Best Island Beaches

List of Best Beaches on Islands Around the World

From islands in the middle of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to islands just off the coasts of Europe and North America, you can find your sliver of paradise on one of these parcels of island sand. Swim there; bike there; boat there; fly there: Find your beach destination. For 6 of the best island beaches from around the globe, please see the list below: 

Siasconset Beach, Nantucket, MA

Even if you’re only in Nantucket for a day trip, you can still take the six-mile bike ride from town to Siasconset Beach by way of the Milestone Road path. Once you’ve made it to the eastern side of the island, you can not only enjoy the beach but also visit ‘Sconset village where you can find food and restrooms. Whether you visit the 1850 Sankaty Head Lighthouse at the northern end of the beach or the Bluff Walk snaking between multi-million dollar homes and the bluffs literally falling into the Atlantic Ocean (“Slip Sliding Away” is the name of one of these homes), you can fill a day if not a weekend at Siasconset Beach. 

Siasconset Beach, Nantucket, MA
Siasconset Beach, Nantucket, MA - Best Island Beach

Psarou Beach, Mykonos, Greece

Psarou Beach is diverse in its offering to the beachgoer: from walking to Platis Gialos to dining at one of a variety of restaurants, the beach at the head of Horseshoe Bay features something for everyone. When not engaging in water sports, visitors can sit at one of the bars lining the sandy beach.

Psarou Beach, Mykonos, Greece
Psarou Beach, Mykonos, Greece

Palm Beach, Aruba

Like a well-equipped resort, Palm Beach is packed with activities such as windsurfing, parasailing, and snorkeling. On the northwest side of the island, this two-mile-long stretch of sand features the Pelican Pier Bar, as well as kayaking and paddleboarding. If you can make it past sunset, try your luck at the casinos or relax at one of the restaurants. Cap the night off at the nightclubs.  (Note from the editor:  This is personally my favorite beach in the world.)

Palm Beach, Aruba
Palm Beach, Aruba Photo: Earth Trekkers

Banana Beach, Koh Hey (Coral) Island, Phuket, Thailand

Framed by a green jungle, Banana Beach is part of a national park and marine preservation overlooking clear waters prime for snorkeling. Sea kayaking and parasailing are additional activities in this minimally structured getaway. With one bamboo-built restaurant, Banana Beach is a peaceful spot where you can sit on the beach when you’re not jumping on a Banana Boat.

Banana Beach, Koh Hey
Banana Beach, Koh Hey

Honopu Beach, Kauai, HI

Difficult to reach, Honopu is only accessible by water requiring a swim from an offshore boat or from Kalalau Beach, a quarter-mile away by water. Also known as Cathedral Beach, Honopu rewards your swim with mustard-colored sand neighboring green cliffs, and because of its barrier to entry, you’ll have the beach and cliffs to yourself.

Honopu Beach
Honopu Beach

Seagrass Bay, Laucala Island, Fiji

Accessible by a 50-minute charter flight out of Nadi, Laucala Island features a tropical jungle available via walking tours and horseback rides. Home to rare birds and animals, the rarest in Fiji, the island also provides equally magnificent marine life by Seagrass Bay. The Laucala Island Resort provides luxurious private villas opening to private pools.

Seagrass Bay
Seagrass Bay