Imagine you are sitting on the beaches of the Maldives with clear, turquoise waters softly rolling along the shore. Rather, imagine your toes in the white sands of Cayo Largo del Sur in Cuba, looking out into the endless blue skies. This edition of my travel wish list is just that. Let’s head to the beach!
1. Italy (Sardinia – Cala Goloritze)
A getaway for many Europeans (including footballers #fangirl), Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily. Seemingly small, the island is home to many hidden coves, private gems, and some rugged terrain. Beautiful sunsets and clear waters make Sardinia an ideal beach getaway.
2. Cuba (Cayo Largo del Sur)
With Obama announcing the United States’ intention to restoring relations with Cuba, this destination may actually be within reach for Americans sometime soon! For all the non-Americans, it’s just a plane ride over to Cuba, home of some of the world’s most stunning beaches. Cayo Largo del Sur is truly picturesque boasting the white sands and everything.
3. Mexico (Tulum)
Home to Mayan ruins and glorious beaches, Tulum is the perfect destination for history-lovers and beach bums alike. Two to three hours from Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world, Tulum has so much more to offer than just beautiful beaches. The beaches are, nevertheless, idyllic. Tulum is a major tourist destination and is therefore subject to large crowds so be conscious of this when planning your visit!
Maldives. Paradise. Ever since I first heard about the small island nation, I have always dreamed of visiting. Unfortunately, in recent times, the island is ranked as the third most endangered nation due to the detrimental effects of climate change. Water levels have risen and flooding has become a serious issue for the country. For now, the nation is doing its best to preserve the island and tourism remains a booming industry especially among newlyweds and young couples.
Off the coast of East Africa, namely Somalia, Tanzania and Kenya, is the archipelago of Seychelles. Made up of over 115 granite and coral islands, Seychelles’ origins dates back to the 18th century and it is currently home to two World Heritage sites. Seychelles is also a leader in sustainable tourism in an effort to protect the islands’ diverse wildlife and pristine beaches.