Before we start this countdown, here is a disclaimer: It is very impossible to rank all the beautiful beaches in the world and narrow them down to just the 10 best. Wherever you go — be it in Southeast Asia or the Caribbean or Latin America, you will find breathtaking and unforgettable beaches that want to thank the sky for being in a planet that is about three-quarters of the water is.
But it is also undeniable that there are some beaches that attract everyone’s attention, perhaps due to their tropical vibe, their unpublished beauty, or their sheer pristine grandeur. No wonder why travelers from all over the world come to these beaches to claim their piece of paradise.
If visiting the best beaches is right on your beach list, here is a list of 10 of the most beautiful beaches in the world. For starters, consider this as a list; of course, there are many other fascinating beaches to dive into in the world.
Here are the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world from 10th to 1st position, chronologically:
#10 Champagne Beach, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
The small Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches, often visited by tourists and cruise ships in Australia. Champagne beach is one of its more popular beaches, due to its blue waters and is unique among all the beaches in the world.
According to the first travelers of the region, the shallow water of the sea flows in a low tide like champagne. This catastrophic event is caused by the gas coming out of the volcanic rocks at the sea level. Also, the shoreline is shaped like an old-fashioned Champagne flute, hence the name Champagne Beach.
#9 Honokalani Beach, Maui, Hawaii
The white sand beaches are beautiful and all, but there is also something attractive with black sand beaches such as Honokalani Beach at Weppanapa State Park in Maui, Hawaii. Its jet black coast is made of small lava pebbles decorated with lapis lazuli water and jungle-like stones that make it the subject of every photographer’s dream.
You will definitely have a stopover here on the way to Hana, but separately by just taking photos and taking a dip on the beach, you can also explore sea laves as well as sea caves carved into the lava rocks on the shore. If you are lucky, you can also take some surf action at Honokalani Beach.
#8 Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If you are looking for solitude, this is definitely not the best place, but if you have been to Brazil in the first place, then partying is definitely the most important in your mind. Rio de Janeiro’s Ipanema Beach offers a bustling beach scene throughout the year. When you are busy playing lively football and volleyball, there is no dull moment on the beach non-stop, coupled with an incomparable supply of kaka and beer.
The majestic view of the sunset against the Dois Irmaos mountains is also worth the wait, but I doubt you will ever get bored as you feast your eyes on the seeming parade of sexy beaches all day long.
#7 Vineglas Bay, Tasmania
This Tasmanian gem is part of the FreeArcet National Park, which is located northeast of the capital of Hobart. Its white sand, green peaks, turquoise seas, and pink granite rock formations make Wineglass Bay one of Tasmania’s most stunning coastal views. This fact is validated by tourists who consistently voted Vineglass Bay as one of the best beaches in the world.
In addition to lying entirely on the contour beach and admiring the scenery, you can do a plethora of things around the park, such as hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, boating and scuba diving. You can also visit popular tourist destinations nearby, such as Hazards, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Honeymoon Bay, and Malling Lagoon.
#6 Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
No, there are no rabbits on this Italian beach — just blinding white rocks, warm weather and fluorescent blue water. No wonder this beach often tops surveys of people’s favorite beaches.
Despite the sheer number of tourists over the years, Rabbit Beach is a truly secluded nature reserve accessible only by boat. It is quite easy to see protected sea turtles watching the dolphins swim in the water and lay their eggs on the beach. And if you are tired of the white sand of Rabbit Beach, you can go on a trip to the nearby volcanic island of Linosa, which boasts a black and red beach like Mars.
#5 Tulum, Mexico
The city center sitting right on the highway may look like a truck stop instead of a tropical paradise, but don’t be fooled. Tulum is truly unique which is the dramatic backdrop of the ancient M
ayan ruins which lie on the edge of a cliff. Its confectioners — Chinese sand, balmy winds, and gleaming jade green waters — also make it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, not only in Mexico.
Apart from swimming on the beach, tourists will also enjoy diving in the cave and the cave. From luxury resorts to small cabanas, a variety of lodges are available to fit every tourist’s budget.
#4 Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
Navagio Beach, more popularly known as Shipwreck Beach, is perhaps the most popular beach in Greece, thanks to its picturesque quality that has received numerous holiday brochures, travel books, and advertisements. It is a moniker from a freight liner that came back onboard in 1981 and is still buried in the white sandy dunes of the beach.
It can only be reached by boat as it is surrounded by large steep cliffs, but it does not stop the load of tourists. To avoid huge crowds, schedule your trip early in the morning or after three in the afternoon.
#3 Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora in the island of Tahiti is a massive tourist destination filled with luxury accommodation, but beautiful Matira Beach is a public-access beach that no one can check-in, even if they are in a five-star resort. And it’s not just any beach since Matira Beach is regarded as one of the best places in Tahiti, with its mile-long powdery white sand that is gently shallow against the backdrop of tropical foliage The emerald falls in the lagoon.
You can also engage in various activities there, such as hunting black pearls, searching for memorabilia of World War II, and feeding sharks. But then again, there is nothing wrong with just glittering on silky sand.
#2L Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Dubbed as the “last frontier” of the Philippines, El Nido can be reached via a five to six-hour drive from Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan. It is home to at least 50 powder-fine white sand beaches around dramatic limestone formations. The wonderfully clear blue waters of El Nido complement the spectacular views of the empty lagoon, marble cliffs, prehistoric caves, waterfalls and picturesque sunsets.
But beauty does not stop there. Underwater, you will find over 50 species composed of whales, whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays, sea cows and endangered turtles as well as rich marine life. This place is actually a piece of heaven on earth.
#1 Ennis Source D’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
Considered as the most photographed beach in the world, Anse Source d’Argent is located in the third largest island of Seychelles, La Diggi. Its massive granite boulders are mixed with white and pink sand and electric blue water, giving it a dramatic look, which dies for any picture.
You can enjoy Creole cuisine at a nearby restaurant, or consider yourself a picnic with food purchased from a supermarket located just five minutes from the beach. You can also see a rare black paradise flycatcher bird, of which there are only 100 left in the world — all of them located in the Veuve Natural Reserve of La Digue.