My Top 10 Beaches of 2013

Turquoise Thursday- My Top 10 Beaches of 2013

After reviewing my 2013 destinations, here are my top 10 beaches of 2013! I can’t wait to see the beaches I will visit this upcoming year. May the beaches of 2014 be even better than the beaches of my 2013 year.

#1 being my most favorite beach of the year-

1. Caracas Beach, Vieques, Puerto Rico:


2. Lanikai, Hawaii, USA:


3. Cayo Laventado, Bacardi Island, Dominican Republic:

Cayo Laventado

4. Sun Bay, Puerto Rico:

Sun Bay

5. Bahia Principe Cayacoa, Samana, Dominican Republic (you can’t get any better than an elevator to the beach):

bahia principe cayo coco

6. Waikiki, Hawaii, USA:


7. Hermosa Beach, California, USA:

Hermosa Beach

8. Carter’s Beach, Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Canada:

Carter's Beach

9. Naufrage beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada:

Naufrage beach

10. Bouctouche, New Brunswick, Canada:


The beaches that didn’t quite make it into the top 10 beaches of 2013, but are still considered runners up and pretty spectacular are: Moku Nui Island, Hawaii / Waimea Bay, Hawaii / Banzai/Pipe Line, Hawaii / Sharks Cove, Hawaii / Pūpūkea Beach Park, Hawaii / Kailua Beach Park, Hawaii/ Hanauma Bay, Hawaii/ Ehukai Beach Park, Hawaii /Isla verde, Puerto Rico / Ocean Park, Puerto Rico / Seven Seas Beach, Puerto Rico / Esperanza Beach, Vieques, Puerto Rico/ Parlee Beach, New Brunswick / Kelly’s Beach, Kouchibouguac, New Brunswick / Sand Hills Beach, Nova Scotia / and  Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

I’m excited to know what beaches I will explore this year! Until I decide, I will have to keep wondering.

44 thoughts on “My Top 10 Beaches of 2013

  1. I love the list. I’ll have to make one of my own. You must make it down to Australia. They have some fair dinkum beaches there, let me tell you! Some of my favourites are on the south east coast of Victoria. And of course, Manley Beach in Sydney is pretty special.

  2. I’m so excited to see beaches from the Maritime Provinces (in Canada)! I grew up spending my summers at Parlee Beach. I was born and raised in Moncton, N.B. It’s the best walking beach, with gentle and sometimes warm water :). Also, as I now live in Oahu, Hawaii, I’m happy to see several beaches from here! Thanks for the great post!

    • I’m so happy you wrote! Ironically, I’m from NS, but been residing in Moncton! I’ve been located there for the last 8 years! How did you end up in Oahu from Moncton? So interesting! I love the Maritime beaches as much as I love the ones abroad. Parlee is one of my favorites!
      Looking forward to talking more with you!

      • That’s a huge coincidence! I lived in Halifax for five years too, attending Dalhousie then King’s. I’m living in Hawaii now because my husband is American, and prior to us meeting, he lived on Maui. Of course, I didn’t oppose to making our life here. We met while working abroad in Korea, travelled around South East Asia for nearly a year, then hopped over to the Hawaii and never left. I miss Canada sometimes though, not the weather, but the people and the humbleness entirely.-Sarah

      • Thank you! It is quite a romantic story, and continues to be. Because of my experience teaching ESL in Korea, I found an online teaching position based out of Korea. I work from home, teaching phone and video classes. What are you doing in Moncton?

      • That’s amazing! Working from home in one of the world’s most beautiful turquoise destinations. Have you been to the other islands?

        I was teaching for the past 8 years in Moncton, but I took a year off to TRAVEL! I’m on my sabbatical year. I am allotted to go back the last week of August 2014.

        We shall see where this year takes me!

      • That’s awesome! My husband and I always talk about taking at least 3-6 months off, somehow, to travel around Central America – like we did with South East Asia.

        I have visited Maui a few times and Kauai. I love both of them. We are planning a trip to the Big Island in the Fall. How about you?

      • I love love love Central America. I’ve traveled through Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua!
        I only got to visit Oahu, but I spend 2 weeks there and really got to see all the sights. I want to see more islands. Next time I come I will let you know.

  3. Miami beach is fun! Try hitting the middle between South Beach and North if you want to get away from crowds. Enjoyed all your photos and no doubt Miami has something great in store for your camera.

  4. Jess, your posts just makes me dream about travelling to Caribe right now… but I want to go to so many places that me and my husband have to decide and prioritize which place to go first. In 2014 consider visiting Brazil. I know maybe it is not the best year to come because of the Fifa World Cup, and all the services will be a little overpriced but if you avoid the months of june and july maybe you can get some reasonable prices. If you decide so, there are many turquoise destinations in Brazil, but the one that it is on the top of my list is Fernando de Noronha, I already mentioned it on my blog. It is really a paradise, although it is not the most cheap place in Brazil, Noronha is a preserved island and they control the number of visitors , All visitors has to pay a daily tax to stay in the island.This turns Noronha in a little expensive destination. but if you have a chance go there. For whom that loves water sports and nature it is just a must-go place in your lifetime..kisses, Cristina ( In Brazil we are used to say goodbye to friends saying “Beijos”, which means kisses in english! ; )

    • Visiting the Caribbean is an amazing experience. Each place is amazing, but with its own charm. Let me know if you choose any islands, maybe I can meet you there. Do you plan to do some traveling this year?
      I’d love to visit Brazil this year! Hopefully I can make it at some point! The Brazilian turquoise destination you mention sounds amazing. I want to go there someday. Thanks for the trips and for taking the time to write me such a detailed comment! You are amazing! I hope we can meet someday!
      Beijos Cristina!

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