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37 Most Photogenic Beaches in the World

These jaw-dropping stretches of sand will make you want to book your next vacation pronto!

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Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece

Once a beach secret to the locals on Crete, Elafonissi was put on the map by TripAdvisor in 2014 as one of the world’s top 25 beaches. Connected by a sandbar to an island nature reserve, it’s actually an island where you can discover little coves and plop down on pockets of sandy beach. Check out the best secret beaches in Florida.

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Beautiful aerial view of traditional fisherman boats in a row on the Ujung Genteng beach with turquoise water, Sukabumi, West Java, IndonesiaCreativa Images/Shutterstock

Ujung Genteng Beach, West Java, Indonesia

Facing the Indonesia Ocean, this breathtaking beach features white coral sands and crystal clear water. With broken corral scattered along the beach and shallow water filled with rock formations, Ujung Genteng is incredibly photogenic.

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Amazing aerial view of Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz, Turkey. Summer landscape with mountains, green forest, azure water, sandy beach and blue sky in bright sunny day. Travel background. Top view. NatureDenis Belitsky/Shutterstock

Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz, Turkey

This little slice of heaven in Turkey features clear turquoise water encapsulated by lush green peaks. Meander between the two stretches of beach situated on either side of a peninsula among the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Make sure to avoid the beaches that are the most dangerous in the world.

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Young woman snorkeling in turquoise tropical water among huge granite boulders at The Baths beach area major tourist attraction on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, CaribbeanBlueOrange Studio/Shutterstock

The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

These stunningly smooth granite boulders mysteriously made residence on the shores of the Virgin Gorda, and the result is something out of Pirates of the Caribbean. Beneath statuesque palm trees and a mountainous backdrop, it truly is one of the most photogenic beaches in the world.

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A view of a Praia da Rocha in Portimao, Algarve region, PortugalMarcin Krzyzak/Shutterstock

Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Portugal

Located in Portugal’s Algarve region, the beachy southernmost region of the country, Praia da Rocha offers cliffs with vast views of the sparkling turquoise Atlantic ocean. These are the 12 European islands you never thought to visit, but totally should.

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Hidden Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This beach used to be a secret paradise, but today it has become one of the most photogenic beaches in the world. The beach is rumored to have been created by the Mexican military who were testing bombs in the early 1900s. In order to get there, you’ll have to pass through a water tunnel—how adventurous!

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Navagio bay and Ship Wreck beach in summer. The most famous natural landmark of Zakynthos, Greek island in the Ionian SeaEvannovostro/Shutterstock

Navagio, Zakynthos Island, Greece

Also referred to as Shipwreck Beach, Navagio is only accessible by boat. Tucked within sheer cliffs, its mesmerizing white sands and azure waters entice. But perhaps the most alluring aspect of all is the rusted hull of a freighter situated right in the middle of the beach! According to 600 top travel professionals surveyed by FlightNetwork, these are the best beaches in the world.

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Group of Thai traditional longtail boats on white sand beach at Sunrise beach, Lipe Island, Thailand.ltdedigos/Shutterstock

Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe, Thailand

Located along the west side of Thailand’s Koh Lipe, Sunrise Beach is home to an abundance of exotic marine life swimming in the crystal clear water, making it an ideal location for snorkeling.

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Punalu'u Black Sand Beach with Calm Waves, Rocks, and Cloudy Blue Sky, The Big Island, HawaiiVincent K Ho/Shutterstock

Punalu’u Beach, The Big Island, Hawaii

While the other beaches on this list are renowned for white, pink, or yellow sand, Punalu’u Beach stands out for its black shores. The sand is made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean. Don’t miss the most gorgeous pink sand beaches in the world.

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McWay Falls, Big Sur, California

Big Sur is just one of those jaw-dropping places and McWay Falls certainly doesn’t disappoint. Here you’ll find an 80-foot-tall waterfall that empties directly into the ocean, flowing year-round from McWay Creek in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The enchanting cove beneath the waterfall offers a pristine slice of beach you can’t miss.

