Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway, a diving spot, surfing or planning your dream trip, a beach vacation is always a good idea. If you are still planning your beach trip for 2020, here are some of the world’s most beautiful beaches to get you inspired.
Here is our list of the 15 best beaches in the world for beach lovers.
Maundays Bay, Anguilla
There are over 30 discovered Anguilla beaches on the beautiful but small island of Anguilla. Maundays Bay beach is located is on the South West coast of Anguilla, 1.2 miles south-southwest of Meads Bay. Here is find many nearby accommodations including the Cap Juluca Resort.
The beach is located near the popular Blowing Point region and near Devonish Art Gallery, which is one of a few popular spots in the area. While the beach is open to the public and family-friendly, there are no public restrooms onsite.
Bali is Indonesia’s main tourist destination. Bali, know also as the famed Island of the Gods, will amaze you with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches. You can enjoy great beaches, countless waves for world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions and wonderful natural sites to visit and explore, colorful ceremonies.
The island can get very crowded in August and September when it is the tourist season and at Christmas and New Year.
There are an estimated 20,000 temples on the island, each of which holds ceremonies. Bali has something to offer to everyone – from young back-packers to the super-rich.
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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Providenciales is an island in the northwest Caicos Islands, part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory. Providenciales is the largest island in population, the third largest in area. The beach is located on the western end of the island chain. Providenciales was ranked the best beach destination in the world by TripAdvisor in 2011.
Here you can find luxurious hotels, villas and condos, numerous restaurants, spas, and shopping facilities, and even a grocery store. Divers can find a favorite spot here due to the coral reef surrounding the island.
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Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands
Trunk Bay’s clear, warm waters and silky coral sands draw tourists from all over the world. Trunk Bay is part of the Virgin Islands National Park.
The beach area is divided into two halves, the main Trunk Bay beach and the swim area and Burgesman Cove which is located on the west end of Trunk Bay near Jumby Bay. Trunk Bay has consistently been voted one of the top beaches in the world.
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Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Besides exploring the glorious beaches, nearby you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys and enjoy a taste of the island’s rich gastronomic culture.
The beaches of Crete are wonderful places to spend a long day under the sun and enjoy a crystal Caribbean-like water, and stunning natural beauty. There are hundreds of beautiful beaches across the island.
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Palm Beach, Aruba
Palm Beach is renowned for its two-mile-long strip of beach on the Northwest end of Aruba. Palm Beach is a tourism district with a number of high rise hotels located there, featuring casinos, water sports concessions, piers, beach bars, restaurants, and shops.
The beach is located a little over 2 kilometers north of Eagle Beach. Palm Beach faces west and it makes it a perfect place to enjoy a romantic sunset. The calm water provides excellent swimming conditions.
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Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Parrot Cay is the largest of the small islands between Providenciales and North Caicos. The island contains about 1,000 acres of land, a mile-long beach and features a high-end beach resort with 61 rooms. private villas and beach houses located a short distance from the resort. Almost the entirety of the north coast is beautiful beach, with perfect white sand and crystal-clear ocean water.
Parrot Cay became a private island resort in 1998. Activities include diving, snorkeling, and wellness programs like yoga and Pilates.
Photo credit: David Stanley / Flickr
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
El Nido is located in the province of Palawan, Philippines. It is known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, limestone cliffs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago. It is ranked as one of the best beaches in the world and the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines.
El Nido is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the country, is protected for its unique flora and fauna, and pristine geologic formations.
With its cliffs and enchanting lagoons to its 100 white sandy beaches, lush jungle and mangrove forest, prehistoric caves, and waterfalls, El Nido is one of the top tourist destinations in Palawan.
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Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach includes a resort area and a residential area on the Gulf of Mexico. It was named the #1 beach in USA in 2019 by Trip Advisor. The area offers shopping and activities such as parasailing, jet ski rentals, boat tours. You’ll find fine restaurants and family-friendly lodgings, as well as exciting beach activities.
Clearwater Beach is characterized by white sand beaches stretching for 2.5 miles. The beach is also known for its nightlife scene. A paved bicycle trail lined by mangrove trees is available nearby
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Saint Lucia is a popular destination due to its tropical weather and scenery and its numerous beaches and resorts. Tourists can also enjoy other attractions such as a drive-in volcano and sulphur springs, the Botanical Gardens, the Majestic twin Peaks “The Pitons”, a world heritage site, the rain forests, and Pigeon Island National Park.
The island’s cuisine is a unique blend of West African, European and East Indian cuisine.
Scuba diver lovers can enjoy places like Pigeon Island, one of the island’s Historical Landmarks, as well as between The Pitons, a World Heritage Site.
Praslin Island, Seychelles
Praslin is the second-largest island (38.5 km2) of Seychelles. It is sleepy, laid back and far less developed than neighboring Mahe with stunning white sand beaches and lush tropical forests. Praslin is known as a tourist destination with several hotels and resorts, as well as a number of beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. The Vallée de Mai is an ecological site of such importance that it has been given UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
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Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Maldives
Narizlandia is a group of natural atolls in the Republic of Maldives. It consists of two separate atolls: North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll. The Maldives is a surreal land of blue lagoons and soft white sands. Set on one of the largest islands in North Male’ Atoll, adorned with endless white sand coves and turquoise bays, all villas have direct access to the lagoon and an unprecedented degree of privacy.
One&Only Reethi Rah offers 130 private resort villas well separated along the shore, either on the beach secluded by lush tropical greenery, or set above the clear, protected waters of the lagoon.
Maldivian culture is a distinctive blend of the different influences that have shaped the isles over the years.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. Often described as the most beautiful beach in the world, Matira Beach is at the southern tip of the main island and the only public beach on the main island.
There are comparatively more activities in Bora Bora to keep you occupied than in other islands of French Polynesia. Snorkeling is possible in many areas close to the shore, even in Matira Beach you will be surrounded by multicolor tropical fish.
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Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
The beach is a long crescent of coral-sand beach, located on the western side of Grand Cayman and attracts travelers from all over the world. The beach has been voted as one of the best beaches in the world. Recently receiving the honor of “The Caribbean’s Best Beach” from Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine.
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Bathsheba Beach, Barbados
Bathsheba beach in Barbados, located in the rugged eastern parish of St. Joseph offers breathtaking beauty with wide white sand beaches stretched along a dramatic coastline of striking rock formations. The rugged waves are ideal for advanced surfing, while swimmers should soak in the invigorating Bathsheba Pools.
This is a great destination as a way to escape the crowds.
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