There’s nothing quite like being oceanside to make one feel small in the best possible way. Walking along the shore makes for the perfect setting for contemplation, letting not only the gorgeous view but sounds and scent of the ocean put you in a calmer state of mind. When enjoyed with someone else, a walk along the beach can provide a beautiful backdrop to any conversation. It just so happens that some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are also the longest. We’ve rounded up 10 of biggest beaches in the world to add to your travel wish list. Whether you’re looking for the perfect meditation spot or a remote tropical getaway, this is one geography lesson you won’t want to skip.
10. Stockton Beach, Australia (20 miles)
It’s no secret that Australia is home to some of the best beaches on earth, but Stockton Beach has the double honor of being one of the largest. About two hours north of Sydney, this beach is the perfect place to get away from it all and is a corner of the earth well worth visiting.
9. Muizenberg, South Africa (25 miles)
For those who love a social beach vacation, you’d be hard-pressed to top Muizenberg, South Africa. This vibrant beach scene is not only gorgeous, but also riddled with interesting sightseeing destinations, remarkable wildlife (including penguins), and an authentic taste of South African living.
8. Long Beach, United States (28 miles)
On the northwestern coast of the U.S., Long Beach in Washington State claims to be the world’s longest contiguous beach. While this may not technically be accurate, we’re willing to give partial credit for being one of the best beaches in the world (and one of the coolest sites for whale watching).
7. Virginia Beach, United States (35 miles)
The U.S. mainland is home to three of the biggest beaches in the world, and Virginia Beach is one of our favorites. This destination is best paired with local clams and a glass of white wine.
6. Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand (55 miles)
A misleading counterpart to its Australian neighbor, New Zealand’s Ninety Mile Beach is actually only about 55 miles in length. It is, however, a gorgeous destination for lovers of sunsets and surf breaks.
5. Playa Novillero, Mexico (56 miles)
We’re in love with the natural beauty, incredible wildlife, and laid-back atmosphere of Playa Novillero, a stunning beach along the Pacific coast of Nayarit, Mexico.
4. Padre Island National Seashore, United States (70 miles)
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that extends to the beaches as well. Padre Island National Seashore is one of the longest beaches in the world and extends for a beautiful 70 miles along the Gulf of Mexico.
3. Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh (75 miles)
If you plan to visit this massive beach on the western coast of Bangladesh, the time is now—Cox’s Bazar (the largest uninterrupted natural sand beach on earth) has seen extensive development in recent years.
2. Ninety Mile Beach, Australia (90 miles)
True to its name, Ninety Mile Beach is about 90 miles long. With a signature stretch of golden Australian sand and the vivid blue waters of the Tasman Sea, this gorgeous beach is one of the most beautiful places on earth for a getaway.
1. Praia do Cassino Beach, Brazil (150 miles)
Stretching from the city of Rio Grande to Brazil’s southern border with Uruguay, Praia do Cassino is the largest beach in the world. The beach is popular among both locals and international travelers and is a favorite Brazilian surf spot.
Of course, while several of these beaches include lesser-known niches, they’re not exactly the world’s best-kept secrets. If something off the grid is more your speed, check out the remotest beaches in the world—and how to get there.