Okay, so maybe you’ve always wanted that exotic beach getaway on the other side of the world…so you can chill out in some of the finest, untouched beaches in the world…in Asia. But unfortunately, you may have hit a snag when it comes to budgeting for such an escape. So why not look closer to home? Asia may have some amazing beaches BUT the distance (and cost) to get there may have deterred you from making the trip. But have no fear — there are some beaches in the Caribbean that can play stand-in (depending on what your mood is), for a much cheaper trip.
When You Want to Get Away From It All
Bai Dai Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
When you’re in the mood to give the urban bustle a miss and get lost completely, it can’t get any more beautifully isolated than Bai Dai Beach. There are hardly any tourists on the beach stretch — not to mention restaurants or resorts — but the occasional eatery or guest house with a hammock will be more than happy to provide you with a cold beer and some delicious grilled prawns. Oh, and did we mention the peaceful blue water and the soft white sand?
Salt Cay, Turks & Caicos
If Vietnam is just too far to go, why not try the tiny island of Salt Cay in Turks & Caicos? The sparsely populated island may lack some modern amenities, but the only others you may find in its emerald waters are avid snorkelers and whale watchers — perfect company, one would think.
When You Want to Chill With Your Special Someone
Amed, Bali, Indonesia
With its black volcanic sand, beached traditional fishing boats, and lack of Western hippies, this may be one of Bali’s most unconventional beaches. But what it lacks in tourist intrusion and activity it makes up for with breathtaking sunsets perfect for long walks on the beach and a beautiful coral reef that’s worth exploring as a twosome.
Long Island, The Bahamas
The turquoise waters and white sands don’t get any better than on the beaches on Long Island. Renowned as one of the most spectacular beach stretches of the Bahamas, you can also check out Dean’s Blue Hole — the world’s second deepest underwater sinkhole.
When You Want to Party Hard
Patong Beach, Phuket Island, Thailand
As one of the most popular party beaches in Thailand, this beautiful stretch is lined with bars that serve up amazingly affordable drinks. It’s also favored by surfers, so you’re guaranteed to have a pretty gnarly time. Say hello to your hangover!
Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
There’s no shortage of reggae and rum on Seven Mile, and its bars and clubs right on the beach add more fire to the nightlife with themed parties, boozy pub crawls, thumping dancehall clubs, and energetic live music.
When You Want to Swim With the Wildlife
Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia
The only oceanic island in Malaysia, Pulau Sipadan’s rich coral reef, which rings around its white sand beach, is home to a wide variety of marine life that includes more than 3,000 species of fish. It’s also one of the most highly rated dive spots in the world and gives you the chance to swim alongside green and hawksbill turtles, barracuda, manta rays, and whale sharks.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
You only have to travel south of the border to get to this Island in Mexico’s Caribbean, whose dreamy beaches are enchanting, while the reef surrounding it is full of friendly dolphins and is home to a large number of sea turtles.
These Caribbean beaches look good to you? Better get to planning your travel budget — you can start with a cheap flight there!