Top 15 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World

Flip Flop Wanderers

Beach holidays are probably the most popular vacations for a lot of people. They are the perfect excuse to escape the daily routine and to just get away from it all. Whether you are looking for a quiet sandy stretch where it feels like you are all alone, hidden bays on tropical islands, secluded coves with crystal clear waters, or a beach with the best waves for surfing, there are beaches around the world for everyone. Here are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world that we have visited.

Kalanggaman Island, Philippines

One word: paradise. Seriously, there probably isn’t another place on earth where the water is this clear and blue and the beach is this white with a perfect amount of swaying palm trees than this little tropical sandbank. The island is really small but you can easily fill a day here taking photos, snorkeling, sunbathing and just enjoying the water. The waters around the beach are very calm, safe so it’s also suitable for families. Once you’ll arrive on the island you’ll know: heaven does exist!

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Tulum, Mexico

Mexico has no shortage of stunning beaches, but probably the most impressive one is the one in Tulum. This beach has perfectly white sand, blue waters and dramatic cliffs. But the thing that really makes it unique and beautiful is the famous ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum as its backdrop.

Lucky Bay, Australia

You must have seen all the photos popping up on social media of people playing with kangaroos on white sandy beaches right?! Well, you can do that too! You just have to go to the south of Australia to Esperance, where Lucky Bay is located. Lucky Bay is Australia’s whitest and also most iconic beach, with squeaky-clean sand, turquoise waters and stunning views on the protected bay. And you know what the coolest part is? Kangaroos really are lazing around on the sand here! It doesn't scream more Australia then that right?

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Long Beach, Thailand

Koh Phi Phi is a loved island in Thailand which sees thousands of tourists every year. It definitely has stunning beaches all around but there is one beach that doesn’t see the huge amount of crowds, mainly because it’s best to reach by boat. Long Beach is located at the southwest end of Phi Phi Don and has amazingly fine white sand and the snorkeling is also perfect!

Want to learn more about other islands in Thailand? Also read: The 9 Most Amazing Islands to Visit in Thailand

Grote Knip, Curacao

Not that many people have heard of Curacao, but this Caribbean gem is an absolute must visit! Firstly, because of the friendly people, Dutch colonial houses, great food and sunny climate, but also because of the amazing beaches around the island! One of the best ones on the island is Grote Knip, a stunning beach that is surrounded by cliffs from where you can cliff jump and with the most amazing blue waters.

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Port Barton, Philippines

Located on the famous island of Palawan, Port Barton is often overlooked by the more recognized El Nido. But that doesn’t mean it’s less beautiful! On the opposite actually, this beachside town offers the most beautiful white-sand beach, with swaying palmtrees, great waters and arguably the best spot to watch the sunset in the country. At night, you can eat at one of the many restaurants that are facing seaside or have a dance right on the beach. An amazing place for a beach holiday!

Sarakiniko Beach in Milos, Greece

A truly unique beach that looks like you are walking on the moon, that is Sarakiniko Beach on the island of Milos. You have probably seen it everywhere on Instagram already! It isn’t your typical beach consisting of volcanic rock, sandstone and ash. It’s not the most comfortable beach in the world but it certainly is stunning!

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Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Probably one of the most famous beaches in the world, Whitehaven Beach stretches over 7 km along Whitsunday Island and is located right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. What makes this beach so stunning and famous all around the world is its brilliant white silica sand, which squeaks under your feet. The sand also doesn’t retain any heat so it’s amazing to walk barefoot, even when it’s very hot. Its remote location means it’s always very quiet on the beach and makes you feel like you are alone on the most amazing beach in the world.

Palm Beach, Aruba

The Caribbean island of Aruba is famous for its stunning beaches all around the island. One of the most known ones but also one of the most stunning ones is Palm Beach. This 3,2 km long beach with incredibly white sands and the clearest blue waters is lined with resorts, restaurants and clubs. Luckily there are also some quieter parts, so there is no reason to miss out on this amazing beach!

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Blue Lagoon Beach, Fiji

Fiji has incredible beaches all around the different islands but there is one that tops it all: Blue Lagoon Beach. The beach is located quite remotely and is part of the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort. Once you get there, you’ll understand why it is rated among the top 50 beaches in the world: pearl-white sand, incredibly clear water and the local and romantic vibes on the island are just the best.

New Chum Beach, New Zealand

Voted as one of the world’s top 10 beaches, New Chum Beach is quite hidden away from the masses, which makes this beach a pleasure to visit. The long stretch of golden sand is lined with Pohutukawa (a typical New Zealand tree), has amazingly blue waters and is heavenly secluded. There’s no restaurants, no roads, no campings and most of the year there is no one around, which is very strange for a beach this beautiful! The best time to access this beach is during low tide since you have to cross a stream.

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Positano Beach, Italy

Probably everyone has heard of Positano once, are we right? This glamorous destination has some stunning cliffside beaches but Spiaggia Grande beach is probably its most iconic. Along the 300 meters long black-sand beach lie lots of restaurants and bars and perched on the cliffside are hundreds of cute little houses. There are colorful umbrellas on the beach and even celebrities come here regularly. This all makes for a unique sight that you honestly can’t miss while in Italy.

Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida

Now this is not just a normal beach! This is a beach for which you first have to climb down 400m in order to reach it. Say what?! But once you get down there this beach is just stunning with perfectly white sand. The beach itself is not really the main attraction of this place though. It’s the view at the top that makes this place truly unique. The beach is framed by towering, steep cliffs, there are deep blue waters surrounding it, and if you look closely at the cliffs surrounding this beach, you can even see the shape of a t-rex.

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Little Armstrong Bay, Australia

Rottnest Island is for sure one of the most stunning islands in Australia. It boasts no less than 63 of the prettiest beaches you’re likely to see anywhere, amazing marine life, and the cutest animals in the world, the Quokka. One of the most beautiful beaches on the island is Little Armstrong Bay, a tiny cove with white sands, crystal clear waters, and is surrounded by rocks, which makes the perfect area for swimming, snorkeling and diving.

Coron, Philippines

Yes, another Philippines beach but how can you blame us with a country that has stunning beaches everywhere? While Coron town doesn’t really have a beach itself, the surroundings certainly have! Go on an island hopping tour on one of the many banca boats and discover all the famous but also secret beaches around the area. The impressive and unique cliffs, hidden coves, and crystal clear waters will keep you coming back for more!

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

Last but not least: another stunning and unique beach in New Zealand. Cathedral Cove is a very famous spot in the Coromandel and boosts a naturally formed archway that rises up from the water. You might even have seen this spot multiple times on your computer’s screen saver! There are two secluded coves for you to chill on, which are also perfect for a swim. To reach Cathedral Cove you’ll have to walk the 45 min track from Hahei.

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We are Bram (32) and Manon (31), an adventurous couple traveling full-time all over the world together. In our pursuit of happiness we’ve been on two world trips and are not planning on stopping soon! Our goal is to help you make your travel dreams come true, live your best happy life, and enjoy the earth’s most beautiful places at a ‘slow’ pace!

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