2017′s World’s Best Beaches Announced [Slideshow]
Is there anything better than checking out some of the best beaches in the world?
Of course, we’d all like to be there in person, however armchair travel is the next best thing.
Trip Advisor’s 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards ‘World’s Best Beaches’ have been announced.
From the white sands of Australia’s Queensland to our very own Bournemouth, we’ve picked our favourites, so you can have a sneak peek.
Make yourself a fruity cocktail and check out our slideshow – but be warned, you’ll be booking a flight to a sunny destination before you finish it.
Baia do Sancho Beach, Brazil
Like a sparkling, remote jewel, Baia do Sancho sits on the island of Fernando de Noronha. It’s the number one beach in the world for this year, which is more than enough reason to go.
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Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
It’s been at the top of the pack before, but this year Grace Bay is number two of pristine strips of sand around the globe. A barrier reef protects it, so this is heaven for simply floating in aqua seas.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
As far as Caribbean beaches go, Aruba has one of the finest, with Eagle Beach. Here, you can see nesting sea turtles and indulge in extreme water sports.
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Playa Paraiso, Cuba
Number four on the list is Cayo Lagos ‘Paradise Beach’. It’s a little out from the hotel zone, so chances are you’ll find a spot to yourself on the powder-soft sand.
Siesta Beach, USA
It’s pretty hard to choose between the gorgeous beaches in Florida, however Siesta Beach, on Siesta Key, has taken the number five spot in the world. It’s most famous for sand that’s 99% pure quartz.
La Concha Beach, Spain
San Sebastian is a favourite playground for beach lovers in Spain. Therefore, it’s little wonder Europe’s most famous urban beach made the list.
Weymouth Beach, UK
As for the UK’s number one beach, Weymouth takes the prize. In fact, it ranked number nine across Europe. That’s a good enough reason for a ‘staycation’ with traditional, seaside fun.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
One of the most celebrated stretches of sand in the world, Australia’s number one ranked beach is Whitehaven, located in the Whitsundays, with the Great Barrier Reef offshore.
Phra Nang Cave Beach, Thailand
Clean, calm waters provide the backdrop for stunning limestone cliffs, at Phra Nang Cave Beach. This is home to the famous Princess Cave, surrounded in myths of a sea princess.
Bournemouth Beach, UK
Hooray for everyone’s favourite, Bournemouth Beach, for being in the UK’s top 10 beaches, at number seven. With Bournemouth Pier and endless leisure options, it certainly deserves the spot.