The 50 Best Beaches In The World Will Make You Need A Vacation ASAP

According to the industry's best journalists and bloggers.
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While we take holiday inspiration from anywhere and are interested in city breaks as much as summer trips, there is something so satisfying about sitting on a gorgeous beach and watching the world go by. If you're after some wanderlust, Flight Network have collated a definitive list of the 50 best beaches in the world, using expertise and opinions from travel journalists, bloggers, and agencies.

From Kenya to the Maldives, Hawaii to Iceland, this is their pick of the best beaches in the world to visit now.

  1. Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos

    Often regarded as the highlight of Turks & Caicos, Grace Bay Beach is consistently beautiful, with clean water, white sand and no rocks or seaweed. Thanks to the barrier reef found 1.6 kilometers out, the beach is protected from the ocean swells of the Atlantic.

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  2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

    White Haven beach is a seven-kilometer stretch along Whitsunday Island, Australia, which is only accessible by boat, seaplane, or helicopter. It's pristine, and comes in at number two on the list of best beaches in the world.

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  3. Anse Lazio, Seychelles

    Anse Lazio is half a mile of fine white sands and gorgeous turquoise water, which Seychelles tourism board says is so clear you can watch the fish swim around you.

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  4. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

    Harbour Island is famous for its pink sands beach, and it's easy to see why. BudgetTravel say light pink sand "gets its hue from thousands of broken coral pieces, shells, and calcium carbonate materials left behind by foraminifera (tiny marine creatures with red and pink shells) that live in the coral reefs that surround the beach."

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  5. Navagio Beach, Greece

    "Shipwreck Beach" is an exposed cove on the coast of Zakynthos, Greece, which features a boat beached on the sand, and the most beautiful turquoise water. 

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  6. Baia dos Porcos, Brazil

    Baia dos Porcos in Brazil's water is a crystal clear green shade, perfect for diving. You have to hike to get there, but it's worth it for the turtles and wildlife that inhabit the area.  


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  7. Playa Paraiso, Mexico

    Playa Paraiso—or "Paradise Beach"—in Tulum has picture perfect palm trees and white sand to boot, landing its seventh spot on the best beaches list.

  8. Hyams Beach, Australia

    The Guiness Book Of World Records named Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay the whitest sand in the world in 2017 (via travel.nine), which is certainly something considering the beaches on this list. 

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  9. Hidden Beach, Mexico

    Playa del Amor, commonly known as the Hidden Beach, is a feature of one of the Marieta Islands, located 22 nautical miles west of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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  10. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands

    Trunk Bay is part of the Virgin Islands National Park, and got its name thanks to the Leatherback turtle which inhabits the coast line, locally nicknamed Trunks. 

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  11. Maya Bay, Thailand

    Surrounded by cliffs on Ko Phi Phi Leh island, Maya Bay was made famous in The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio, and was closed indefinitely in June 2018 due to extensive environmental damage.

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  12. Pig Beach, Bahamas

    Pig beach is an uninhabited island located in Exuma, the Bahamas, where you can swim in crystal clear waters alongside the animals.

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  13. The Blue Lagoon, Fiji

    The sandy beach on Nacula Island looks like total paradise. 

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  14. El Nido, Philippines

    El Nido is the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, a group of islands with steep karst cliffs, famed for the clear waters of its Small and Big lagoons. 

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  15. Muri Beach, Cook Islands

    The Cook Islands (aka where Shipwrecked is filmed) is home to the hundreds of metres of the gorgeous Muri Beach, four small coral islets and coral reef. 

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  16. Salt Whistle Bay, St Vincent and Grenadines

    A tropical island in the Caribbean, perfect for sailing or snorkeling.  


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  17. Half Moon Bay, Antigua

    Known as one of the best places in Antigua to snorkel, Half Moon Bay offers 132 spectacular oceanfront acres and 3,200 feet of white coral sand. 

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  18. Lucky Bay, Australia

    Located in the Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia, Lucky Bay has pristine white sand and sea that has to be seen to be believed. 

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  19. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico

    Flamenco Beach stretches for a mile around a sheltered, horseshoe-shaped bay, and is renowned for its diving sites and swimming areas. 

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  20. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

    The ~*black sand beach*~ makes a stark contrast to many of the white coasts that make up this list, which might be why Reynisfjara Beach is the most famous black sand beach on the South Coast of Iceland. 

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  21. Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius

    Ile Aux Cerfs is famous for its sandy beaches and beautiful lagoon, and is the most popular tourist destination for day trips in Mauritius.

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  22. Fulhadhoo Beach, Maldives

    The tropical coastline at Fulhadhoo in the Maldives is picture perfect.

