You are either a total beach enthusiast or you are completely indifferent to the coastal culture. There’s no thing like liking but not loving or even hating those stretches of sandy glory. So if you are one of those who dreams of finding their way onto some beach on their every vacation, here’s a list of the top 15 longest beaches in the world for you to walk as long a time to your heart’s content-
1. Praia do Cassino Beach, Brazil (150 miles)
Topping the list of the longest beaches in the world is Brazil’s Praia do Cassino or the Casino beach. From Rio Frande to the southernmost border that defines Brazil, the Praia do Cassino extends an astonishing 150 miles to stamps its prominence as the world’s longest uninterrupted beach ever.
It isn’t however only the expanse of the stretch of the coast that makes the Casino beach such a prominent touristry delight. The undulating sand dunes as well as the majestic stretch of flat golden sands hosts also an expansive wildlife that is as equally a sight to behold as the sheer magnificence of the span of the coastal glory. Whether you want to relax and soak in the glorious Brazilian sun or let the vast array of natural delight play out before your eyes or even indulge in typical beach activities like surfing, swimming, fishing et al, the Praia do Cassino will let you indulge as per your own whimsical will!
2. Ninety Mile Beach, Australia (90 miles)
Pretty beyond measure, Australia’s Ninety Mile Beach- at actually 94 miles of expansive stretch- is truer to its name than you could have imagined. The most golden of sands rest enticingly beside the bluest of the Tasman waters, rendered even more breathtaking a sight by its really gorgeous sunsets that makes the Ninety Mile Beach such an alluring haven for tourists. Separating the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait, the many sand dunes of the beach that runs from a spit near Port Albert to the man-made channel at Lakes Entrance also serves to protect the Gippsland- the largest inland water system in the Southern Hemisphere.
Some equally captivating lakes and lagoons dot the spectacular landscape that is a haven of surfing and camping, fishing and sight seeing. It’s indeed a blessing that despite the enormous mass of beauty that characterise the beach it remains charming in all its natural elements relatively unspoilt. With a species diversity higher than any other other place on the face of the planet, the Ninety Mile Beach sure has more than a few distinctions to its illustrious name.
3. Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (75 miles)
The longest of the world’s natural unbroken sea beaches, the Cox’s Bazar beach in Bangladesh runs for a staggering 75 miles stretching from Sea Beach in the north to Kolatoli Beach in the south. With a stretch of gentle slope that runs with fine white sand, Cox’s Bazar is in fact the amalgamation of three beaches namely Laboni, Humchari and Inani beach. A popular tourist destination because of its buzzing life and bustling activities, this very amazing beach landscape is really done up also by its pristine sunsets and amazing weather.
4. Padre Island National Seashore, United States (70 miles)
The Padre Island National seashore encompasses 70 miles of white sand facing the Gulf of Mexico along a thin barrier island which happens to be also the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world. Most notable for its massive sea turtle population apart from its extensive coastline, this stretch of sand in the United States also boasts of staggering flora and fauna. With its two distinct sides- the Gulf side and the lagoon side, the Padre stretch is definitely among the more unique of beachfronts in the world.
5. Grand Strand, United States (60 miles)
The grand Strand that runs in the United States is not a single beach. Rather it is a 60 miles uninterrupted stretch of beautiful sandy beaches that run along the coast of South Carolina. Naturally, with its vast encompassment of diverse beaches, beach resorts and coastal villages, the strand has something for everyone- from fun and relaxation to adventure and exploring, you can have a pick that suits you best. This elongated stretch that runs from Little River to Winyah Bay is a forever tourist favorite, courtesy its bustling diversity and spectacular beauty.
6. Playa Novillero, Mexico (56 miles)
Mexico’s 56 mile long Playa Novillero sure makes its presence count among the list of the longest beaches in the world but with its over 500 metres width is also one of the widest beaches you can ever walk upon. Warm ocean waters characterised by unique wave patterns should have made this beachy destination a hot favorite for tourists but surprisingly it remains relatively lesser explored. It’s perhaps also the staggering width of the beach that offsets the many footers wandering along its majestic coastline besotted with incredible wildlife and relaxing vibes. With its shallow waters, this stretch that runs along the Pacific coast of Nayarit in Mexico also makes it easy for folks to cascade through easily, even some 330 feet deep in water.
7. Ibeno Beach, Nigeria (55 miles)
The largest stretch of sand in West Africa, the Ibeno beach in Nigeria extends some 55 miles along the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the oldest beaches in the region. Featuring breathtaking expanse of white sands and replete with a beautiful coastline, the Ibeno beach provides an encompassing view of the Gulf of Guinea even as splashing waves and screaming seagulls make for quite an authentic natural experience to seek relaxing detour in. Snorkeling around coral reefs, jet- skiing and such other water sports are the many ways you can splash about in the nearby waters of the Ibeno.
8. Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand (55 miles)
With a name that instantly spells out the magnanimous magnificence it beholds, New Zealand’s Ninety Mile Beach is no less than any paradise of sorts. Elongating from the western coast of the far north of New Zealand’s North Island to the headland of Reef Point, the gorgeous beach is however only 55 miles in length if you want to measure to precision. But the almost halved miles in stark contrast to the ‘proclamation’ does not take anything away from this spectacular stretch of sand that remains resplendent in natural beauty.
