Considering the recent freezing blast that has struck many U.S. states, it might be difficult to think about sunny days and warm seas but with spring break right around the corner, now is the moment when planning your sunny vacation can really pay off. Tripadvisor, has just released the latest ranking of the world´s best beaches ranked by travelers themselves. So, if you are looking for the most fun, outrageous, and beautiful beaches, look no more. Here are the 25 best beaches in the world.
Maunganui Beach, New Zealand
Located in the northern part of North Island in New Zealand, the Maunganui Beach is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches of the country. Dominated by Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcanic cone rising above the town, the beach is easily accessible, safe and clean, which makes it an ideal location for a relaxing spring break getaway.
Ngapali Beach, Burma
Burma, a South Asian country with 51 million inhabitants, boasts of some of the world´s most amazing beaches. Located on the west coast of the country, just 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the town of Thandwe, the Ngapali Beach is famous for its all-year-round warm, crystal clear water; breathtaking sunsets, and friendly locals.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
Found in Aruba, a little island country situated 29 kilometers (18 miles) from northern Venezuela, the Eagle beach is one of numerous Caribbean beaches that made it on this list. Long kilometers of clean white sand, great conditions for swimming and snorkeling, no crowds and intrusive sellers – these are just a few reasons why travelers rank this beach so high.
Diani Beach, Kenya
Located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya, the Diani Beach is a major beach resort in eastern Africa. Stretching over 10 kilometers (6 miles), the resort offers super soft white sand, warm blue water and unique diving experiences as the region is known for its astounding coral reefs and abundant wildlife.
Playa Paraiso, Mexico
One of numerous spectacular beaches in Tulum, an ancient Mexican city located along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, the Playa Paraiso is a popular holiday spot for both local as well as foreign tourists. Once you have enough of swimming and chilling out on the pleasant sand, you can explore the Mayan ruins that lie within walking distance of the beach.
Iztuzu Beach, Turkey
Iztuzu Beach is a 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) long beach near the town of Dalyan, southwestern Turkey. Equipped with free showers, toilets, changing booths and other useful facilities, the beach is known as one of the main breeding grounds for loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean. Therefore, strict rules have to be followed on the beach, in order not to disturb the turtles. But if you are looking for calm and unique beach surrounded by lush mountains of breathtaking beauty, this beach is for you.
Sharm El Luli, Egypt
Egypt is one of the most popular vacation spots among European tourists and is particularly known for excellent diving and snorkeling conditions. So if you’re looking for a spectacular dive spot, you should visit the Sharm El Luli beach. Located near Marsa Alam on the western shore of the Red Sea, the resort is notable for diverse marine wildlife.
Nai Harn Beach, Thailand
Recently, more and more travelers from around the world have been choosing Thailand as their target destination and there are good reasons for that. Located near the town of Phuket, southern Thailand, the Nai Harn Beach is one of the most popular beaches of the country. Clean water with constant temperature of 29 C (84 F), blazing sun and soft are the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable spring break getaway.
Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
If you are a fan of national parks and amazing beaches, then Playa Manuel Antonio Beach in Costa Rica is the best option for you. Located within the Manuel Antonio National Park, a small conservation area on the Pacific coast of the country, the beach is a great place to relax but it also offers unique conditions for observing the local wildlife
Cayo de Agua, Venezuela
Located on the Los Roques archipelago, a federal dependency of Venezuela, the Cayo de Agua is another beach that is part of a national park. If crystal clear waters, ever-lasting sun, marvelous unspoiled nature, breathtakingly beautiful coral reefs and diverse aquatic life sound good to you, than start booking your tickets now. Spring break is less than a week away.
West Bay Beach, Honduras
Honduras, a little Central American country with about 8 million inhabitants, is another Caribbean country that boasts of some of the world´s finest beaches. Covered with white powder sand, the beach is a great place for romantic walks, swimming in incredibly blue water and snorkeling.
Siesta Beach, Florida
Located on Siesta Key, Florida, the Siesta Beach is the only American beach on this list. Known as a safe, clean and well-equipped beach, Siesta Beach has received several impressive awards including “the whitest and finest sand in the world“ and “the best beach in America“. The local sand is 99% quartz and even on the hottest days, it is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot.
