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The top 20 beaches in the world, according to Tripadvisor
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The top 20 beaches in the world, according to Tripadvisor

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The Caribbean Grace Bay, on the island of Providenciales tops the list, while Playa del Muro in Spain’s Mallorca comes in at number 17

  • Grace Bay Beach (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos). This beach on the island of Providenciales (one of several which make up the archipelago of Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean), heads this year’s Tripadvisor list of the best beaches in the world. “An absolutely idyllic setting. Golden sand edging crystal clear blue water with gently lapping waves - it's what postcards were made for,” is how one Tripadvisor traveler describes this enclave, which also has a conch farm. More information: visittci.comprovidencialesgrace-bay-beach
    1Grace Bay Beach (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos). This beach on the island of Providenciales (one of several which make up the archipelago of Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean), heads this year’s Tripadvisor list of the best beaches in the world. “An absolutely idyllic setting. Golden sand edging crystal clear blue water with gently lapping waves - it's what postcards were made for,” is how one Tripadvisor traveler describes this enclave, which also has a conch farm. More information: visittci.com/providenciales/grace-bay-beach
  • Varadero (Cuba). The province of Matanzas, in the northeast of this Caribbean island, has the best beaches in Cuba, and Varadero is one of its longest beaches and also the second best in the world, according to Tripadvisors’ Travelers’ Choice list. More information: cuba.traveldestinosmatanzas
    2Varadero (Cuba). The province of Matanzas, in the northeast of this Caribbean island, has the best beaches in Cuba, and Varadero is one of its longest beaches and also the second best in the world, according to Tripadvisors’ Travelers’ Choice list. More information: cuba.travel/destinos/matanzas
  • Turquoise Bay (Exmouth, Australia). Situated in the northeasternmost point of Australia, the Ningaloo Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Exmouth is the perfect base to explore the grand landscapes of Cape Range National Park and the underwater marvels of the marine reserve of Ningaloo, where visitors from around the world come to swim with the impressive giants of the sea: whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales. More information: australiascoralcoast.comdestinationexmouth
    3Turquoise Bay (Exmouth, Australia). Situated in the northeasternmost point of Australia, the Ningaloo Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Exmouth is the perfect base to explore the grand landscapes of Cape Range National Park and the underwater marvels of the marine reserve of Ningaloo, where visitors from around the world come to swim with the impressive giants of the sea: whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales. More information: australiascoralcoast.com/destination/exmouth
  • Quarta Praia (Morro de São Paulo, Brazil). Morro de São Paulo is a car-less village located at the northeasternmost tip of the Brazilian island of Tinharé, on the Atlantic coast. It is home to palm-covered beaches like First Beach, which is perfect for surfing, while the Second Beach is dotted with restaurants. Quarta Praia (Fourth Beach) has been ranked fourth on Tripadvisor’s list. “Warm water with amazing views. When the sea calms down it forms amazing natural pools. When in Morro de São Paolo this beach is a must see,” says one traveler. More information: morrodesaopaulobahiabrasil.comesacerca-de-morro
    4Quarta Praia (Morro de São Paulo, Brazil). Morro de São Paulo is a car-less village located at the northeasternmost tip of the Brazilian island of Tinharé, on the Atlantic coast. It is home to palm-covered beaches like First Beach, which is perfect for surfing, while the Second Beach is dotted with restaurants. Quarta Praia (Fourth Beach) has been ranked fourth on Tripadvisor’s list. “Warm water with amazing views. When the sea calms down it forms amazing natural pools. When in Morro de São Paolo this beach is a must see,” says one traveler. More information: morrodesaopaulobahiabrasil.com/es/acerca-de-morro
  • Eagle Beach (Aruba). Another Caribbean beach rounds out the first five spots on this list. Eagle Beach is the widest on the island of Aruba. Known for its soft white sand and its classic Fofoti trees, it has parking, some stands and various businesses promoting water sports. “Tranquil and pristine, the water is beautifully clear with no rocks or seaweed. The beach stretches as far as you can see,” wrote one user on Tripadvisor. More information: aruba.comes
