From the warm sands of Tahiti to the sun-kissed coasts of Greece to the gentle waves of Hawaii, the world is full of beautiful beaches and stunning seaside locations. There’s one place better than all the rest, however. According to CNN Travel’s 100 Best Beaches, Seychelles has the No. 1 beach in the entire world. Hidden in the rolling waves roughly 1,000 miles off of the coast of east Africa, La Digue’s Grande Anse Beach is the most gorgeous, comfortable and satisfying beach you’ll ever find.
Standing out among all the others
With hundreds of islands featuring soft sand beaches and crystal clear waters, it’s hard to see how one beach could stand out so much in Seychelles. In fact, another beach on the same island – the Anse Source d’Argent beach – was titled the fourth best beach in the world by CNN. Covered with pink sand and protected by a reef off the shore, this coastline is perfect for picturesque strolling or calm snorkeling in the peaceful waters. The particularly beautiful scenery makes Anse Source d’Argent one of the most photogenic beaches in the world, but it still doesn’t compare to Grande Anse.
One of the details that makes Grande Anse so desirable is its secluded nature. Located off the beaten path, this coast is frequented rarely by swarms of tourists, making it the ideal relaxing spot for travelers trying to find a vacant and quiet spot. Moreover, Grande Anse is unprotected by the offshore reef that keeps the waters docile and low at Anse Source d’Argent. Instead, Grande Anse attracts surfers and water sporting tourists from all over the world who revel in the rolling waves.
Living luxuriously on the secluded island
At the heart of the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles away from busy city life, an endless expanse of water separates Seychelles from the towering cityscapes. However, the islands are still fitted with some of the most modern amenities. Internet cafes make it easy to keep in touch with the outside world and numerous travel options make it easy for tourists to rent cars, hire a driver or even rent a bike for more active sight seeing.
Tourists rarely spend all their time on the beaches because just past the warm sands of the coast are the lush green forests and attractive hiking paths. A nap on the beach followed by an adventurous walk through the forest to see the majestic wildlife and colorful natural surroundings is what makes Seychelles – and Grande Anse in particular – one of the most memorable vacation destinations in the world.