White sand beaches

5 white sand beaches that will make your jaw drop

by | Beautiful beaches and coastlines

There’s just something about pristine white sand beaches. It’s like the ultimate symbol of paradise, an immaculate stretch of powdery soft sand fringed on one side by bright tropical green palm trees and on the other gentle turquoise waves crashing onto the shore. White sand beaches so beautiful they will make your jaw drop.

We’ve carefully chosen five of the most stunning beach vacation destinations below which will have just such an effect for you to admire and immediately add to your white sand beaches bucket list – ours is getting pretty long.

It wasn’t easy creating this article, or even narrowing down the regions to pick from and we got lost in white sand beaches in the Caribbean for a good few hours alone. I mean, who wouldn’t?

But finally we managed to narrow down the list to a white sand beach from Southeast Asia (of course), arguably the best white sand beach in the Caribbean (it was some argument), one of the best white sand beaches in the USA, (there are so, so many to choose from), one of the best white sand beaches in the Maldives (we couldn’t leave out the Maldives), and finally one of the best white sand beaches in Africa (possibly the best white sand beach in the world).

You can see the challenge we had. There are some incredible parts of the world that don’t even get an honourable mention this time, and we had to leave off some of our absolute favourite beaches. However, that should give you an indication of how highly we rate the beaches on this list. Enjoy!

Oh, and if you totally disagree, and think we should start over with a bunch of white sand beaches you think rank higher – tag us on social or comment on one of the Wild Bay Co Instagram posts with your recommendations and we’ll happily get lost in another round of, “If you could only go to one more beach for the rest of your life…”

Have you been to some unbelievable white sand beaches you think we should feature on our list?  Contact us and let us know.

For more beautiful beach inspiration take a look at the best beaches in Anguilla and these spectacular beaches in Punta Cana.

Wild Bay Co is as much a celebration of the people who make these incredible experiences possible, as it is a celebration of the luxury resorts and hotels themselves. If you’ve stayed somewhere outstanding that deserves recognition for its exceptional attention to detail as well as its stunning setting then contact us and let us know.

Simply one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.

Railay Beach

Railay, also known as Rai Leh, is a small peninsula between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang in Thailand, and it’s home to some of the most spectacular white sand beaches in the world.

Gorgeous white sand beach

Railay actually covers three white sand beaches, each with its own distinctive character.

Railay West is the longest, featuring white sand and shallow water. Though Railay West is ideal for sunbathing, do be warned that the southern-end is pretty rocky. Being also the most popular, you’ll find a collection of resorts, restaurants and beach bars serving visitors.

Further north is Ton Sai Bay, a good spot for rock climbing and affordable rooms. Railay West, and Ton Sai, are at there most beautiful at sunset, when those steep cliffs are silhouetted against the sky.

Opposite Railay West is Railay East, which is actually really just part of a bigger mangrove swamp. Though it’s not great for swimming, it’s the best place to catch a beautiful sunrise.

Sitting between Railay West and East is Phranang Beach, named after the cave containing a sacred Buddha image that can be found on this beach. A lot smaller than RailayWest and East, Phranang is the best beach for swimming, with clean, white powdery sand and crystal clear, shallow water.

If you’re searching for the world’s best white sand beaches Railay is most certainly up there.

A private island boasting no fewer than 12 postcard-worthy beaches, with turquoise seas and silky white sands.

Reethi Rah

Reethi Rah is a palm-fringed private island paradise with some of the most jaw-dropping white sand beaches in existence.

One of the world’s most magical destinations

Reethi Rah is one of the world’s most magical places to stay. Located in the North Malé Atoll, a jewel among a string of coral atolls and lagoons it has some of the best water villas in the Maldives, and no less than 12 pristine white sand beaches where turquoise clear waters meet cloudless azure skies and Indian Ocean breezes sway lush palms.

A stay at One&Only Reethi Rah resort offers an incredible private island experience in the kind of tropical paradise featured in pure fantasy. A truly special place with some of the best white sand beaches you can possibly imagine.

Powdery white sand in breathtaking surroundings.

Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach is hidden away in a stunning Caribbean cove in St Lucia, between the world-famous Pitons, and set against a backdrop of lush green rainforest. White sand beaches don’t come much more spectacular than this.

Island seclusion, majestic views

Set among 100 acres of pristine lush rainforest on the shores of a hidden Caribbean cove, the towering peaks of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons all around you, Sugar Beach St Lucia stands apart from any other luxury beach resort in the world – and at its heart is one of the best white sand beaches in the Caribbean.

The soft white sand on Sugar Beach alone is a marvel in itself, especially when you’re enjoying a rum cocktail at the beachside bar.

Guestrooms, villas, beachfront bungalows and residences at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, are set in privacy amid vibrant gardens and soaring trees so you can enjoy the harmony between nature and modern living. Outside your door: breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and the Val des Pitons, along with all the 18th-century Colonial charm St. Lucia is known for.

You can see why Sugar Beach made it onto our list, and why it’s one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Just look at it.

One of the most beautiful of all Oahu beaches.

Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach or Kaʻōhao Beach is located in Kaʻōhao, a community in the town of Kailua and on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

Pure paradise

Around a half-mile long stretch of picture-perfect white sand looking out onto clear blue seas, with the islands of Na Mokulua visible on the horizon.

Lanikai Beach is exactly what you think of when you imagine the most idyllic Hawaii beaches. The name itself even means “heavenly ocean.”

As white sand beaches go, Lanikai is simply about as good as it gets. Take us there now please.

Best beach ever.

Diani Beach

Diani Beach is set on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya and it is located 30 kilometres south of Mombasa, in Kwale County. Nothing short of epic this is one of the best white sand beaches in the world.

White sand beach paradise

Located to the south coast of Kenya, Diani beach boasts around a magnificent 20km stretch of pristine white sand and is regularly voted Africa’s best beach and leading beach destination.

The flawless sands, gorgeous green-blue waves and lush forest surrounds make this one of the best white sand beaches on the planet, and a must-see spot to add to your travel bucket list.

Follow @dianiabeach on Instagram to get a better feel for the calming natural beauty, adventure and culture on offer.

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