Each year, millions of TripAdvisor travelers vote for the beaches they think are the best from around the world. Here are a few of 2017’s top coastal escapes.
If you are searching for a beach paradise to venture to, look no further. Here are 10 of the world’s best beaches as selected by travelers on TripAdvisor. Each location is truly spectacular with everything a beach-goer could ask for: perfect sand, refreshing waters and sun for days. What makes them even better is the fact that each destination is close to a HomeExchanger looking to exchange! So, where are you going to go first?
Widely considered the best beach in the Caribbean, Grace Bay is located on the island of Providenciales. While the beach itself is only 3 miles long, it is a part of a network of beaches that gives visitors 12 miles of soft sand and glorious water to savor. Protected by a barrier reef, Grace Bay is blessed with clear waters, white sand and no rocks or seaweed. If you’re looking to explore, grab your snorkel and take a cruise out the reef or arrange a day trip sailing. With everything there is to do in the area, this is sure to be a vacation to remember.
While the island of Aruba is compact (it’s only 20 miles long!), it features one of the top beaches in the Caribbean. Famous for its white sand and crystal clear water, Eagle Beach is a haven for creatures of all varieties. Several months a year, you will see Aruba’s widest beach sprinkled with red and white markers to protect sea turtle nests. There are four different species of turtles who return to Eagle Beach to grow their families. The eggs usually hatch close to sunset and the sight of the turtle hatchlings making their way to the ocean a truly extraordinary experience. No matter what time of year you visit, Eagle Beach will wow you with its idyllic Caribbean ambiance.
Consistently among the top of TripAdvisor’s best beaches in the United States, Siesta Key is an eight mile-long island in the Gulf of Mexico. The fine sand found here, unlike most other beach, is composed of 99% pure quartz that means it stays cool even on a warm Florida day. When you’re not sunbathing or swimming, you can rent a jetski or boat and discover the coast, or go out and explore the nightlife, or hop over to Sarasota and visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Perhaps the most picturesque beach in San Sebastian, La Concha Beach is oftentimes referred to as the most beautiful city beach in all of Europe. It is not hard to see why, the beach is nestled into the center of the city and stretches from City Hall to the Parrot’s Beak (Pico del Loro) to it is also surrounded by the mountains. This unique location offers ideal conditions to relax on the beach and bask in sun. The best time to visit is from June to September, just in time to celebrate their annual film festival.
This crossroads of the Dominican Republic is perfect place to go to get away from it all. Largely a resort destination, it features miles of beaches with perfect sand and gentle waters just waiting to be explored. Palm trees sway in the Caribbean breeze. Whether you play a round of golf, snorkel with sharks or splash around with dolphins, there is really no bad time to find your way to Bavaro Beach.
Will you find your slice of island treasure on Seven Mile Beach? What was once a favorite haunt for pirates has become one of the best places to escape and join in some fun with fellow beach bums. Sheltered by one of the great reefs of the Caribbean, Negril Bay enjoys a constantly gentle lapping of waves that will lull you into the relaxed lifestyle of the islands. Stroll along Seven Mile Beach and grab a bite from a local vendor or keep wandering and find food at world-class restaurants. Just be warned, some areas on this beach feature revelers who take the option to enjoy all this nature sans-swimsuits.
If unspoiled coastline is your thing, then look no further than Whitehaven Beach. Located in the heart in the Great Barrier Reef on Whitsunday Island, this coastline is completely untouched by the tourist industry. That’s right, no hotels or restaurants for as far as the eye can see! This is just one of the reasons it was voted the world’s top eco-friendly beach. A quick trip from Hamilton Island and you will be enjoying the near luminescent sand of Whitehaven Beach. Make sure to bring a picnic and remember the eco-friendly motto: “Take only pictures, leave only footprints.”
The “surf’s up!” in Biarritz. The birthplace of European surfing, La Côte des Basques is an impressive combination of refined and wild. Surrounded by cliffs, the beach features stunning views of the Spanish coast with easy access to town. If you happen to not know how to hit the waves, don’t worry, you can enroll in the local surf school and you’ll be “hanging ten” in no time! Keep in mind: if you’re looking to sunbathe you will want to pay attention to the tide schedule as the beach all but disappears during high tide.
Visit Cyprus and discover just how blue the Mediterranean waters can be. Fig Tree Bay is an ideal spot for families as the shallow waters allow for safe swimming for all. The months between May and October tend to be the best for visiting as the summer weather reaches its peak. For those looking for a little aquatic adventure, the sea is perfect for water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, and much more!
Located in an affluent suburb of Cape Town, Camp’s Bay Beach is one of the area’s most beloved beaches. Set against the Twelve Apostles, the fine white sand draws many sun worshippers, both local South Africans and from around the world. It does get busy, so the best time to visit is late January and February. Be forewarned that swimming is best for diehards only. The water temperature is a brisk 10 to 14 degrees C (50 to 57 degrees F) in summer, and there are often strong currents. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer months if you wish to venture into the water. When you are finished with the beach, you can also find plenty to do in the trendy nightclubs, shops and cafes.
So, HomeExchangers, where do you want to go? If you’d like to view TripAdvisor’s complete list of 25 Top Beaches from around the world feel free to here!