Every year, travel sites all over release a list of the world’s best beaches. As we took a look at these selections and compared them with our own, we noticed that many of the same sandy locales show up time and again. In an effort to truly identify the best of the best, we looked at travel authorities from TripAdvisor to Condé Nast Traveler, on top of an array of other publications, to determine the clear cut winners who were consistently mentioned. So without further ado, here are the seven most-renowned beaches that are continually rated the absolute greatest:
Anse Lazio- Seychelles
Reddish granite boulders rest along the coastline of Anse Lazio in Praslin, a locale that is the most-often noted beach year-after-year. The destination is on the northwest tip of the island and is incredibly picturesque. This quiet destination is surrounded by Takamaka and palm trees and offers soft white sand and crystal clear waters. It’s a great spot for snorkeling with good visibility and a high density of fish. Other than two small restaurants nearby, there’s not much else around.
Baia De Sancho – Brazil
There’s no shortage of great beaches in Brazil (2,100 to be exact), but one of its most noted destinations is Baia De Sancho, which rests on an island northeast of the country. The destination sits on a secluded section of the UNESCO protected Fernando de Noronha archipelago. A part of the country’s first national marine park, it is considered the best diving spot in Brazil. Lucky divers may also spot schools of playful dolphins close to the shore. During the turtle spawning season from January to July, travelers are prohibited from visiting from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Flamenco Beach – Puerto Rico
The most popular beach in Culebra is Flamenco, which sits 17 miles off the coastline of Puerto Rico. The area holds no big hotels, fast food chains, golf courses or hurried pedestrians. Here, locals and guests can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life on its fine sandy beach. With world-class reefs, snorkeling and diving are a must. You can also campout overnight and fall asleep to the sound of the waves. Outdoor showers run from 4-7 p.m. and bathrooms are open 24/7. Should you forget your sunscreen or are in need of a tropical cocktail, beach vendors are always nearby.
Grace Bay – Turks and Caicos
Stretching 12-miles long, the world-famous Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos might just have the softest sand your feet will ever touch. Because it is so extensive, it’s also easy to score a prime spot no matter the time of day. Its waters hold the third-largest coral reef system on the planet, which means the ocean is clearer and more calm in the area. Unlike its counterparts, however, this beach is a little more touristy with hotels and businesses popping up along its shores. Be on the lookout for migrating starfish while enjoying a dive, they frequently pass through its waters.