Searching for some last-minute holiday inspiration? Look no further than this dreamy list of the world’s best beaches…
I’m sure most will agree that there’s nothing quite like a beach holiday.
The idyllic combination of sea and sand make the perfect break for many of us, especially when the weather plays along, too. But with so many beautiful beaches around the world, it can be hard to know where to start.
Now, thanks to research by Alpha Travel Insurance, we needn’t spend so much time scrolling endlessly through holiday sites. By taking beaches from around the world and scoring them based on visitor ratings, weather, activities, restaurants, hotels and nightlife, the travel company have revealed the best beach locations for every kind of holiday you could think of.
Whether you’re shopping for your latest break or just want to stare at pictures of white, sandy beaches (I don’t blame you), here’s the world’s best beaches for your holidaying pleasure.
1. Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos
Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos came out on top for it’s great nightlife and fantastic selection of hotels. With a balmy average temperature of 28C and crystal blue waters, it’s clear to see why this snatched the top spot.
2. Pink Sands Beach, Harbor Island, Bahamas
Named for it’s pale pink sand, Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas came in second place. This dreamy location makes up for it’s slightly cooler average temperature (24.6C) with a great selection of hotels and activities to keep you entertained throughout your trip.
3. Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles
Anse Source D’Argent is famous for being one of the most photographed beaches in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. This secluded spot lacks any kind of nightlife but boasts a whole host of activities as well as a warm 28C average temperature.
4. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
With white sand, crystal blue waters and gigantic palm trees, what more could you want from a beach? Matira comes in 4th not only for it’s great selection of hotels but also for it’s variety of activities.
5. Malmok Beach, Noord, Aruba
The shallow Caribbean waters of Malmok Beach make it a popular spot for snorkelling, and with reefs and shipwrecks nearby, there’s plenty to explore. And with a large selection of nearby hotels, you’ll have somewhere to put your feet up after a long day of adventures.
6. Praia do Sancho, Pernambuco, Brazil
Nestled on the island of Fernando de Noronha — about an hour off the coast of Brazil — the remote location and stunning surroundings of Praia do Sancho are just a few of the reasons which make this beach a must visit for any intrepid explorers. The beach is pretty hard to reach — you have to hike to get there — so you can be sure the sands will never be overrun with lots of people.
7. Varadero Beach, Cuba
If you’re looking to enjoy a cocktail after a long day in the sun, Varadero Beach is the destination for you. Alongside some great boat trips and activities to keep you entertained, you can enjoy a toasty average temperature of 25.7C no matter when you visit.
8. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Another one that’s great for snorkelling, Anse Lasio is home to half a mile of stunning white sand and some amazingly clear waters, as well as some great nightlife, too. What’s not to love?
9. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
This gorgeous area of Grand Cayman is home to a massive selection of hotels, restaurants and bars alongside the beautiful sand and clear waters. Whatever you fancy, Seven Mile Beach is sure to have it.
10. Railay Beach, Thailand
While Maya Bay, on the island of Phi Phi Leh is closed to tourists to allow the areas ecology to recover, why not take a trip to Railay Beach. With it’s stunning rock formations and resident monkeys, this one’s an obvious choice for anyone looking for a holiday that’s on the wild side.