    5Eagle Beach (Aruba). Another Caribbean beach rounds out the first five spots on this list. Eagle Beach is the widest on the island of Aruba. Known for its soft white sand and its classic Fofoti trees, it has parking, some stands and various businesses promoting water sports. “Tranquil and pristine, the water is beautifully clear with no rocks or seaweed. The beach stretches as far as you can see,” wrote one user on Tripadvisor. More information: aruba.com/es
  • Radhanagar (Andamán and Nicobar Islands, India). Some 600 miles from the east coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, the ocean floors of this remote archipelago are home to 750 species of fish. The exotic beach of Radhanagar is located on the island of Havelock. Its tropical plants leaning out toward the ocean give an exotic air to the clarity of its waters. The best time to visit is between the months of October and February. More information: andamantourism.gov.in
    6Radhanagar (Andamán and Nicobar Islands, India). Some 600 miles from the east coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, the ocean floors of this remote archipelago are home to 750 species of fish. The exotic beach of Radhanagar is located on the island of Havelock. Its tropical plants leaning out toward the ocean give an exotic air to the clarity of its waters. The best time to visit is between the months of October and February. More information: andamantourism.gov.in/
  • Baía do Sancho (Fernando de Noronha, Brazil). Isolated, with fine sand and emerald waters, the Brazilian beach of Baía do Sancho comes in at seventh place on the Tripadvisor list. This beach is located in Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago in the state of Pernambuco, which is the northeast coast of the country. More information: noronha.pe.gov.br
    7Baía do Sancho (Fernando de Noronha, Brazil). Isolated, with fine sand and emerald waters, the Brazilian beach of Baía do Sancho comes in at seventh place on the Tripadvisor list. This beach is located in Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago in the state of Pernambuco, which is the northeast coast of the country. More information: noronha.pe.gov.br
  • Trunk Bay (US Virgin Islands). Trunk Bay is the prettiest beach on the island of Saint John, in the national park of the US Virgin Islands, which belong geographically to the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. A slice of the Caribbean that’s ideal for snorkeling or watching beautiful sunsets. More information: stjohn-beachguide.comwhere-to-stay-st-john-usvi
    8Trunk Bay (US Virgin Islands). Trunk Bay is the prettiest beach on the island of Saint John, in the national park of the US Virgin Islands, which belong geographically to the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. A slice of the Caribbean that’s ideal for snorkeling or watching beautiful sunsets. More information: stjohn-beachguide.com/where-to-stay-st-john-usvi/
  • Baia dos Golfinhos (Pipa, Brazil). Tall red cliffs and sand dunes, covered with colorful flora, are reflected in the wet sand of Baia dos Golfinhos, in Pipa, in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande Do Norte, in the country’s northeast. More information: vivepipa.com
    9Baia dos Golfinhos (Pipa, Brazil). Tall red cliffs and sand dunes, covered with colorful flora, are reflected in the wet sand of Baia dos Golfinhos, in Pipa, in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande Do Norte, in the country’s northeast. More information: vivepipa.com/
  • Spiaggia dei Conigli (Lampedusa, Italy). The island of Lampedusa, which is part of the Sicilian province of Agrigento, is the southernmost populated place in Italy. In recent years, it’s often appeared in the news due to the massive arrival of immigrants to its shores. But it’s also famous for its magnificent beaches, such as the Spiaggia dei Conigli (beach of the rabbits) where the loggerhead turtles lay their eggs. More information: lasicilia.eslas_islas_pelagias
    10Spiaggia dei Conigli (Lampedusa, Italy). The island of Lampedusa, which is part of the Sicilian province of Agrigento, is the southernmost populated place in Italy. In recent years, it’s often appeared in the news due to the massive arrival of immigrants to its shores. But it’s also famous for its magnificent beaches, such as the Spiaggia dei Conigli (beach of the rabbits) where the loggerhead turtles lay their eggs. More information: lasicilia.es/las_islas_pelagias
  • Cable Beach (Broome, Australia). Awash in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, this is a beach of pristine white sand some 13 miles long, meaning that even in the busiest months (from May to October) it’s possible to find a quiet spot. It’s bordered by dunes and red ochre cliffs, and you can also find resorts and places to park trailers in the area. The beach has also become famous for offering camel rides along the shore. More information: australiasnorthwest.comexplorebroome-dampier-peninsulabroome
