by site editor Rick McCharles
updated April 2016
But what are the best coastal hikes anywhere?
#1) West Coast Trail, BC Canada
#2) Otter Trail, South Africa
#3) Abel Tasman Track, New Zealand
#4) Lost Coast Trail, California
#5) Thorsborne Trail, Australia
#7) Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
#8) Pembrokeshire Coast Path, U.K.
#9) South Coast Track, Tasmania
10) Great Ocean Walk, Australia
Leave a comment if you have more to add to this list.
Canada’s West Coast Trail is so popular that many other alternatives have been developed nearby:
- North Coast Trail, Canada
- Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Canada
- Nootka Trail, Canada
- Sunshine Coast Trail, Canada
What about Canada’s east coast?
I’ve still yet to hike all of the Shipwreck Coast Trail (Rialto Beach to Shi Shi Beach) in Washington State.
Hiking is so popular and so well developed in the U.K. that there are many alternatives to the Pembrokeshire:
- South West Coast Path
- Cleveland Way
- Norfolk Coast Path
- Fife Coastal Path
- Arran Coastal Way
- Ayrshire Coastal Path
- Anglesey Coastal Path
- Causeway Coast Way
- Lecale Way
In Italy there are some classic short walks suggested by Andrea:
Other recommended in the past:
Australia must have more coastal hiking than any nation in the world. There are many good candidates including:
- Great South West Walk, Victoria, Australia … by Frank
- Thorsborne Trail, Queensland, Australia … by Ken
- Bibbulman Track, Western Australia … by Frank
- Cape to Cape Track, Australia
Personally, I liked the Queen Charlotte Track in New Zealand even better than the Abel Tasman.
And the Fisherman’s Trail, Rota Vicentina, Portugal is high on my personal life list.
related – Adventure Junkies – TOP 11 BEST COASTAL HIKES FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO ENJOY IN 2016