Saturday’s scene: Iles de Pins
Posted by My Itchy Travel Feet
at June 4th
Beach and lagoon at Iles de Pins, New Caledonia
Close your eyes. When I say, “think of a tropical paradise,” is this the scene that comes to mind? Alan and I discovered the idyllic beach setting when we cruised the South Pacific on the Seabourn Odyssey. This tropical scene wasn’t visible when the ship anchored outside the reef at Iles de Pins in New Caledonia. It took a tender ride and short walk across the island before we discovered the lagoon with trees that shaded the sandy beach. After spreading out towels provided by the ship, we spent a few brief hours alternating between sitting on the sand and wading in the warm water. A gentle breeze rustling through low-slung tree branches, no commercialism and sea green water that turned turquoise then indigo blue —Iles de Pins was as close as I’ve ever come to my vision of a tropical paradise.
Dr. Beach recently listed his 2012 list of the world’s best beaches. Iles de Pins wasn’t on it but plenty of my other favorites were, including Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island. Do you have a favorite beach that says paradise to you? Post a comment to share it with us. We promise not to tell.
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