If you’re an ocean lover, no doubt beaches around the world will be on your travel itinerary. But just how clean and sustainable are the popular beaches most tourists visit?
While many beaches may look clean and healthy to the passing traveller, this is not always the case. Dozens suffer from pollution, and rubbish is easily buried by sand and plants. The truth is, most eco beaches are less public, and often not as visually pleasing as frequently visited ones, reports The Guardian. Organic litter such as seaweed covering the shore is a good sign, as are mangroves and coral reefs in the water.
If you want to visit beaches that promote sustainability and ask that you minimise your human footprint, check out our gallery below.
For more on eco travel, including eco hotels, tours and airlines, read our article Going Green.