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Sunday, 9 February 2020

AWAROA, SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

AWAROA, SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Set deep in the heart of New Zealand’s glorious Abel Tasman National Park, Awaroa is hemmed in by clover-green native bush and seas that sparkle like freshly blown glass. Most visitors come here either by water – swooshing in on kayaks or small boats – or on foot, to ramble around the park’s lush forests. It has an important place in the hearts of the locals, who banded together to crowdfund the purchase of the privately held beachfront when it came up for sale in 2016, thus giving this pretty part of the planet the nickname the ‘People’s Beach’.

Champagne Beach – Vanuatu

One of the world’s most picturesque beaches, this spot has clear blue waters and sparkling sand. At Champagne Beach you will also find fresh fruit stalls, freshly prepared crab and lobster and cute beachside shacks.

Champagne Beaches

 Monterosso Al Mare – Italy

The largest of the five coastal towns that make up the famous Cinque Terre region, Monterosso’s beach has beautiful reefs and crystal clear waters. It does get crowded during peak summer-time, but lounging underneath an umbrella here is worth the busyness.


DIE PLAAT, WALKER BAY NATURE RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
Don’t be surprised to spot the occasional southern right whale wallowing offshore at Die Plaat, a ruggedly beautiful swath of sand fringed by rocky limestone outcrops near Hermanus, South Africa’s whale capital. Chubby seals slouch on the rocky shoreline here, and you’ll find the ground littered with huge, pearlescent abalone shells. There’s history to be courted in these wind-whipped sands as well; the beach is home to Klipgat Cave, a bat-filled cavern where late Middle Stone Age people lived up to 85,000 years ago (keep your eyes peeled – you may even spot ancient tools on the ground).