Best White-Sand Beaches in the World: three tips
White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
This beach is located on the small, tropical island Boracay, which is in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Some say that this is the best beach in the world. One cannot remain passive stepping on the sugary white, caressing sand.
The beach is about two-and-a-half miles long and its line rich with hotels, resorts, restaurants and other tourism-related enterprises. The Beachfront Path is a central walk, lasting for over a mile and separating the beach itself from the commercial part located alongside it.
The White Beach, being a main touristic spot, offers plenty of accommodation with all the amenities and comfort. The rooms are offered for affordable competitive prices.
There are three main seasons in the Philippines. From March to May is the hot summer season, from June to November is the rainy one, and the humid southwest monsoon usually occurs in May-October.
There are two airports near the Boracay Island:
- Godofredo P. Ramos – local flights only
- Kalibo International Airport
From the International Airport there will be vans and busses ready to drive you up to Caticlan Jetty, from where you shall take a short ferry ride to Boracay.
Palm Beach, Aruba, Caribbean
This two-mile-long strip is located on the north-west stretch of the Aruba Island. Aruba is a windy island located on the southern edge of the Caribbean.
Additionally to white, soft sand this beach offers also excellent swimming conditions. The water is calm and clear, and perfect for snorkelling.
As is with all of Aruba beaches, the Palm Beach is clean, spectacular and wide. The powder-like bright sand invites you warmly to lie down and sink into contentment under the Caribbean sun.
Alongside the beach are resorts and restaurants, which on the one hand crowd up the area but on the other are highly convenient, providing services and amenities.
Caribbean Hurricane season runs officially from July 1 till November 30. The hurricanes rarely touch Aruba, curving off further to the north. There is though still the possibility of swift storms passing over the area during this season.
Even the so-called rainy seasons aren’t producing as much water, with December being the rainiest. Weather-wise any period of the year is good time to visit Aruba.
Aruba has its own airport – the Queen Beatrix International. To drive from the airport to the beach should take about 20 minutes and cost around 15£ in a taxi.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday, Australia
This heaven on earth stretch continues for nearly four-and-a-half miles along the Whitsunday Island, in the bosom of the Great Barrier Reef.
Each November there is an ocean- swimming competition held on the beach as part of the triathlon event of Hamilton Island.
The Whitehaven beach holds the titles of Cleanest and Eco Friendly Beach: dogs and cigarette smoking are both prohibited there. It has also won multiple Travellers’ Choice awards.
The shore sand is formed of 98% pure silica, which grants it its bright white colour.
While on that shore you’d be dipping in crystal clear, turquoise tinted water. At the north end of the beach lays Hill Inlet, a beautiful bay, where the shifts of sand and water created by the tide form some stunning visuals.
There is a vast choice of hotels and commodities just outside the shore stretch, on the island itself or on the surrounding isles.
The weather is beautiful all year round, with hottest months being October to March.
Best way to get there is firstly by flying into Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns or Sydney with Brisbane having the most variety of connecting flights into the region. Then take a local flight to Whitsunday. There are two airports there:
Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Coast, Proserpine
Approximate flying time varies between one-and-a-half to three hours, depending on where you are flying from; with the longest being from Melbourne and then Sydney.
The island is accessible by water from mainland ports of Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour and Hamilton Island.
The nearest to Whitehaven Beach is Hamilton Island, and daily boat trips are running from there.