The 10 Best Beaches in the World
The votes are in! According to 600 top travel professionals surveyed by FlightNetwork, these beaches all share one thing: they stand apart from all the rest. Be it the best place to kitesurf or see nesting sea turtles, these are the must-visit beaches around the globe.
Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Locals know it as “Provo.” Providenciales, the most developed island in Turks & Caicos, is 61 kilometres long and has dozens of amazing beaches, with Grace Bay consistently ranking tops.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Australia has amazing surfing and diving off its shores, so it’s no surprise that Whitehaven Beach consistently tops lists of best beaches in the world. It’s a part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park and is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles
This honeymoon hot spot draws travellers from around the world because it’s secluded and beautiful. The Seychelles are located in the middle of the Ocean, north of Madagascar and east of Zanzibar. Anse Lazio beach is nestled in the northwest of Praslin Island and boasts some of the best diving in the world.
Pink Sands Beach, Harbor Island, Bahamas
While Nassau and Paradise Island attract tons of tourists—many coming for the casinos and family-friendly hotels—Pink Sands Beach beckons those looking for a quieter, more romantic stay. There are almost five kilometres of pink—yes, it’s actually pink—sands. The water is temperate and swimmable all year and the coral reef surrounding the beach serves as a protector against the Atlantic Ocean waves.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
This beach is often referred to by its local name, Shipwreck Beach or Smugglers Cove. It’s home to a famous shipwreck, called Panagiotis, which makes it ideal for diving and snorkelling. Another reason it’s considered one of the best beaches in the world: Since it’s an exposed cove, it gets gentle balmy winds.
Playa Paraiso, Tulum, Mexico
This beautiful Mexican beach is located in Tulum, which has the only Mayan ruins located right on the beach. While you are in this region, head to nearby Coba, which boasts the tallest climbable Mayan ruins in all of Mexico.
Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, Australia
This sleepy seaside town is home to a population of fewer than 200 people. Located in New South Wales, this beach is covered in some of the whitest sand in the world. It’s also great for dolphin and seal spotting.
Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, one of the most popular activities is snorkelling the 225-yard-long underwater trail of reefs. It’s a good spot to try your hand at underwater photography, as there are plenty of colourful fish and reef.
Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Ley, Thailand
This beach was made popular by the book The Beach by Alex Garland (and turned into a movie of the same name that starred Leonardo DiCaprio). The beach is gorgeous and attracts many tourists; get here early to beat the crowds. It’s located in the Phi Phi archipelago, in the Strait of Malacca in Thailand.
Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
Made famous by the 1980s Brooke Shields movie of the same name, the Blue Lagoon is a great place for snorkelling and diving. Stay at the Yasawa Island Resort: an all-inclusive property which includes, food, drinks, hikes, paddle board, snorkelling and a trip to the famous blue lagoon caves.