Looking through photo collections brings up some new ideas for blogposts. I flipped through my beaches collection and decided to show you my top ten beaches that I have been to so far. Check if anything looks familiar to you and let me know in the comments below.
De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa
De Hoop is a nature reserve 230 km east of Cape Town at the Southern coastline of South Africa. Named after the farm "De Hoop" this place turned into a state-run nature reserve in the late 1950s. The reserve has 45 km coast line and is one of the most beautiful places that I have seen in South Africa. Find out about all the De Hoop Beauty and our trip in March 2016 in my blogpost.
Diamond Beach - I missed this spot last time!
During my first trip to Iceland in 2007 I payed a visit to the famous Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon but I missed on its Diamond Beach. And it wasn´t until the 2016 Iceland trip that I realised what marvelous spot I skipped. Diamond Beach is one out of two beaches south of the lagoon where its icebergs meet the ocean. The opposing Jökulsarlon Beach features quite some large pieces of ice and is pretty packed with them on its shoreline. The Diamond Beach instead holds only some smaller pieces that look like diamonds (although they are quite a bit larger). It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world facing crashing waves towards melting pieces of ice on a black lava beach. I shot this picture as a long exposure on my tripod and managed to give it this blurry look. Make sure to check my Iceland Top Ten pictures and my Iceland Gallery.
Bloubergstrand, South Africa
Capetown has many stunning beaches, but the suburb of Bloubergstrand - having the beach in its name - is special due to its location. You face Table Mountain and Lion's head since it is located north of the mother city. We went for dinner in Bloubergstrand last time and took some pics during at blue hour. If this catches your interested you may also check my South Africa collection.
East coast of Mauritius
We spent our honeymoon on Mauritius at the east coast. We had a bungalow at the beach and I had plenty of time to shoot the sunrise over the ocean as well as the milky way. Make sure to check my Mauritius collection.
South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA
I will not get more famous than this spot: South Beach, Miami, Florida. Although an inner city beach in a crowded and bustling city it is such a nice place and beauty of a beach. There is a reason for it to be that famous. Check this link for my Florida work.
Walker Bay Nature Reserve, South Africa
Walker Bay is a nature reserve east of Capetown along Garden Route. It is a untouched piece of land and beach between the whaling hot spot Hermanus and Gansbaai in the east. We stayed at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and got engaged on that very beach. This alone makes the place special, but on top it is a stunning and wild piece of nature in South Africa. If you ever have a chance to drop by - do so! Check here for my South Africa work.
Karamea beach, New Zealand
Karamea beach is to date one of my favorites. Went there 2001 with 27 geographers as a study tour, believe it or not. It is at the north-west coast of the southern island of New Zealand north of the village Karamea. They used part of the area to film Jurrassic Park. It was such a remote and quite beauty of beach and even had a small seal colony. Please excuse the bad pictures. It was all done on slide film and my photography wasn't up to be par with today's...
Paternoster Beach, South Africa
We spent some days up the Western Coast of South Africa during our second trip in 2016. Paternoster is an old fishing villages that became more popular with Capetonians during recent years. The village is filled with white houses covered with reedmaces along the shoreline. We had a wonderful guest house that even Nelson Mandela used a few years ago first line of the beach. if you want to see more of South Africa's beauty click here.
Reynisfjara black beach, Iceland
When you hardly get any sunrise or sunset during a 10 day trip to Iceland a sunset like this is special anyway. We got lucky to get a sunset like this at the beautiful Reynisfjara black
beach West of Vik in South Iceland. With this shot I was facing towards the Dyrhólaey rock and the setting sun. I waited until the photographer we met in the nearby cave went home and
made for a perfect silhouette with his tripod and camera shouldered. Make sure to check my Iceland 2016
Muizenberg Beach, South Africa
Muizenberg is a beach-side suburb of Cape Town and situated at the west side of the False Bay coast. it is considered as the birthplace of surfing in South Africa and hosts a vivid surfing community. Muizenberg is most known for its colorful beach houses. They stand in line of the flat and wide beach along the water that generally is calm. The wooden houses are regularly painted in green, red, blue and yellow and make for contrasty leading lines at the beach. You can also check my South Africa collection.