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  23. Vaeroy, Norway

    Vaeroy's remote location, paired with the towering cliffs and still coastline, means the beach is renowned for being very beautiful.

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  24. Cayo Coco, Cuba

    Cayo Coco is a tropical island in the Jardines del Rey chain, off central Cuba, known for its gorgeous white sand and palm trees.

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  25. Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica

    Unsurprisingly, the crystal clear water and white sandy beaches (and the fact it goes on for miles!) is why this beach is so popular.

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  26. Anse Source D'Argent, Seychelles

    This long sandy beach is backed by picturesque rock formations and palm trees, and has excellent reefs for snorkeling.

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  27. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

    Horseshoe Bay Beach got its name due to the shape of the bay, and flaunts Bermuda's trademark crystal blue waters and pink sands.

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  28. Honokalani Beach, USA

    The black sand beach is located in Waianapanapa State Park, which comprises of 122 acres, encompassing the beach, lava caves, wind-twisted foliage, Hawaii’s largest known heiau (temple), stone arches, and blow holes.

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  29. Turquoise Bay, Australia

    Found in the Western Australia's Cape Range National Park, TripAdvisor previously named Turquoise Bay their beach of the year. 

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  30. Elafonissi Beach, Greece

    Can you see the pink sand where the water meets the land? Elafonissi Beach in Greece is known for its scenic lagoon and shallow, turquoise waters, as well as the iridescent pink patches. 

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  31. Champagne Beach, Vanuatu

    The beach is famous for its crystal clear waters and powdery white sands, and is so highly regarded in the South Pacific region that visitors from Australia arrive from cruise boats daily.

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  32. Tunnels Beach, USA

    Just off Tunnels Beach, situated in Kauai in Hawaii, are shallow coral reefs for snorkeling, and the crescent shaped bay is fringed by palms and Ironwood trees.  


  33. Kaputas Beach, Turkey

    Kaputas Beach is a small beach with gorgeous blue water and white sand, situated between Kas and Kalkan in southwestern Turkey. 

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  34. Dhigurah Island, Maldives

    Dhigurah Island is renowned as one of the best places in the world to see Whale sharks, and at 2.5 kilometres, it is one of the longest islands in the Maldives.

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  35. Ile Aux Nattes, Madagascar

    Île aux Nattes beach is situated on a small island south of Île Sainte-Marie, an island off the east coast of Madagascar.

  36. Cala Goloritze, Italy

    Cala Goloritze is located in the town of Baunei, in the southern part of the Gulf of Orosei, Sardinia. 

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  37. Los Roques, Venezuela

    Los Roques National Park's coral reef is popular with snorkelers and scuba divers, and renowned for its isolated, white-sand beaches, windsurfing, fishing, and sailing.

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  38. Long Beach, Canada

    Long Beach is the longest, largest beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve along the west coast of Vancouver Island in Canada.

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  39. Grand Anse, Grenada

    The Caribbean island of Grenada is home to many beautiful beaches, with Grand Anse being one of the best.

  40. Boulders beach, South Africa

    Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, renowned as ~the~ place to see African Penguins. 

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  41. Lanikai Beach, USA

    Lanikai Beach is located on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii, and considering the name Lanikai means "heavenly sea", it's hardly surprising that it's one of the beach beaches in the world.

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  42. Cala Mitjana, Spain

    Situated on Menorca's southern coast, the small pine tree-surrounded beach can be reached by foot in 20 minutes.

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  43. Shoal Bay, Anguilla

    As well as being a great spot for snorkeling and water sports, dolphins are often spotted off the coast of Shoal Bay in Anguilla.

  44. One Foot Island, Cook Islands

    Aitutaki Lagoon on the Cook Islands is renowned as one of the most magnificent in the world with unforgettable snorkeling—and also where Shipwrecked is filmed.

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  45. Ao Nang, Thailand

    Ao Nang is a resort town in southern Thailand's Krabi Province, known for its beautiful scuba diving and coastal beachfront.

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  46. Radhanagar Beach, India

    Radhanagar Beach is situated on Havelock Island, one of the remote Andaman Islands, which is only accessibly via seaplane or boat.

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  47. Eagle Beach, Aruba

    Eagle Beach is situated on the coast of Oranjestad in Aruba, and is famous for its many low-rise resorts and wide public beach. Plus, that beautiful sea helps too.

  48. Agiba Beach, Egypt

    Agiba beach in Egypt is a small cove accessible only via a path leading down from the clifftop, where the water is dazzling and clear.

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  49. Diani Beach, Kenya

    Diani Beach is a major beach resort on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, which has been voted Africa's leading beach destination for the third time running since 2015.

  50. Cannon Beach, USA

    The small coastal city in northwest Oregon is known for its long sandy shore, and specifically, Haystack Rock.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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