a second visit.

Me on Ganung Payung.
Me on Ganung Payung.

This stunning beach is reached via a 100 meter or more descent. On arriving you can digest a most ridiculously beautiful view from atop a cliff. Soak up the crystal clear waters transitioning into turquoise as you gaze deeper into the Indian Ocean. Monkeys paid Kelli and I a visit at GP. We chilled with a troop of 30.

Enjoy the heavy foliage, dearth of humans and the raw power of some fairly savage surf, at good old Ganung Payung Beach in southern Bali.

3: Manual Antonio, Costa Rica

Sloths. Jesus Christ!….Lizards. Squirrel monkeys. Capuchin monkeys. We saw ’em all at Manual Antonio Beach in Costa Rica. Imagine palm trees and coconut trees forming a canopy over a pristine, beautiful, lazy beach facing the mighty Pacific Ocean. Other than Nagigi, Manual Antonio is the cleanest beach I’ve visited. That’s saying something, because Nagigi Beach sees nary a soul, being

Me on the shores of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Me on the shores of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and Manual Antonio sees a steady flow of tourists and expats, although you won’t see a heavy volume of folks cruising through.

You can see how serious these folks are about keeping things clean.

Manual Antonio is pristine, charming and about the prettiest beach you’ll ever experience. Visit it, please.


4: Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Nai Harn Beach is my fave beach in Phuket. It’s also one of the prettiest beaches on Thailand’s largest island. Location, location, location, makes this a pristine, beautiful beach. Nai Harn sits by the southern tip of the island. Although the beach gets a bit crowded during high season (think….”Little Moscow”), the Muscovites sprint back to Russia and Nai Harn becomes a peaceful little spot on the Andaman Sea when low season kicks in.

(Note: I love Russians, and have made a few Russian friends during my world travels. I kid because I care, and because…..it’s the truth. I also secretly routed for Ivan Drago in Rocky 4.)

Me on Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand.
Me on Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand.

Imagine a horseshoe shaped beach surrounded by heavy Thai jungle, with the requisite palm and coconut trees. During high season, the water becomes a bath. I mean, NO wave action and it’s as warm as can be and….it’s a bath. This makes for eye popping imagery as I would swim 1/8 of a mile out, and yes, I could see 20 to 30 feet down, perfect visibility, and experienced no currents to speak of.

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What’s the most beautiful beach you’ve ever visited?

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  1. I certainly will guys, I’ve heard awesome things about the Andaman Islands.

  2. One of the most beautiful we have ever travelled to was the beach on the north side of Neil island in the Andaman islands of India. If you ever get a chance to travel there we would highly recommend it.

  3. Way cool Nicole!

  4. Nicole Says:

    Beautiful beaches! I recently did a top 10 beaches (that I’ve been too). Love seeing others top beach lists, gives me some new ideas!

  5. Swapnil, they are awesome, right? Thanks so much!

  6. Hey all are nice beaches. Everyone should visit atleast ones for these beaches. Thanks for sharing information. Keep posting.

  7. WAY cool Wayne….Nai Harn rocks. Thank you!!

  8. Both sound Fab Angie! and we are probably doing Central America next, so West Bay Beach is dually noted 😉

  9. Mary, I’ve heard wonderful things about your home beaches…paradise indeed!

  10. We do have some stunning beaches here in the Outer Hebrides but sadly, not the weather to go with them.

    Your post has me yearning for much sunnier climes.

    Thanks for sharing, Ryan – I think 🙂

  11. Wayne Seto Says:

    I may head back to Phuket in the fall and you’ve sold me on Nai Harn! Always love reading your stuff Ryan. Cheers!

  12. Angie Says:

    Ohh they all sound so wonderful. We love West Bay Beach, Roatan, Honduras and 7 mile beach, Negril, Jamaica. Currently thinking of where we might want to go to celebrate our 20th anniversary with vow renewal. Somewhere new? Quite possibly!

  13. Hi James! Make your love of being free stronger than your fear of doing uncomfortable things, through personal development….then I’ll see ya in paradise 🙂

  14. Shameem, I hope to head back to TM soon 😉 Loved it there!

  15. Shameem Says:

    Hey Ryan

    Good to see beaches list on your post so how many beaches still you left to visit and so when is your next visit to Tamil Nadu..

  16. James Savage Says:

    How can I go to all these beaches Financially strapped?

  17. David….um……5 years ago I visited….


  18. Sounds awesome Stephen! Added to my list 😉

  19. Added to my list TC 😉

  20. With a title like that, I must ask you: how many beaches have you visited on other planets? I know the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy recommends a few.

  21. They all sound terrific. I haven’t been to any of them, so I’m going to have to say Shoal Bay in Anguilla is the most beautiful beach. It’s perfect on every level!

  22. Cala Illetes on Formentera. Apparently, it’s the third most beautiful beach in the world.