Daydream in Beautiful Pictures of The 50 Best Beaches In The World

If the cold winter weather and the enduring pandemic have you craving hot sands, turquoise waters and romantic sunsets, well, you’re in luck(ish). Our latest gallery lets you take a scroll instead of a stroll across 50 of the best beaches in the world.

1. Durdle Door, England

This beach along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England, is famous for its Durdle Door, a stone archway created when the ocean tunneled through the limestone about 10,000 years ago.

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2. Beau Vallon, Seychelles

This beautiful tropical beach on Mahé’ Island is considered one of the most popular beaches in the Seychelles.

Beau Vallon Beach
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3. Punalu’u Beach, United States

The black sand on this beach on Hawaii’s Big Island was created by lava flowing into the ocean. 

Punalu'u Beach
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4. Tulum, Mexico

Tulum’s beaches along the coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula are surrounded by picture-perfect ancient Mayan ruins — perfect for generating envy on Instagram.

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5. Maya Bay Beach, Thailand

This majestic beach on Phi Phi Le Island became so popular after serving as the backdrop for Leonardo DiCaprio thriller “The Beach” that it was shut down as part of a conservation effort in 2018. 

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6. Boracay Beach, Philippines

This beautiful beach’s most iconic landmark is Willy’s Rock, a volcanic formation topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary.

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7. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

This stunning beach on Australia’s Whitsunday Island gets its distinctive look from the white silica sand swirling with the turquoise tide.

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8. Pfeiffer Beach, United States

Located in the heart of California’s Big Sur, Pfeiffer Beach has a number of notable qualities, including swaths of purple sand, natural rock arches and swirling tide pools.

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9. Dune of Pilat, France

Tourists are known to go bodyboarding down Europe’s tallest sand dune, towering over France’s Arcachon Bay. 

Dune of Pilat
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10. Navagio, Greece

Located on the Greek island of Zakynthos, this breathtaking beach, also known as “Shipwreck Island” or “Smuggler’s Cove” can only be reached by boat.

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11. The Baths, British Virgin Islands

This beach on Virgin Gorda’s north shore stands out, thanks to the distinct granite boulders dotting its white sands.

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12. Miramar Beach, United States

This charming beach in Destin, Florida features white sands, emerald waters and a thriving underwater population. (The town is often referred to as the “world’s luckiest fishing village.”) Enjoy one of the best beaches in the world without a passport.

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13. Praia da Marinha, Portugal

This gorgeous beach on Portugal’s southern coast is a feast for the eyes with its deep turquoise waters and orange limestone cliffs.

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14. Rabbit Beach, Italy

This small, but stunning beach is located on the Isola dei Conigli(a.k.a. Rabbit Island), a tiny island off the coast of Sicily.

Rabbit Beach
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15. Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

Crystal clear water, white sands, granite formations and lush vegetation make this beach on the Seychelles’ La Digue Island perfect for panoramas.

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16. Ipanema Beach, Brazil

This bustling beach in Rio de Janeiro is known for its vibrant social scene.

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17. Zlatni Rat, Croatia

Located on the Croatian island of Brač, this beautiful beach, also known as “The Golden Horn,” is known for its distinct, elongated shape.

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18. Myrtle Beach, United States

South Carolina’s popular tourist town features 60-miles of sandy beaches. It’s one of the best beaches in the world for a family vacation.

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19. Bondi Beach, Australia

Sydney sightseers shouldn’t pass up a visit to Bondi Beach, one of the country’s most famous stretches of sand.

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20. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

The bustling beach along the south shore of Honolulu pairs beautiful scenery (Diamond Head serves as its backdrop) with all the activities (surfing, canoeing, free Hula shows) a vacationer desires. Visitors from all over come to see the best beaches in the world throughout the Aloha state.

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21. Oludeniz, Turkey

The highlight of this beach village on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey is its Blue Lagoon, a stretch of azure water, perfect for paddle-boarding and canoeing.

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22. Hapuna Beach, United States

This beautiful beach along Hawaii’s Kohala Coast is known for its consistently good swimming and snorkeling conditions. 

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23. Trunk Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

This white sand beach on St. John’s Island is considered the territory’s showpiece, per its National Park Service.  One look at this picture and you’ll see why its considered one of the best beaches in the world.

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24. Phra Nang Cave Beach, Thailand

You’ll need to take a boat to reach this beach in Krabi, Thailand, which houses a shrine to its eponymous princess goddess.

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25. Narragansett Beach, United States

Visitors to this New England beach can get a good glimpse of The Towers, a historic remnant of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Pier Casino built in the 1880s.

