Friday, June 13, 2014

Five Bucket List Beaches to Visit (+ Some of The Coolest Beaches in the World)

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We typically travel in the Fall or Winter over here for a number of reasons. 1) The weather is great in Chicago in the summer- why leave? 2) The weather is awful in Chicago in the winter- let's leave! and 3) It's usually less crowded because kids are in school, which makes for non-peak prices. BUT, there's a big but here (pun intended) and that BUT is that most people we know/follow on social media travel in the summer and we're over here completely green with envy from June- September. We're not professional travelers (here's hoping!) or we would travel whenever we wanted. Instead we patiently wait until Fall, daydreaming.

Pinterest and other fun travel sites (we will share some of our faves soon!)  have increased our wanderlust tenfold, of course. There are a ton of pins and photos and blog posts that we probably wouldn't have come across organically otherwise, so now we've successfully stockpiled some Bucket List destinations, namely beaches. I have to say, though, who wants to travel to fifteen different destinations that more or less look the same? Not us! If you haven't noticed yet, we like to do things differently, and we're always on the search for unique destinations, namely unique beaches. So, some of our beaches are your typical desktop background places, but most are unique in some way, which is how we like it. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful and coolest beaches.

Maldives

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This is the creme-de-la-creme of white sand, turquoise-cyan water beaches. The Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean and are home to nearly 1200 islands. (1200!) Each resort is it's own island. Did you hear that? I said each resort is it's OWN island. Talk about tranquility and privacy. This is a definite relaxation destination, perfect for honeymoons or romantic getaways. More recently, independent travel has increased due to more family friendly resorts and a better immersion with local population that it was lacking in the past. They have resorts catered to families and even divers. It's recent diversification will just bring more awareness into this consistently amazing place.

Whitehaven Beach, Australia

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Whitehaven Beach is a little over 4 miles (7 km) of pristine silica sand beach on Whitsunday Island in Australia. You reach it by boat or plane and it's known for it's crystal clear water and perfect sand beaches. It's been handed award after award for cleanest beach and most eco-friendly beach from a variety of sources. Australia is different from the luxury tranquility of the Maldives, in that this is more typical of adventurous types, with tons of sailing, snorkeling, and other water activities being offered.

Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Maui

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While most people thinking of whiter-than-white sand on the beaches, there are many beaches around the world with Black Sand. Waianapanapa (what a mouthful!) Black Sand Beach in Maui, Hawaii is a popular destination for not only the unique black sand, but also the hiking and vegetation nearby. The sand is actually tiny smooth lava pebbles, and there are lava caves and cliffs nearby to explore.

The Baths, Virgin Islands

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This area is extremely unique, boasting huge rock formations (or batholiths) brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions, that create tranquil pools and grottos to enjoy. Some are completely shaded from the sun by the boulders giving an intimate, uniquely amazing experience. The crystal clear water and palm trees framed by the bluest sky is captivating, even in photos.

Amalfi Coast

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The Amalfi coast is a stretch of coastline in Southern Italy. The boating and the colorful houses build on cliffs is enough of a draw, but the most interesting thing we're wishing to see is the ethereal blue grotto. It is a cave accessible only by boat, and you'll have to lie down in your boat to enter. It's actually a tricky circumstance and typically hard to catch the right weather/sea/sun patterns to even enter the grotto. If you're lucky enough to enjoy it in it's full glory, you will hear amazing acoustics and see glowing blue water. If you were to ever encounter a mermaid, it would be here, right?

Til next time, keep daydreaming! Follow Magen on Pinterest for more beautiful beaches.
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