Cape Town - If there ever was a beach bucket list - this would be it.
National Geographic Travel has just announced their picks for the world's Top 21 beaches, organised by categories, including the best beaches for dogs, uniquely coloured beaches, best beaches for snorkelers, beach combers, and more.
While the list is dreamy, we're a little taken aback by the fact that none of SA's world-class beaches makes it to NatGeo's Top 21. I mean, have you ever seen Clifton on a hot summer's day? Or strolled along St Lucia’s unique stretches of sand?
Yes, we know we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves... Cape Town typically ranks in NatGeo’s best Beach Cities list, so there’s really nothing to be concerned about.
But still – especially considering SA is surrounded by over 2 500km of coastline – we think our beaches deserve a spot in the Top 21.
ALSO SEE: Yeah for Gay: Cape Town beaches voted 6th best in the world
Either way, here are National Geographic Travel’s selection of the Best Beach for 2017, in their respective categories.
Playa del Amor, Marietas Islands, Mexico
Cathedrals Beach, Ribadeo, Spain
Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Sunset Beach, Brunswick Islands, North Carolina
Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Island, Cambodia
Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island, Florida
Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia
Lyme Regis, England
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Carmel City Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Noordwjk Beach, The Netherlands
Papakolea Beach, Hawaii
Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
Moon lights up Reynisfjara Beach and the Basalt sea stacks in Iceland.
Pink Beach, Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga, The Philippines
Pelican Beach, South Water Caye, Belize
Blue Bay, Mauritius
Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao
Snorkelers swim with fish at Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao.
Sleeping Bear Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
Piscinas Beach, Arbus, Sardinia
A fallen tree lays in the sand on Piscinas Beach, Sardinia.
Corniche Beach, La-Teste-De-Buch, France
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