PICS: NatGeo's 21 Best Beaches on the globe

2017-01-20 09:33 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - If there ever was a beach bucket list - this would be it.

National Geographic Travel has just announced their picks for the world's Top 21 beaches, organised by categories, including the best beaches for dogs, uniquely coloured beaches, best beaches for snorkelers, beach combers, and more.

While the list is dreamy, we're a little taken aback by the fact that none of SA's world-class beaches makes it to NatGeo's Top 21. I mean, have you ever seen Clifton on a hot summer's day? Or strolled along St Lucia’s unique stretches of sand?

Yes, we know we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves... Cape Town typically ranks in NatGeo’s best Beach Cities list, so there’s really nothing to be concerned about.

But still – especially considering SA is surrounded by over 2 500km of coastline – we think our beaches deserve a spot in the Top 21.

ALSO SEE: Yeah for Gay: Cape Town beaches voted 6th best in the world

Either way, here are National Geographic Travel’s selection of the Best Beach for 2017, in their respective categories. 

Geological Wonders 

Playa del Amor, Marietas Islands, Mexico

Sun peers through onto Playa del Amor in Marieta Islands, Mexico. 
Photo: NatGeo
Cathedrals Beach, Ribadeo, Spain
Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue, Seychelles


Soulful Solitudes

One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Sunset Beach, Brunswick Islands, North Carolina
Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

People lounge in hammocks on Lazy Beach on Koh Rong Island, Cambodia.
Photo: NatGeo


Shell Seekers 

Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island, Florida 
Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia

Thousands of tiny white shells fill the beach in Shark Bay, Western Australia. 
Photo: NatGeo
Lyme Regis, England


Canine Companions 

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Carmel City Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 
Noordwjk Beach, The Netherlands 

Dogs walk up from Noordwijk Beach, the Netherlands, on a stormy day. 
Photo: NatGeo


Tinted Toes 

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii 
Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

Moon lights up Reynisfjara Beach and the Basalt sea stacks in Iceland. 
Photo: NatGeo

Pink Beach, Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga, The Philippines



Pelican Beach, South Water Caye, Belize
Blue Bay, Mauritius
Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao

Snorkelers swim with fish at Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao. 
Photo: NatGeo


Dune Walkers 

Sleeping Bear Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
Piscinas Beach, Arbus, Sardinia

A fallen tree lays in the sand on Piscinas Beach, Sardinia. 
Photo: NatGeo

Corniche Beach, La-Teste-De-Buch, France

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