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Beaches, you either love them or you hate them. For some, there’s no better way to spend a vacation than to lie on the sand, feel the waves lapping at your feet, and enjoy the smell of sunscreen and whatever food the locals sell.
For others, the idea of sunbathing and taking half the beach home with your clothes is something of a nightmare.
The good news for sand-averse travelers is that there are more than enough other ways to pass the time while traveling rather than visiting the world’s endless beaches.
But, for you sun seekers and wave chasers out there, a new study has surfaced listing the most beautiful beaches worldwide.
Data from more than 300,000 TripAdvisor beach reviews from around the world were analyzed, looking for mentions of beauty, marine life, natural wonders, cleanliness and crystal clear waters. Using these metrics, a list of the world’s best beaches with the most natural wonders was compiled.
The top 7 beaches span four continents, each offering stunning natural beauty. So, grab your umbrella and flip-flops, and find out which beaches made the cut.
These 7 beaches were just named the most beautiful in the world:
1. Playa De Muro, Spain
Situated on the northeast coast of the ever-popular Spanish island of Majorca, Playa De Muro is a somewhat new vacation spot. Nestled in the Bay of Alcudia, Playa De Muro was built especially for tourism.
While it may lack the authentic, historic charm of other Spanish beaches, it makes up for it with almost 8 km of fine, powdery sand. People especially like the shallow water that goes quite deep, making it the perfect place to swim.
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2. Rabbit Beach
If you haven’t heard of Italy’s Spiaggia Dei Conigli, it may be because it’s almost hidden. This beach is hidden on the south coast of one of the Pelagie islands, on the island of Lampedusa in Sicily, to be precise.
Also known as Rabbit Beach, the first step to reach this beach is to head to the island of Lampedusa, which is connected to the main island of Sicily by ferry and plane. A constant figure on the list of the best beaches in Europe, Spiaggia Dei Conigli is a protected part of a nature reserve and therefore retains its natural beauty and crystal clear turquoise waters.
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3. Falasarna Beach, Greece
On the west coast of the Greek island of Crete is the Falasarna beach. A favorite among many because of its local amenities and the wide open patch of pinkish-white fine sand.
This beach is no secret, and many come here to enjoy the stunning scenery, but the sheer amount of square footage makes it feel less crowded than other beaches in the area.
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4. Bahia do Sancho, Brazil
If a beach is only accessible via a walkway through the woods and down a long ladder through a narrow cleft in the rock, then it must be good. And Baia do Sancho is more than good; It is consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world.
This beach is located in a national park on a small island in the Fernando de Noronha volcanic archipelago, off the coast of Brazil. Baia do Sancho is perfect for those who like nature and blue-green waters breaking between very irregular cliffs.
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5. Turquoise Bay, Australia
For a country with close to 12,000 beaches and almost 40,000 miles of coastline, Australia has no shortage of beautiful beaches to visit. So for one to be continually on the list of the best beaches in the world, there must be something special about it.
You can find Turquoise Bay in the Cape Range National Park, in the North West Car region of Western Australia. This sandy beach and crystal clear waters is the gateway to the well-known Ningaloo Reef.
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6. Nissi Beach, Cyprus
In the bustling area of Ayia Napa in south-east Cyprus, Nissi is the most beloved beach in an area that has endless postcard-worthy beaches to brag about. Almost always crowded, and with party music and events going on at all hours, this beach is not for those seeking peace and quiet.
The water is shallow and clear, and the sand is fine as powder; What more could you want?
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7. Nungwi Beach, Tanzania
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous province of Tanzania, both of which are growing in popularity with travelers from abroad recently, and Nungwi, located on the northern tip of the island, is arguably the best beach here.
The sand is fluffy white, and beautiful rock formations jut out of the water all along the beach. You can take a walk after dark when the tide is out and notice all the starfish and urchins as the sand sparkles underfoot.
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To finish the list of the 15 most beautiful beaches in the world we have:
- 8. La Concha Beach, Spain
- 9. Praia da Falesia, Portugal
- 10. Radhanagar Beach, India
- 11. Bolos Lagoon, Greece
- 12. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
- 13. Magens Bay, US Virgin Islands
- 14. North Beach, Mexico
- 15. Cable Beach, Australia
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