Beach Photos From Around the World

I grew up in land-locked West Virginia and while it’s a beautiful state full of mountains, as an adult I’ve found I much prefer ocean and beach settings. If I can have mountains to hike in with views of the ocean, then that’s just about perfect to me. I’ve spent my fair share of time at beaches since I started traveling as an adult. In fact, the first international vacation I went on was to the Bahamas when I was in college.

Given the fact that I’m completely over winter and ready to move on to warmer, sunnier weather, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite beach spots and of course include photos. We’ll take a little photo journey around the world, in no particular order, although I may have to divulge some of my favorites at the end.

I even got married at the beach! St. Kitts in the Caribbean to be exact
Agaete at dusk in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, California, one of my favorite places in the world
Don’t you just love her enthusiasm? Taken in Naples, Florida
Nearly deserted black sandy beach at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand
Coronado Beach in the San Diego, California area during the winter
Crete, Greece- the water was so clear and beautiful
Black sand rocky beach in Tenerife, Spain just before a storm blew in
One of my favorite beaches in Malta
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Black sand, rocky beach in Hawaii
Powdery soft white sand dune in Charleston, South Carolina
Quintessential Aruba photo
World-famous Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman Island with the softest sand I’ve ever felt

I alluded at the beginning to listing some of my favorites but it’s funny because photos are really art, which taken as a whole are not only subjective to the eye of the beholder but also the context. For example, a person’s travel experiences are influenced by things such as who they’re with, what stage in life they’re at, how they were treated by the locals and other travelers, and even the weather. I may look at a photo and it brings back happy memories while someone else may see the same photo and just see the landscape and/or people in the photo without any context of what was going on when the photo was taken.

So what are my favorite photos here? I’m not going to take the easy way out and say I could never choose because they’re all my favorites. I really like the stormy photo taken at the beach in Tenerife, Spain because I love how I was able to capture that moment just before a huge storm blew in. I also love the photo of the beach in Malta because of the different hues of blue in the water and the rocky protrusion, so I’ll narrow it down to those two photos for my favorites here.

What about you guys- do you like black sandy beaches, powder-white, or the more traditional tan/beige the best? Rocky beaches or sandy beaches? What are some of your favorite beaches?

Happy travels!



Author: runningtotravel

I'm a long distance runner with a goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states in the US. I also love to travel so I travel to other places when I'm not running races. Half the fun is planning where I'm going to go next!

17 thoughts on “Beach Photos From Around the World”

    1. Thanks, Fallon! The Canary Islands are so diverse even if you’re not a big beach person, there’s still plenty to do other than go to beaches. I’d like to go back and check out another couple of the islands someday.

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  1. Thanks for sharing these great photos for a taste of warmer weather! I love the black sand. I absolutely agree that looking back on a photo of a place you have traveled to brings back so many emotions that aren’t captured in the picture.

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  2. Thanks for sharing such an array of beach pics! I’ve yet to see so many diverse beaches myself. Our annual beach trip is to Ocean City, MD which the sand isn’t anything special, but I love just being in/near the ocean in general. Our cruise to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport provided amazing soft sand beaches while our trip to Rockaway Beach, OR gave us the chance to see a beach with pieces of driftwood and stones.

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    1. You’re welcome! It was fun putting them together. I’ve never been to the coast of Oregon but really want to go. Cannon Beach looks amazing. It doesn’t look far from where you were so they’re probably pretty similar areas.

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  3. You’re right about photos and the value they have when you know the place and time they were taken… and, of course, who’s in them! I love all beaches… water always just hits at the pit of my stomach and soothes my soul, but I have to say that the Baltic shores and the Florida coastlines always feel like home to me 🙂

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