These top-rated beaches from around the world have more than just sun, sand, and sea, with many being associated with their unique natural features and histories.
Grab a paper and pen to note down 10 of the best beaches around the world that should be on your priority list of travel destinations. But before you start packing your bags and booking your flight check out insurance.airnewzealand.co.nz for a range of travel insurance options to suit your itinerary.
Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks, and Caicos:
Grace Bay, Providenciales. Credit: Csouthard
Off the northeast coast of Providenciales Island lies Grace Bay, this beach is characterized by white sand and protected by a barrier reef that stretches a mile out into the sea.
Grace Bay is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park and it’s ideal for water sports. It has no rocks, no seaweed, and features crystal clear water.
Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Baia Da Sancho Beach. Credit: Roberta Monte
Ranked as TripAdvisor’s number one beach in 2017, only to be overtaken by the stunning Grace Bay that was just described, this beach remains a must-see for water lovers. It remains among the world’s finest and offers crisp, clear waters.
Located on Fernando de Noronha, which in itself is worth the trip, this beach is nestled into a collection of islands located 220 miles from Brazil’s coastline. Known for volcanic formations, you’ll also love seeing the coral.
Varadero Beach, Varadero, Cuba
Varadero Beach. Credit: Majkohp
Varadero features countless natural attractions that will draw you onto the island far past the sandy beaches. Located in Matanzas resort in Cuba, your breath will be taken away by the caves and cays, which are the small sandy islands that lie above the island’s coral reef.
The 13-mile long peninsula that Varadero is located on features soft sands that are perfect for tucking your toes into.
Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Eagle Beach. Credit: Leoboudv
Eagle Beach, located in Aruba’s Oranjestad, is characterized by its smooth white sand. But, while you’re enjoying the shore, you should keep your eyes peeled for sea turtle nests while glancing at the photo-worthy fofoti trees.
Tennis is very popular on weekends and during Easter time, families observe the local tradition where they camp out on the beautiful beachfront.
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Stretching 6.3 miles long, this coral sand beach makes up for its literal shortcoming with the fact that you can take a casual walk along its whole length since it is 100% public. And, while the Seven Mile Beach may round upon its length, it’s often underestimated when it comes to the opportunities.
The beach is lined with bars, restaurants, and hotels for day and night entertainment. Friendly stingrays also make for an incredible snorkeling adventure.
La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain
La Concha Beach. Credit: justraveling.com
Already considered the most lovely of all city beaches in Europe, La Concha in San Sebastián makes it onto the list of one of the top ten beaches in the world. It is nestled between the Urgull and Igueldo Mountains and it features clear water washing up upon the golden sand.
The beach is perfect for long walks at sunrise, sunset, or anytime in between. It’s also a popular destination for boating and kayaking excursions.
Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA
Clear Water Beach, Pier. Credit: Mariamichelle
As a go-to for parasailing, boating, and jet skiing, this 2.5-mile long beach tops the list of Florida’s most beautiful beaches and is thus considered one of the world’s finest. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some dolphins while you’re enjoying what the area has to offer.
Pier 60 deserves special attention as a recreation area that’s ideal for families. It features musical acts, street performers, and bars.
Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
Although once riddled with pirates, this seven-mile beach is now overrun by sun worshippers, beach bums, and everyday citizens trying to escape the hustle and bustle of city life while they bury their head in a book and enjoy a cocktail.
Bavaro Beach, Bavaro, Dominican Republic
Bavaro Beach. Credit: DEZALB
With multiple resorts and pristine sandy beaches, Bavaro is a very popular tourist spot and, while it can get crowded, the beauty of it all certainly makes up for it. The azure waters and walkable golden sand is just the beginning. A golf club and nearby shopping center round out your experience.
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Credit: Johnycanal
Close to Cancun, Playa Norte is a palm-lined beach that features smooth sand that’s ideal for walking and cycling. It’s also got excellent local seafood options.
In fact, you can purchase the freshest catch along the beachfront. It’s also quieter than other beaches in the area and is great for a laid-back snorkeling adventure.