50 beautiful beaches around the world

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  • FlightNetwork asked over 600 travel journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies to name beautiful beaches around the world.
  • Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos took the number one spot, followed by Whitehaven Beach in Australia and Anse Lazio in Seychelles.
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Some beaches across the world are lined with black or pink sand instead of white. Other spots feature shipwrecks, stunning rock formations, or wild pigs that share the water with tourists.

FlightNetwork asked over 600 travel journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies to identify beautiful beaches around the world by naming places that fell in categories like “sheer untouched beauty,” “sand and water quality,” and “actual days of sunshine.”

Keep scrolling to see 50 of the most beautiful beaches in the world, according to the experts.


50. Cannon Beach, Oregon

“Cannon Beach has incredible Pacific Northwest vibes while remaining quiet and serene …” – Round The World Girl


49. Diani Beach, Kenya

“A cultural beach experience …” – AfricanMecca Safaris


48. Agiba Beach, Egypt

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“Arabic for ‘miracle,’ it is no wonder this fantastic beach bears such a name. The bluest waters and plushest sands … [create] a dreamy experience that ignites the senses.” – Matthew Greenspan, Flight Network


47. Eagle Beach, Aruba

“The sky lights up above the beach with spectacular colours as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the most romantic settings in the world.” – Gwen Pratesi, Pratesi Living


46. Radhanagar Beach, India

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“Pure beauty off the beaten path.” – View from the Wing


45. Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

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“Ao Nang Beach transports you to another world, painted in hues of perfect blues and golds. The waters rush up to your sand covered feet while you look in awe at the ivy covered cliffs.” –Kensington Tours


44. One Foot Island, Cook Islands

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“One Foot Island is untouched beauty that consists of sugar-white sand and uncrowded beaches with the clearest water I’ve ever seen.” – Ordinary Traveller


43. Shoal Bay, Anguilla

“Shoal Bay is everything you want in a tropical beach, with two miles of the most perfect sand fronted by perfect Caribbean waters and colourful coral reefs.” – Larry Olmsted, Forbes


42. Cala Mitjana, Spain

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“Cala Mitjana is a small and beautiful sandy beach hidden in a rocky cove. Absolutely breathtaking with clear waters enclosed by plush sands and bounteous pines swaying cooly in the breeze.” –Paul Dow, TravMonkey


41. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

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“The name ‘Lanikai’ translates into ‘heavenly sea,’ and Lanikai Beach lives up to its name with white soft sands and crystal clear calm blue waters. It is a breathtaking, mesmerising wonder.” – Christine Kaaloa, GRRRL Traveller


40. Boulders Beach, South Africa

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“The penguin colony at South Africa’s Boulders Beach, along with the beautiful boulders themselves, make this the most unusual yet incredible beach experience of my life.” – Melanie Votaw, freelance writer


39. Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

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“This 3.2 kilometre long stretch of paradise features calm turquoise waters, fine white sand, and a collection of intimate spaces.” – A Taste for Travel


38. Long Beach, Canada

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“This gorgeous stretch of northern sand offers a lush coastal rainforest, pounding surf, lively tidal pools, and unobstructed sunsets.” – David Webb, travel writer


37. Los Roques Beach, Venezuela

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“After travelling the world, I can say that Los Roques is truly a unique beach destination.” – Laura Termini, Chicanol


36. Cala Goloroitze, Italy

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“Cala Goloritze is really a hidden gem, remaining quiet and beautifully preserved without larger crowds. The emerald waters mesmerize while you float, captured by the tranquility of cool waters and ocean breezes.” – Daniel Chung, the modman


35. Île aux Nattes, Madagascar

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“A car-free island off Madagascar, Île aux Nattes has white sand, warm waters, and coral.” – Bradt Travel Guides


34. Dhigurah Island, Maldives

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“Soft white sand will surround you while crystal waters lap at your feet on an island meant for dreamers.” – Lindsey Parry, Arabian Notes


33. Kaputas Beach, Turkey

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“The crystalline water meeting with golden, sun-kissed sand makes you feel as though you have travelled to another world.” –Bobby Heard, Flight Network


32. Tunnels Beach, Hawaii

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“Great for walking, snorkelling, sunset gazing, and exploring nature’s wonders, Tunnels Beach truly has it all.” – Amber Selene Turpin, The Mercury News


31. Champagne Beach, Vanuatu

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“Stunning sand and clear turquoise water with romantic mountain and island vistas, embraced by lush South Pacific jungles make Champagne Beach a true Vanuatu experience.” – Karen T. Bartlett, travel writer


30. Elafonissi Beach, Greece

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“The ground literally sparkles with pink-tinted sand and crystal-clear Mediterranean waters.” – Jessica Loves, travel writer


