The 20 Best Beaches In The World

There is nothing nicer than a long sandy beach by a turquoise blue ocean, but where do you find them? The good news is that wherever you are on the planet there is likely to be one near you — even if it is just a short flight or boat trip away. But which one to choose? Here is a list of the 20 best beaches in the world, based on actual reviews on TripAdviser. Sorry for the quality of some of the videos, but we thought it better to have videos as they give you a better feel for each place than photos.

The Beach-lovers’ Guide To The World’s 20 Best Beaches

20Turqouise Bay, Exmouth, Australia

Australia is famous for its beaches and this is no exception.With soft sand that sifts through your toes the sea and the sky blend into one turquoise picture. It is a also lovely place to visit at night because the sky is so dramatic. During the day the sea turns into a lovely shade of blue-green which is a sharp contrast to the white sand.

19 White Beach, Borocay, Philippines

The pure white sand that gives Borocay’s most famous beach its name actually stays cool in the hottest of weather and the huge palms on the beach provide plenty of shade. This beach is famous for its amazing sunsets and the smooth sandy ocean floor means you can walk a long way out to sea. All sorts of activities are available for visitors, from wind-surfing to kayaking.

18 Cala Mariolu, Bauni, Sardinia

This is one of the most unusual beaches on this list as it can only be reached by boat. Situated in Bauni on the island of Sardinia the pebbled beach is overlooked by a chalky hillside covered by green vegetation. There are some beautiful rock formations surrounding the cove, both in and out of the water, which make for one of the most picturesque settings you’ve ever seen.

17 Elafonissi Beach, Greece

Elafonisi Beach is on the Greek island of Elafonisi which is close to Crete. The island is a protected nature reserve and the beach is very pretty because of the pink coral sand which contrasts well with the deep blue sea. It is classed as being on Crete because the island is joined to the mainland by a sandbank and you can walk across at low tide. The only time to avoid this beach is if it is very windy.

16 Ka’anapali Beach, Maui,Hawaii

This is Maui’s best-known beach and it has everything. A long length of sand, shallow water close to the shore and tour boats that leave from the beach. You can also book to have surfing lessons, go sailing, hire water equipment, go kayaking or snorkel at the north end by Black Rock. Only three miles from the town of Lahaina, it lies on the west side of Maui and is the major resort area.

15 Playa de Las Catedrales, Spain

Translated as the Beach of the Cathedrals this beach is at Ribadeo, Spain. It is quite an amazing place to see as there are natural caves and arches — which look like the inside of a cathedral — which can only be seen at low tide. When it is at it slowest you can get through the narrow passage between the rocks to access the beaches beyond but you must get back before the tide rises or you will be cut off.

14 The Baths, British Virgin Islands

The Baths lie on the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands and is the centerpiece of a dramatic area on the north shore. Preserved as a national park it comprises of granite boulders which form sea pools on the edge of the beach. It is probably the most unusual and extraordinary-looking beach on this list.

13 Lopes Mendes Beach, Brazil

Another of Brazil’s beautiful beaches, this 1.8miles of fine soft white sand is in Ilha Grande. Lined with palm trees the crystal blue water it has a backdrop of mountains which makes it the beach of many people’s dreams. There are no restaurants, hotels or snack bars within sight of the beach so it is the perfect place to get away from the world.

12 Praia Dos Carneiros, Brazil

Known as Sheeps Beach, Praia Dos Carneiros is in Taamandare and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil because of its wildness. The water is warm and calm all year round and it is a popular spot for weddings as the 19th Century St Benedictine’s Chapel is actually on the beach. The beach is quite isolated and completely natural.

11 Playa Paradiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba

This superb beach lives up to its name, Paradise Beach, and is totally unspoilt as it is kept as part of a nature reserve. There is no commercialism and nothing there apart from a few beach umbrellas and a small snack bar. The sand is incredibly white and soft and the blue water is crystal clear. Because it is part of a reserve there are no beach-side hotels.

10 Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Playa Norte is the beautiful sandy beach dotted with exotic palms at the north end of Isla Mujeres (meaning the Island of Women) in the Mexican Caribbean sea. It is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday as the beach is totally unspoilt and not commercial and the tropical climate means it is hot all year round.

9 Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales

What sets this beach apart from the others on this list is the unpredictable British weather. On a sunny day it is the most beautiful place on earth. Owned by the National Trust it is three miles long and is totally unspoilt. There are great views of the Worms Head headland and the descent to the beach is spectacular down a steep path.The bathing is safe although the sea is not always warm.

8 Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Hawaii

This is one of the best beaches in Hawaii with soft, smooth sand. The bluest of blue sea is calm and warm and it is safe for children as there is plenty of shallow water. There is a small reef a few yards out where all sorts of fish swim around. There is only one drawback to this beautiful beach — there is no shade and it is almost always very hot so make sure to take a sunshade with you.

7Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Anse Lazio is the most famous beach on Praslin Island in the Seychelles. It is a tropical paradise framed by granite rocks and fringed by palm trees with soft white sand. The clear calm waters of the Indian Ocean is a perfect place to swim or snorkel and it’s no surprise to see this beach on the list of the world’s top beaches.

6 Playa de Ses Illetes, Balearic Islands

Situated in the sand spit of Illetes which runs north to Ibiza, Playa de Ses illetes has been known for years as Formentera’s fashion beach. The wealthy yacht owners sail there from Ibiza to chill out on the golden sand after a night out in one of Ibiza’s fashionable clubs. It is a beach with no fripperies and frills as there are no showers, no sunbeds and most of the sunbathers are nude as most of the beaches in Formentera are unofficial nudist beaches.

5 Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

Australia is renowned for its beautiful beaches but none are more beautiful than Whitehaven Beach which is a 4-mile stretch of white sand that culminates in Hill Inlet, a cove at the north end. When the sand and water is shifted by the tide it forms a beautiful kaleidoscope of colors. Whitehaven Beach has been named Queensland’s most beautiful and friendliest beach. Recently it was named as the world’s top eco-friendly beach.

4 Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Sicily

Rabbit Beach is on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa and is in the south of the tiny 7.8-square-mile island. Lampedusa is one of the Italian Pelagie Islands in the Mediterranean and Rabbit Beach is renowned as its top beach. The views as you approach it are spectacular and there are a lot of fish to see if you like snorkeling.

3 Flanco Beach, Playa Flamenco, Culebra, Puerto Rico

This is a surfer’s paradise as it has one of the best reef breaks in Puerto Rico. The beach is in a sheltered cove surrounded by greenery and the water is so clear you can see the fish swimming right up to the edge. You can also see African seagulls and dolphins. The sea is always a wonderful shade of turquoise and the long beach has soft, white sand.

2 Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turcs and Caicos Islands

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth and lies on the famous Caribbean island of Providenciales, one of the Turcs and Caicos islands. White sandy beaches stretch for miles and at Grace Bay there is a long Coral Reef rich in aquatic life underneath the clear pale turquoise waters.

1 Baia do Sancho, Brazil

Baio do Sancho is often referred to as heaven on earth. The setting is unique and stunningly beautiful as the beaches are surrounded by the lush green cliffs of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago. The sea is a deep turquoise blue and crystal clear so you can snorkel off the beach and see exotic fish and sea turtles. The beach was voted the top beach in the world by TripAdvisor users. No video can do it justice, so you will have to go there to see for yourself.