The 12 Longest Beaches in the World

January 9, 2024

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Longest beaches in the world

Most people like taking a long walk on the beach. There’s nothing quite like feeling the sand between your toes and hearing the rush of waves. But if you want a really long walk on the beach, we’ve got the perfect spots for you!

We’ve compiled a list of the longest beaches in the world. Ranging from 40 kilometers (25 miles) to a staggering 254 kilometers (158 miles), there’s plenty of room for everyone to set out their deck chair, go on a romantic stroll, or take to the waves. 

So get your sunglasses and beach towel at the ready as we take a look at the 12 longest beaches in the world!

1. Praia do Cassino

The tide rolling up against the beach on Praia do Cassino
Praia do Cassino is the longest uninterrupted sandy beach in the world
Length: 254 km (158 miles)
Country: Brazil

The longest beach in the world is Praia do Cassino, which measures 254 km (158 mi) along the Brazilian coast. It starts at the entrance of the Rio Grande seaport in the north to the mouth of the Chuí Stream in the south. 

This beach is known as the oldest and most popular beach in Brazil, having been developed as a public beach in 1890. The English translation of the name is ‘Casino Beach’. It earned this name as the hotels overlooking the beach were historically a popular place for tourists to gamble. 

Every year, the beach hosts the largest beach ultramarathon race in the world: the Cassino Ultra Race. Participants travel around 230 km (143 mi), although some routes are 73 km and 135 km (45 mi and 84 mi). 

2. Eighty Mile Beach

Two men fishing on the shoreline of Eighty Mile Beach
Two men fishing on Eighty Mile Beach, Australia
Length: 220 km (137 miles)
Country: Australia

Formerly called Ninety Mile Beach, the beach was renamed by authorities in 1946 to avoid confusion with a beach of the same name in Victoria. Despite its name, Eighty Mile Beach measures approximately 220 km (137 mi) from Port Headland to Broome in Western Australia. 

The beach attracts over 400,000 migratory birds each year and has subsequently been classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The different species include the bar-tailed godwit, Eastern curlew, and great knot. 

Eighty Mile Beach is an important flatback turtle nesting site. This turtle species is only found in northern Australia and nests on the beach between October and February. Nests are marked on the beach with flags and must be left undisturbed.

This region was traditionally the territory of the Nyangumarta people, a nation of Aboriginal Australians. The indigenous group has many songs, stories, and ceremonies that have strong connections to the beach and its surrounding area.

3. Cox’s Bazar Beach

Five fishing boats anchored and floating in the water off Cox's Bazar Beach
Fishing boats anchored just off Cox’s Bazar Beach, Bangladesh
Length: 120 km (75 miles)
Country: Bangladesh

Cox’s Bazar beach in Bangladesh is the longest natural sea beach in the world, measuring 120 km (75 mi). During high tide, the beach measures around 200 meters (660 ft) wide and 400 meters (1,300 ft) at low tide. 

The beach (and city) are named after Captain Hiram Cox of British East India Company officer. Cox was appointed the superintendent of Palonki outpost in the 18th century. He rehabilitated many Arakanese refugees in the area, and a market was named to commemorate him when he died.  

According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, 17% of citizens visit the beach every year. This equates to around three million domestic visitors. The beach also attracts visitors from all over the world, thanks to its beautiful scenery.

4. 75 Mile Beach

4x4 drives along a huge expanse of sand on Seventy Five Mile Beach
4×4 driving along Seventy Five Mile Beach on Fraser Island
Length: 120 km (75 miles)
Country: Australia

As you might expect, the 75 Mile Beach does indeed measure 75 miles (120 km). The beach is located on the east coast of Fraser Island (K’gari), a World Heritage-listed island. The island measures approximately 250 km (160 mi) north of Brisbane and is the largest sand island in the world. 

The beach is officially designated as a main road on the island, as well as a landing strip for planes. Vehicles must allow aircraft the right of way if they are oncoming. 

Swimming isn’t recommended off the beach, as there is a large great white shark population in the surrounding waters. There is also a strong current off 75 Mile Beach, which also makes swimming dangerous. The only safe place to swim on the 75 Mile Beach is the Champagne Pools, which are surrounded by rocks between land and sea. 

5. Padre Island National Seashore

People walking along the beach and in the sea on South Padre Island
Sea lapping against the sand on South Padre Island
Length: 113 km (70 miles)
Country: United States

Padre Island National Seashore is a 113 km (790 mi) long seashore on Padre Island off the coast of South Texas. Padre Island is the largest Texas barrier island and the world’s longest barrier island. 

In 1978, a program was introduced to re-establish Kemp’s ridley sea turtles to the island. These are the rarest and most endangered species of sea turtle. The first two turtles from this program returned to the island in 1992 to lay their eggs. Four other endangered turtle species are also supported by conservation schemes on the island. 

6. The Grand Strand

The sun rising over Myrtle Beach, part of The Grand Stand
Myrtle beach is one of the most popular tourist spots on The Grand Strand
Length: 97 km (60 miles)
Country: United States

The Grand Strand in South Carolina, United States, stretches 97 km (60 mi) from Little River to Winyah Bay. Its name comes from an old definition of ‘strand’, which means an area of land that borders water. 

The Myrtle Beach area remained largely undeveloped until 1901 when the first beach hotel was built. Following the destruction left by Hurricane Hazel in 1954, many new beach houses and hotels were built. Golf courses followed in the 1960s, which have since become world-renowned golf resorts. 

In 2022, it was estimated the Myrtle Beach area had an incredible 7.2 million visitors. Aside from the lengthy beach, visitors are also drawn by  Myrtle Beach State Park, the first state park in South Carolina.

