Here are the top beaches in the world for 2017

first_img IT MAY ONLY be January, but plenty of us are dreaming of being on a beach somewhere. But which one?Luckily, National Geographic has named their top beaches for 2017.They include beaches for snorkeling, exploring and just lying on.Here are some of the highlights according to the magazine: 12 Comments Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland Source: Ivan PedrettiOn sunny days on Iceland’s south coast, Reynisfjara Beach’s ink black sand and basalt sea stacks are absolutely stunning.Noordwjk Beach, The Netherlands Source: ShutterstockPast the tulip fields in south Holland, between Amsterdam and The Hague, the seaside town of Noordwijk has a separate dog beach for wild gambols by the North Sea. There are walking routes for human-canine bonding, and pooch-friendly restaurants and lodgings, including Take2 Beach & Bungalows, near the entrance to the dog beach.Playa del Amor, Marietas Islands, Mexico Source: Miguel NaranjoA swim through an opening nearly invisible from the sea reveals what locals call the “hidden beach,” encircled by an impressive rock ring forming a natural oculus for the sun and sky.Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia Source: Nature Picture Library/Alamy Stock PhotoOn the edge of the continent, and part of the Shark Bay UNESCO World Heritage site, countless white cockleshells, up to 30 feet deep in some parts, spread for miles. Take nothing but pictures. Stop at Old Pearler Restaurant, built entirely of shells from this beach.Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao Source: Turtle & Ray Productions, CuracaoRinged by reefs, Curaçao hides a Caribbean underwater wonderland, and this beach is one of the few sandy ones on the arid island, with a bar and a shop to rent snorkel gear. Slip straight into the shallow crystalline bay alive with sea fans and coral, tropical fish, sponges, sea turtles, and more.Piscinas Beach, Arbus, Sardinia Source: Riky DeianaSculpted by the mistral wind and embellished with juniper bushes and olive trees, the Piscinas Dunes paint a mercurial backdrop on Sardinia’s southwestern Costa Verde (Green Coast). A former mining warehouse, Hotel Le Dune Piscinas sits at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea,with ample windows and lounge spots for admiring the ever changing canvas of sky, sand, and waves.Read: This massive cruise ship will soon call Dublin home 32,105 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Here are the top beaches in the world for 2017 Dreaming of being on a beach? These are pretty nice. Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 10:47 PMcenter_img Share85 Tweet Email2 Short URL By Paul Hosford Jan 19th 2017, 10:47 PM last_img read more