The 50 Best Beaches in the World

Whether you’re seeking solitude or a party, shallow waters or pounding surf, find the perfect beach in our pick of 50, from Greece to the Galapagos, the Highlands to Hawaii

Here are 50 of the world’s most beautiful beaches:

 

Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Yacht anchored in Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.Photo: Norman Rogers/Shutterstock

 

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Australia, Photo: LaMiaFotografia/Shutterstock

 

Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles

Turquoise water, granite rocks and palm trees in the white sand on the paradise beach at anse lazio on the seychellesPhoto: christian_b/Shutterstock

 

Pink Sands Beach, Harbor Island, Bahamas

Bahamian Pink sand beachPhoto: Gus Garcia/Shutterstock

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Navagio beach, famous lanscape of Zakinthos island. Shipwreck Bay in ZakynthosPhoto: Daniela Mihaylova/Shutterstock

Baia Dos Porcos, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Baia dos Porcos Beach and Morro Dois Irmaos - Fernando de NoronhPhoto: Diego Grandi/Shutterstock

 

Playa Paraiso, Tulum, Mexico

Paradise Beach also called Playa Paraiso at sunrise - beautiful and tropical caribbean coast of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, MexicoPhoto: Simon Dannhauer/Shutterstock

Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, Australia

The white sands of Hyams Beach, NSW.Photo: Visual Collective/Shutterstock

Hidden Beach, Marietas Islands, Mexico

Hidden Beach in Puerto Vallarta MexicoPhoto: subdurmiente/Shutterstock

Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin IslandsPhoto: Nenad Basic/Shutterstock

Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Ley, Thailand

A long tail boat sits in Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Ley, Thailand.Photo: happystock/Shutterstock

Pig Beach, Big Major Cay, Bahamas

Wild, swimming pig on Big Majors Cay in The Bahamas.Photo: Nejron Photo/Shutterstock 

Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Blue Lagoon, Yasawa islands, Fiji, South Pacific OceanPhoto: Jeremy Red/Shutterstock

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

El Nido, Palawan island, Philippines - 05 of March 2018: Boats in El Nido, Palawan island, PhilippinesPhoto: tashulia/Shutterstock

Muri Beach Rarotonga Cook Islands

One empty blue kayak on Muri beach lagoon in Rarotonga, Cook IslandsPhoto: ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock

Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Mayreau, Salt Whistle Bay, St. Vincent and the GrenadinesPhoto: Dvtdoc/Shutterstock

Half Moon Bay, Antigua

Daytime long exposure of the beautiful Half Moon Bay in Antigua.Photo: IndustryAndTravel/Shutterstock

Lucky Bay, Western Australia, Australia

Lucky bay, EsperancePhoto: Kazuki Yamakawa/Shutterstock

Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

CULEBRA, PUERTO RICO, 2018. Flamenco Beach, Nature Island Paradise. Caribbean coast colors, pristine white sands and a deserted long stretch of beach. Sun beams highlight palm trees in the distance.Photo: Ani Anahit/Shutterstock

Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

Reynisfjara beach in IcelandPhoto: Viktor Vilbergsson/Shutterstock

Ile Aux Cerfs, Mauritius

"Ile aux Cerfs", Mauritius, AfricaPhoto: Becker Stefan/Shutterstock

Fulhadhoo Beach Maldives

Scenic view of Wild idyllic Beach at Maldives island Fulhadhoo with white sandy beach and sea and curve palmPhoto: alionabirukova/Shutterstock

Vaeroy, Lofoten, Norway

Lofoten. Sea and mountains of Vaeroy, Lofoten in NorwayPhoto: Lillian Tveit/Shutterstock

Cayo Coco, Cuba

natural landscape view, beautiful inviting tropical white sand beach and ocean on sunny day at Cuban Cayo coco islandPhoto: vvital/Shutterstock

