Our world has some truly amazingly beautiful beaches, but some stand out among the rest. Beaches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Gulf to the Mediterranean, and everywhere in between could be considered some of the world’s best beaches. While it’s difficult to narrow down all of the beaches in the entire world to just a list of ten of the best, the following is an attempt to do so. See if you agree with our assessment of ten of the world’s best beaches. Which ones would you add to your own personal list?

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

What’s so special about Bora Bora? Even if you’ve never been there, you’re bound to have heard of this magical, storied island in the South Pacific. Bora Bora is known for its sandy, secluded beaches and romantic, intimate hotels. This is the perfect spot for vacationers who simply want to lie on the beach and bathe in the sun. However, if you’re a bit more active on vacation, you will find the shark feeding expeditions, scuba diving, and swimming quite exciting.

2. Mykonos Island Beach, Aegean Sea

Located in the Aegean Sea, Mykonos Island features white sands and crystal clear water. Beaches there range from quiet and relaxing to busy, party beaches, so there’s something to please every kind of traveler. Nudity is also permitted on Mykonos Island Beach, if you’re into that sort of thing. Some areas of the beach also permit scuba diving. It gets crowded in the summer, so spring and fall may be the better times to visit Mykonos Island Beach.

3. Adventure Beach, Tasmania

If you’re looking for an unspoiled beach, Adventure Beach in Tasmania fits the bill. Tourists will also love the hiking in the mountains, strolling through the forests, and taking boat trips. Many of the accommodations on Adventure Beach are eco-friendly, which fits in well with the unspoiled atmosphere of the beach.

4. Las Islas Cies, Galicia, Spain

Galicia’s coastline offers beautiful vistas and fewer tourists than the traditional Spanish beaches along the Mediterranean Sea. Las Islas Cies is just 40 minutes by boat from the town of Baiona in Galicia, and is a national park, kept uninhabited and pristine. It is only open to the public in summer, but is well worth the trip. Consisting of turquoise water combined with white sand that is not to be believed until seen, the locals love this area and call it their own little slice of the Caribbean.

5. Whitehaven, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia

Australia is a continent full of beautiful beaches, but Whitehaven Beach in Queensland has to top them all. Its sand is white and fine, with waters clear and deep blue. Tropical forests surround the beach for something extra and also to provide shade while sunbathing. It’s the perfect area for hiking, exploring, or just relaxing.

6. Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii, United States

Poipu Beach on the island of Kauai in Hawaii is a little piece of paradise. Its scenery is just breathtaking, and includes golden sands and swaying coconut palms. Here, the sun shines, the breezes remain cool, and the blue waters remain clear all year round. Next time you’re visiting Hawaii, Poipu Beach is one you should definitely not miss.

7. Sanibel Island, Florida, United States

Sure, it’s another beach in Florida, but not really. Sanibel Island is just that – its own island, just off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico. White sandy beaches, shallow blue waters, and gentle surf combine to make this a favorite for families and couples. Life here is slow-paced, and quite eco-friendly, with many species of wildlife calling Sanibel Island home.

8. Biarritz Beach, France

Once known as the Monte Carlo of France’s Atlantic Coast, Biarritz Beach became a favorite beach of aristocrats and monarch during the time of Napoleon III. Although Biarritz Beach fell into decline after, within the last ten years it has been reborn as a hot vacation spot. Surfers especially love Biarritz Beach, with white breakers crashing onto the sand. If surfing is not your thing, it is a great spot for sunbathing as well.

9. Clifton Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

White sandy beaches combined with shimmering blue waters makes Clifton Beach a magnet for international travelers. It is a glamorous beach where the trendy go to be seen. Stroll Clifton Beach and you’ll see women sunbathing in designer bikinis and sunglasses to match. Clifton Beach actually consists of four beaches, each separated by large granite boulders. While all of the beaches are beautiful, the fourth beach attracts those who want to be seen.

10. Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

One couldn’t have a list of ten of the best beaches in the world without including a beach from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Trunk Bay, on the island of St. John, is made up of soft sands and aquamarine waters, and is exactly what one thinks of when the word “Caribbean” is spoken. In addition to lolling around on the beach all day, visitors to Trunk Bay enjoy snorkeling on 650 feet of underwater trails.

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