Close your eyes and picture a beautiful beach. What comes to mind? Perhaps it's pink sand and calm water or maybe a vibrant sunset over the ocean. Whatever your beach fantasy may be, the stunning photos below are sure to tick your boxes.
It's easy to imagine a beach existing in a wide, open space, but breathtaking shores can also be found in urban areas, on estuaries and lagoons, and on lakes and rivers. There's also a wide variety of beach types out there, including sandy, pebbly, and rocky. Each beach depends a lot on (as the saying goes) location, location, location.
It's not surprising that many of these beaches are in warm, tropical locations. Who hasn't fantasized about escaping to the famously gorgeous beaches of Hawaii in the midst of a horrible blizzard? And of course, the the Caribbean sounds even lovelier when the spring raindrops are pitter-pattering on your windows. But did you know there's some seriously beautiful beaches in North Carolina and even Morocco, too? Heck, there's a stunning beach in Iceland — and yes, it's just as gorgeous in the cold.
It's time to take a fantasy vacation — we know this isn't quite a trip to the Bahamas, but at least you don't have to hop on a plane or spend a dime on a hotel. Just keep scrolling to see some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.