Seven breathtaking beaches to warm your soul

Seven breathtaking beaches to warm your soul

Who doesn't love the beach? The sun, sand, and waves are all a classic part of summer. Bet all of you love going to the beach, having fun in the waves, surfing or just mucking around enjoying the sun and the sand.

1. Lanikai Beach - Hawaii, US

Lanikai Beach - Hawaii, US

Lanikai means "heavenly sea" in Hawaiian. When you'll see it, you'll know why it was given this name. This small, half of mile strip of pristine beach with fine white sand and surf-less, turquoise water is perfect for a beach day with the kids and for enjoying the view of the famous Mokulua Islands, about a mile off shore.

Lanikai is also a popular spot for photo shoots, photographers having the two Mokulua Islands in the background. Due to its position on the east side of the island, Lanikai is recognized as being a great place to watch the moonrise over the Mokuluas, especially during the full moon. Occasionally during the year the sun will rise directly between the islands.

Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) - Zakynthos, Greece

Navagio Beach is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as "Smugglers Cove", on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece. The area is defined by its sheer limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and clear blue water. The strip of beach can be accessed only by boat.

3. Eagle Beach - Aruba, Caribbean

Eagle Beach - Aruba, Caribbean

Eagle Beach in Aruba is one of the most breathtaking beaches on the island. Eagle Beach boasts the widest beach in Aruba and is famous for its pristine and soft white sands. A few months every year, the Eagle Beach is dotted with red and white markers to protect turtle nests. The turtles hatch mostly around sunset and at night.

4. Siesta Key Beach - Florida, US

Siesta Key Beach - Florida, US

Siesta Beach is located on Beach Road on Siesta Key and is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. At the "Great International White Sand Beach Challenge" held in 1987, it was recognized as having the "whitest and finest sand in the world."

Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of pulverized coral, Siesta Beach's sand is 99% quartz, most of which coming from the Appalachian Mountains. Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. It's estimated that the sand on Siesta Beach and Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is millions of years old.

Shallow water depth in the near shore area together with year round lifeguard protection, makes this one of the safest beaches in the world and great for small children.

5. Grace Bay - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Gorgeous Grace Bay, on the island of Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos Islands, seems almost too beautiful to be real. Grace Bay is famous for its 12 miles long stretch of gleaming white sand which merges with clear waters in eye-popping shades of blue while the coral reef glimmers just offshore.

6. Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Whitehaven Beach is a pristine, award winning beach on Whitsunday Islands. Whitehaven Beach stretches over seven kilometres and boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world.

The sand consists of 98% pure silica which gives it the bright white color. Local rocks do not contain silica so it has been suggested that the sands were brought to the beach via prevailing sea currents over millions of years. Unlike regular sand, the sand on Whitehaven Beach does not retain heat making it comfortable to walk barefoot on a hot day.

7. Pink Sands Beach - Bahamas, Caribbean

Pink Sands Beach - Bahamas, Caribbean

As the name suggests, the silky sands along this pretty stretch of coast in the Bahamas are tinged a soft, pale pink, thanks to the rosy hues of some of the finely crushed shells from which it's formed.

Pink Sands Beach is the place to go for natural beauty, elegant resorts and most importantly, three miles of perfectly pink sand and gentle waters. The ocean is ideal for swimming - warm throughout the year and generally calm, protected from the rolling waves of the Atlantic by a coral reef.