Like its Australian counterpart, the Ninety Mile beach in New Zealand is as equal a natural wonder. High sand dunes characterise the sandy premises of the beach even as a refreshing take of dense greenery dot its boundaries. It’s weird to know that the Ninety Mile Beach is actually a highway but with its grand appearance and reputation of being home to one of the best left hand surf breaks in the world, this spectacular stretch of coastal beauty remains teeming with wanderstruck visitors all year through.
9. Virginia Beach, United States (35 miles)
The most popular tourist destination among the longest beaches in the world is the Virginia beach in the United States. It’s also the longest ‘pleasure beach’ in the world, as accredited by the Guinness Book of World Records because of the region emerging as a resort town owing to its many activities of touristry importance. A lively boardwark rests alongside the gorgeous beach, even as nightspots and restaurants can be found aplenty along its buzzing promenade. Boasting of a lot of history and popular also for its surfing and beach soccer avenues, it’s easy to see why Virginia beach is indeed a bustling pleasure spot- offering unparalleled access to both recreative and informative pursuits.
10. Long Beach, United States (28 miles)
Yet another US beach that makes it matter as one of the longest beaches in the world is the 28 miles long Californian stretch called the Long beach. Also supposedly the world’s longest continuous peninsula beach, it is as popular for its buzz and sophistication as it is for its beautiful marinas and the allure of being a whale watching site. Relatively low on tourist exposure, it wouldn’t be wrong to term Long Beach as a hidden gem specifically worthy because of the host of activities it has on offer.
11. Muizenberg, South Africa (25 miles)
A 25 miles long stretch of coastal land that however remains rooted in obscurity in spite of being among the longest beaches in the world is South Africa’s Muizenberg beach. In its array of breathtaking gorgeousness and the charm of its quaint sites of historical importance, the Muizenberg also makes for one of the more uniquely enticing places in the world. Believed to be the place where surfing originated in South Africa, Muizenberg is also equally famous for its rock climbing avenues in all its majestic cliffs as well as for its penguin spottings and white shark population. Extending from the shore of the Cape Peninsula that curves to the east on the False Bay coast, Muizenberg is also known locally as Muizies and seems to be steeped in quite some bit of history.
12. Stockton Beach, Australia (20 miles)
Famous for its endless, rocketing dunes that interestingly are also the largest moving sand dunes you will encounter anywhere, Australia’s Stockton beach runs quite some length with its a score of mile expanse. The case of the moving dunes might sound somewhat mysterious but this seemingly surreal phenomenon is a manifestation of the winds rather than of something outwordly. However, beyond the moving dunes, the mystery persists as the beach has been the site for way too many plane crashes and ship wrecks.
Inspite of the supposed omen though, Stockton Beach has some of the warmest clear waters and the softest of white sands as you can expect of any beach in Australia. It is also among the widest of the longest beaches in the world which means running and other activities come relatively relaxed here. Particularly popular with surfers and 4 wheel drive enthusiasts, the Stockton Beach however seems to be in peril as erosion continually washes some few metres of gorgeous sand away from its shoreline.
13. Costa da Caparica, Portugal (19 miles)
At 19 miles long, western Portugal’s Costa da Caparica make it to top 15 of the longest beaches in the world. A long stretch of sandy beaches that remains relatively unmarred by extensive tourist footfalls, the Costa da Caparica boasts of some few dozens of resort beaches as well as less built up beaches that are all fascinating in equal measure. Once a fishing town but now more of a recreational hub, the stretch of fine sand looks inviting enough for a really long walk or hike to explore more of the surrounding cliffs or even the beach’s many striking houses.
14. Seventeen Mile Beach, Barbuda (17 miles)
Yet another ubiquitous beach that spells its lengthy dominance with its very name is the Seventeen Mile Beach in Barbuda. The longest beach of the Carribean remains besotted with its clear pale aqua water, pink tinged powdery sands and isolated shores of clean, unadulterated pristinity. The unspoiled landscape makes for some really ethereal display of expansive beauty by the smooth sands that separates the Carabbean Sea from the Barbuda Lagoon.
15. Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos Islands (13 miles)
Continually named among the best beaches of the world, the Grace Bay Beach off the northern shire of the Turks and Caicos Islands in Providenciales is also one among the longest in the list. Once again it is a powdery, pink tinged white sand that characterises its setting beside the warm turquoise hues of the Atlantic Ocean. A 13 mile stretch of sand encompassed by a National Park, the Grace Bay beach also offers wonderful opportunity to wade along its really shallow waters. The clear, warm waters that hit the beach is mainly due to the impact of the world’s third largest coral reef that guards Grace Bay from just a mile away.
It’s quite a surprise that even with its recurrent appearance on the world’s most preferred beaches list and some million tourists every year, Grace Bay remains tranquil and relatively uncrowded to this day. However, it’s not at the bit surprising that Grace Bay stamps its authority as being the crown jewel of the Turks and Caicos and is in fact “a tropical dream floating in the Caribbean”.