From stunning beaches in Europe to those closer to home in America, here are the best beaches around the world as voted by you on Tripadvisor.

TripAdvisor announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice awards for Beaches.  In the global ranking of best beaches around the world, Baia do Sancho in Brazil, has been crowned the number one beach in the world.

Top 25 – Best Beaches around the World

1. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

For isolation, fine sand and emerald-green waters head to Sancho Bay, the most sought after beach in Fernando de Noronha. Access is very limited and challenging, but the reward is a stunning view of a calm sea where you can easily see the fish and coral reefs. The clear waters make the location ideal for scuba diving and turtle-spotting, colorful fish and stingrays, with visibility reaching up to 50 meters horizontally with a temperature of 26°C. To visit, first get to Fernando de Noronha, 545 km away from Recife, in the state of Pernambuco by plane or by boat. All travellers visiting Fernando de Noronha must pay the Preservation Fee.

Best time to go: Year-round

Baio do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Baio do Sancho. Photo: Rodrigo Mazzola via Wikimedia Commons

2. Varadero Beach, Varadero, Cuba

The beach covers almost the entire length of the northern coastline of the Hicacos Peninsula. The 21-km (13 mi) strip of nearly uninterrupted beach is great for taking long walks or to simply relax under the sun. The calm turquoise waters also makes this popular beach the perfect place for swimming and water sports. Most parts have a sandy and gentle sloping entrance to the water.

Best time to go: Year-round

Varadero Beach, Varadero, Cuba

Varadero Beach. Photo: Ian Mackenzie via Flickr

3. Eagle Beach, Aruba

Boasting the widest beach in Aruba, the pristine, white-sand Eagle Beach offers shaded areas, some beach huts, and a variety of water sports.

Eagle Beach is home to two of the most photographed and renowned fofoti trees in Aruba, with its trademark silhouette pointing in the direction of the Caribbean. These trees have been starring in various Aruba advertising campaigns as unique and highly recognizable features.

During weekends Aruba beach tennis fanatics play their tennis games on Eagle Beach. It’s great fun to watch and participate in this popular local sport.

Best time to go: Year-round


Eagle_Beach_Aruba. Photo: Leoboudv via Wikimedia Commons

4. La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain

The Concha Bay is is the most photographed and the most visited in San Sebastian. It stands in the centre of the city and stretches from the City Hall to the Pico del Loro (Parrot’s Beak). Its 1,500 metres of white sand are elegant and cosmopolitan (it will come as no surprise that the Concha is considered to be one of the best city beaches in Europe).

The Concha promenade features the Concha railing (one of the most universal icons of the city, unmistakable for its design), the lamp posts (replicated in the Film Festival awards, “los relojes” (“the clocks”, main access to the beach), the area around La Perla (with its variety of spa options, bars & restaurants, sports clubs, etc.).

The other major feature of the bay is the Isla Santa Clara. The island has a small beach, walks to its unusual lighthouse, paths with picnic tables and a bar on the seaside terrace. Being so close to the bay means that you can swim out to the island all year round.

Best time to go: June – September

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La Concha. Photo: Tomás Fano via Flickr

5. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Located off the northeast coast of Providenciales, this pristine beach is the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The beach features clean water, white sand and no rocks, seaweed or pollution. The barrier reef found a mile (1.6km) out protects Grace Bay from the ocean swells of the Atlantic. Many sources cite Grace Bay as being seven or twelve miles long, but in reality it’s only a little over three miles long (4.8km).

Best time to go: Year-round

Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay. Photo: RoadTripWarrior via Wikimedia Commons

6. Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

Wide sugar-sand beaches and emerald-clear surf dotted with dolphins make this an active beach scene. Wins for its trademark white sand, clear shallow waters, water sports, winding Beach Walk promenade and passing dolphins.

Best time to go: Year-round

Sunset Clearwater Beach Florida

Sunset at Clearwater Beach

7. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Italy

Also, known as Rabbit beach, it’s located on the small island of Lampedusa off the coast of Sicily. Dreamy clear, shallow water makes it ideal for swimming.

Best time to go:  May – September

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Photo: Lucio Sassi via Wikimedia Commons

8. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

Located on the western side of Grand Cayman, it features sparkling waters and coral sands and is home to many of the Caribbean’s most luxurious properties. The waterfront is open to the public, making it possible to walk the full length of the shore and to stumble upon restaurants at the resorts and several beach bars. Whether you want to work on your tan and watch the waves roll in, or take in some parasailing, Seven Mile Beach offers it all. You can also snorkel /scuba dive in the peaceful seas around Cemetery Reef.

Best time to go: Year-round


Photo: RoadTripWarrior via Wikimedia Commons

9. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Playa Norte (North Beach) is considered on of the best beaches in all of Mexico. The soft white sand, palm trees and blue water makes it the perfect place to relax, detox and unwind.

Best time to go: Year-round

Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres mexico

Photo: Falco Ermert via Flickr

10. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica, Caribbean

The iconic Seven Mile Beach in Negril is about an hour and half scenic drive from the airport in Montego Bay. Silky sand, crystal clear waters – this is one dreamy beach.

Best time to go: Year-round

A view of the beach at Sandals Negril Jamaica

A view of the beach at Sandals, Negril, Jamaica. Photo: Gail Frederick via Wikimedia Commons

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11. Falesia Beach, Olhos de Agua, Portugal

With its backdrop of a long cliff coloured in hues of red, copper and gold, this expanse of sand covers the space between Olhos de Água and Vilamoura, incorporating a number of different beaches. The stretch known as Falésia (Cliff) or Açoteias (after the nearby tourist resort) Beach is in the central area. Here, with a good standard of access via a tarmac road, the sea is calm and a favourite for watersports apart from sunbathing.

