The coast is one of my favorite places to be. No matter where in the world I go, I tend to find the ocean. Here are 10 of my favorite coastlines, visited in the last 10 months.
1. Krabi, Thailand
Located on the west coast of Thailand, this province is a bit of a show-off. Surrounding the gorgeous main coast are a bunch of offshore islands and secluded beaches, only accessible by boat. This makes Krabi the perfect destination for boating, snorkeling, and loads of beach time. If ever visiting this coastline, taking a longtail boat from Ao Nang to Railay Bay is a must. Seeing limestone boulders jotting from the sand is impressive, watching rock climbers try to make there way up said boulders is awe-inspiring.
2. Phuket, Thailand
In the southern region of Thailand is Phuket Province. Phuket is home to some of the most famous beaches in the region like the bustling Patong Beach and the more relaxing watering hole Paradise Beach. We stayed at Patong Signature Boutique Hotel, in a room with killer views of the coast from our bedroom, balcony, and the pool deck; heavenly.
*Phi Phi Islands
It’s negligent to put Phuket and Krabi on a countdown list and not give an honorable mention to the Phi Phi Islands. Situated between the two aforementioned coasts, these islands are an unbelievable paradise. The clarity of the water surrounding these islands makes the views stunningly perfect, coupled with perfect weather this spot is like heaven on earth. This pristine location, home to Maya Bay, was also the set for Leonardo Dicaprio’s, The Beach.
3. St. Andrews, Scotland
Relaxing by ocean blues, with sweet sounds of waves crashing along the rocks is an orchestra like no other. I found solace in these sounds at Castle Sands beach in St. Andrews, on the east coast of Fife in Scotland. It’s a picturesque town full of character and history, boasting a beautiful rocky coast. St. Andrew’s castle ruin sits on this lovely coastline, perfect for sightseeing.
4. Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland
Another Castle ruins on a coastline that I count as a favorite is Dunluce Castle. Perched on a cliff, this Game of Thrones Site (#Ironborn) will leave you in awe. Narrow, slippery steps lead from the cliff down to the beach, but my favorite spot was admiring the lush green while roaming around the castle lawns.
The next two coasts I previously mentioned in my Taste of Ireland blog post. However, I would be remiss to have a list such as this and not highlight these two UNESCO World Heritage sites that blew me away; Giants and Moher.
5. Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
One of my favorite places on the planet, walking along the stones on this coastline leaves you speechless; dumbfounded by creation. The majesty and mystery of this causeway lead to curiosity. I gobbled up every minute of our guided audio tour while walking through terrain that truly inspires.
6. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Standing on the edge of these incredible sea cliffs was a bucket list item for me. There is no question as to why this site is Ireland’s most visited natural tourist attraction. Pictures cannot capture what it feels like to stand alongside these rugged cliffs, feeling the salty air, listening to the birds sing as nature unfolds and wraps one in wonderment.
7. Yachats, Oregon (USA)
Another coastline worth the trip was the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington). The journey along this coast revealed crazy rock formations, including Thor’s well, on the Western coastline of North America in Yachats, Oregon. On this same strip of coast, there are plenty of stops for whale watching (and yes, I did see a whale!)
8. Negril, Jamaica
Born and raised in the tropics, I most enjoy coastlines where island breeze leaves a warm mist and makes you want to get in and enjoy the water. Negril, on the west most coast of Jamaica, is home to 7 miles of perfect white sand and warm salty water that invites you in.
9. North Coast, Jamaica
In Jamaica, every oceanview is stunning, no matter the coast. I’m not biased, trust me 😉 The North coast of Jamaica is critically acclaimed, noted for hot tourist spots like Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay. Its fame is likely due to its velvety, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
10. Mangnipudi Beach, India
Last, but certainly not least, the Bay of Bengal where temperatures get so hot and humidity so nasty, that the water is a reprieve. While staying in Machilipatnam, we took a short drive to Mangnipudi Beach; a spot the locals love. I found it fascinating, that for the sake of modesty, people who live in this area go into the water fully clothed. None-the-less, we splashed about and enjoyed the coolness of the bay.