BEACH – It’s the best escape anyone can have! With the sky above our heads and sand beneath our feet; salty air and sun kissed hair, this is a paradise like no other. It’s not just the waves or the sand that call out to you but there’s a host of other activities like snorkeling, diving, parasailing, jet skiing etc. What better place than a beach for a vacation?
If you’re constantly looking up the internet for “Best Beaches in the World” to tick off your bucket list (I do that every year); here’s some interesting news. Trip Advisor recently released its 2017 Travelers’ Choice for Beaches awards. Based on quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period; 343 beaches landed on its list. For those planning a beach vacation this year, you can thank Trip Advisor for putting together this list for you.
Here’s a look at the top 10 beaches.
10 – Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands
Turquoise blue waters, white sand that has barely been walked on, and not a soul as far as you can see is what a typical beach at the Galapagos is like. The beautiful white coral sand Galapagos beach is about a 2.5 km walk from Puerto Ayora and behind the main beach is a natural bay that is an excellent spot for sea kayaking and snorkeling.
9 – Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Crete, Greece
Blindingly white sand with pink hues, turquoise waters that ripple as they pick up the breeze, Elafonissi takes the title for ninth best in the world and second best in Europe.
8 – Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
Radhanagar beach at Havelock Island of Andaman Islands is the only entrant from India. With its rich coral reefs and lush green forest, this beach is a beauty for its flora and fauna and of course for its endless stretch of white sands.
7 – Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Calm turquoise waters, pure white powdery sand and water so blue, it makes the sky look pale. That’s one description of Playa Norte. Plus, the water is warm and its walking depth is way over 200 feet from shore according to a TripAdvisor reviewer. This explains why this uncrowded beach was named seventh best in the world.
6 – La Concha Beach, San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
The Concha beach or the “Playa de la Concha” is the most symbolic beach of the coastal city San Sebastián. La Concha has been crowned Europe’s best. Beach-goers can paddle out to Isla Santa Clara, a small island in the bay that features its own strip of beach, lighthouse, bar and picnic tables.
5 – Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida, United States
Siesta Beach, which is on Siesta Key is no stranger to accolades. The sand is 99% pure quartz and is so clean and fluffy that it squeaks when stepped upon and never gets too hot. The sand is the reason why Siesta Beach is a favorite among travelers.
4 – Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba
Paradise Beach locally known as Playa Paraiso, on Cayo Largo del Sur, in Cuba, is down one place from last year. May critics praise it for its ‘beautiful, sheltered beach’. If you are looking for a place on earth where peace, tranquility, sunshine, crystal clean waters, azure blue seas and warm breeze, this is it!
3 – Eagle Beach, Aruba, Caribbean
Eagle Beach is an idyllic Caribbean beach with white sands and turquoise waters and is frequented by water sports enthusiasts. It boasts the widest beach in Aruba and is famous for its pristine and soft white sands.
2 – Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caico
Falling from first in 2016 to second place in 2017 was Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. It has eight kilometers of white sand and turquoise water and is lined with swanky but affordable resorts. It also contains the world’s third-largest barrier reef making it popular for scuba diving.
1 – Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
This idyllic island paradise on the volcanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha claimed the top spot of best beach in the world. Its crystal clear waters, soft white sands, rugged cliffs and rich marine life makes it one of the premiere diving destinations in Brazil. It is not a beach that can be easily reached and requires a boat, a trek or a swim to reach.