    11Cable Beach (Broome, Australia). Awash in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, this is a beach of pristine white sand some 13 miles long, meaning that even in the busiest months (from May to October) it’s possible to find a quiet spot. It’s bordered by dunes and red ochre cliffs, and you can also find resorts and places to park trailers in the area. The beach has also become famous for offering camel rides along the shore. More information: australiasnorthwest.com/explore/broome-dampier-peninsula/broome/
  • Falésia (Olhos de Agua, Portugal. Falésia is located in the heart of the Portuguese Algarve, west of the fishing town of Olhos de Agua which is also now a popular tourist destination. Some three miles in length, it has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and on the other, a line of spectacular cliffs tinted in red, copper and gold. More information: visitalgarve.pt
    12Falésia (Olhos de Agua, Portugal. Falésia is located in the heart of the Portuguese Algarve, west of the fishing town of Olhos de Agua which is also now a popular tourist destination. Some three miles in length, it has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and on the other, a line of spectacular cliffs tinted in red, copper and gold. More information: visitalgarve.pt
  • Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (Puako, Hawaii). “There is a small set of rocks that provided some of the best snorkeling we saw on the island!” That’s according to one Tripadvisor user’s review of the beach, which is one of the few white sand beaches on the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. Nonresidents of the islands must pay a $5-entry fee to enjoy this paradise. Hapuna Beach is well known among lovers of water sports, especially surfers, who flock there in the winter. More information: dlnr.hawaii.gov
    13Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (Puako, Hawaii). “There is a small set of rocks that provided some of the best snorkeling we saw on the island!” That’s according to one Tripadvisor user’s review of the beach, which is one of the few white sand beaches on the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. Nonresidents of the islands must pay a $5-entry fee to enjoy this paradise. Hapuna Beach is well known among lovers of water sports, especially surfers, who flock there in the winter. More information: dlnr.hawaii.gov
  • Siesta Beach (Florida, US). This beach can be found on the island of Siesta Key. As its name suggests, it’s a good place to relax. Its sand is composed principally of quartz, and in recent years, it has twice been named as the best beach in the country. More information: visitsarasota.comsiesta-key
    14Siesta Beach (Florida, US). This beach can be found on the island of Siesta Key. As its name suggests, it’s a good place to relax. Its sand is composed principally of quartz, and in recent years, it has twice been named as the best beach in the country. More information: visitsarasota.com/siesta-key
  • Maho Bay Beach (Cruz Bay, St. John). St. John is the smallest of the three US Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean Sea, where Maho Bay Beach is located. Like most of the beaches on this list, it boasts fine white sand, but it also has something extra special: it is framed by coconut trees, giving the beach its very Caribbean feel. Its shallow waters make it perfect for children, although its popularity does make it a crowded destination in the high season. Turtles, rays and pelicans also frequent it. More information: stjohn-beachguide.commaho-bay
    15Maho Bay Beach (Cruz Bay, St. John). St. John is the smallest of the three US Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean Sea, where Maho Bay Beach is located. Like most of the beaches on this list, it boasts fine white sand, but it also has something extra special: it is framed by coconut trees, giving the beach its very Caribbean feel. Its shallow waters make it perfect for children, although its popularity does make it a crowded destination in the high season. Turtles, rays and pelicans also frequent it. More information: stjohn-beachguide.com/maho-bay
  • Poipu Beach Park (Poipu, Hawaii). This is the second Hawaiian beach on the Tripadvisor list. It can be found in southern Kauai, and it's close to some of the best places for shopping, eating and golfing on the island. From December to May, humpback whales can also be seen here. And Hawaiian monk seals, which are in danger of extinction, sometimes sunbathe on its shore (swimmers shouldn’t get close). While snorkeling, one might come in contact with the signature fish of Hawaii with its unpronounceable name: “humuhumunukunukuapua'a.” More information: poipubeach.org