Woolacombe Beach, Great Britain
Great Britain is not a typical summer holiday spot but the Woolacombe Beach, a seaside resort on the southern coast of the country, has been so popular among locals as well as foreign tourists that Tripadvisor travelers ranked it as the 13th best beach in the world. The 5 kilometer (3 miles) long beach is especially known for its excellent surfing conditions.
Radhanagar Beach, India
Situated on the Havelock Island, India, the Radhanagar Beach was named “The Best Beach in Asia” in 2004. Super soft and clean sand, crystal clear warm water, stunning forests as a backdrop and the possibility of elephant rides makes Radhanagar a incredible beach spot.
Camp's Bay Beach, South Africa
To visit the Camp´s Bay Beach, you need to travel to Cape Town, the second most populous city in South Africa. The resort is renowned for its fine white sand lined with palm trees, trendy nightlife and high concentration of hotels, restaurants and shops. The water is quite cold but very refreshing in the South African blazing sun.
Elafonissi Beach, Greece
Greece is famous for its numerous architectonical jewels and unique ancient monuments but if you head out to the seaside, you will get to experience a different side of this magnificent country. The Elafonissi beach is one of the most beautiful and unique natural places you can visit in Greece. Located just off Crete, Greece´s largest island, this safe and clean beach is particularly notable for its dichotomy between it’s crystal clear blue waters and mesmerizing pink sand.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Stretching along the Whitsunday Island, Australia, the Whitehaven Beach is another beach with incredibly white and fine sand. 98% of the sand is pure silica, which gives it a bright white color and prevents it from retaining too much heat. As a part of the Whitsunday Island National Park, the beach is also a good place for observing local rich wildlife.
Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
Another Caribbean holiday hot spot, Flamenco Beach is a seaside resort on the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico, known for its excellent swimming, sport fishing and diving sites. Often considered the most beautiful beach in the country, the Flamenco Beach features lifeguard towers, kiosks with food, clothing and beach accessories, and other beach facilities.
White Beach, Philippines
Located on a small island of Boracay, Philippines, the White Beach provides perfect conditions for scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kite boarding, cliff diving, parasailing and other activities. Although the beach can get a bit crowded during main season, it is usually very clean and tidy. In 2012, Boracay was awarded as the best island in the world from the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure.
Anse Lazio, Seychelles
When in Seychelles, a little island east African country situated in the Indian Ocean, make sure to pay a visit to the Anse Lazio beach. Occupying the northwest of the Praslin Island, the beach is covered with powder-like white sand and bordered with large granite boulders. The azure water is brimming with colorful tropical fish and other aquatic wildlife.
Playa de Ses Illetes, Spain
Spain is another popular summer holiday destination, packed with first-class seaside resorts and tourist areas but to enjoy the world´s fifth best beach, you have to travel to Formentera, one of the Balearic Islands. Crystal clear turquoise water, sun shining all-year-round and renowned night life make this resort a frequented spot especially among young people.
Playa Paraiso Beach, Cuba
A small resort island just a few kilometers off the main island of Cuba, Cayo Largo boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The West part of the island features the Playa Paraiso Beach, a favorite spot for both Cuban as well as foreign visitors who come here to enjoy snorkeling, boat trips, dolphin attractions, coral reef diving and much more.
Rabbit Beach, Italy
Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost island, is where you will find the third best beach in the world according to Tripadvisor. Located in the south of the island, Rabbit Beach is famous for shallow blue waters, soft sand and abundant marine wildlife.
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands
Geographically part of the larger Antilles island grouping, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory. Covering almost 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the island´ coast, the Grace Beach offers romantic strolls in powdery white sand, warm water of a wide range of shades of turquoise, unspoiled nature and great restaurants. The title of the best beach of the northern hemisphere is well-deserved.
Baia do Sancho, Brazil
For the second year in a row, it is Baia do Sancho that clenches the impressive title of “The Best Beach in the World”. Located on the Fernando de Noronha Island, some 350 kilometers (220 miles) off the Brazilian coast, the beach has everything that you would expect from the world´ s best beach.