Sidi Ifni, Morocco
It was one of the most sacred encounters of land, sea, and sky I have ever seen. Regilla has long been famous for its arches. These low passageways, formed over thousands of years on three huge headlands of red rock and earth, extend like fingers across the beach itself. At low tide, a huge dull mirror of rusted pewter appears. – To the gray Atlantic. One of them collapsed in 2016, giving birth to a whole class of gypset surfers and world wanderers who say, “I was there then…” They seem to miss the point that Regilla is still singular and very beautiful. It’s an easy day trip from Agadir and Tiznit. The nearby town of Sidi Ifni has several guesthouses for those who want a little more scenery.
Sylt is one of the northernmost islands in the German North Sea, and this northernmost beach on Sylt is technically on the border, so to speak, belonging to Denmark. Sylt, long and narrow like tall grass undulating up and down the coastline, is exposed to the wind most of the year. The particular bliss of the West Strand lies in its sheer cleanliness and emptiness. It’s a long way to cycle from the town of Liszt, through tall dunes covered in heather, to an impossibly white rolling strip that disappears into the southern horizon. The sea is shallow, cold and transparent. The sand is streaked with shells, mostly razor clams, which are fragile and pearlescent. Wear an anorak over a thick jumper, pack everything into a flask, and walk all day (shortly) in near solitude.
byron bay, australia
Designating one beach to dominate them all in Lucky Country was almost as difficult as it is in California. Both locations enjoy a thriving trade due to their extensive stretches of attractive coastline. But across a variety of categories, including swimability, natural beauty, social scene and accessibility, Byron Bay’s 600-metre-long Wategos is a real winner. It’s sandy, shallow and usually has moderate surf, making it perfect for longboarders and learners. It’s popular with young families (though Hemsworth’s One and Two may be out of place in those families). Little Wategos is secluded on the edge and is Australia’s easternmost beach. Dotted with picnic tables and barbecues, the pandanus-lined rainforest path leads from the sandy beach to Cape Byron Lighthouse, offering beautiful views.
Big Sur, California
A star has appeared From here to eternity and Sandpiper. Its harsh beauty is quintessentially Northern California. The currents can be treacherous (even for steely local surfers who tend to prefer Andrew Morella State Beach a few miles away), and the water temperatures are devilish even in the middle of August, let alone the dead of winter. It’s extremely cold. But the Pfeiffer begins at a turnoff off Highway 1 in Big Sur (if you’re lucky to find one, but many visitors don’t), among the native pines, plane trees, and ferns of Los Padres National Forest. Winding down the mountain, passing streams and rivers, Pfeiffer is unforgettable. A ranch full of llamas and the former home of beach boy Al Jardine.
Park at the campsite and walk down a sandy path past gnarled cypress guards to discover rocks and cliffs, otherworldly purple-streaked sand (which is manganese deposits), and a truly majestic A dynamic view of the Pacific Ocean appears. If you’re lucky, there will be a few days in December or January when you might be able to see the sunset directly through the opening of a keyhole lock just offshore.
Cape Cod National Seashore is a winter beach haven, with its grassy dunes and silvery wooden picket fences. A moody sea and a moody, changeable sky. The breeze in your hair and the scent of salt and brine in the air. Marconi is part of this reserve, extending along the Atlantic side of the long, narrow forearm formed by the bend that is the promontory itself. At low tide, you can walk the entire length of the relatively flat sandy beach from Lecount Hollow Beach to Nauset Lighthouse. At this time of year, there are people walking for miles and very few others (although Marconi is almost impassable on the upper floors – summer days). The pre-colonial town of Wellfleet, nestled on a winding headland and a short drive inland, offers sweet oysters and solid local craft beer.
Komodo Island, Indonesia
It’s not always easy to get there, but that’s the point. In Indonesia’s Komodo Islands, the northern hemisphere winter is a (very) warm and rainy season, further reducing the number of humans who end up fighting once they arrive. Pink Beach is world-famous, often photographed, and attracts a mind-boggling number of tourists during high season. But what a great place to be in the off-season. It runs along the edge of a small peninsula on the east side of Komodo Island itself, so it’s best reached by boat (although this is still possible, weather permitting). There are no shops or cafes, so please bring your own water, mango, and umbrella. There you’ll find coral reefs, abundant marine life, and perfectly pink (yes, really) sandy beaches. Please also bring a snorkel and fins.
Auckland, New Zealand
There are many more traditionally beautiful beaches in this country. And definitely something more calm. But who would want sedation when you have Middle-earth levels of majesty? Auckland’s east coast is characterized by white sand beaches and turquoise waters, but its west coast, beyond the Waitakere Ranges National Park, has to contend with the much rougher Tasman Sea that flows in from Australia. So even in summer, the wind and waves crash over the black sands of Piha (this area is a 20-million-year-old volcanic region located at the junction of two tectonic plates) ). He is one of Auckland’s most popular surfing beaches. Technically Lion Rock separates it into two, North Piha and South Piha, and it’s also a great beach for walking. The wide, flat north section alone is over a mile long. In December, the native pohutukawa trees bloom, creating a swath of deep red across the emerald cliffs and valleys that surround the beach.
In a country where beach opinions are passionate and partisan, we have yet another all-rounder. At the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, the hilly jungle stretches all the way to the Pacific Ocean (probably hard to find) bad The beaches here are simply photogenic (to the point of being photogenic), it’s easy to swim and learn to surf, and the eponymous town is full of cafes and quirky yoga retreats. Long ribbons of creamy white sand are soft and fringed with dense tufts of palm. As with other parts of the country, there is a large percentage of American expatriates, although the number is probably smaller than in Punta Isrita just to the south or Nosara to the north.
Part of St. Barth’s charm is that, despite its critical mass of seasons, beau monde Beyond that, there remains something truly unsophisticated. Colombier is one such place. Lined along a depression on the northwest tip of the island, they are still only accessible by boat or on foot, following one of two trails (easier to access from Petit Anse). A strange iguana, and views of the Caribbean Sea that last for days from a high point. The sand is a dazzling salt white and the water is like a palette of jewels. I don’t really feel like a castaway, there’s probably too much yacht and calypso micro bikini for that, but it’s still a treat in itself.
Bias alert: When I first lived in the UK, it was the first time I had ever seen an individual of the British coastline, even though I had been spending weekends there for many years in a charming house in west Dorset, just above Chesil Beach. North Norfolk was the pinnacle. . First, there’s the light. I wish I were a painter myself so I could capture the hard, true, somehow unmistakable North Sea on a late winter afternoon, with its unique shadow architecture on the flat marshes and low towns. It makes me think.
Then, the sky is wide. As Holkham Beach is part of a nature reserve, the surrounding pine forest remains intact and a sandy path winds gently through it. In winter, it makes a constant hissing sound in response to the offshore wind. There are no commercial facilities and no lifeguards. It’s definitely a no-holds-barred coastal zone, but there’s a coffee and ice cream kiosk in the car park, and excellent fish and chips at the French at Wells-next-the-Sea just down the road.
Behind the sandy beaches of Alnmouth, a postcard-perfect confluence of the estuary and the North Sea, lie low grassy dunes and a village dating back to the 12th century. The main beach is shallow and very easy to swim. Solitary walkers and those with dogs can follow a dirt path that branches off from the main road leading out of town and leads to a deserted sandy beach on the other side of the estuary. It extends south for several miles until it joins Warkworth Beach. Winters are cool and sometimes covered with frost. Perfect for an enlightening walk. Then there are many fireplace tables in the village for your use.