The 25 best beaches in the world

Ever wondered what are considered to be the best beaches on the planet?  According to online reviewers on Tripadvisor, the best beach in the world – where even the sharks are supposedly friendly – is in Brazil. Baia do Sancho lies on the fantasy archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, just a short flight from Sao Paolo.  In fact, Brazil can lay claim to three of the best beaches in the top 25, as can Australia.  Collectively, Europe performs surprisingly well with six more beaches from the 25, whilst the likes of the Maldives and Mauritius are notable in their absence, and only two beaches in the whole of Asia make an appearance. Anyway, for what it’s worth, these are the top 25 beaches in the world according to Tripadvisor reviewers:

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

1. Baia do Sancho
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Best time to go: Year-round

2. Grace Bay
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Best time to go: Year-round

3. Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco)
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Best time to go: Year-round

4. Rabbit Beach
Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily
Best time to go: May-September

5. Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands
Best time to go: Year-round

6. Playa de ses Illetes
Formentera, Balearic Islands
Best time to go: Year-round

7. Anse Lazio
Praslin Island, Seychelles
Best time to go: Year-round

8. Lanikai Beach
Kailua, Hawaii
Best time to go: Year-round

9. Rhossili Bay
Swansea, United Kingdom
Best time to go: July – September

10. Playa Norte
Isla Mujeres
Best time to go: Year-round

11. Playa Paraiso Beach
Cayo Largo, Cuba
Best time to go: Year-round

12. Praia dos Carneiros
Tamandare, Brazil
Best time to go: Year-round

13. Lopes Mendes Beach
Ilha Grande, Brazil
Best time to go: December – March

14. The Baths
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Best time to go: Year-round

15. Playa de las Catedrales
Ribadeo, Spain
Best time to go: July – August

16. Ka’anapali Beach
Lahaina, Hawaii
Best time to go: Year-round

17. Elafonissi Beach
Elafonissi, Greece
Best time to go: May – October

18. Cala Mariolu
Baunei, Italy
Best time to go: May – September

19. White Beach
Boracay, Visayas
Best time to go: December – May

20. Turquoise Bay Exmouth
Exmouth, Australia
Best time to go: May – October

21. Anse Source d’Argent
La Digue Island, Seychelles
Best time to go: Year-round

22. Cable Beach
Broome, Australia
Best time to go: Year-round

23. Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Best time to go: Year-round

24. Camp’s Bay Beach
Camps Bay, South Africa
Best time to go: November – April

25. Radhanagar Beach
Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Best time to go: November – April

Have you been to any of these beaches?  Have you been to some that you would think would be worthy additions to the list? Please tell us in the comments!

Comments (25)

  1. Meghan says:

    I saw the beach that was ranked #1 (the one on Fernando de Noronha) on one of my favourite TV shows in Canada, Departures. The water, waves, and the physical surroundings make for a beach that just takes your cares away. I gotta get there soon!

  2. Barbara F says:

    A tour to visit all the 25 beaches of the list would be a great travel idea.. I have seen only #10 and #18 and they are gorgeous!

  3. Val says:

    Thanks for the superb list! Now I know where I’ll be headed. It will definitely be one of those on the list. i’ve been to 8, 10 and 16. Now I have 22 more to go. :)

  4. katherine says:

    Awesome to see one of my hometown’s best beaches are featured – Camps Bay! And agree on Anse Lazio and Anse Source D’Argent in Seychelles being featured although Seychelles can just be listed as a whole as every beach I have visited on my seven trips there have been exquisite! :) Seychelles, and Praslin island in particular, is affected though by seaweed washing up on the beaches during certain seasons so I don’t agree wholeheartedly with the ‘year-round’ pointer for Anse Lazio.
    Thanks for a super blog! Thoroughly enjoy the posts.

  5. Manoj jain says:

    I have been to Radhanagar beach listed at 25. It is out of the world.Thete is so much to explore in and around theisland. Still a virgin place with very few visitors. Great place.

  6. Great list! Turks and Caicos is truly amazing, glad to see it ranked so highly! I’ve never even heard of Rabbit Beach, have just added that to my list:)

  7. MatL says:

    Fantastic list – thank you! There are definitely a few on here to add to my bucket list. My favourite (so far) is definitely #5 Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays – stunning.