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

Aerial view of Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach in the British West IndiesPhoto: Richard Whitcombe/Shutterstock

Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles

Granite rocks and turqouise water at the tropical beach Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue, Seychelles.Photo: dirkr/Shutterstock

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Large rock formations and turquoise colored water are part of the scene of Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda.Photo: Andrew F. Kazmierski/Shutterstock

Honokalani Beach, Hawaii

Black sand beach in Maui, Hawaii.Photo: iofoto/Shutterstock

Turquoise Bay, Australia

Turquoise Bay, Cape Range NPPhoto: Christina Fink/Shutterstock

Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece

Elafonissi beach with pink sand on Crete, GreecePhoto: Patryk Kosmider/Shutterstock

Champagne Beach, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

On the white sands and blue-green waters of Champagne beach in Hog Harbour bay closed on the N.by Elephant island the Americans celebrated the end of W.W.II. Espiritu Santo island-Sanma prov.-Vanuatu.Photo: rweisswald/Shutterstock

Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Stunning Tunnels Beach in Kauai HawaiiPhoto: Try Media/Shutterstock

Kaputas Beach, Turkey

Kaputas Beach Turkey Mediterranean SeaPhoto: sueleymancoskun/Shutterstock

Dhigurah Island, Maldives

Dhigurah island, Maldives. December 15. 2015: Maldives local island and harbor with boats and trading carts. Tropical harborDhigurah island, Maldives. December 15. 2015: Maldives local island and harbor with boats and trading carts. Tropical harborPhoto: icemanphotos/Shutterstock

 

Ile aux Nattes, Madagascar

Palm tree and blue sea from Nattes island - Nosy Boraha - Sainte-Marie island - Madagascar.Photo: POZZO DI BORGO Thomas/Shutterstock

Cala Goloroitze, Sardinia, Italy

Cala goloritze, Sardinia - Italy Photo: CoolR/Shutterstock

Los Roques, Venezuela

Shoreline of Crasqui Island, in Los Roques archipelago, VenezuelaPhoto: Paolo Costa/Shutterstock

Long Beach, Vancouver Island, Canada

Aerial of Cox Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, CanadaPhoto: Russ Heinl/Shutterstock

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

View of Grand Anse beach and tropical coast of Grenada island from coastal promenadePhoto: Pawel Kazmierczak/Shutterstock

Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

African Penguins on Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South AfricaPhoto: Andrea Willmore/Shutterstock

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

Lanikai beach in HawaiiPhoto: nekomamire/Shutterstock

Cala Mitjana, Menorca, Spain

Cala Mitjana on balearic island Menorca, SpainPhoto: D.Bond/Shutterstock

Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla

Shoal bay, Anguilla, CaribbeanPhoto: Photostravellers/Shutterstock

One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Stunning One Foot island in Aitutaki, tropical island with palm trees, white sand, turquoise ocean water and blue sky at Cook Islands, South PacificPhoto: BlueOrange Studio/Shutterstock

Ao Nang Beach, Krabi, Thailand

Ao Nang Beach. Krabi, ThailandPhoto: Elena Serebryakova/Shutterstock

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India

Stunning view of Elephant Beach near Radhanagar Beach on Havelock IslandPhoto: Juergen_Wallstabe/Shutterstock

Eagle Beach, Aruba

EAGLE BEACH, ARUBA - MARCH 15, 2017: View of Eagle Beach, Aruba at sunset with Divi Divi tree and tourists.Photo: littlenySTOCK/Shutterstock

Agiba Beach, Egypt

Agiba-Beach at Marsa Matruh Ã?gyptenPhoto: Waltraud Oe/Shutterstock

Diani Beach Kenya, Africa

Diani beach, KenyaPhoto: Aliaksei Putau/Shutterstock

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Oregon coast scenic Haystack Rock on a dramatic day with clouds and reflections. Famous destination for bird watchers.Photo: cdrin/Shutterstock

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