Is it feasible to rate the nicest beaches on the planet? Of course not, because tourist tastes vary according to facilities, accessibility, swimming and water sports possibilities, safety, feeling of place, relaxation, and landscape. Nonetheless, as a well-traveled individual who has dipped his toes in the sand of various beaches throughout the world, I give to you my selection of the world’s ten most stunning beaches. From coral to sandy, long to contained, it’s unsurprising that the majority of these beaches are located in the world’s most desirable beach resorts. Regrettably, these beaches are no longer secret, and you will have to share their breathtaking beauty with a large number of other people. If tranquillity is a must, you may wish to substitute one of the world’s most stunning (semi-)private hotel beaches or a stay at one of the world’s most exclusive private island resorts for one of the beaches listed below.
1. TULUM, MAYA RIVIERA, MEXICO
Tulum is distinguished by its closeness to some of Mexico’s most breathtaking Mayan ruins: it is here that one of the world’s top cultural attractions meets one of the world’s best beaches. Tulum’s ruin is an ancient walled city perched atop a rocky cliff overlooking a stunning beach. While the region is not entirely private due to the daily influx of tourists, the wide stretch of white sand and breathtaking turquoise Caribbean waters more than compensate.
2. BEACH OF NAVAGIO, ZAKYNTHOS, GREECE
On the Greek island of Zakynthos, Navagio beach is an isolated yet breathtakingly gorgeous sandy cove. It is frequently referred to as Shipwreck Beach due to the wreckage of the Panagiotis, a ship thought to have been used by smugglers. The area is characterised by high limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and crystal clear water, all of which draw thousands of tourists each year. The beach is only accessible by boat, however it is visible from atop the surrounding cliffs.
3. GRACE BAY, THE TURKS, AND THE CAICOS
The Turks and Caicos Islands are made up of 40 islands and cays, the largest of which being Providenciales. Grace Bay is located on the northern shore, a 19-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of sugary sand and clear water, surrounded by a coral reef system with excellent snorkelling and diving. Regrettably, an increasing number of resorts and condo hotels have cropped up along the shore in recent years, and you may be better suited now at the more secluded hotel beaches of Amanyara or Parrot Cay.
4. WHITEHAVEN BEACH, AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND
Whitehaven Beach is located in the centre of the Great Barrier Reef and is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park. The world’s most famous beach runs for 4,4 miles (7 kilometres) and is surrounded by swirls of turquoise, blue, and green sea. The sand is composed of 98 percent pure white silica, lending it a bright, near-luminous appearance. The beach is accessible via helicopter or seaplane, or by sailing to Whitehaven Beach on one of the many yacht trips available in the vicinity.
5. BAIA DO SANCHO, BRAZIL, FERNANDO DE NORONHO
Baio Do Sancho is located on the lonely island of Fernando de Noronha, a 21-island active volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean about 220 miles (350 kilometres) off the coast of northeastern Brazil.
The sparkling emerald water and smooth white dunes are bordered by 250-foot (75-meter) cliffs covered in flora.
The beach is only accessible by boat or via a dirt trail that winds through a crevice in a rock wall and includes a few dozen uneven, slippery-sandy stairs. The beach is ideal for snorkelling and ray sightings.
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