Top 7 Beaches In The World
What makes the perfect beach? Whether you’re seeking calm waters or pounding surf, solitude or a party, start planning your summer holidays now—find the perfect beach in our countdown of the top 7 beaches in the world.
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
If you’re looking for relaxation and rejuvenation, look no further than Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos. This award winning beach has won several industry awards including ‘Best Beach’, at the Condé Nast Traveller Awards, The World Travel Awards, and more recently Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice 2016. Grace Bay has something for everyone. Diving and snorkelling is as convenient as it is stunning, thanks to miles of coral reef that’s easily accessible from the shore. Sugar-white beaches are plentiful for soaking up the rays and if you’re still looking for more, the area is well served by modern conveniences, including luxurious hotels, villas and apartments, numerous restaurants, spas and shopping facilities, a championship golf course, and full service grocery store.
Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Taking its name from a 16th-century Portuguese nobleman, Fernando de Noronha is a World Heritage Site and eco-wonderland voted one of the best beaches to visit in Brazil, and favoured by naturalists and marine biologists. The island's luxuriously warm and unsullied emerald waters are home to dolphins, turtles, sharks and other ocean species who find protection in this tropical paradise - scuba divers will rejoice in the high visibility, crystal clear waters. As you might expect, the area is a magnet for the rich and famous; one notable British Supermodel is said to take solace in Baia De Sancho, an ideal way to unwind after Sao Paulo Fashion Week.
Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba
This half-kilometre long beach of Anse Lazio is located on the northwest coast of the second most populated island of Seychelles, Praslin. Cradled by a large bay with two mountain peaks on each side, adorned by white powder-fine sand and caressed by calm turquoise water, this picture-postcard destination often turns up in lists of the world's most beautiful beaches. Ensure you have enough memory ready on your iPhone – the locations, the thick fringe of palm and native Takamaka trees around the shoreline, mean you’ll be capturing some breathtaking images to showcase on your return home. Be sure to also keep a look out for the island’s native giant tortoises as you enter the beach area.
Cayo de Agua, Los Roques, National Park, Venezuela
Los Roques – a small cluster of islands located in the Caribbean, 100 miles north of Caracas' La Guaira port - is referred to as the archipelago of Venezuela. For both its beauty and ecological importance, Los Roques was declared a national park in 1972. Whilst it can be reached through commercial airlines – offering spectacular views on route – it is more common to reach the area by boat, resulting in it becoming a haven for boating enthusiasts worldwide. If you’re travelling between November and April, don’t miss out on the opportunity to savour freshly caught lobster from local waters.
Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Playa Flamenco is considered the best beach in Puerto Rico and quite possibly in the whole Caribbean – The Discovery Channel once voted it one of the best beaches in the world. Situated on a half-mile-wide, horseshoe strip of coast, this area is renowned for its beautiful aquamarine waters, the softest of sand, excellent swimming, sport-fishing and diving sites. The surrounding areas are also a popular camping ground bordered by the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, which is of itself one of the oldest wildlife preserves in the United States. If you’re looking for an authentic Caribbean atmosphere, Playa Flamenco is your go-to destination.
Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands
A little closer to home, Ses Illetes in the Balearic Islands has been voted as one of the best beaches in Spain. Being in such close proximity to Ibiza, partygoers and glitterati flock here with their yachts. Expect a soothing and bohemian atmosphere and a definite ‘wow’ factor. Ses Illetes is laid back in a way akin to the Caribbean, and with perfect beaches lining its warm crystal waters, it is rightly regarded as an antidote to Ibiza’s raucous party scene. What’s more, the area can be reached via a 30-minute ferry ride from Ibiza making it the perfect excursion from the island that never sleeps.