The seaside is a place of relaxation and rejuvenation for many people. Whether you like bodysurfing in the waves or poking through the tide pools or curling up on the sand with a book, there is something for everyone to do at the beach. Check out this list of some of our most favorite coastlines across the world. Be warned: reading this list may inspire in you an unstoppable wanderlust. Before you head off on your adventure, don’t forget your bag!
1. Stroll by the seaside in Reykjavik, Iceland
This beautiful ocean view is one of a kind. Nowhere else will you feel such stark beauty envelope you as you walk along the beach. A beautiful metal sculpture called Solfar: the sun voyager rests mightily looking out onto the open ocean. The sculpture is a tribute to the Viking culture of the area and you will feel its pull as soon as you go near. This view of the ocean is a must-see for any nomad permanently infected with the travel bug. It will inspire you throughout your future travels to be as bold and fearless as those Icelandic Vikings.
2. Snorkeling on Oahu, Hawaii
Snorkeling in the sapphire waters of Hawaii can be a life-changing experience. As the ocean floor falls away beneath you, you will be able to appreciate how tiny you are compared to the vastness of the ocean. Green Sea Turtles frequent the waters of Oahu and you can feel their unique presence as they swim idly by. Intricate coral builds up the ocean floor with radiant reds, greens, and yellows. Schools of colorful fish dart in and out of protected areas flashing their bright scales. This experience will leave you with a new and greater appreciation for the ocean and all of its creatures.
3. Whale watching in Juneau, Alaska
A truly breathtaking experience, there is so much to take in on a whale watching boat cruise in Alaska. Frigid and glassy waters help you reflect on the endless abyss below. Stunning blue glaciers rise up out of the sea to magnificent heights to display their aquamarine coloring. Seals and otters sometimes make quick timid appearances and other times they seem to be as curious about you as you are about them. Killer Whales are, of course, the main attraction and you can see their incredible power and ferocity up close on a whale watching excursion. They will give you a whole new perspective on the circle of life and where we, as humans, fit into it.
4. Watch a sunset in Camps Bay, South Africa
This alluring bay is situated at the base of the graceful Twelve Apostles mountain range. The shimmering white sand and dazzling blue waters lure you in to spend a day just lounging on the beach. As night approaches, you will be able to see the world famous sunsets of Camps Bay. Incredibly rich tangerine, violet, indigo, and cherry red colors paint the sky for miles around. The stars begin to pop out and you make your way to the surrounding nightlife with dozens of restaurants, clubs, bars, and lounges to keep you busy well into the night. Watching the sunset from what feels like the edge of the world is an experience that will change you forever.
5. The rooftop pool of InterContinental Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China
This stunning rooftop pool has been carefully designed to appear as though its waters run off the edge and into the Victoria Harbour. Situated with a perfect view of the harbor, this pool is idyllic for wading the day away. The exquisite teal blue tiles reflect and refract light through the water creating a mesmerizing and soothing experience. At night, you can see all the twinkling lights of Hong Kong dance around you. This swim is definitely a memory you will keep with you for a lifetime.
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