The Top 25 Beaches in the World, According to TripAdvisor

Mar 3, 2017

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TripAdvisor recently released its list of the best beaches in the world, part of its 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Unlike other travel websites, where similar lists are curated by a team of editors and travel experts, these rankings were based strictly on the reviews and ratings of TripAdvisor’s users.

While the top 25 beaches were located all around the world, many of them were in the Caribbean. Here’s a handy Google Map so you can get a better idea of where to find them:

TripAdvisors chose Baía do Sancho as the #1 beach in the world — it’s located 220 miles off the coast of Brazil on the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha. The beach is also historically significant because it’s where the Portuguese explorers first landed in the 1500s. The island limits visitors to just 500 a day, helping to keep this UNESCO World Heritage Site calm, secluded and preserved.

Baía do Sancho was ranked by Tripadvisor as the best beach in the world.
Baía do Sancho was ranked by Tripadvisor as the best beach in the world.

Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos came in second place, with its crystal clear waters and white sand helping this beach rank high.

A sunny day at Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Cacos.
This beach scene at Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos looks amazing right now.

Aruba’s Eagle Beach came in third, with reviewers saying the soft sand and lack of crowds made this particular spot of sand extra special.

Eagle Beach in Aruba was ranked the third best beach in the world.
Eagle Beach in Aruba was ranked the third best beach in the world.

Now that Cuba is open to American travelers, you’ll have the chance to visit Playa Pariso, which took the #4 spot. The beach is located on the small island of Cayo Largo just off Cuba’s southern coast, which is accessible by plane or boat.

Playa Pariso in Cuba.
Playa Pariso in Cuba.

Siesta Beach — located in Siesta Key, Florida, just south of Sarasota along the Gulf Coast — came in at #5 and is currently the highest ranking beach in the US according to TripAdvisor users. What did travelers say was one of the best things about this beach? White sand that stays cool and doesn’t burn your feet.

Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, Florida is the US' best beach and ranked number 5 in the world by Tripadvisor.
Tripadvisor users say Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, Florida, is the #5 beach in the world and #1 in the US.

You can see Tripadvisor’s full list here, but here’s a look at the Top 25:

    1. Baía do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
    2. Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
    3. Eagle Beach, Aruba
    4. Playa Paraiso Beach, Cayo Largo, Cuba
    5. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
    6. Playa de La Concha, San Sebastián, Spain
    7. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
    8. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
    9. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece
    10. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
    11. Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin Island, Seychelles
    12. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
    13. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
    14. Bávaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
    15. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
    16. Anakena Beach, Easter Island, Chile
    17. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
    18. La Cote des Basques, Biarritz, France
    19. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus
    20. West Bay Beach, West Bay, Honduras
    21. Camps Bay Beach, Camps Bay, South Africa
    22. Praia de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Cape Verde
    23. Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
    24. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
    25. Ngapali Beach, Myanmar

Which of these beaches have you been to? Are there any you think should have been on this list? Let us know in the comments, below.

Featured image of Anse Lazio Beach in the Seychelles and all other photos courtesy of Getty Images. 

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