To narrow down the nominees of the top beaches in the world into 10 is quite a difficult thing, yet for those who are just dreaming of getting away to somewhere warm, sandy and spectacular; we give you 10 times the beach inspiration with sea, sand and sun.
Rabbit Beach, Italy
Elected by Trip Advisor as the world’s most beautiful beach, Rabbit Beach is a unique nature reserve on the island of Lampedusa off the south coast of Sicily, which can only be accessed by boat. Initially the area of the beach was inhabited by several rabbits, hence the name Rabbit Beach.
Visitors can spend a long time at the beach, enjoy a myriad of activities, including boating, diving and snorkeling, and also try some traditional Italian cuisine on the beach.
It’s worth noting that Rabbit Beach is one of the few places in the Mediterranean where loggerhead sea turtles, called Caretta Caretta go to lay their eggs.
Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos
The second place on the list of the best beaches occupies Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales – the most developed island in Turks and Caicos. On this seemingly endless 12-mile stretch of soft white sand visitors will find the clearest turquoise water ever seen elsewhere, as well as an amazing choice of restaurants, cafes, and bars and earthly hotels which will provide your memorable and comfortable stay. In short, the joys of a tropical paradise await you in Grace Bay.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Next in the list is the picturesque Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Island of Australia, a 7 kilometer stretch of wild beauty right in the heart of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. The sand is 98 percent pure white silica, ideal for walking barefoot, while the crystal clear emerald waters are simply great to cool off. The beach can be explored via a helicopter or seaplane from the island, or else by one of the island’s yachts. Unspoiled and pristine.
Baia do Sancho, Brazil
Protected and surrounded by lush vegetation and high rising cliffs and boasting white powdery sand and emerald green waters, the majestic Baia do Sancho Beach in Brazil truly deserves to be the forth in the list. Diving here is a common activity, offering abundant sealife from turtles to a plethora of fish and even sharks.
Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
The most popular beach on the island of Culebra, Perto Rico, Flamenco closes the top five. The beach is usually never too crowded, and is great for swimming, snorkeling and diving. There are food and drinks available for sale at Flamenco Beach, as well as picnic tables under the shade of some pine trees.
Playa de las Catedrales, Spain
In the north-west Spain, in the region of Galicia one can find the extraordinary Playa de las Catedrales, a beautiful place famous for its natural arches, cliffs and sea caves. The ‘Beach of the Holy Waters’ has been renamed by locals to Playa de las Catedrales, or ‘Beach of the Cathedrals’ in honor of the truly amazing natural rock formation that resembles the soaring arches of a cathedral.
Lopes Mendes Beach, Brazil
Considered by many notable tourism magazines one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and by Trip Advisor experts the seventh on the list, Lopes Mendes Beach on the island of Ilha Grande is a fine place to spend a vacation. The beach is always visited by lovers of surfing; however the beach is also an excellent choice for bathing because of its scarce depth and clear water.
Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Horseshoe Bay, ranked eighth in the list is a couple of kilometers stretch of soft pink sand lapped by crystal clear azure waters. Among the beach’s facilities are: bathrooms, café, chair and umbrella rentals and lifeguard.
Eagle Beach Aruba
An Aruba beach typically consists of powder white sand, perfect for soaking up the Caribbean sun, and Eagle Beach is no exception. Relaxing under a palapa, scuba diving around the beach’s coral reefs and savoring delicious seafood along the promenade are just a few of the many things the beach has to offer.
Rhossili Bay, Great Britain
Voted Britain’s Best Beach and 10th in the World by Trip Advisor, Rhossili Bay is some 3 miles of relatively untouched gorgeous sand and coastline, encompassing one of Gower’s most famous landmarks, Worm’s Head, a beautiful island famous for its hiking routes from where visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the beach.
However, Rhossili Bay is more than striking panorama. The northern part of the beach is famous for its high stability of the waves, making it a favorite destination for surfers from around the world.