This Week in Nature: 9 Fascinating Beaches

Last updated Nov 9, 2019 | Published on Dec 8, 2014Abstracts of the World, Special Articles

With about 70% percent of the Earth covered by water, there has to be extremely long coast lines. Some of these lines are beaches.


This post is part of a series portraying the classic Elements of Nature: Earth, Fire, Water, Air. Beaches are examples of the third element, Water.


Previously unspoiled beaches

We start with two beautiful unspoiled beaches that became extremely developed tourist destinations after my visit:


1. White Beach on the island of Boracay, Philippines.

Philippines - White Beach on Boracay, view to south

White Beach on Boracay, view to south


2. Chaweng Beach on the island of Samui, Thailand.

Thailand - Beach boats on Koh Samui

Beach boats on Koh Samui


Four developed ones

We continue with four beautiful beaches that were developed already, when I arrived:


3. Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Brazil - Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro – Copacabana


4. Albena, Bulgaria.

Bulgaria - Albena

Albena beach on the Black Sea


5. La Croisette, Cannes, France.

France - Cannes



Some beaches have a special story, but are not particularly pretty.


6. The Bay of Pigs, Cuba.

Cuba - Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs)

Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs)


And some more

Others are just plain pretty. Period.


7. Palombaggia, Corsica, France.

France - Corsica - Palombaggia beach

Palombaggia beach


You know that a beach does not have to be situated on the sea. Lakes have beaches too, like this one.


8. Lican Ray, Chile.

Chile - Lican Ray beach and the Calafquén Lake

Lican Ray beach and the Calafquén Lake


Some beautiful beaches may not need to be accompanied by swimming or sunbathing. They are too cold, although surfers do not care about that detail.


9. Orrestranda, Jæren, Norway.

Rogaland - Klepp - Orrestranda - Jærkysten

Orre beach


Further reading

Missing anything? For sure, I’ve had to skip some of my images related to this subject and refrained from mentioning some of my visits. Feel free to search this website for more. In addition, you are surely missing famous places or your own favourites. Chances are I haven’t been there, and I only include my own images and visits in this series.


All articles in this series

(1) Introduction

(2-7) Element: Earth

(2) Great Caves

(3) Strange Rock Formations

(4) Dramatic Cliffs

(5) Amazing Mountain Views

(6) Great Highlands

(7) Dry Deserts

(8) Element: Fire

(8) Active Volcanoes

(9-14) Element: Water

(9) Dramatic waterfalls

(10) Fascinating Beaches

(11) Mighty rivers

(12) Picturesque Lakes

(13) Important Straits

(14) Snow and ice

(15) Element: Air


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