Where will your magic key take you?
You’ve owned a rusty old key for ages and have never known what it was for until one day you find a secret door at the end of your garden covered with vines. This is a magic door that can take you wherever you want to go. Being sick of the long, dark winter days, you long for a beautiful, sunny seaside spot. So where do you choose? Here are a few of the most amazing beaches on earth:
Playa del Amor, Marietas Islands, Mexico: there is a small opening that is almost invisible from the sea but when you find it and swim inside you’ll find a ‘hidden beach’ known affectionately as Love Beach. It is encircled by a massive ring of rock through which you can see the sun and sky. A tour operator offers trips to this secluded paradise and you can be sure of some quiet, private time as only six couples are allowed in at any one time.
Cathedrals Beach, Ribadeo, Spain: No there isn’t a religious establishment on the sand but instead you’ll find wave-carved, hundred foot rock arches created by nature and resembling a Gothic cathedral. They are an impressive sight to behold as you walk amongst them but beware, when the Bay of Biscay rises, the beach quickly succumbs to the surf.
One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands: If seclusion is your idea of paradise then you’ll love it here as it was used to film hit show Survivor. Tapuaetai or ‘one footprint’ in the local Maori dialect, is a short journey across a translucent lagoon, where you’ll find a coconut palm-fringed shoreline that you can walk in just 15 minutes, but don’t rush, and don’t forget a footprint-shaped passport stamp from the post office which is also a beach hut.
Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles: This is one of the most photographed beaches in the world which is no surprise at it looks as if it has been designed in Hollywood. With its calm turquoise waters, snow white sand, palm trees and jungle, this Indian Ocean beach is pure bliss. Make sure you don’t lose that key because you’ll want to return. For a Belfast Locksmith, visit http://www.belfastlocksmiths247.co.uk/.
Papakōlea Beach, Hawaii: A small cove that gets it beauty from tiny crystals called olivine that are found in the rocks here. This is one of the world’s few green-sand beaches and even though it takes a two mile trek to get there – it sure is worth it.
Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia: Visit the Old Pearler Restaurant here which is made completely out of shells. There are countless white cockleshells here on Shark Bay and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The shells are up to 30 feet deep in some places and spread for miles.
Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Samloem Island, Cambodia: Go by the name and take life at a crawl on this gorgeous beach surrounded by thatched-roof huts, crystal waters, and silky smooth sand beaches. It is definitely worth the 2.5-hour jaunt into the Gulf of Thailand. Take time out to explore the jungle and take a nap in a porch swing.