We do like to be beside the seaside. On a beach, with a cold drink in hand, listening to music or buried in a good book, to be specific. Here at the Travel Republic you can handpick your holiday from over 1,000 destinations, with over 22,000 beaches of all shapes and sizes. Beaches with white, golden, brown, black and even pink sand. We could go on about beaches for days, but instead, we’ve picked out some of the most interesting beach facts.
For a beach with an impressive centrepiece, Navagio Beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos is quite unique. There are a couple of versions of the story, but one way or another the freightliner MV Panagiotis was abandoned on the beach here. It has remained since 1980 and has made the cove extremely popular with tourists, who arrive by boat to sunbathe alongside the rusted shipwreck!
Beach of the Cathedrals
The weather and the waves have created some incredible geological wonders around the world, thousands of years in the making. From the Grand Canyon to the famous ‘fairy chimneys’ in Turkey, mother nature has done a pretty good job of providing us with some amazing sights. This goes for beaches too, some of which have some fascinating rock formations. One that stands out to us is Playa de las Catedrales, or ‘Beach of the Cathedrals’. Along the Spanish coast in Ribadeo, cliffs have been carved by waves into massive arches that, on a low tide, look spectacular. You can really see why the beach got its name!
The world’s longest beach
Did you know the longest beach in the world is in Brazil? Praia do Cassino (or ‘Casino Beach’ if you translate the Portuguese) is over 150 miles long and stretches from the Rio Grande to the Uruguay border. That’s a lot of sand! It’s common to see cars parked on the beachfront here, with visitors sunbathing right alongside them – saves a walk back to the car park we suppose!
Longest man-made beach
So that was the longest natural beach, but what about man-made? Down in Mississippi along the Gulf Coast is a massive 26 miles of white sandy beach. You wouldn’t know it hasn’t always been there though, the stretch runs from Biloxi to Gulfport and is a popular spot for catching the southern state’s sun, plus it’s a great area for surfing and other water sports.
World’s tallest sandcastle
Everyone loves a good sandcastle, but they are usually bucket-height and get kicked over before they can be properly fortified and decorated. The world’s tallest sandcastle wasn’t so easily toppled though, at a staggering 13.79 metres! Built over two weeks in Miami, Florida, from 1,800 tonnes of sand, this masterpiece was crafted by a team of twenty people.
There are a few contenders for the most famous beach in the world, thanks to TV, film and music. In the 1920’s, Daytona Beach was dubbed “The World’s Most Famous Beach” and has since been featured in movies and music videos. Perhaps not as much as Redondo Beach in California though, which was a key filming location for TV shows Dexter, CSI: Miami and The O.C. Plus, it has made an appearance in music too, with the song ‘Redondo Beach’ by Patti Smith and is of course mentioned in the Beach Boy’s famous ‘Surfin’ USA’. Soap fans reading this will be very familiar with Palm Beach in New South Wales, Australia. It’s used as the filming location for the fictional Summer Bay from Home and Away!
Sand can come in a range of colours. The classic golden-yellow, volcanic black, and even green! But often it’s the white beaches that we think of when dreaming of a paradise holiday, with crystal clear water and coconut loaded palm trees. To find the whitest beach in the world, you’ll need to head to Australia, where Hyams Beach holds the record. Remember to pack sunglasses, there’s sure to be a glare!
Speaking of colourful beaches, there’s nothing more colourful than Lego, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in Cornwall. Nearly twenty years ago a shipping container fell into the sea, spilling millions of Lego pieces. To this day, people are still finding it washed up on the Cornish shores. From flippers to harpoons, and dragons to witches brooms, collecting the pieces has even become a hobby for some!
Cities might not be at the forefront of your mind when looking for a beach holiday, but there are some pretty great spots if you look in the right places. Take Barcelona for example; the city where you can enjoy the amazing Gaudi architecture, explore a maze of tapas bars and check out the city’s famous nightlife, then head to the coast and relax on the sandy beach.
Somewhere you might not expect to find a sandy beach though is the Big Apple. That’s right, you can sunbathe in New York City. Head to Coney Island in south Brooklyn to find a whole host of amusements, and a surprisingly good looking beach!
Blue Flag beaches
The Blue Flag is awarded to the cleanest, safest beaches that are well-maintained and environmentally conscious. Beaches have to meet strict criteria in order to receive this prestigious certification, so if you find yourself visiting one you can rest assured that it’s one of the best around. In 2015 a total of 3,528 beaches across 44 countries received the Blue Flag. Spain was awarded the most, with 587 beaches, closely followed by Turkey and Greece. England earned a respectable 68 flags last year, placing us 11th on the list. Go us!
We hope this blog gets you on your way to feeling the sand between your toes, just try not to step on any Lego! With over 22,000 beaches, over 500 airlines and more than 1 million customer reviews, we can help you handpick your dream holiday.