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Our 10 Favorite Beaches In The World

Our 10 Favorite Beaches in the World

Our 10 Favorite Beaches

Our 10 Favorite Beaches in the World

Chances are, like us, you love the feel of sand between your toes, sunlight on your face, and the sound of waves crashing.  So, without further ado, here are our favorite beaches in the world…

Favorite Beaches #10. Boulders Beach – Cape Town, South Africa

This beach, with its wind sheltered bays and safe sandy shores, is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins.

Boulders Beach, South Africa

Favorite Beaches #9. Punalu’u Black Sand Beach – Hawaii Island, USA

Coconut palms fringe the upper edge of sand and you will undoubtedly encounter a large honu, or Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, basking on the beach.

Punalu'u Beach, Hawaii

Favorite Beaches #8. Afantou Beach – Rhodes, Greece

In Greek, ‘afanto’ means ‘invisible’, and in the past the city was strategically placed so that marauding pirates could not see it from the sea.  On the Eastern edge of Afantou, the beach gets its nickname “Grotta a Le Cave,” for its pebble floored hidden caves.

Grotta A le Cave Beach, Rhodes

Favorite Beaches #7. The Calamian Islands, Philippines

The Calamian group of islands is an undiscovered paradise between El Nido and Coron in the Palawan.  The isolated area hides hundreds of white sand beaches with crystal clear water water, thick wild jungle, and coral reefs teeming with life.

The Calamian Islands, Philippines

Favorite Beaches #6. Playa del Amor (Lovers Beach) – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Located right near the famous arched rock formation, Lover’s Beach is one of Cabo’s most famous beaches. Bring a pair of sneaks and hike West through the jagged rocks and you will be rewarded with endless coastline all to yourself.

Lovers Beach, Cabo San Lucas
Favorite Beaches #5.  Mosquito Beach – Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

With its flashy, blonde beaches framed in limestone cliffs and thick jungles, Phi-Phi is the best of the Andaman coast.  In the evening, Beach cabanas turn night clubs, where you can dance between them in the shallow waters til’ sunrise.

Mosquito Beach, Thailand

Favorite Beaches #4. West Bay Beach – Roatan, Honduras

Combining nice powdery white sand, crystal clear warm water, and a very accessible reef, West Bay offers the chance to relax in between spectacular snorkeling among schools of fish, sea turtles, etc.

West Bay Beach, Roatan

Favorite Beaches #3. Fragos (Simos) BeachElafonisos, Greece

A very popular beach with Greeks, its “party”-like atmosphere is perfect for those who like to go to the beach to socialize, but if you prefer more peace and quiet, don’t despair, the more secluded Sarakiniko beach is around the corner.

Simos Beach - Elafonisos, Greece

Favorite Beaches #2. Papakolea (Green Sand) Beach – Hawaii Island, USA

Green sand beaches are very rare, with only four  in the world.  It is a beautiful sight.

Green Sand Beach

Favorite Beaches #1. Red Frog Beach – Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Red Frog Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches readily accessible from mainland Central America and truly a jewel of the Caribbean.  Take a boat to Red Frog, but hike North along the coastline through the jungle to find deserted beaches.  Consider hiking west through the jungle and stay a night on Bastimentos Island away from the hustle of Bocas Town.

Red Frog Beach

Southeast Asia Itinerary “Sampler Plate”

Southeast Asia Itinerary

South East Asia No. 1

Southeast Asia Itinerary – Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, & Cambodia “Sampler Plate”

Temples, Beaches, Great Walls, Monasteries, Tigers, and Elephants

Five Weeks (January 30th – March 3rd, 2014)

Since most international airlines fly to Bangkok, we decided to book a flight with a connection in Beijing and take advantage of the new 3-day visa on arrival. With our 72 hour clock ticking, we spent our time scaling the great wall, wandering the Forbidden City, and getting lost amid the city’s hútòng (narrow alleyways).

After securing our Myanmar visa in Bangkok, we wasted no time and booked a round-trip ticket to the ancient capital of Mandalay. After a 6 day round-trip minibus journey to the ruins of Bagan, Mount Popa, and the island monasteries of Inle Lake, we headed back to Bangkok.

Southeast Asia Itinerary

Southeast Asia Itinerary

We then took the direct bus to Siem Reap to see Angkor’s magnificent temples, before busing to charming Phnom Penh and on to Vietnam’s bustling Ho Chi Minh City.

Southeast Asia Itinerary

Next, we worked our way north with a stop in delightful Hội An, for atmospheric strolls and relaxing on the beach. Stuffed and bronzed, we moved onward to the antique streets of Hanoi and the awe inspiring Halong Bay.