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Idyllic seascape of the beautiful bay beach of Cala Deia, Majorca island, Mediterranean Sea, Spain Balearic islands.vulcano/Shutterstock

Cala Deia, Mallorca, Spain

Beneath villas built into the cliffs on the West Coast of Mallorca, Cala Deia feels like your own private slice of heaven, featuring clear waters and rock pools. You can reach the beach by car, where there is a small parking lot. You can also park in the village of Deia and walk down the road. These beaches are actually better in the winter.

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The beautiful Camilo Beach in Lagos, Portugal, with its magnificent cliffs and the blue ocean colorfully lit at sunriseSmileus/Shutterstock

Camilo Beach, Lagos, Portugal

A beautiful beach located near the lively town of Lagos in the Algarve, this beach is reached via 200 wooden steps that lead down to a sheltered, sandy cove that’s divided by ochre-colored rocks. Get from one to the other via a hand-dug tunnel.

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Dreamland beach in Bali, Indonesia. Longexposure shotPozdeyev Vitaly/Shutterstock

Dreamland Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Located on the Bukit peninsula on the island of Bali, Indonesia, this once-hidden cove has become a favorite among sun-seekers and surfers. Here you’ll find one of the most photogenic beaches in the world within a buzzing atmosphere of resorts, small shops, and beach shack cafés. Next, don’t miss these beaches with the clearest water in the world.

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Anse Source D’Argent, Isle of La Digue, Republic of Seychelles

This marvelous beach that looks as if it came straight out of a postcard is so beautiful that it’s also called “Garden of Eden.” It’s clear waters and white sand makes it one of the most peaceful sights one can ever see. To make things better, it is also surrounded by a natural forest.

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The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

The Baths is a world-famous beach with white sand and clear water framed by boulders. The baths are of volcanic origin, and there are also hidden tunnels and caves that people can explore. If you want to stay local, these are the best beaches in every state.

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Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island, the Bahamas

Surrounded by sea grape and coconut trees, Cabbage Beach is the definition of a picture-perfect destination. It’s located on Paradise Island and attracts people from all around the world.

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Whitehaven Beach, Central Queensland, Australia

Whitehaven Beach is a sight that is true to its name—after all, it is made up of pure silica white sand. The result is a bright and beautiful sight that can make you forget all your worries. Don’t miss the 13 secret gems found only in the Caribbean.

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Blue Beach, Vieques, Puerto Rico

Reaching this beautiful slice of paradise takes a bit of an adventure—you have to park in one of 21 tiny turn-offs along a bumpy, unpaved road in the middle of the island’s western National Wildlife Refuge. The clear ocean water is perfect for snorkeling.

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Beautiful Bathsheba Beach in BarbadosL. Toshio Kishiyama/Getty Images

Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

The wild and untouched nature of this beach makes it a favorite for photographers and surfers trying to getaway. The strong waves make it less of a swimming spot, but the beautiful scenery makes up for it. These popular spots in Mexico are also just as beautiful.

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Makena Beach, Makena Cove

Also referred to as “Secret Beach”, this gorgeous spot is a favorite destination for beach weddings. The sunsets at this beach are also incredibly beautiful. Check out these animals who love the beach more than you!

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Banana Beach, Koh Hey (Coral) Island, Phuket, Thailand

A beautiful green forest meets crystal-clear ocean water at Banana Beach, a true slice of heaven. Banana boat rides are very popular at this beach, hence the name “Banana Beach.” Even just looking at a picture of this gorgeous beach is incredible.

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Siasconet Beach, Nantucket

Siasconet Beach is popular for the residents of the nearby village and it can be reached through a six-mile bike ride. It’s prone to strong winds, so enjoying the beach in the winter requires a couple of layers of clothing. The gorgeous view makes it totally worth it though.

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Honopu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Reaching Honopu is no simple affair, but it’s a trip that’s definitely worth it. It provides a quiet oasis with white sand bordered by colorful cliffs—and it’s usually empty. These 46 breathtaking photos will make you appreciate the beauty of life even more.

