The 20 best beaches on the planet in 2020

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  • The best beaches in the world for 2020 have been announced in the annual TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards.
  • The ranking is determined based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings of beaches on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.
  • From the wild coastline of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland to secluded hidden bays with shimmering seas in Brazil, there’s a beach for everyone.
  • Here are the top 20 beaches to add to your bucket list.
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20. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, UK

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Three miles long, this British beach was praised for being both beautiful in wild weather and delightful in sunnier times.


19. Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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With the brightest of seas, pale sands, and striking palm trees, Bavaro Beach looks straight out of a postcard.


18. Maho Bay Beach, Cruz Bay, St. John

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One TripAdvisor user wrote that they swam with a sea turtle at Maho Bay Beach and then “came ashore to sunbathe with an iguana.”


17. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres

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This Mexican island beach was praised for its “calm turquoise waters, pure white powdery sand, and water so blue, it makes the sky look pale.”


16. Saint Pete Beach, Florida

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This vast Florida beach benefits from beautiful sunset views over the sea.


15. La Concha Beach, San Sebastián, Spain

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This beautiful beach is surrounded by mountains and has a lovely architectural promenade.


14. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands

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“Endless sea, fine sand, spectacular views, yachts, fancy stalls, Ibiza on the horizon,” read one traveller’s review of Playa se Ses Illetes.


13. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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This spectacular beach is one of the largest on the Isle of Harris and has a quaint beach hut selling refreshments and gifts.


12. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

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Radhanagar Beach was described as “one of the most serene and scenic beaches in the world.”


11. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida

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Siesta Beach was praised as “a pristine beach that never seems to end” as well as a “photographer’s dream.”


10. Kleftiko Beach, Milos, Cyclades

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The Greek beach was called the island’s “magnificent jewel.”


9. Varadero Beach, Varadero, Cuba

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“As good as it gets,” wrote one traveller of Varadero Beach.


8. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

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A beach with clear blue seas and a mountain backdrop – “You can’t take a bad picture here,” said one reviewer.


7. Eagle Beach, Aruba

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Eagle Beach is widely considered the most beautiful in Aruba, described as “private, quiet, serene, amazing!”


6. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

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A trip to the Cayman Islands isn’t complete without a visit to this famous beach.


5. Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, Arraial do Cabo, Brazil

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These beautiful beaches are known as the Caribbean of Brazil.


4. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily

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“The sand is golden, the water is crystal clear and there are plenty of fish, so definitely bring a snorkel,” wrote one fan of this Italian beach.


3. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba

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With sand as soft as flour and calm sea, “all you need is a beach chair and a piña colada,” wrote one traveller.


2. Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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A picture-perfect paradise, the colour of the sea at Grace Bay Beach will take your breath away.


1. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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Climb down stairs to this beach and prepare to have your breath taken away. “As you walk through a small trail, you can’t imagine what awaits you. The heavenly view seems like a mirage,” said one reviewer.

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