29. Turquoise Bay, Australia

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“The underwater marine life makes this beach even more spectacular with the astounding Ningaloo Coral Reef.” – Uncornered Market


28. Honokalani Beach, Hawaii

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“With its black sand and lush green surroundings, Honokalani Beach is unlike any other beach in the world – which is exactly what makes it so special.” – Breanna Wilson, Forbes


27. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

“The pink sands and the rock formations make Horseshoe Bay the most unique tropical landscape in the world.” – Justin Plus Lauren


26. Anse Source d’Argent Beach, Seychelles

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“Anse Source D’Argent is a jaw dropping beach featuring sun-dappled giant boulders, calm turquoise waters, and snow white sand.” – Rob Hale, Travel N Relax Inc


25. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

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“The clear sapphire blue waters are the most magnificent place…” – The Planet D


24. Cayo Coco, Cuba

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“Fine sand and pristine waters create a beach meant for peaceful swimming and relaxing moments on the shore.” – Cuba Explorer


23. Vaeroy Beach, Norway

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“Vaeory is truly one of the most unique and distinctive beaches on the planet.” – Bobby Heard, Flight Network


22. Fulhadhoo Beach, Maldives

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“A glowing tropical beach.” – Rachel Weir, Five Star Alliance


21. Île aux Cerfs, Mauritius

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“Crystalized blue waters and sugar white sands.” – Mohammad, La Vacanza Travel


20. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

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“The pure beauty of the island is sure to warm your heart.” –Roamaroo


19. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico

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“Not only are there long stretches of powdery white sand and dazzling blue water, Flamenco Beach is also home to unique features.” – Travel Freak


18. Lucky Bay, Australia

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“Lucky Bay is one of the most stunning untouched landscapes featuring azure waters, blindingly white sand, and the occasional visit by local kangaroos.” – Rebecca Chisholm, Rottnest Island Authority


17. Half Moon Bay, Antigua

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“A world of turquoise, clear waters and exquisite views.” –Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes


16. Saltwhistle Bay, St. Vincent and Grenadines

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“A picture-perfect slice of sand. With hardly any development around, it’s peaceful and quiet.” – Jim Byers, Travel Pulse Canada


15. Muri Beach, Cook Islands

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“Muri Beach is a small, extremely romantic island getaway. Its white sands and turquoise waters will make you believe in true love.” – Mirka Moore Travels


14. El Nido, Philippines

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“I have never seen more pristine beauty in my life. This place is stunningly gorgeous beyond measure, with miles of beaches and coves.” – Points and Travel


13. Blue Lagoon, Fiji

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“Rustic, low-key lodging and colourful shallow coral.” – Lauren Mowery, Forbes


12. Pig Beach, Bahamas

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“Beautiful white sand, turquoise water, and tropical pigs are the most remarkable parts of this oasis.” – Whispered Inspirations


11. Maya Bay, Thailand

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“Enclosed by craggy rock formations with water that sparkles in the sun, this beach is a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind experience.” – Marc Matsumoto, No Recipes


10. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands

“This amazing beach in the US Virgin Islands offers extraordinary views, and so much more beauty …” – Michelle, Making Sense of Cents


9. Hidden Beach, Mexico

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“A true secret paradise invisible from the outside.” – The Product Poet


8. Hyams Beach, Australia

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“Hyams Beach had the whitest sand I’ve ever seen against a beautiful backdrop. I almost couldn’t believe it to be true.” –Jemma York, Academy Travel


7. Playa Paraiso, Mexico

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“Gorgeous aqua blue water and pristine white sand combine to create the most amazing beach imaginable.” – Amber Mamian, Global Munchkins


6. Baia Dos Porcos, Brazil

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“The most picturesque beach you can imagine, Baia Dos Porcos is inundated with the bluest of turquoise waters and vividly coloured wildlife hidden behind lofty cliffs.” – Marisa Megan, Travelling With Boys


5. Navagio Beach, Greece

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“The gorgeous blue water is just stunning in contrast to the white cliffs and sand.” – Jolene Ejmont, Wanderlust Story Tellers


4. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

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“The island has a stunning pastel pink sand beach that adds a dreamy feeling to the atmosphere.” – Stephanie White Travels


3. Anse Lazio, Seychelles

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“The white sand, emerald waters, and lush jungle are pure paradise.” – Kiersten, The Blonde Abroad


2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

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“Whitehaven Beach has oh-so-white sands, deepest green rainforests, and crystalline waters. It’s a wild island, part of the Great Barrier Reef.” – Sharron Livingston, The Travel Magazine


1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

“Soft white sand and unbelievably clear blue water…” – Kelly Stilwell, travel writer

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