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Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches In The World

Lanikai Beach — Hawaii

Lanikai Beach in Hawaii is located on the northern shore of the island of Oahu. The water is peaceful and calm thanks to a coral reef just off its shores. This beach is the perfect place to swim or snorkel.

Eagle Beach — Aruba

Eagle Beach is located on the southern Caribbean island of Aruba. Eagle Beach is known for their wide beaches and sugar soft white sand. Eagle Beach is more relaxing and low key than it’s neighboring Palm Beach a quick ride away.

Bora Bora — French Polynesia

Bora Bora is located in Tahiti and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. They feature shallow lagoons and peaceful calm azure colored water. When visiting Bora Bora make sure you stay in a unique over water bungalow in one of the many resorts that offer them. You won’t regret it!

Long Bay Beach — Turks and Caicos Islands

Long Bay Beach is located on the islands of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. The Turks and Caicos are known for having some of the best fishing in the world. Especially their abundance of Blue Marlins living in the waters.

Horseshoe Bay Beach — Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach is located on the island of Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean. This beach is renown for its pink sand and bathtub warm turquoise waters. A trip to this beach or one of the many others in Bermuda is sure to leave a long last memory you won’t forget.

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach — Hawaii

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is located on the Big Island in Hawaii. It is the most famous and popular of all the black sand beaches found in Hawaii. In addition to the wide stretches of dark dotted sand, you might encounter one of a handful of endangered animals (such as the hawksbill turtle) that call this beach home.

Seven Mile Beach — Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach is located in the Caribbean on the Cayman Islands, and yes, it is 7 miles long (11.26km). Seven Mile Beach is located on the western side of the island and boasts tons of resorts, restaurants, and more.

Railay Beach — Thailand

Railay Beach is a breathtaking beach located in the country of Thailand in Southeast Asia. Railay Beach is situation in the Krabi province which is home to many other famous top beaches. Railay Beach is reached with a long tailed boat and provides many fun opportunities to kayak through the secret coves around the island.

Pampelonne Beach — France

Pampelonne Beach is situated in the French Riviera in southern France. Pampelonne Beach is the crown jewel of beaches in the French Riviera and is the busiest and longest stretch of beach in St. Tropez.

Siesta Beach — Florida

The #1 most beautiful beach in the world belongs to Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, Florida. This beach is incredibly wide and offers white quartz sand which is so incredibly soft to the touch. No worries about getting itchy sand stuck to your body here. Siesta Key tops out the list and makes for one incredible getaway.

A Week In Siesta Key With An AirBNB Condo

My wife and I wanted to plan a vacation to Florida, and with the advice of a friend we found Siesta Key. If you aren’t aware, Siesta Key has been named the #1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach in his annual listing of the best beaches in the country.

A quick search online shows that there are no formal chain hotels in Siesta Key, with the closest property located in Sarasota, Florida, roughly 15-20 minutes away by car.

With no chain hotels available, our next step was to search AirBNB to see what sort of properties were available. Our requirements were simple. Near the beach and reasonably priced for one week in May.

After a lot of searching, I focused my sights on one property. The price was great, and from the photos, it was directly across the street from the main beach access. While the interior seemed dated and older, the past reviewers highly rated it’s cleanliness and communication with the host.

We booked the property for a week and were very excited about our upcoming trip!

We flew from Pittsburgh to Punta Gorda on Allegiant Air, and booked a Mercedes GL SUV from Turo to drive to the condo and around Siesta Key.

The condo was an hour drive from Punta Gorda airport, and upon arrival, the check-in instructions were clearly explained. We had officially arrived at the Crescent Royale Condominiums in Siesta Key!

Our next goal was to park the SUV, however, the parking spaces as well as the condo units are not labeled in order. It wasn’t uncommon to see parking spots and condo units next to each other such as (519, 112, 310, 206). This made things confusing, but we found our parking spot and condo unit.

Upon walking inside, the unit appeared clean and we got ready for a fun afternoon at the beach. Later that evening, we got ready for bed, and that is when the nightmare began. These beds were the absolute worst beds that we have ever slept in. You find more comfortable beds in a $10/night hotel in Phuket, Thailand than these. My wife and I are not heavy folks (130-135 pounds), yet when you laid on the bed, your body totally sunk in. On top of that, the pillows were maybe 1/2 an inch thick only, and the bed creaked anytime you moved. The creaking wasn’t just a slight creak, but a loud screeching “Creaaaaak”. If you did happen to fall asleep, as soon as you or your partner moved, you would wake up from the noise.

I contacted the host and expressed our concern after the second day, however, he explained that the condo was their second home, and they love their bed, so we could cancel our trip and receive a partial refund if we wanted to leave. We ended up sucking it up and staying the rest of the week, but needless to say, we didn’t get any sleep.

The reason we wanted to stay was the location. The condo was clean, and the views from the Lanai deck were incredible. You could get from the Lanai to the beach in less than 2 minutes walking. How perfect is that?

Aside from the bedding issues, we had no other complaints that trip until the second to last day. I came inside to get some fruit out of the refrigerator for us to eat on the lanai, and met the largest cockroach that I have ever seen on the kitchen floor. I tried to kill it, but the little bugger was too quick for me. I called the condo unit and our host, but unfortunately, no one was of any help. You know the saying, if you see one, you don’t know how many more you are not seeing. This made us anxious and ready to leave and get home. We searched and sealed all of our clothing to prevent any of them from sneaking home with us.

On our last night, I came inside and didn’t turn on the light until the last minute. When I did, I caught the roach under my sandals near the front door. I had him cornered, and BOOM. Success. No more roach.

We followed the check out instructions and left the condo having had a good overall vacation. Upon further discussions with the host, we received a small bit of compensation for the bedding, which made us very happy. We would recommend his place in the future.