The 50 Best Beaches in the World, According to Travel Experts

Wish you were here? Check out the world's best beaches. Newsweek
1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos: Voted the best beach in the world, and complete with a colorful barrier reef, crystal clear seaweed-free water and pure sand, this beach is a fantasy come true. Getty Images

If you’re dreaming of a vacation, you’re probably picturing turquoise waters, a ribbon of white sand fringed by palm trees, and a rum cocktail served in a coconut. It wasn’t always this way, however—the sea was generally feared for its unpredictable wildness, until beach holidays were popularized by the British in the 19th century. The trend spread to America soon after, and has stuck with us ever since.

This near-universal lust for beautiful beaches doesn’t seem to be fading, but it can mean you have to share your island paradise with hordes of other tranquility-seekers. Some tourists are now looking further afield to fulfill their azure water fantasies. 

To make it easy for them, travel agency FlightNetwork has consulted over 600 experts to rank the very best of the world’s beaches. Each is given a score for its untouched beauty, remoteness, water quality, sunshine and temperature, making it extremely useful for holiday planning. The list includes both well-known beaches, such as the Thai cove graced by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2000 film The Beach, and lesser-known hidden lagoons. 

There’s something for the Instagram obsessives too—on one Caribbean beach, you can swim with adorable mini tropical pigs. Another in the Bahamas has pink-tinted sand. All the beaches are stunning, and guaranteed to make you the envy of your followers. Drift away with us as we count down the world’s top 50 dreamiest beaches.

2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia: This pristine beach, on an island off the coast of Queensland, stretches for over four miles.Getty Images
3. Anse Lazio, Seychelles: Known for its picturesque views, clear waters and vivid colors, this Indian Ocean gem has something for everyone.Getty Images
4. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas: Bright red and pink shells of the microscopic Foraminifera insects have turned the sands of this beach in the Bahamas a delicate pink (but not the garish fuchsia seen on many Instagram posts).Getty Images
6. Baia Dos Porcos, Brazil: Nestled on an island in the Bay of Pigs, off the coast of northeastern Brazil, this beach is home to the iconic “Dois Irmaos” rocks, which means the “two brothers.” Getty Images
5. Navagio Beach, Greece: Visitors can see the shipwrecked freightliner MV Panagiotis, which is washed up on on this gravel beach on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands.Getty Images
7. Playa Paraiso, Mexico: The sun shines down on vacationers 290 days a year. No wonder it's called "Paradise beach."Getty Images
8. Hyams Beach, Australia: This Australian beach, about three hours' drive from Sydney, has the whitest sands in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.Getty Images
9. Hidden Beach, Mexico: Tucked away inside a cave with a opening in the roof.Getty Images
10. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands: This remains one of the best-preserved beaches in the world.Getty Images
11. Maya Bay, Thailand: This beach, the paradise setting of the 2000 film "The Beach," has proved so popular it is currently off-limits for tourists until the end of September in an effort to preserve its once unspoiled beauty.Getty Images
12. Pig Beach, Bahamas: You get to share the beauty of this Caribbean island getaway with friendly pink-snouted tropical pigs.Getty Images
13. Blue Lagoon, Fiji: On the hilly volcanic island of Nacula in Fiji, this beach has coves, mangrove swamps and crystal-clear lagoons.Getty Images