Best time to go:  April – October

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Falesia beach. Photo: Salgueiro via Wikimedia Commons

12. Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, Arraial do Cobo, Brazil

In Arraial do Cabo, there are two that are worth a visit: Pontal and Atalaia. It actually is one beach divided into two, separated by rocks. The highlight is the calm green sea, perfect for bathing and diving. The best way to get to Arraial do Cabo is from Rio de Janeiro.

Best time to go:  September – March

13. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands

Located just south of Ibiza, Playa de Ses Illetes offers spectacular views, clear and shallow water, luxury yachts moored on the horizon and a relaxed vibe.

Best time to go: Year-round

Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

Playa de ses Illetes, Spain (photo: Beach-Inspector GmbH)

14. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii

This stunning beach lies on the West Shore, Maui, about 50 minutes from Kahului Airport.
Features three miles of white sand and clear water, this was Hawaii’s first planned resort. A famous attraction here is the daily cliff diving ceremony off the northernmost cliffs called Puu Kekaa or Black Rock everyday at sunset. A a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff and dives off Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili.

Best time to go: Year-round

15. Balos Lagoon, Kissamos, Greece

Balos is located approximately 56 km NW of Chania and 17 km NW of Kissamos, below the Platiskinos range. Balos is the mostly photographed beach in Crete, and a Greece tourist guide favourite. FYI, Prince Charles and Princess Diana visited Balos on their private yacht.

Best time to go: May – October

16. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

Rated among the most beautiful beaches in Asia, Radhanagar Beach is located on the serene Andaman Island. The turquoise blue sea, white sand and lush greenery make this beach a perfect spot to unwind. To get there, take a seaplane or catamaran from Port Blair. There are also two government boats that connect Havelock and Port Blair.

Best time to go: November – April

17. Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Playa Manuel Antonio is one of three gorgeous beaches on this coast. Playa Espadilla, the main public beach, is good for surfing at its northern end and smaller waves ideal for swimming and body surfing to the southern end. Playa Biesanz, perfect for snorkeling at certain times of the year, is the northernmost beach, while Manuel Antonio Beach lies within the national park.

Best time to go: November – May

18. Manly Beach, Sydney Australia

Nestled between a Sydney Harbour beach and the Pacific Ocean surf beach, the laid back Manly Beach is only a ferry ride away. You can snorkel the sheltered waters of Shelly Beach, take a scenic bush and harbour foreshore walk and get in some people watching at one of the many beach side restaurants and bars. Take a ferry to Manly from Circular Quay near the Sydney Opera House. The 30 minute ferry ride offers one of the best views of the thriving harbour and the many beautiful harbour beaches along the way.

Best time to go: Year-round

19. Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida, Indonesia

Kelingking Beach is a hidden gem in Bunga Mekar village, on the Nusa Penida island coast. Soak in the spectacular views over the hills from atop a hill of the same name. You’ll see a limestone headland against the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean. This unique formation will remind you of a Tyrannosaurus Rex head, hence its nickname ‘T-Rex Bay’. The secluded beach itself is down a rugged 400m cliffside hike. Only for the fit and adventurous.

Best time to go: Year-round

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Kelingking Beach. Photo: Shrigusti via Wikimedia Commons

20. Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

This seven-mile stretch of unspoilt coastline is ideal for brisk winter walks or springtime sports. Known as the ‘coast with the most’, enjoy outdoor pursuits or mess about on the water. Walk, run or cycle on sandy beaches, through Victorian gardens or the majestic clifftops. Surf, paddle-board or jet ski alongside panoramic sea views and picture-perfect sunsets.

Best time to go: July – September

21. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Crete

White and pink sand in a spectacular lagoon with crystal clear turquoise water – Elafonissi Beach is Crete’s flagship beach for a good reason!

Best time to go:  May – October

Elafonissi Beach, Kreta, Greece

Elafonissi Beach, Greece (photo: Beach-Inspector GmbH)

22. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus

Fig Tree Bay is a 500-m, blue flag, sandy beach in Protaras. The name derives from the fig trees you’ll see near the coast. Another attraction is a little islet you can reach by swimming from the shore.

Best time to go: May – October

23. Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers has always been famous for its world-class nightlife and pumping atmosphere. Annually, Surfers Paradise hosts the prestigious Surf Life Saving competitions, the Supercars Vodafone Gold Coast 600 race and free artistic and cultural community events including the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets. The new foreshore is bustling with walkers, cyclists and skateboarders. It’s the good-times hub of the Gold Coast!

Best time to go: October – May

24. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the rare Coco de Mer trees flourish. Hike the Glacis Noire for striking views of the surrounding islands or from Anse Kerlan through the valley rivers to renowned Anse Lazio. The long winding yet scenic drive from Côte d’Or to visit Praslin’s most famous beach is really worth it. Anse Lazio is framed by idyllic granite rock formations and has soft porcelain white sands. Its calm, warm turquoise waters and gentle gradient make it ideal for swimming and snorkelling. There are small shops and a handful of restaurants at each end of the beach as well a curious bar called the Honesty Bar, where customers can help themselves and just pay at the end.

Best time to go: Year-round

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Anse Lazio

25. Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, Cape Verde

Santa Monica Beach in Boavista is over 22km long. Often the waves are powerful, and many points on the coast offer perfect spots for experienced surfers. In summer, the waves calm down and offer a surreal panorama and sense of vastness. In spring, it is sometimes possible to see whales, humpback hops or puffs in the distance.

Best time to go: October – June

We hope you love these gorgeous best beaches around the world as rated by you on Tripadvisor.

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