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20 of The Best Beaches in The World

Wanderlust July 19, 2017 By Vincent

Everyone loves going to the beach on a warm, sunny day. Sand between your toes and the ocean gently lapping at the coastline what more could you want? Well, the sad fact is, that not all beaches are created equally. Some are stoney, some are smelly, and some are horribly polluted.

However, here we take a look at some that are widely considered amongst the best in the world.

Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

Soft pink sands roll out into the sea on this gloriously picturesque beach of the island of La Digue.

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Part of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, this Island has granite boulders overlooking the sea for stunning surroundings in an amazing climate.

The Maldives

Most of the 1,102 islands that make up the Maldives have stunning white sand beaches that are palm fringed and looking out onto the Indian Ocean.

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Straddling the equator the climate is glorious and the tropical fish that flock to the area are truly a sight for sore eyes.

Bora Bora, Tahiti

Part of French Polynesia, this tiny island boasts isolated, white, sandy beaches that ooze romance off of this tiny strip of land that is just 18 miles long and yet packs beauty into every inch of it.

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If you do decide to venture away from the beaches, the rest of Tahiti is also filled with stunning scenery.

The Hamptons, New York

The height of luxury, this exclusive spot on Long Island has windswept dunes with grasses poking tentatively out that look onto the Atlantic ocean in a well-heeled part of the world.

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There is a reason why the homes around here demand such high fees and part of that is the coastline.

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

Palm trees and other tropical plants sit just off of the white sands of Lanikai whilst a coral reef is submerged in the shimmering waters of this half a mile long beach.

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Hawaii is, however, inundated with many gorgeous beaches and it is not just this one you should check out.

Nantucket Island, Massachusetts

Relatively calm waters that still offer up decent surf and sand castle building opportunities in the North Atlantic whilst beautiful sunsets are the order of the evenings in summer.

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Very popular with both locals and tourists.

Fraser Island, Australia

The world’s largest sand island with a rainforest and unspoiled beaches has become a World Heritage Site and sits to the North of Brisbane in a sub-tropical climate.

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Touring around the island is one of the truly great things you can do in the country.

St Barts

An island in the Carribean sea that has secluded beaches hidden away from the French restaurants dotting the towns and villages, with sparkling waters that lap at the white sands.

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Although only small, you won't have the desire to do much bar check out the exquisite restaurants and stunning beaches.

Langkawi, Malaysia

The name “Langkawi” translates into “the land of one’s wishes" and this former pirates refuge certainly seems heavenly when you arrive on its golden sands that extend out into green forests inland or onto the clear waters of the Andaman sea.

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There aren't any pirates there these days but rather more tourists looking for the sunshine.

Kauna'oa Bay, Hawaii

A crescent shaped beach on the Kohala coast, calm, blue waters attract manta rays and other sea life that are perfect for viewing whilst snorkeling.

Another one of Hawaii's stunning beaches, they are all pretty darn glorious.

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay - Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos islands are tiny islands off the coast of Ecuador that have a wealth of unique and extremely rare wildlife due to their positioning in the Pacific ocean either side of the equator and their volcanic origin but their beaches are also mind-blowingly beautiful.

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This particular beach is perfectly preserved, and it is forbidden to swimmers as it is protected for the wildlife where many marine iguanas, Galapagos crabs, and birds are seen dotted along the volcanic rocks. 

Elafonissi Beach - Elafonissi, Greece

Elafonisos is a small Greek island between the Peloponnese and Kythira. It lies off the coast of Cape Malea and Vatika. Famed for its beaches many head to the well known Punta beach.

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All of the beaches on the island have white sand and blue/green waters to accompany them.

Radhanagar Beach - Havelock Island, India

The largest of the islands that comprise Ritchie's Archipelago, a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman in the Andaman Islands., Havelock Island is far away from the hustle and bustle of much of India.

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On the West Coast of the island, Radhangar beach is consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in Asia, partly due to its thick and verdant forests that lead onto the white sand.

Playa Norte - Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres was a Mayan sanctuary to goddess Ixchel for about a thousand years. In around 1850 the first modern inhabitants moved to the island and established the village of Dolores.

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With a tropical climate, peak season is actually in winter. Playa Norte is at the North End of the island with palm fronds sprouting from the trees in the sand and shallow waters to paddle in.

La Concha Beach -  San Sebastian, Donostia, Spain

The most photographed and most visited beach in Spain, La Concha stretches out for a kilometer and a half and is known for its elegant views of the high-class city as its fine white sands blend perfectly with the dark blue waters.

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It is iconic because it is essentially at the city center where the town hall sits. In the middle of La Concha bay, you'll find Santa Clara island, an islet which you can gaze out onto from the soft sands.

Siesta Beach - Siesta Key, Florida, United States

The stunning thing about Siesta Beach is that its sand is 99% pure quartz and so it is cool underfoot because it is so reflective, even on the hottest of days, and when we say 'white sand', it genuinely is white and amongst the purest sand in America.

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The southern portion of Siesta Beach is alternatively called Crescent Beach, which extends to the sea wall and Point of Rocks, an area with coral and active marine life.

Playa Paraiso - Cayo Largo, Cuba

This is a secluded and gorgeous beach with glittering powdery white sand and turquoise waters. The sea here is often very calm and ideal for swimming as watersports are not allowed here.

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Be warned, the beach is often popular with naturists who gather on its East side, but the white sands and the waves that approach the beach sideways are something special.

Eagle Beach - Palm, Eagle Beach, Aruba, Caribbean

A wide, resort beach, the idyllic water-front is often populated by water sports enthusiasts, and the powdery sand makes for a great viewing spot to all this that is happening.

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A few months per year Aruba Eagle Beach is dotted with red and white markers to protect turtle nests but outside of these, shaded picnic areas make for perfect places to unwind.

Grace Bay - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

A stunning beach that has a long coral reef just sitting offshore from it, it attracts some amazing marine life to its diverse waters. 

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The main stretch is home to the majority of the island's major resorts and tourism services since investment from Club Med in the 1980s but quieter moments can be found further along the bay.

Baia do Sancho - Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago with UNESCO world heritage status, and its Baia do Sancho has been crowned with the number 1 spot on this list because of its crystalline water and soft white sand coupled with surrounding cliffs teeming with exotic wildlife.

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With part of it being protected as a National Maritime Park, its preservation is key to its beauty and wonder.

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