    16Poipu Beach Park (Poipu, Hawaii). This is the second Hawaiian beach on the Tripadvisor list. It can be found in southern Kauai, and it's close to some of the best places for shopping, eating and golfing on the island. From December to May, humpback whales can also be seen here. And Hawaiian monk seals, which are in danger of extinction, sometimes sunbathe on its shore (swimmers shouldn’t get close). While snorkeling, one might come in contact with the signature fish of Hawaii with its unpronounceable name: “humuhumunukunukuapua'a.” More information: poipubeach.org
  • Playa de Muro (Mallorca, Spain). The only Spanish beach to make it onto the Tripadvisor list is in Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. Located in the bay of Alcúdia, the beach’s fine white sand, moderate waves and shallow waters (one must walk relatively far to reach water that’s too deep to stand in) make it very attractive for families. Behind the beach, there is an expansive dune system and large network of paths interspersed with forest. More information: infomallorca.net
    17Playa de Muro (Mallorca, Spain). The only Spanish beach to make it onto the Tripadvisor list is in Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. Located in the bay of Alcúdia, the beach’s fine white sand, moderate waves and shallow waters (one must walk relatively far to reach water that’s too deep to stand in) make it very attractive for families. Behind the beach, there is an expansive dune system and large network of paths interspersed with forest. More information: infomallorca.net
  • Playa Manuel Antonio (Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica). “A beautiful beach with pieces of brilliant black sand and tranquil waters, ideal for relaxing with a nice float,” says one traveler on Tripadvisor in their review of this Costa Rican beach. It is located in Manuel Antonio National Park, the smallest in the country and has been a protected zone since 1972. Visiting hours are from 7am to 4pm, every day of the year, except Tuesdays, when it’s closed; and entry costs $18. Inside the park, there is a fabulous landscape that combines tropical jungle – home to sloths, iguanas, squirrel monkeys and millions of colorful crabs – as well as beaches and coral reefs. More information: manuelantoniopark.com
    18Playa Manuel Antonio (Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica). “A beautiful beach with pieces of brilliant black sand and tranquil waters, ideal for relaxing with a nice float,” says one traveler on Tripadvisor in their review of this Costa Rican beach. It is located in Manuel Antonio National Park, the smallest in the country and has been a protected zone since 1972. Visiting hours are from 7am to 4pm, every day of the year, except Tuesdays, when it’s closed; and entry costs $18. Inside the park, there is a fabulous landscape that combines tropical jungle – home to sloths, iguanas, squirrel monkeys and millions of colorful crabs – as well as beaches and coral reefs. More information: manuelantoniopark.com
  • Playa Norte (Isla Mujeres, Mexico). This is the only Mexican beach on Tripadvisors’ 2022 list. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, its transparent waters, coconut trees and white sand are its main attractions. To arrive at this slice of paradise (it is only four miles long), one must take a 20-minute ferry ride from Cancún. In Punta Norte, there’s also the natural park of El Garrafón, which has a zipline that flies almost 100 feet above the Caribbean. It’s also a great snorkeling spot. More information: visitmexico.com
    19Playa Norte (Isla Mujeres, Mexico). This is the only Mexican beach on Tripadvisors’ 2022 list. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, its transparent waters, coconut trees and white sand are its main attractions. To arrive at this slice of paradise (it is only four miles long), one must take a 20-minute ferry ride from Cancún. In Punta Norte, there’s also the natural park of El Garrafón, which has a zipline that flies almost 100 feet above the Caribbean. It’s also a great snorkeling spot. More information: visitmexico.com
  • Nungwi Beach (Nungwi, Tanzania). Nungwi is a large town located at the northernmost end of the island of Zanzíbar. It’s famous among tourists for its beaches of crystalline waters and white sand and five-star resorts. Early in the morning, local fishermen approach the edge of the coral reef to trap squid, octopus and other fish that are later sold in the local market. More information: zanzibar.com
    20Nungwi Beach (Nungwi, Tanzania). Nungwi is a large town located at the northernmost end of the island of Zanzíbar. It’s famous among tourists for its beaches of crystalline waters and white sand and five-star resorts. Early in the morning, local fishermen approach the edge of the coral reef to trap squid, octopus and other fish that are later sold in the local market. More information: zanzibar.com