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TripAdvisor Just Released Its List Of 2023’s Top 25 Beaches In The World, & We’re Packing Our Bags

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Spring is around the corner, and just beyond that, is summer. When you’re ready for a beach vacation, TripAdvisor wants to make sure you can make the most of those PTO hours and frequent flyer miles by steering you toward the best beaches in the world.

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Baia do Sancho

Located in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, this secluded spot is backed by gorgeous cliffs. It’s home to warm, salty waves and doesn’t attract the usual throng of beachgoers, making Baia do Sancho the perfect place to literally hide out from the stress of real life.

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Eagle Beach

Let’s face it: Ever since you first heard The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo,” you’ve ached to go to Aruba. When you finally make it, head to Eagle Beach. It boasts sparkling clear water and litter-free shores.

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Cable Beach

This scenic locale set off the coast of Broome, Australia, is worth braving all the terrifying threats to your life the Outback is known for, as it boasts some of the most picturesque beach scenes in the world. Find a more romantic sunset. Try.

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Reynisfjara Beach

Not every beach vacation needs to include white sands and warm turquoise waters. For a unique and enviable experience, head to the infamous black sand beaches in Vik, Iceland. Bonus points: You can see the Aurora Borealis from the shore.

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Grace Bay Beach

Grace Bay looks like something straight out of a movie: bright white sands, clear blue oceans, and healthy green palm trees as far as the eye can see. Boasting 20 hotels and 215 rentals, it’s not exactly secluded, but even extra strangers can’t take away from the beauty.

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Praia da Falesia

How’s your Portuguese? Located in Olhos de Agua, Portugal, Praia da Falesia sit at the bottom of picturesque orange-red cliffs, seemingly hidden from the rest of the world. If you’ve never visited a beach in this area of the world, this is where you start.

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Radhanagar Beach

If you want that isolated, “deserted island” vibe for your next beach vacay, Radhanagar Beach is your spot. You’ll walk through a mangrove forest to reach the utterly pristine beach, then shallow water stretches meters out, making for a safer, more relaxing swim.

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Spiaggia dei Conigli

Picture it: Sicily. 2023. You’ve used every last hour of PTO and every single bonus mile you had to get to what might just be the world’s best beach. Situated in a cove, Spiaggia dei Conigli’s bright turquoise waters and sparkling sand offer a private escape well worth the hike to get there.


Varadero Beach

Everyone heads to Cuba for Havana-nanana, but beyond the vintage cars and wild soccer matches lies an almost resort-like vibe at Varadero Beach in Varadero, Cuba. These white sands and crystal waters are only a hop, skip, and a jump (and a TSA pat-down and customs conversation) away from Miami.

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Ka'anapali Beach

No passport? No problem. This best beach is located on Lahaina, Hawaii, and offers up literally all that Hawaii has to offer. With green mountains at your back and blue waves lapping at your feet, it’s as close to paradise as you can get in America.

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Siesta Beach

For a gorgeous beach even closer to home, head to Siesta Key off Florida’s West Coast. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Siesta Beach boasts warm, calm waters nearly year-round. The beach is almost always that white, and you never know what kind of tiny wildlife you’ll find hiding in that line of seaweed.

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Driftwood Beach

Live your best coastal grandmother life in Jekyll Island, Georgia, when you visit Driftwood Beach. Aptly named for the giant hunks of trees and brush that rest on the shore, Driftwood Beach offers cool Atlantic waters and a gorgeous-but-dystopian atmosphere. All that’s missing is the right true crime podcast and wide-brimmed hat.

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Manly Beach

One part beach and one part park, this Sydney, Australia, scene offers a little something for everyone, including exercise paths and green grass the play in... and that’s all before your feet hit the sand. There’s no shortage of beach to lounge on, and the water stays shallow for quite a while, making it an ideal family spot.

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Seven Mile Beach

Yes, this beach really stretches for miles. The soft, clear sand meets up with gentle turquoise waves to offer a serene spot for escape. Why do Grand Cayman beaches always look like someone painted them from a dream?

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La Concha Beach

This beach in San Sebastian, Spain, offers a deep, sandy shore with plenty of room the spread out and avoid human contact from both locals and other tourists. The waves are tiny, and the water clear, too, so pack that giant flamingo float, anchor it to shore, and enjoy a relaxing float.

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Kelingking Beach

Have you ever been to Bali? If not, it’s absolutely time. If someone told you to close your eyes and imagine yourself on a beach in Bali, Kelingking beach would most likely be exactly what you’d picture. Steep, jagged cliffs, lush greenery, and swirling turquoise waters are in your future.

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Playa de Muro Beach

If you’re already in Spain for La Concha Beach, why not hop to Playa de Muro, too? Offering almost the exact opposite vibe, this resort beach is home to cheeky palm-topped umbrellas, white sands, and blue waters for as far as the eye can see.

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Playa Manuel Antonio

Costa Rica is only a six-hour flight from New York City, making Playa Manuel Antonio an easy escape for a long weekend away. Boasting black sands and calm seas, it’s as relaxing as it gets.

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Ipanema Beach

Head to Brazil and live your “Girl from Ipanema” dreams at this clean, quiet beach with mountain views. Plus, if you ever get sick of that tanning life, there’s plenty of city life nearby to explore and enjoy in Rio de Janeiro.

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Nungwi Beach

Picture-perfect soft white sands and turquoise water that stretches farther than you’d expect before deepening and darkening, Nungwi Beach in Tanzania is beachy perfection. Summer in Tanzania is from November to March, with a rainy season that ends in December. So, new year, new you, new beach vacay?

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Falassarna Beach

When you think of Greece, do you think of beaches? They have some of the best of them, including Falassarna, which boasts pink sand and cool, clear water. Not too crowded but not exactly desolate, Falassarna is an excellent stop on any Greek vacation.

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Nissi Beach

Surprise, surprise! Cyprus is coming in hot with a truly extravagant beach experience. Nissi is cove-like in its long, naturally curved geography and boasts warm, nearly waveless water for floating, soaking, and splashing. It’s a resort-like experience without the resort-like snobbery.

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Playa Norte

Packed into the Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Mujeres’ Playa Norte is just one of many, many gorgeous blue and white beaches you’ll find up and down the coast. The water is always warm, and, unless something is stirring out in the Gulf, the waves are minimal.

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Magens Bay

As part of the US Virgin Islands, you don’t even need a passport to visit the paradise that is St. Thomas. While there’s plenty to do and see around the island, Magens Bay is the best beach in the area and, like Trip Advisor says, one of the best beaches in the world. The water is perfect for snorkeling!

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Balos Lagoon

We’re back in Greece again, this time for Balos Lagoon. Never been to a lagoon? What are you waiting for? With a proper beach on one side and a shallow lagoon for exploring on the other, Balos is an adventurer’s delight.

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