Before planning your next sun-soaked getaway, take a look below at the 10 best beaches in the world in 2018 for some travel inspiration:
Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha – Brazil
The beach is located on Fernando de Noronha, a collection of islands 220 miles off the Brazilian coast. They’re known for volcanic formations such as Morro de Pico, and the entire archipelago is Unesco-protected to prevent damage to the coral.
Eagle Beach — Aruba
One of Aruba’s most breathtaking beaches, Eagle Beach is known for having wide beaches with sugar-soft white sand. When you feel like being active, you can go kayaking or try stand up paddle boarding. After your workout, take a refreshing dip.
Varadero Beach – Cuba
Varadero Beach is one of Cuba’s most well-known beaches and came third in the list thanks to its white sand that is lined with coconut trees. Resort hotels that were built in the 1920s by American celebrities and gangsters, including Al Capone, teem along the shore. One favourable review of Varadero Beach on TripAdvisor says: ‘Great beach that goes on for miles, clean beach and clear water. Must rate as one of the best beaches in the world’
Seven Mile Beach — Cayman Islands
Seven Mile Beach is a popular destination for cruise ships, so the beach boasts plenty of restaurants, bars, hotels, resorts and activities.
Pink Beach, Flores, Indonesia
A highlight of Indonesia, it is clear why Pink Beach was given its name. Tiny red coral fragments mix with the white sand of the beach to give it a pink hue and the view from the beach is incredible.
Sugar Beach – St Lucia
Located between the Piton Mountains, Sugar Beach, with its beautiful crystal-like sand, is one of the most stunning beaches in St Lucia where you can relax and appreciate the beauty of the Caribbean sea with mountains on each side to frame the view. Sugar Beach is a few kilometres south of Soufrière on the West Coast of the island. Part of the beach is dominated by the Sugar Beach Resort, but the northern part of the beach is open to the public and can be accessed through the Viceroy Resort.
Siesta Beach, Florida
This beach is famous for its super soft sand, which is 99% pure crushed quartz. It tops lists of the world’s best beaches annually and even won the number one spot on both TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards for best beach in the US, and Dr. Beach’s ranking of the top 10 beaches in the US.
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres – Mexico
A palm-tree-lined sandy beach close to Cancun, Playa Norte is popular with cyclists and walkers, and great local seafood is sold at regular points along the way. The beach is considered to be quieter than others nearby, and a good spot for gentle snorkeling.
Hanalei Bay — Hawaii
Hawaii has some of the world’s best beaches, especially when it comes to surfing. In fact, some of the best surfers in the world are from Kauai, and Hanalei Bay has some of the best conditions — the surf is consistent, and there are waves for all levels.
Bavaro Beach – Dominican Republic
Holidaymakers in the Dominican Republic praised the cleanliness of Bavaro Beach and how the water gently laps the shore. And almost 70 percent of holidaymakers taking to TripAdvisor rated the beach as ‘excellent’ with many being impressed with its white sand and palm trees. On review read: ‘The best beach we’ve seen so far in the Caribbean. Immaculately clean all the time, white sugar sand and crystal clear water, ideal for a romantic walk’.