(BPT) - Despite the beauty of snowcapped mountains, multicolored gardens and the glamour of old cities, little is more indelibly alluring or relaxing than the idea of a beach - soft waves lapping the shore and sunshine warming your skin. If the mere thought of white sand and turquoise waters doesn't stir you into planning your next vacation, DreamPlanGo gives 10 more reasons to inspire in the form of the world's most insanely gorgeous beaches.
1. Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece
Verdant green hills, white pebbled beaches and brilliant blue waters make Myrtos Beach one of the world's tropical treasures. For a more peaceful visit, travel in the spring and early summer to avoid the throngs of high-summer visitors.
2. Sardinia, Italy
More than a thousand miles of coastline and crystal waters make this Mediterranean Island a healthy dose of paradise. If all that sun and open sky is too much, explore the stunning caves found in the heart of the island.
3. Pwani Mchangani, Zanzibar, Tanzania
An archipelago off the coast of East Africa, the beaches of Zanzibar are legendary for their exotic appeal and pristine shores. Pwani Mchangani, in the north of the island, is particularly private and is the ultimate backdrop for relaxation.
4. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
The largest and arguably most beautiful of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach is a marvel to behold. For the best view of its changing blue waters, hike to Tongue Point at low tide.
5. Langkawi, Malaysia
A cluster of 104 islands off the coast of northwestern Malaysia in the Adaman Sea, Langkawi is the ideal option for the traveler seeking both adventure and leisure. Sail through the islands, meander through the rural villages on a bicycle or experience a guided tour of Langkawi's 'magical' rainforest.
6. Yelapa Beach, Mexico
Most accessible by boat from Puerto Vallarta, Yelapa Beach is a charming seaside village that feels worlds away from most Mexican hotspots. Cool off by snorkeling through the refreshing waters or toss inhibition aside and take in the views via parasailing.
7. Algarve, Portugal
The year-round sunshine and mild weather make Algarve the perfect escape for any season. Praia do Amado is the ideal beach for surfers and body boarders while the nearby towns of Portimao and Albufeira offer a variety of Portuguese markets and restaurants.
8. Playa Nacascolo, Costa Rica
A local beach away from the bustling tour areas, Playa Nacascolo is undoubtedly among Costa Rica's prettiest beaches. The water is so clear that snorkeling gear isn't even necessary to enjoy the vibrant sea-life below.
9. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
On the coast of Oahu, you will find Lanikai, appropriately called 'heavenly sea' in Hawaiian. Kayak, surf or swim in the turquoise waters and bring your camera to take pictures of the famous Mokulua Islands, located only a mile from shore.
10. Turks and Caicos
The small Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos are a mosaic of amusement. Explore the historic capital of Gran Turk, tour one of the 32 uninhabited islands or enjoy the fabulous snorkeling and diving of Grace Bay.