Relaxing at a sun-drenched, palm-fringed beach surrounded by warm, crystal clear waters is one of the coolest things you can do on a vacation. However, many of these beautiful beaches are just too small and crowded to give you the desired feelings of peace, romance and tranquility. Therefore, if you really want to enjoy some privacy at a beach, you should go for beaches that are long enough to lose yourself. And this is exactly what you will find in today´s post. From the Marina Beach in India to the Casino Beach in Brazil, here are 25 of the World’s Longest Beaches.
Yyteri Beach, Finland
Even Finland, a cold Northern European country famous as Santa Claus´s home, has some nice long beaches. Notable for its distinctive sand dunes, the Yyteri Beach is the longest beach in Finland and of all the Nordic countries. In the center of this 4-mi (6-km) beach, there is a unisex nudist area.
Located in Cagliari, the capital city of the Italian island of Sardinia, Poetto is – at 5 mi (8 km) – one of the longest beaches in Italy and all Southern Europe. A popular tourist spot, the beach is also the center of Cagliari’s nightlife and entertainment.
Marina Beach, India
Located in the city of Chennai, India, the Marina Beach is (with its total length of 8 mi or 13 km) the longest natural urban beach in the country. Although bathing and swimming at the beach are prohibited because of dangerous undercurrents, it attracts up to 50,000 visitors a day during the weekends and on holidays.
Diani Beach, Kenya
Located some 19 mi (30 km) south of Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya, the Diani Beach is a major beach in eastern Africa. Stretching over 6 mi (10 km), the beach offers soft white sand, warm blue water and unique diving experience as the region is known for its astounding coral reefs and abundant wildlife.
Long Beach, Philippines
Situated on the picturesque island of Palawan in the Philippines, the Long Beach is touted by local tourism officials as the longest white beach in the Philippines. Fringed by majestic coconut palm trees, the Long Beach spans over 9 mi (14 km) of untamed shoreline.
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Wasaga Beach, Canada
Stretching over 9 mi (14 km) along the winding Nottawasaga River in Ontario, Canada, the Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world. Over 2 million people visit the beach every summer to stroll its the shores and swim in warm clean waters and enjoy the panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment across the bay.
Clifton Beach, Pakistan
Measuring about 10 mi (16 km) long, the Clifton Beach is a large, sandy beach in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. Located on the Arabian Sea, the beach is very popular among locals who come to the beach to have fun in amusement parks, enjoy camel rides and practice water sports.
Corralejo Beach, Spain
One of the longest and finest beaches in the North Atlantic, the Corralejo Beach is located on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura. Measuring 10 mi (16 km) in length, the beach is famous for its turquoise waters popular among swimmers and snorkelers.
Long Beach, Canada
With a length of 10 mi (16 km), the Long Beach is the largest and longest beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Exposed to the open Pacific, the Long Beach is one of the most popular surfing locations in the country.
Patara Beach, Turkey
Situated on the coast of the Turkish Riviera, the 11-mi (18-km) long Patara Beach is one of the longest and widest beaches in Turkey. The beach has soft sand and a shallow sea. It is one of the places where sea turtles lay their eggs, which is why it is under protection.
Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos Islands
Covering almost 12 mi (20 km) of the coast of the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Grace Bay Beach offers romantic strolls in powdery white sand, warm water of a wide range of shades of turquoise and unspoiled nature.
Seventeen Mile Beach, Barbuda
Located on Barbuda, one of the two islands of the twin-island country Antigua and Barbuda, the Seventeen Mile Beach is – at its length of 17 mi (27 km) – considered the longest beach in the Caribbean. This stunning stretch of white sand features almost no facilities, which allows its visitors to enjoy its beauty in tranquility.
Costa da Caparica, Portugal
Situated on the occidental coast of the Peninsula of Setubal in western Portugal, Costa da Caparica represents the largest contiguous beach in Portugal, with an expanse of approximately 19 mi (30 km). A former fishing center, the area now serves for recreation.
Stockton Beach, Australia
Located north of the Hunter River in New South Wales, Australia, the Stockton Beach is a 20-mi (32-km) long beach that has been the site of numerous shipwrecks and aircraft crashes over the past decades. The beach is popular with four-wheel drive enthusiasts.
Muizenberg Beach, South Africa
The town of Muizenberg, a suburb of Cape Town, marks the start of a 25-mi (40-km) sandy beach that curves around to nearby False Bay. The area is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa and is home to a large surfing community.
Long Beach, Washington, US
With its length of 28 mi (45 km), the Long Beach is one of the longest beaches in the US. Found on the Long Beach Peninsula in western Washington, it is a very popular vacation destination for people from major nearby cities such Seattle and Oregon but it attracts visitors from all over the US.
Virginia Beach, Virginia, US
Located at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Virginia Beach is – at a total length of 35 mi (56km) – the longest pleasure beach in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand
Despite its name, the Ninety Mile Beach on the North Island of New Zealand is actually “just” 55 mi (88 km) long. A popular tourist destination, the beach is famous for its sand dunes that are often used for bodyboarding.
Ibeno Beach, Nigeria
Stretched out next to the Central Atlantic Coast, the Ibeno Beach is 56 mi (90 km) of fine natural white sand, promoted as the largest stretch of beach in West Africa. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling around coral reefs and take part in some water sports such as jet-skiing.
Novillero Beach, Mexico
Situated in the Mexican state of Nayarit, the Novillero Beach is the longest beach in Mexico, stretching for almost 56 mi (90 km) long and a third of a mile (half a kilometer) wide. It offers very fine sand and tranquil, year-round warm waters.
Grand Strand, South Carolina, US
The Grand Strand is a large stretch of beaches extending from Little River to Georgetown in the US state of South Carolina. It consists of about 60 mi (100 km) of uninterrupted beach land. Although the beach is a popular tourist area, attracting over 10 million visitors each season, it is still long enough to feature some tranquil spots.
Cox´s Bazar, Bangladesh
Located in a fishing port and district headquarters Cox´s Bazar in Bangladesh, the Cox’s Bazar beach is an unbroken 75-mi (120-km) sandy sea beach with a gentle slope. The beach, extending well beyond the town of the same name, is extremely popular among local tourists but attracts few international visitors.
Ninety Mile Beach, Australia
Just like their neighbors in New Zealand, the Australians also have their Ninety Mile Beach. This one, however, really lives up to its name as it measures 94 mi (151 km). Located on the south-eastern coast of the Australian state of Victoria, the beach is an uninterrupted stretch of untamed coastline covered in sand and reefs.
Padre Island Beach, Texas, US
Situated along the coast of the Padre Island, the largest of the Texas barrier islands and the world’s longest barrier island, the Padre Island Beach is the longest beach in the US, measuring 113 mi (182 km) long. Noted for its white sand, the beach is home to several sea turtle species.
Praia do Cassino, Brazil
Translated as the Casino Beach, Praia do Cassino is the southernmost beach of the Brazilian coast on the South Atlantic Ocean. Its total length varies with different sources from 132 mi (212 km) to 158 mi (254 km) but it is generally considered the longest beach in the world.