We've all had that dream. You know, the one where you pack up everything and head to a far-flung beach where you make a go of selling coconuts to passers-by.
Well, if you feel like living the dream and leaving the pressures and problems of real life behind for sandier shores, here's some inspiration from our little sister, Beach Tomato, as they handpick the best beaches for living the dream.
Get that head in the clouds.
Grace Bay Beach sparkles on many a level. From the white sand that’s so soft it feels as though it may crumble on touch, to its twinkling waters, to the high-end beach abodes and fine-dining restaurants that line part of this pristine paradise - sun-seekers who craves the more luxurious elements of life will be tempted to make this 12-mile sandy stretch on the north of Providenciales Island a more permanent fixture.
Egypt’s Basata Camp, scattered along a secluded stretch of sand on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba, offers a reason to stay more than a week and a reminder of what calm, uncomplicated and carefree really means. The clear, salty-sweet waters in all their coral-filled glory are just metres away, lapping at the door. Flop on the beach and gaze upwards searching the sky for a reason to leave.
Far-flung paradises aren’t for everyone. The most committed of city-ites wouldn’t swap their boutiques, galleries and late-night takeaways for all the sand and sunsets you could throw at them. Happily there may be a place that has it all. Melbourne not only harbours each of the above but with the buzzy, bar-filled coastal enclave of St Kilda, it also boasts a 700-metre stretch of palm-fringed sand.
The quieter, quainter, old-moneyed Hamptons of the Massachusetts coastline, Martha’s Vineyard is awash with millionaires’ summer houses, presidential pads and private stretches of sand. But magnificent, matter-of-fact Menemsha Beach gives us mere mortals a taste of the good life - and it’s as delicious as the fruity grapes spilling from Martha’s vines and landing directly into poised glassware. All walks of life flock to Menemsha, where they can gaze across to Vineyard South, the gorgeous stretch of Atlantic which separates the Elizabeth Islands and the south-western part of Cape Cod from Martha’s Vineyard Island.
Home to a Galapagos-esque array of indigenous species such as the Coiba Island Howler monkey and the Coiba Spinetail bird, as well as a unique ecosystem, Isla Coiba with its double-whammy status of National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site is a Panamanian paradise for adventurers, eco lovers and the kind of people who prefer animals to humans.
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