Southeast Asia Itinerary

We then air-lifted out of Vietnam to laid-back Luang Prabang, Laos’ world-heritage city filled with temples, French colonial buildings, elephants and hill-tribe adventures. We then flew to chic Chiang Mai for temple-spotting, thai food, and tiger encounters, before heading back to Bangkok for our journey home.

Southeast Asia Itinerary

Southeast Asia Itinerary


Southeast Asia Itinerary

Budget = $3,700 / Person (Traveling with Eight People)
Flight - New York to Bangkok + 6 Regional Flights$3700
Bus, Tuk Tuk, Taxi, Moto Rental & Boats$3700
Lodging - Hostels & Hotels$3700
Activities - Entrance Fees, Massages, etc.$3700
Southeast Asia Itinerary Packing List

Documents / Essentials

  • Passport (w/copy in Paper) (w/scan saved online)
  • Dollar Cash Money (3-$100, 5-$20, 5-$10, 10-$5, 20-$1)
  • Driver’s License (w/copy in Paper) (w/scan saved online)
  • Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard) Call to Inform Them
  • Debit Card (Visa or Mastercard) Call to Inform Them
  • Myanmar Visa Application (Filled out Two Copies)
  • Flight Itineraries Printed Out (To Obtain Visas)

Liquids / Toiletries (In Plastic Bags)

  • Sun Screen
  • Tooth Paste
  • Bug Repellant
  • Mouth Wash
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Razor
  • Shaving Cream
  • Q-Tips
  • Nail Clippers
  • Advil
  • Imodium
  • Ciprofloxacin (Need Prescription)
  • Antihistamine Itch Cream
  • Lotion
  • Lip Balm


  • Gummies
  • Pretzels
  • Beef Jerky
  • Granola Bars
  • Chewing Gum


  • 48 Liter Backpack
  • Glasses
  • Sun Glasses
  • Belt
  • Lonely Planet Book
  • Camera w/ Charger
  • Phone w/charger
  • Outlet Converters
  • Head Lamp
  • Hat
  • USB Drives
  • Memory Cards For Camera
  • Day Bag
  • Dry Bag
  • MP3 Player w/ Headphones
  • Ear Plugs
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Chewing Gum
  • Pen(s)
  • Travel Towel
  • Playing Cards
  • Book to Read


  • (Wear) Sweat Shirt – Give Away on Arrival
  • (Wear) Jeans – Give Away on Arrival
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Socks (5 Pair)
  • Underwear (12)
  • Khaki Shorts (3)
  • Swim Suit
  • Speedo
  • T-shirts (10)
  • Tank Tops (3)
  • Long-sleeve T (1)
  • Dress Shirts (2)

Southeast Asia Itinerary “Beaches”

Southeast Asia Itinerary

Southeast Asia Itinerary “Beaches” – Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, & Philippines

Beaches, Terraces, Towers, and Deserted Islands

Five Weeks (January 26th – February 26, 2012)

From Bangkok, we began our Southeast Asia itinerary by making a beeline for the islands in the Gulf of Thailand, spending time on the dive crazy Ko Tao and hippie Ko Pha Ngan.  Next we made our way across the peninsula to Krabi and the beachy hotspot of Ko Phi Phi, on Thailand’s Andaman coast.

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We then caught a cheap flight from Phuket to sophisticated Singapore and rented a car in Johor Bahru to explore mainland Malaysia. After 40+ years of Jennilou’s father being away home, we began our journey in Senai with a visit to his birthplace and his mothers and grandmothers grave stones. After Jennilou met her uncles, aunts, and cousins for the first time in Kelapa Sawit, we made our way to the future growth center of Kuantan for the evening. In the morning, we continued north to Terengganu to visit Jennilou’s aging and oldest aunt as she was unable to make the trip to Kelapa Sawit. Next, we headed to Malaysia’s multi-ethnic capital Kuala Lumpur before finishing our trip in the “historic state” of Malacca.

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Back in Singapore we fueled up at our favorite hawker Food Stalls and headed to Puerto Princesa (Philippines), for a week long sailing trip with Tao from El Nido to Coron.

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Using Manila we organized a trek to the Banaue Rice Terraces of North Luzon before ending our trip basking on Boracay’s party beaches.

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Southeast Asia Itinerary Budget = $3,100 / Person (Traveling with Six People)
Flight - New York to Bangkok & Manila to New York + 3 Regional Flights$3100
Bus, Tuk Tuk, Taxi, Moto Rental & Boats$3100
Lodging - Hostels & Hotels$3100
Activities - Entrance Fees, Massages, etc.$3100