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Psarou Beach at Mykonos Island.Gonzalo Azumendi/Getty Images

Psarou Beach, Mykanos, Greece

Mykonos is filled with gorgeous beaches, and Psarou Beach is only one of them. It’s usually a very popular spot, thanks to the many restaurants and bars that surround the beach. However, the beautiful scenery would be reason enough to dream about visiting.

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English Harbor Beach, Antigua

English Harbor Beach is as aesthetic a sight as it can get. It’s backed by verdant hills that are covered in lush nature and flowers, and the water is crystal clear and perfect for a quick swim. These 25 calming pictures will also make you feel much better.

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Gouverneur, St. Barts

Gouverneur is a remote and pristine slice of heaven that can be accessed through a grove of trees. Wild goats also occasionally frequent the surrounding area, and it is rumored that French pirate Montbars buried his treasure here somewhere.

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 Palm Beach, Aruba

From parasailing to snorkeling to visiting the nearby bars and restaurants, there is no shortage of activities to do at Palm Beach. Not that you’d need any of those activities to make visiting Aruba a good time, a short walk during sunset or sunrise would just do the trick. Maybe start planning your next dream vacation here, whenever that might be.

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White sand beach with with blue water and skies, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman IslandBarry Winiker/Getty Images

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach is located on the western shore of Grand Cayman and makes a great spot to take a long afternoon walk. Just looking at the turquoise water and the bright sand makes you wish you could be there right now. If you’re a fan of beaches, make sure you check out the most gorgeous waterfall in every state.

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Honokalani Beach, Hawaii

It’s OK if you did a double-take just after seeing a Honokalani Beach. Electric-blue waters crashing into the black sand, surrounded by green foliage makes a unique scene.

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Matira Beach, Bora Bora

Matira Beach is the largest public access beach in Bora Bora, and it’s extremely popular. The incredibly blue water surrounded by palm trees makes for a sight that’s straight out of a storybook. These pictures of beautiful trees are also just as jaw-dropping.

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Rocky Shores Near Bermuda's Horseshoe BayScott Dunn/Getty Images

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Yes, the sand really is pink at Horseshoe Bay. Looking at the clear, turquoise water surrounded by rock formations in the shape of, you guessed it, a horseshoe really makes you wish you could leave everything behind and go lay on that beach. Could this be your next dream vacation?

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A sand pathway leads to the beach with a sailboat in the background on Hilton Head Island, SC.Rachid Dahnoun/Getty Images

Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolins

Hilton Head Island is the perfect slice of heaven with 12 miles of wide, empty beaches—and Coligny Beach is just one of them. While it looks deserted in this picture, there is also a boardwalk with many food options. Just imagine how lovely watching the sunset at this beach would be. These 50 stunning pictures of falls are also just as amazing.

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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is not a well-known spot, but not for a lack of beauty. El Nido is made up of 50 small white sand beaches, all of which are set around beautiful limestone formations and have the finest and whitest sand you’ll ever see. The water is also a gorgeous mix of blue and green.

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Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

This beautiful private island is only accessible by a boat ride and features many beautiful beaches. If you feel anxious, try imagining how nice it would be to spend time on this gorgeous island.

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Trunk Bay, St. John

Trunk Bay is one of the most photographed beaches in the Caribbean, and for due reason. Calm, clear water, and surrounding greenery truly make for a wonderful sight. There are also many hiking trails around the beach. Here are the 11 least-crowded islands in the Caribbean.

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Kiawah Island is a gorgeous gated community, and only the East and West Beaches located on the island stretch for 10 miles. Both beaches make great spots for swimming or taking long hikes.

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Maundays Bay, Anguilla, English West Indiesdaniloforcellini/Getty Images

Maundays Bay, Anguilla

The crystal-clear water and pristine sand surrounded by palm trees make Maundays Bay the most picture-perfect spot ever. It really would make it on anybody’s bucket list of dream travel destinations. Next, check out the 20 jaw-dropping photos of Iceland.

Alexa Erickson
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