Category Archives: FEATURED BEACHES

These are our choices for top beaches in each destination. Please see our official beach guides for more information.

Surfing in New South Wales

Surfing at Werri Beach in New South Wales, Australia

Surfing in New South Wales
Photo by Andy Hutchinson

Get your wet suit on, tuck your board under your arm, and plow through the pristine waters of New South Wales to catch the next big one. Are you ready for the ride of your life?

New South Wales boasts world-class surf areas that include Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Sydney North, Sydney South, and the South Coast. The coastline offers pristine beaches of all varieties from beaches in their natural state to beaches that come with everything from surf schools, beachside accommodations, bars and restaurants to luxury spas and dolphin cruises.

Gerringong is a popular little surf town on the South Coast of New South Wales.  The town is known as “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea” and there are few places on earth that can compare to surfing at Werri Beach.  The beautiful rugged sea cliffs and coastline, beautiful golden sand beaches, and rolling green countryside provide a stunning backdrop!

Read more about surfing beaches in New South Wales, Australia

North Korea beaches

A Beach on Sijung Lake – Beaches in North Korea

North Korea beaches
Image by yeowatzup on Flickr.

It’s rare to see a beach in Asia that isn’t crowded, but then again, this beach is in North Korea. Sijung Lake is just one of a number of tranquil beaches in North Korea. It was once a famous holiday retreat area during the Yi dynasty. Members of the royal family came to this lake district to relax.

Unfortunately, North Korea has only been open to Western tourists since 1987 and travel itineraries in North Korea are tightly controlled.

 

 

 

Paradise Beach in the Philippines

Paradise Beach, Samal Island, Philippines


beach in Samal

With a name like Paradise Beach you know you’re in for something special when you arrive on Samal Island in the Philippines.

This real life paradise overwhelms the senses. It’s beautiful, it’s hot, the smell of sun tan coconut oil drifts through the air as do the sounds of the sea as it gently laps the golden sand shore.

It’s the kind of place you just have to say ‘Ahhhhh’ to as you set eyes on the place for the first time.

With beautiful food available nearby along with massage areas and beach recliners all you have deal with is the pain from your beaming smile as you soak up the tranquillity.

Mulan – About the Author

Mulan is one half of the popular London Launchpad travel blog, the home of great London related travel tips and advice.

Panglao Island, Philippines

 

Panglao Island, Philippines (Flickr Photo by Gezelle)
Panglao Island, Philippines (Flickr Photo by Gezelle)

The Philippines remain home to some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches this well-travelled of travellers has experienced. From the beautiful Boracay to the stunning Mactan this country of 7,107 islands is a beach lover’s paradise. And yet, for me, there is one that remains closest to my heart and a place I dream of returning to, namely, Panglao Island.

Separated from its bigger and more famous brother Bohol by a narrow channel this idyllic getaway is home to lush white sands, a crystal clear sea line and one of the most bio-diverse diving areas in the country. Scattered all along the shore line are lazy shade canopy’s, beach recliners and palm trees making it a true picture postcard scene.

There are a large range of beach based hotels and hostels to stay at so you are spoilt for choice whatever your budget. Add to that the hospitable and friendly welcomes at every turn and you’ve got a real contender for the best beach in Asia!

Josh Aggars – About The Author

Josh is a well published travel writer who combines his twin passions of surfing and travelling to explore the wider World. He sells mens flip flops to help fund his trips as he hurriedly files his latest copy for the Flip Flops City Surf blog. Connect with him at facebook.com/josh.aggars at any time for travel tips and advice.

 

Nacpan and Calitang Beaches, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Nacpan and Calitang Beaches, El Nido (Photo by FlipNomad.com)

The Philippines is teeming with gorgeous beaches, and if there’s one place that you shouldn’t miss, it’s Nacpan and Calitang Beaches in El Nido, Palawan. These stunning adjoining beaches can be reached by motorbike, tricycle or boat from the town of El Nido.

White, glistening sand and crystal clear water awaits anyone who will pay a visit to this place. There are no resorts, guesthouses or even a single hostel, so you’ll want to bring some supplies (drinks, food and your sarong) if you intend to spend the whole day there. There’s a nearby fishing village that you can visit as well. The best time to go is in the morning when you can see the fishermen towing nets to catch fish which will later be dried and sent to the nearby towns to sell at the local markets.

Flip is a Filipino backpacker (and aspiring digital nomad) currently roaming around Southeast Asia. He blogs about budget travel tips and overland border crossing around IndoChina at flipnomad.com.