Even though Whitehaven was lovely, there is a prettier beach called Twilight beach in Esperance.
My favourite beach would have to be Hastings Point south of the gold coast as it is not crowded and also has an inlet that has shade where you can enjoy a picnic. Another beach south called black rock is mostly deserted. A good place for skinny dipping
There are numerous white sandy beaches on the east coast of Australia from Sydney right the way up to past the sunshine coast qld... too many good ones to name here.
Will suggest a few..
1) Dreamland beach - Bali, Indonesia
2) El Nido Palawan - Philippines
3) Horseshoe Bay - Bermuda
4) Parrot Cay - Turks and Caicos
5) Honopu Beach -Hawaii
I do not, as a rule, do beaches. I love the water, but do not like sitting in the sand (gritty) in the sun (sweaty). I just see no point in sitting on the beach where I can't even really read very well because it is too bright, when I could sit in the A/C and read in comfort. I do like to swim, and snorkel, and in the past I loved diving, but I think I shouldn't dive anymore, and even snorkeling is hard now.
I spent much of my childhood in Woods Hole, on Cape Cod, and the closest beach that we could walk to was Rocky Beach. Rocky beach had big boulders, but also had fist sized rocks completely covering the beach. It was very shallow for a long way out and there was no surf or undertow so the kids could play there safely. My dad taught me how to walk on rocks without it being painful. So I do not require that a beach have no pebbles.
So for me a beach should have clear water, be safe for swimming, and have shade. Large amounts of white sand aren't necessary, and in fact indicate that there won't be much aquatic life because there is no reef protecting the beach. For swimming, I like Waterlemon Cay on St. John USVI, Governor's Beach, Grand Turk, and Kauai Hawaii
I think Trunk Bay on St. John is the prettiest beach (to look at) and the Bath's at Virgin Gorda are an extremely interesting beach.
Whitehaven in the Whitsundays, one of only a couple of places I have been in the world that is better in real life than in the pictures you see in travel mags and to shows. The southern end away from where the big tourist boats pull in, even better take a tent and camp for the night.
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