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.
Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Ley, Thailand
This beach was made popular by the book The Beach by Alex Garland (and turned into a movie of the same name that starred Leonardo Di Caprio). The beach is gorgeous and attracts many tourists; get here early to beat the crowds. It’s located in the Phi Phi archipelago, in the Strait of Malacca in Thailand.
Pig Beach, Big Major Cay, Bahamas
This beach attracts tourists from around the world because it’s populated by a group of feral pigs. The unique wildlife of Pig Beach makes it one of the best beaches in the world, though human visitors may not be best for the pigs’ habitat. The island is located in Exuma, in the Bahamas and is uninhabited (outside the pigs, that is).
Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
Made famous by the 1980s Brooke Shields movie of the same name, the Blue Lagoon is a great place for snorkeling and diving. Stay at the Yasawa Island Resort an all-inclusive property which includes, food, drinks, hikes, paddle board, snorkeling and a trip to the famous blue lagoon caves.
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
El Nido beach is located on the island of Palawan and has some of the best coral reefs in the Bacuit archipelago, a group of islands known for their photogenic steep cliffs. Not only is the beach amazing, but it boasts world-class fishing and underwater caverns that are great for diving.
Muri Beach Rarotonga Cook Islands
Pacific Resort Rarotonga sits on a beautiful stretch of Muri Beach and it’s one of the best places on the island to get active in the water with kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. The resort even has its own glass-bottom boat for lagoon cruises.
Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent & Grenadines
This beach is considered one of the best beaches in the world and one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. A good way to see another great spot on the island is to pack some trail mix and hike from Mayreau’s Saltwhistle Bay to Saline Bay; along the way, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the Tobago Cays.
Half Moon Bay, Antigua
Antigua is chock-full of stunning beaches, including this one. A luxe, yet family-friendly resort, Blue Waters Resort will make your stay everything you dreamed of.
Lucky Bay, Western Australia, Australia
Lucky Bay is rated one of the top beaches because with zero waves, the swimming is near to perfection, plus it has beautiful white sand and clear water. Located in Western Australia’s most idyllic national park this is also a great place for adventurous people—there’s plenty of hiking and camping to be had. Find out about more of the 10 most extreme travel adventures in the world.
Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
This public beach is located in a horseshoe-shaped bay and borders the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, one of the oldest wildlife preserves in the United States. If you take a boat excursion out to this beach, you can see plenty of beautiful Caribbean aquatic life, including parrotfish, blue tang, and wrasse.
Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
What makes this spot so unique is that it’s a volcanic beach, with black sand, lava formations, towering cliffs and, of course, amazing views. Iceland is one of the most expensive countries in the world for tourists, so be sure to know how much money to pack with you.