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Top Five Beaches in the World

Updated on May 24, 2015

Beach #1 – Anse Lazio Beach at Praslin Island, Seychelles


Anse Lazio Beach constantly finds itself mentioned as one of the best beaches in the world. The beach’s soft, white sand and calm turquois blue waters makes this beach a must-see if you’re visiting the Seychelles islands. This crescent shaped beach is backed beautifully by rising hills and dense vegetation, and you will not find that tourist hubs and skyscrapers found on most beaches, which allows you to enjoy the beach as nature intended it. It faces west, which allows you to see some of the most beautiful sunsets over the water.

Anse Lazio Beach
Anse Lazio Beach

Since the weather is nice all year long on Praslin Island, you can visit this beach any time of year. While you will not find accommodations directly on the Anse Lazio Beach, the best nearby hotel is the Constance Lemuria, which is only a bit over a mile away. The hotel makes the most of the island’s lush vegetation, stunning beaches, and topaz water, offering many different accommodation options, from suites to villas.

Anse Lazio Beach at Praslin Island, Seychelles
Anse Lazio Beach at Praslin Island, Seychelles

Beach #2 – Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos


Grace Bay is located on the lovely Turks and Caicos island, and this stunning beach offers 12 miles of gorgeous, soft sand, stunning crystalline water, and breathtaking surf. Enjoy snorkeling at Bight Reef, spend some time taking in the island’s sunny days while lying on the beach, or head out to sail on the beautiful waters of Grace Bay. This beach offers classic Caribbean scenery and calm waters, so it’s a popular beach on Turks and Caicos. This beach is close to plenty of restaurants, shops, and a golf course. Multiple hotels are available near this beach as well.

Grace Bay in Providenciales
Grace Bay in Providenciales

If you want to avoid the big crowds, head to this beach in April or May. You will also enjoy better prices during these months. The weather is nearly always pleasant, but you may want to head to this beach early to get one of the umbrellas on the beach, since there is no shade on the Grace Bay beach. If you want to stay in a hotel on this beach, consider the Gansevoort Turks & Caicos, which is a Wymara Resort. Guestrooms include excellent amenities, guests will enjoy delicious restaurants, and the hotel also has a spa where guests can enjoy pampering treatments.

Grace Bay
Grace Bay

Beach #3 – Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico


Flamenco Beach, located in Puerto Rico, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it offers a long, white sandy beach that stretches along the whole bay. This beach is the perfect place for sunbathing, snorkeling, camping, and swimming. Visitors can visit the campground office and register to camp on the beach, which is the only place on the island where visitors can camp out.

Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico
Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Enjoy the warm temperatures and beautiful water all year round at Flamenco Beach. If you want accommodations right on the beach, the Flamenco Beach Resort offers apartments and penthouse units where you can enjoy viewing the pristine beach and local meals at the resort’s restaurant.

Flamenco Beach
Flamenco Beach

Beach #4 – Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island


If you’re in the Whitsundays, you’ll definitely want to make time to head to the Whitehaven Beach. The pristine silica sand and crystal aqua waters offer a great escape where you can relax. This beach is Australia’s most photographed beach, and you’ll see why when you arrive. At the northern end of this beach, you’ll see a beautiful cove known as Hill Inlet. When the tide shifts, the inlet shows off a gorgeous fusion of swirling colors.

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island
Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island

Enjoy visiting this beach all year round, since it looks wonderful throughout the year. The best time of day to visit the beach is at low tide, ensuring you have the chance to see the swirling colors that occur when the tide goes out. Enjoy the perfect accommodations for your Whitsunday holiday at the Blue Horizon resort, which gives you gorgeous views of the Coral Sea. Apartments and suites are available and the resort offers many excellent amenities.

Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach

Beach #5 – Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii


The word “Lanikai” actually means “heavenly sea” in Hawaiian, and when you visit Lanikai Beach, you’ll find that it is well named. The beach features beautiful, fine, white sand and warm, turquoise waters. Even on hot days, you will enjoy some relief from the gentle trade winds that blow on the beach. Located on the windward coast of Oahu, this beach is a popular place for tourists and locals. Since this beach is off the beaten path, no public facilities are available.

Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii
Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii

The weather is gorgeous all year in Hawaii, so you can enjoy visiting Lanikai Beach any time of year. If you need accommodations, consider the Kahala Hotel & Resort, which keeps you fairly close to Lanikai Beach. The five star hotel offers premium amenities, five fabulous restaurants, and stunning rooms.

Sunset at Lanikai Beach
Sunset at Lanikai Beach

Aerial View of Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii

Top Five Beaches in the World

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