  8. Adam E says:

    I love Rhossili Bay near Swansea. Hopefully there wont be too many more visitors though now it’s in the top 10!
    Off to research Turquoise Bay now..

  9. I think I would have to add Bamburgh beach to this list – amazing white sands, gorgeous dunes, the fantastic backdrop of the iconic Bamburgh Castle and the mystical Holy Island. Lush.

  10. Lizzie Tough says:

    I couldn’t resist looking at your list and dreaming. One beach which was out of this world – it felt like paradise to me – was a private beach south of Mombasa in Kenya. The waters were clear, the snorkling was wonderful, the beach was unspoilt and the place was idyllic! I am taking my teenage sons to Kenya in the summer and hope they really love it too.

  11. Karin says:

    Surprised the KZN North Coast of Ballito isn’t amongst them! One of the best beaches to swim in South Africa!

  12. Audra says:

    A beach that definitely needs to be on this list is Galloways Beach on Long Island, Bahamas, also home to the world-class beach Cape Santa Maria (rated #2 by Islands Magazine). Galloways is a secluded beach that is surrounded by whispering pines & has sand as soft as flour. The waters are an incredible aqua marine-glowing turquoise & are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, & hiding away. Honestly, I shouldn’t be giving out this information.

  13. Paul says:

    Diani beach in Mombasa Kenya is another one to check out too. With it’s awesome weather and incredible sandy shores, world class resorts and the well preserved swahili culture will make it more than just a holiday destination.

  14. Haimanti says:

    The Radhanagar beach is a treat for the mind and the soul. Though it is one of the most crowded beaches in the Andaman Islands, nothing can take away the beauty it has in store for its visitors.
    The vast expanse of white and golden sand, the clean water, the amazing sunset all combine to make the beach a heaven on Earth.
    Everyone who visits the Island should make it a point to visit the Radhanagar beach,at least once.

  15. Sylvia Mawby says:

    I certainly agree with comments above that this list constitutes the trip of a lifetime! Meanwhile I consider myself fortunate indeed to be able to visit number 9 (Rhossili) on a regular basis. Off again soon to recharge the batteries. Any beach helps but this one is certainly special!

  16. Amy says:

    I’ve been to #3, Playa Flamenco. Beautiful indeed, but even more beautiful to me because of their lack of crowds are Playa Zoni, also on Culebra, and Playa Tortuga on nearby Culebrita. You have to hire a charter boat to get to Culebrita, followed by an easy hike across the island to access Playa Tortuga, so that explains the lack of crowds! Worth the extra effort though.

    I would love to go to the Seychelles! The beaches look gorgeous.

  17. Azhar says:

    Great to see Havelock Island being listed in this article. Yes for sure its one of a kind in India. Infact the best one you will find in India. The white sand beach with a backdrop of a jungle is just amazing.
    Sometimes you may find an elephant here. Well, the best part is that the Elephant can swim :)

  18. Anne says:

    Great list. I also personally love Long Beach on Koh Rong, an island off of Cambodia.

  19. Anu says:

    This is something i was looking for since many years. Thank you so much for sharing.I would love to go to the Seychelles! The beaches look awesome.

  20. P Thakur says:

    Thank you for including Radhanagar Beach in your list. I have heard about this beach that it is so tempting and amazing. We are planning ti visit Andaman Nicobar this winter :)

  21. Vivek says:

    Wow Radhanagar Beach have Made to the list. Amazing ! It’s surely one of the best beaches in Asia. The beauty of the beach is still intact what it used to be 5 years ago. It’s huge, white sands, peaceful beach perfect for honeymooners and tourists alike.

    Whitehaven Beach is my another favorite beach. It’s superb and one of the best beaches in have seen in my life.

  22. Tom says:

    I would definitely put Formentera Playa de ses Illetes first, not so much because of the pristine beach or crystal clear waters but the whole vibe that comes with it all. Amazing views on Ibiza and great food, make this truly a great beach destination!

  23. Anju Arun says:

    Great work. Thank you for sharing such an informative article. I must visit at least 5 beaches on this list. Because I am also interested in travelling

  24. Thanks for sharing this article, will re-visit some of those beaches again :)

  25. Great list! I had no idea about some of the hidden gems you mentioned in this post. Definitely adding them to my bucket list

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