Travel and Leisure — June 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Longest Beaches in the World

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Long walks, really long walks, on the beach are a reality when beach-goers meander along the world’s longest shorelines. Although it may feel as if you are walking the Sahara Desert, these long stretches of sand feature primo seclusion, thus possibly walking miles without seeing another soul. When in need to dig your toes in the sand and stretch your sea legs, be sure to visit one of the longest beaches in the world.

Praia do Cassino Beach, Brazil
Known to be the longest beach in the world, this shoreline stretches for 157-miles from Rio to Uruguay. In certain regions, the beach fuses white sand with aqua-green waters to exude Brazil’s natural beauty. This extra-long beach features bouts of seclusion, perfect for escaping the rowdy Rio de Janeiro.

Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh
Clocking in at 150-miles in length, Cox’s Bazaar integrates a combination of isolation and full-on beach activities. Inani Beach is popular for sun-worshippers and sunbathers. Humchari Beach is adjacent to a fertile forest and known for its stunning waterfalls. For a lively experience, head to Laboni Beach, where locals and tourists flock for a sunbath and swim.

Ninety Mile Beach, Australia
If you’ve guessed that this beach is 90-miles long, than you’ve yourself a free airline ticket to this 90-mile long stretch of sand. This beach is popular with surfers and photographers seeking a pristine shoreline. Swimming is not the most ideal activity due to the changeable rip tides. Dolphins and whales make a presence somewhere along the 90-miles.

Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand
The Aussies and Kiwis exchange and share many cultural differences, including shorelines. However, this kiwi beach is actually 88-miles in length, thus somewhat replicating their sister’s country, OZ. The dune terrain is popular with tourists to explore the Sahara-like atmosphere.

South Padre Island, Texas
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the beaches. South Padre is 113-miles where the beach is 70 miles. Regardless, it’s one of the longest beaches in the US. Warm waters attract locals and spring breakers to release their inhibitions and caress their body with sun-kissed rays.

Playa Novillero, Mexico
If you’ve ever wanted to be GOD for a day and walk on water, now is your chance. This 56-mile long beach has water that is shallow enough where people can walk 330-feet into the ocean. Popular with surfing and swimming, art museums and old churches are located near the shoreline.

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Rolling in at 35-miles in length, this east coast shoreline rocks between sun, sand and entertainment. As a popular and affordable beach vacation, this family-friendly destination stays consistently busy year-round.

Long Beach, Washington
At 28-miles in length, this is the longest beach on the west coast. Although the water is chilly for swimming, locals flock here during the clam-digging season, which is during the springtime months. The massive sign, “World’s Longest Beach,” has rights to claim as America’s longest contiguous beach.

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