1. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Fernando De Noronha is one of the Unesco World Heritage Site as “the most beautiful marine park in the World”. Fernando De Noronha, is an archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, around 220 miles offshore from the Brazilian coast. It features some of the most magnificent beaches and the calm emerald waters are ideal for diving lovers. In fact, you can encounter some aquatic species such as dolphins, sea turtles and various types of fish. Fernando de Noronha is a thoroughly protected spot for its pristine environment which makes it a dream come true for nature enthusiasts.
2. Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles (tie)
This eternal paradise has been voted as the ‘best beach in the world’ by numerous travel shows around the world. It is also one of the most photographed beaches in the world thanks to its completely stunning beauty. This charming beach offers a natural wonder not often seen, so if you are looking for the ultimate beach experience, head to the Seychelles and prepare to be amazed.
2. Whitehaven, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia (tie)
There are dozens of candidates for the mantle of Australia’s best beach, but for picture-postcard, sheer drop-dead gorgeousness Whitehaven is pretty special. Imagine super-fine, white silica sand surrounded by warm, clear, azure waters sandwiched between tropical forest with various islands dotted around in the distance. Just make sure you come for longer than a day (the preferred option) as once the day cruisers have left you can walk around here or curl up under the shade of the forest and feel like you have this uninhabited piece of paradise all to yourself. It´s quite a trek getting to Whitehaven, the surf isn´t up to much and for half the year you have to wear a stinger suit to swim in the sea – but these are small prices to pay for such beauty. Sunglasses are a essential at this beach because the sand is really white.
Where to stay: The only way to stay near the beach is to camp: a permit is needed from Airlie Beach town on the mainland.
4. Boracay, Philippines (tie)
It’s no wonder why the Philippines is considered by so many one of the best places to travel to. The proof is in its picture-perfect beaches. Boracay is an island in the Philippines that located about 200 miles south of Manila and 2 kms from the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Visayas Region in Philippines. Boracay has become a favourite tourist destination because of its fine powdery white sand, clear warm water and lovely weather. Boracay is a vacationer’s haven! It’s the perfect place to forget your worries, relax and enjoy the natural, splendid scenery. In 1990, it was elected by the BMW Tropical Beach Handbook as one of the best beaches in the world and again in 1996 by the British publication TV Quick as the world’s number one tropical beach.
4. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii (tie)
Lanikai, which means “heavenly sea”, is located in the Southeast part of Hawaii. This secluded but inviting beach has a mile long stretch of soft, powdered sand and crystal clear waters. Ideal for snorkeling and kayaking fans but laid-back visitors who just want to feel the sun shine on and bathe in warm water won’t ever be disappointed. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect vacationing spot in Hawaii, don’t miss out on Lanikai
The best calm beach in the world. Beautiful, quiet, modern and secluded. The very rare combination found on the beaches in the world.
7. Las Islas Cíes, Galicia, Spain
Mention Spanish beaches and most people instinctively think of the Mediterranean. Yet the wilder, stunning Atlantic coastline of Galicia, just north of Portugal, has far more dramatic praias – with far fewer people on them. One of the jewels of this coast is on Las Islas Cíes, a 40-minute boat trip from the pretty town of Baiona. Once a pirates’ haunt, Cíes is now an uninhabited and pristine national park, open to the public only in summer. Galegos come here to spend long, lazy summer days on the Praia das Rodas, a perfect crescent of soft, pale sand backed by small dunes sheltering a calm lagoon of crystal-clear sea.
Locals call this their “Caribbean beach”, and the water is turquoise enough, the sand white enough to believe the comparison … until you dip your toe in the water. Then it feels more like Skegness. You can sleep in an idyllic campsite, shaded by tall pine trees, with a view over the ocean. And, this being Spain, there’s even a proper restaurant serving great seafood.