7. Playa Novillero

Sun setting as the water laps against the sandy shore in the Nayarit region
Beautiful sunset over a beach in the Nayarit region
Length: 90 km (56 miles)
Country: Mexico

Not only is Playa Novillero the seventh-longest beach in the world, but it’s also the longest beach in Mexico. The enormous beach stretches 90 km (56 mi) and is nearly half a kilometer (a third of a mile) wide.

This beach is perfect for families with young children as the water is so shallow. You can walk into the water for about 100 meters (330 ft) before the water gets significantly deeper. This is due to the beach’s shallow incline and level shore. The sea is also warm all year round, which attracts swimmers and surfers alike. 

8. Ninety Mile Beach

Surfers and walkers enjoying Ninety Mile Beach
Ninety Mile Beach is a popular spot for surfers
Length: 88 km (55 miles)
Country: Australia 

The Ninety Mile Beach (Te-Oneroa-a-Tōhē) is located on the North Island of New Zealand, on its western coast. Despite its name, the beach only measures 55 miles (88 km). 

The beach has officially had a dual English and Māori name since 2014. Te-Oneroa-a-Tōhē translates to ‘”the long beach of Tōhē” in English. Tōhe was a high-ranking chief in the Ngāti Kahu iwi tribe who featured in local legends. 

It’s unknown where the English name originated from. Some believe that it took early Europeans three days to travel the length of the beach on horses. They may have believed this meant the beach was around 90 miles long without realizing that the sand made the horses travel slower. 

Ninety Mile Beach is an official highway. It’s commonly used for tourist trips or when the island’s main road is closed due to floods or landslides. In 1932, the beach served as a runway for the earliest airmail services between New Zealand and Australia. 

9. Troia-Sines Beach

Aerial view of the Troia Peninsula
The beach stretches for 65 km between Troia and Sines
Length: 65 km (40 miles)
Country: Portugal

Troia-Sines beach begins at the Troia peninsula in Portugal, before stretching 65 km (40 mi) to the small town of Sines. Although it’s officially one long beach, Troia-Sines is split into four separate beaches: Troia-Mar, Bico Das Lulas, Troia-Galé, and Soltroia. 

Troia-Mar is at the northern end of the beach. This is where most families come with children due to the shallow, calm waters. A boardwalk joins Troia-Mar with Bico Das Lulas. Troia-Galé is one of the quietest sections of the beach as it is relatively far from the hotels and bustling tourist areas. The southern end of the beach is Soltroia, which can be reached by car. It’s the busiest section of the beach and feels like more of a resort than the other three sections. 

10. Virginia Beach

Aerial view of Virginia Beach
Sunset over Virginia Beach
Length: 56 km (35 miles)
Country: United States

Although only the tenth longest beach in the world, Virginia Beach holds the Guinness World Record for the longest pleasure beach in the world. It measures 56 km (35 mi) and features a 5 km (3 mi) boardwalk. 

The Neptune Festival is a collection of events that annually take place on the oceanfront and around the city. Over 500,000 visitors attend over 40 events during the course of the festival. Another popular oceanfront festival is the American Music Festival, which takes place every Labor Day. 

Various celebrities have homes near the beach, such as Missy Elliott, Pharrell Williams and Mark Ruffalo — the latter two were both raised in the city.

11. Long Beach

View of lifeguard station at Long Beach, California
Lifeguard station at Long Beach
Length: 45 km (28 miles)
Country: United States

Long Beach certainly lives up to its name: it measures an impressive 45 km (28 mi) in Los Angeles County, California. It’s the longest beach on the west coast and hosts a number of events throughout the year, such as the Bob Marley Reggae Festival in February, the Aloha Concert Jam in June, and the  Long Beach Blues Festival in September.

The RMS Queen Mary, a 1936 Art Deco ocean liner, is permanently docked at Long Beach. The 311 m (1,019 ft) was purchased by the city of Long Beach in 1967 and turned into a hotel and maritime museum. 

Some of the most popular activities on the beach include whale watching. You can also visit Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific to see over 12,000 marine animals, such as sea lions, sharks, and bat rays. Unfortunately, the waters in this area are some of the most polluted in the US. The city is near the two ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Much of the air pollution from the ports is brought to Long Beach from the prevailing winds. 

12. Muizenberg Beach

Row of brightly colored beach huts on Muizenberg Beach
Beach huts on Muizenberg Beach
Length: 40 km (25 miles)
Country: South Africa

This 40 km (25 mi) long beach is located in Western Cape, South Africa. The beach is famous in the surfing community, particularly ‘Surfer’s Corner’, which is considered the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. The area is full of surfing schools for both youngsters and late starters who want to learn how to surf. 

The area has a large population of great white sharks, particularly at False Bay. However, there is a shark-spotting initiative in operation that helps let beach-goers know when it is and isn’t safe to enter the water. 

Agatha Christie, the famous mystery writer, learned to surf at Muizenberg Beach when she briefly lived in the area during the 1920s. 

Overview: The World’s Longest Beaches

RankBeachCountryLength (km)Length (miles)
1Praia do CassinoBrazil254158
2Eighty Mile BeachAustralia220137
3Cox’s Bazar BeachBangladesh12075
475 Mile BeachAustralia12075
5Padre Island National SeashoreUnited States11370
6The Grand StrandUnited States9760
7Playa NovilleroMexico9056
8Ninety Mile BeachAustralia8855
9Troia-Sines BeachPortugal6540
10Virginia BeachUnited States5635
11Long BeachUnited States4528
12Muizenberg BeachSouth Africa4025
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