The world's top 'undiscovered' beaches (one of our own made the list)

2018-11-28 10:30 - Marisa Crous
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Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon

Malhao beach, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Alentejo, Portugal recently published a list of the top 50 untouched beaches as ranked by 1 000 industry professionals. And we want to visit all of them.

But what does untouched really mean? Is it undiscovered?

Relatively, yes, as tourists haven't necessarily found it yet, neither has Instagram. These beaches are visited, but not by tour bus.  

And it has remained pristine for this very reason. 

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Off-the-beaten-path, paradise awaits.

Picture zero beach chairs, or waiters offering drinks with tiny umbrellas or even guys walking around selling ice creams from cooler bags. Just quiet, crashing waves and stunning views. 

Here are a few of the top ones: 

Vestrahorn Beach, Iceland

The beach has black sand and can be found on the Stokksnes peninsula in Southeast Iceland.

The remote beach is next to the popular Vestrahorn Mountain, which has become a bit of a paradise for photographers as this mountain is now one of the world's most snapped peaks.  

Wild beach, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Alentejo, Port

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Agiofarago Beach, Crete

The pristine and untouched beach that is Agiofarago Beach, is nestled among the cliffs south of Heraklion in Crete.  

Vestrahorn Iceland is one of the most photographed

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Wineglass Bay, Tasmania in Australia

Freycinet National Park plays host to this beauty. Trails lead up to a lookout for views over the Bay, shaped like a wineglass.

Vestrahorn Iceland is one of the most photographed

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Cannon Beach, Oregon in the US

The beach is already perfect by itself, but an added bonus is the possibility of spotting puffins atop Haystack Rock.

Vestrahorn Iceland is one of the most photographed

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Malhao Beach, Vila Nova de Milfontes in Portugal

This secluded, and wide open sandy beach is our idea of heaven. 

Malhao beach, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Alentejo, P

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Coffee Bay Beach, South Africa

Popular with backpackers, Coffee Bay is a small village along the Wild Coast is known for its gorgeous views and beaches. 

Vestrahorn Iceland is one of the most photographed

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See their list of top beaches around the world here.

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