It's official: these are the 10 best beaches in the world

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Long stretches of white sand, sparkling sea and an obligatory cocktail or five – what’s not to love about beach holidays?

If you’re seeking inspiration for your next overseas jaunt, look no further than TripAdvisor’s pick of the 10 best beaches in the world to visit in 2017.

The annual list is a definitive guide to the most highly rated beaches in the world, and features everything from tranquil coves in the Caribbean to beautiful pink sands in Crete.

So what are you waiting for? Scroll through to find your perfect beach retreat (or at least a few minutes escapism from work).

  • 10. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

    To reach the white, sandy shores of Galapagos Beach, you must first hike a mile and a half over a wooden boardwalk – but it’s worth it for the stunning views (and resident wildlife, such as the Marine Iguana).

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  • 9. Elafonissi Beach, Greece

    If you’ve ever dreamed of dipping your toes in crystal clear water above pale pink sand, make a beeline for the mystical shores of Elafonissi Beach.

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  • 8. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India

    One of India’s best kept travel secrets, Radhanagar Beach is a slice of tranquility famed for its swimming elephants (!)

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  • 7. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

    Wildlife lovers will be in their element at Playa Norte, a sleepy stretch of soft sand that offers whale shark tours and is just a hop, skip and a jump away from a turtle hatchery.

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  • 6. La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain

    Named as 2017’s best beach in Europe by TripAdvisor, the Concha Bay offers a beautiful stretch of sand and sea, while San Sebastian is a veritable foodie paradise.

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  • 5. Siesta Beach, Florida, USA

    Brilliant for its name alone, “America’s faovurite beach” is the perfect location for an afternoon siesta, bike ride or stroll.

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  • 4. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba

    Playa Paraiso translates to Paradise Beach, which pretty much sums up this idyllic stretch of unspoiled coastline.

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  • 3. Eagle Beach, Aruba

    Ever wanted to watch baby turtles hatch and find their way to the sea, a la Planet Earth? Head to Eagle Beach, where four species of turtle – Leatherback, Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill – can be found making their first few adventurous steps from May to November.

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  • 2. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean

    Live the lap of luxury in Grace Bay, where you can dine on fresh fish by the ocean and sip on cocktails under the shade of a swaying palm tree.

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  • 1. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

    Fernando de Noronha is comprised of 21 islands offering breathtaking views and out-of-this-world beaches. Visit Baia do Sancho for the beautiful trail walks and plentiful snorkeling opportunities.

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