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26. Ruby Beach, United States

Located in Washington’s Olympic National Park, Ruby Beach is famous for its reddish sands, floating driftwoods and large ruby-shaped rock islands, called “sea stacks.”

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27. Glowing Beach, the Maldives

The night-time neon sands of this beach on the Maldives’ Vaadhoo Island is caused by blooms of bioluminescent plankton. You can typically see the glow between mid-summer and winter, though it can appear at any time. 

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28. Platja d’Illetes, Spain

Located on Spain’s Formentera island, this white sand beach, whose name means “beach of the small islands,“ is known for its shallow, turquoise waters and natural rocky divide. 


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29. Matira Beach, Bora Bora

The largest public access beach in lush, intimate Bora Bora features clear waters and soft, “downy” sands.

Matira Beach
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30. Polihale Beach, United States

Located on the west coast of Kauai, Polihale’s white sands stretch for 17 miles. If you’d like to spend time on one of the best beaches in the world without fighting crowds, add this Hawaii gem to your list.

Polihale Beach, Hawaii

31. Miami Beach, Florida

The Florida hotspot attracts over seven million visitors (in non-pandemic years), thanks to its sparkling sands and vibrant nightlife. It’s one of the best beaches in the world for beachgoers who also love nightlife.

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32. Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos

The beautiful white sand beach is easily accessible via the bevy of beautiful resorts and hotels lining the island of Providenciales.

Grace Bay Beach
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33. Harris Beach, United States

If you like your nature a little rugged, this rocky, wildlife-rich beach in Oregon’s Harris Beach State Park is a must-visit. You might catch a glimpse of migrating gray whales in spring or winter. 

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34. Hidden Beach, Mexico

Also known as Playa del Amor, this beach cavern on Mexico’s Marieta Islands is believed to have been created by military testing by the government in the 1900s. Now the beach is a popular tourist destination, though visitors have to swim or kayak to the site.

Hidden Beach
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35. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico

Located on the island of Culebra, this public beach is known for its stunning white sands and “practically waveless” waters. If you’re looking to escape to one of the best beaches in the world while remaining in the U.S., this gem awwaits.

Flamenco Beach
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36. Monterosso Al Mare, Italy

Located in the small town of Monterosso in the Cinque Terre Park, this beautiful sandy beach is a must-see for visitors to the Italian Riviera.

Monterosso Al Mare
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37. Kaputas Beach, Turkey

This small, but beautiful beach in southwestern Turkey is a great place to take in the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

Kaputas Beach
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38. Boulders Beach, South Africa

This popular public beach in Cape Town is home to a colony of adorable African penguins. It’s one of the best beaches in the world for animal lovers.

Boulders Beach
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39. Eagle Beach, Aruba

The flagship feature of Aruba’s widest beach is its famous fofoti trees, which point directly toward the water.

Eagle Beach
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40. Pig Beach, the Bahamas

You may recall Exuma’s beautiful Pig Beach (and its adorable swine) from the ill-fated Fyre Festival advertising spots and subsequent documentaries.

Pig Beach
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41. Cannon Beach, United States

Located about 90 minutes outside of Portland, Oregon, this sandy beach is home to Haystack Rock, a 235-feet wonder you can walk to during low tide.

Cannon Beach
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42. Ora Beach, Indonesia

Located on the island of Seram, this tranquil beach and its surrounding resort has become a popular hotspot for honeymooners.

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43. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Light pink sands and clear blue waters have made this stretch of coast on Bermuda’s South Shore one of “the world’s most Instagrammed beaches.”

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44. Elafonissi Beach, Greece

Fans of pink sands will want to put this beautiful beach on the island of Crete at the top their bucket lists.

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45. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

Prospective visitors to this famous black sand beach outside of Reykjavík travel at their own risk. The beach is known for its dangerous sneaker-waves, freezing cold waters, and exceptionally strong riptides.

Reynisfjara Beach
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46. Sebago Lake, Maine

This large lake in southern Maine is surrounded by sandy beaches and lush forests. You can check out more stunning bodies of water in the world’s most beautiful lakes.

Sebago Lake
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47. As Catedrais Beach, Spain

Also known as the “Holy Waters Beach,” this gorgeous stretch on the northwest coast of Spain is famous for the natural archways (or “cathedrals”) created by the Cantabrian Sea.

As Catedrais Beach
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48. Champagne Beach, Vanuatu

This beautiful beach in the South Pacific gets its name from the shape of the coastline, which curves to form an old-fashioned champagne flute.

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49. Kerachut Beach, Malaysia

This peaceful, remote beach within the Penang National Park can only be reached by boat or trekking.

Kerachut Beach
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50. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

Located on the western side of Grand Cayman, this public beach is known for its spectacular sunsets. 

Seven Mile Beach
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