The 50 Best Beaches in the World
The votes are in! According to 600 top travel professionals surveyed by FlightNetwork, these beaches all share one thing: they stand apart from all the rest. Be it the best place to kitesurf or see nesting sea turtles, these are the must-visit beaches around the globe.
Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Locals know it as “Provo.” Providenciales, the most developed island in Turks & Caicos, is 38 miles long and has some of the best beaches in the world, with Grace Bay consistently ranking tops. Don’t miss these under-the-radar gems found only in the Caribbean.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Australia has amazing surfing and diving off its shores, so it’s no surprise that Whitehaven Beach consistently tops lists of best beaches in the world. It’s a part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park and is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. While you’re there, be sure to visit the most popular travel destinations in Australia.
Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles
This honeymoon hot spot draws travelers from around the world because it’s secluded and beautiful. Seychelles is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, north of Madagascar and east of Zanzibar. Anse Lazio beach is nestled in the northwest of Praslin Island and boasts some of the best diving in the world. Looking to escape the winter? These beaches are the best in colder months.
Pink Sands Beach, Harbor Island, Bahamas
While Nassau and Paradise Island attract tons of tourists—many coming for the casinos and family-friendly hotels—Pink Sands Beach beckons those looking for a quieter, more romantic stay. There are three miles of pink, yes it’s actually pink, sands. The water is temperate and swimmable all year and the coral reef surrounding the beach serves as a protector against the Atlantic Ocean waves. Here are more of the most gorgeous pink sand beaches in the world.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
This beach is often referred to by its local name, Shipwreck Beach or Smugglers Cove. It’s home to a famous shipwreck, called Panagiotis, which makes it ideal for diving and snorkeling. Another reason it’s considered one of the best beaches in the world: Since it’s an exposed cove, it gets gentle balmy winds. If you’re thinking of visiting Navagio Beach, you’ll need to book an excursion in order to get there.
Baia Dos Porcos, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
It’s a hike to get there, but this beach is well worth it to see the rock formations. Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago in Brazil, South America, and its beauty has been recognized by UNESCO, which named it a world heritage site.
Playa Paraiso, Tulum, Mexico
This beautiful Mexican beach is located in Tulum. Playa Paraiso ranks as one of the best beaches in the world because of the Mayan ruins located right on the beach. While you are in this region, maybe stay in a Riviera, or head to nearby Coba, which boasts the tallest climbable Mayan ruins in all of Mexico.
Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, Australia
This sleepy seaside town is home to a population of fewer than 200 people. Located in New South Wales, this beach is covered in some of the whitest sand in the world. It’s also great for dolphin and seal spotting, so bring some beach binoculars.
Hidden Beach, Marietas Islands, Mexico
The real name is Playa del Amor, but everyone calls it Hidden Beach. Located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the beach is one of the draws to the Marieta Islands. It’s very photogenic with the blue waters of the Pacific and a wall of rocks protecting the beach. Don’t miss more of the must-see spots on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, one of the most popular activities is snorkeling the 225-yard-long underwater trail of reefs. It’s a good spot to try your hand at underwater photography, as there are plenty of colorful fish and reef.