Australia, South Africa, Bahamas, Italy and India are some of the countries that host these jewels of the nature. Read on to find out what are the top 7 beaches where you can mingle with wildlife.
Pebbly Beach, Australia
Located in the state of New South Wales, Pebbly Beach is a secluded paradise within Murramarang National Park. Pebbly is already known widely as the home of the surfing kangaroos (a myth arising from a kangaroo filmed in the low surf). Although they won’t be surfing when you arrive, you will find a beautiful spot to laze with a large resident kangaroo population quite happy to pose for a photograph.
Boulders Beach, South Africa
Cape Town and the surrounding coastline offers some wonderful beaches, but none are more interesting nor more charming than the Boulders Beach, just around the corner from Simon’s Town. The cove, with its wind sheltered bays, massive granite boulders and white sandy shores, is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered Jackass Penguins. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and an entrance fee is required to access these beautiful sandy shores that are home to the tuxedoed little birds.
Monkey Bay (AO LING), Thailand
Nestled near the entrance of Loh Dalum Bay, the hidden cove of Ao Ling (Monkey Bay) is a popular spot on Phi Phi Don Island. Monkey Bay is home to a colony of wild macaques, not shy at all, that come down to the beach from the cliffs in search of food brought by visitors. Snorkeling here is excellent with clear water, good coral and a wide variety of colourful fish.
Flamingo Beach, Aruba
Flamingo Beach is located on Renaissance Island, a privately owned island that belongs exclusively to the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino. This adult-only beach is a paradise on earth! Magnificent flamingos decorate the shoreline in brilliant pink hues. If you are not a guest, simply buy a day pass at the hotel to chill on the Island’s tranquil turquoise waters and take postcard-like photos.
Su Pallosu, Sardinia
The small fishing hamlet of Su Pallosu in Sardinia, hosts an actual feline colony. The cats have been living on the beach since the beginning of the last century when tuna fishermen introduced them to keep the rat problem in check. These amazing felines, almost all neutered, are vaccinated, have their chips and are registered with names, breed, color and sex. It is possible to spend time with these friendly creatures when taking a free guided tour with the non-profit cultural association that holds the colony.
Pig Beach, Bahamas
Located in the Outer Exumas, Big Major Cay is an inhabited island well known for being populated by a bunch of swimming, feral pigs. Visitors to the islands are happily embracing the unique experience of swimming with these special fellows. The enthusiastic oinkers can be spotted frolicking on the beaches and basking in the shallows. They swim right alongside people; they even swim up to the boats that anchor, hopping to get some food scraps and treats.
Agonda Beach, India
Cows are a considered a sacred animal in many corners of India, but in Goa, they even have their own beach. Agonda is a remote but beautiful beach that attracts the laid back crowd. It is a restful place to take a vacation from your vacation, which might be necessary when traveling amidst the masses in India. As the sun drops toward the horizon the cows line up on the beach, chew their cud, and watch the sun set.
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