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Maldives, Baa Atoll, Fulhadhoo beach, clear water
Fulhadhoo is a beach in the Maldives. This place is unique. Most of the Maldivian islands are expensive luxury hotels, or local islands completely built-up with houses. But this island is relatively large, and the village occupies only a small area. All the rest is completely yours. Several miles of white sand like flour, lush tropical vegetation and a sandy spit with clear water and perfect sunset. Most of time there is no one on the beach - neither locals, nor tourists. And you can get all of this even with a limited budget. / read more » /
Rating: 9.6 (885 votes)
Cook Islands, Aitutaki atoll, Ee island (Ee motu), day trip
Ee island (Ee motu) is the best beach on the Aitutaki island. There are no hotels, restaurants or shops here, but there is a perfect tropical beach. Note, that water is shallow. So you have to walk some time to the depth. / read more » /
Rating: 9.5 (75 votes)
Bora Bora island, Four Seasons hotel, view from beach to small island
Four Seasons is a hotel with best beaches in Bora Bora. The hotel is expensive, but definitely worth the money. We recommend children's beach, located on the shore of a cozy inner lagoon. / read more » /
Rating: 9.4 (58 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Boulders Beach
Boulders Beach is a beach with penguins being the only one in Cape Town, South Africa. The colony arose in 1982 only, but now it has several thousands species. In addition, there are many huge boulders on the beach, thus looking like Seychelles. There are few coastal areas, where it is possible to swim. Penguins usually gather on the main beach, which is closed for tourists. You can only walk along the wooden pathway (admission fee US$10) to the observation deck. However, sometimes occasional penguins may enter free beach area. / read more » /
Rating: 9.4 (3 votes)
Thailand, Samui, Maenam beach, view to east
Maenam is the best beach in Samui island of Thailand, and one of the best beaches in the world. The abundance of palm trees and sand, as well as a small number of people, - all of the components of ideal tropical converged here in perfect proportions. It is possible to find cheap bungalow (600 baht) right on the beach, - best value for money! The best part of the beach - near the cafe Shangrilah Bungalows. / read more » /
Rating: 9.3 (155 votes)
Fiji, Yasawa Islands, Nanuya Lailai island, Blue Lagoon beach, aerial view
Nanuya Lailai is an island in the Yasawa archipelago with the best beaches in Fiji. The best beach is the Blue Lagoon. There are lots of people here, because of day-trip excursions from the nearby islands. So it makes sense to stay directly on the island, to be able to visit the lagoon in the morning and in the evening without crowds. / read more » /
Rating: 9.3 (88 votes)
Maldives, Baa Atoll, Finolhu Kanifushi beach, sandspit
Finolhu Kanifushi is an island in the maldivian Baa Atoll with a unique strip of sand, which makes it possible to walk for a long time in the ocean and visit three other uninhabited islands. The beach is excellent everywhere with tall palms and without broken corals in the water. A large lagoon is good for those, who like to swim far away. / read more » /
Rating: 9.3 (136 votes)
Maldives, Ari atoll, Dhigurah isl, beach
Dhigurah is a local island in South Ari atoll, Maldives. This is one of the best islands in the country, but not overcrowded yet. The island is very long with a perfect secluded beach in the south, ending with a gorgeous sandspit. Women can swim in a bikini, though not everywhere. It is one of the best places in the Maldives to dive with whale sharks, while the snorkeling on the house reef is also good. The island has cheap cafe, shops and few independent dive centers, giving great oportunities to reduce your expenses. In a theory, you can have a vacation comparable with Thailand by costs, getting the real Maldives in its best. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (101 votes)
Bahamas, Exuma, Pig Beach
Pig Beach is a small uninhabited island in the Exuma group of Bahamas. The island itself is not very interesting. The main thing is about pigs swimming in the Caribbean Sea. Animals are fed both by tourists and by locals, but recently their population has slightly decreased. However, other sources say that locals just eat the big pigs to prevent them from overpopulating. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (59 votes)
Cook Islands, Aitutaki atoll, One Foot island (Tapuaetai motu), walking
One Foot island (Tapuaetai motu) is an uninhabited island (motu) of Aitutaki atoll. It is popular destination for package excursions, so there's always some people here. Landscape is ideal for a palm trees photo session, but swimming here is not quite comfortable. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (166 votes)
Fiji, Mamanuca Islands, Vomo island
Vomo is an island with the best beaches in Mamanuca Islands. The island is also perfect for mountain hiking. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (44 votes)
Cocos isl, Direction Island, beach, pier
Direction Island is an uninhabited island in the Keeling atoll (Cocos Islands). The beach is the best in the region. The island is equipped for picnics, and it's a popular day-trip destination among tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (28 votes)
Tahiti, Teahupoo beach, swell
Teahupoo is a superb surfer beach in the south of Tahiti island, French Polynesia. The wave is good, but very dangerous, thus suitable for experienced surfers only. The uniqueness is in the reef, which partially extinguishes the swell from the west end. It gives the opportunity to make excellent photos being right in the center of it all, but without any danger to the camera man. That's why, there are so many relaxed watchers just chilling out at the edge of abyss. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (16 votes)
Cuba, Cayo Largo, Sirena beach, palm trees
Cayo Largo is an island with the best beaches in Cuba. It is pure tourist reservation, but much better (and more expensive) than Varadero. Best beach - Playa Sirena - is located in the west of the island. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (370 votes)
Maldives, Baa Atoll, Amilla Fushi beach
Amilla Fushi is a private island in Baa Atoll, Maldives. All of the beaches are excellent and quite different from each other. There are areas with palms - more looking like the Caribbean, while other coast has a lot of bush, - which is more typical for the Maldives. Entry into the water is sandy, but soon you'll find coral gardens with excellent snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (66 votes)
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbuda, Coco Point beach
Diana beach with Coco Point is the best beach in the Barbuda island, as well as in all the whole Caribbean. Endless white sand and coconut palms - it's the perfect recipe for a tropical hideaway. Coco Point cape ends with excellent sandbank. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (64 votes)
Philippines, Boracay island, White Beach, shallow water
White beach is the best beach in Boracay island in Philippines. In high season, there are a lot of people here, but a beach holiday is excellent anyway. The beach is conventionality divided into three zones - Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3. It absolutely doesn't matter where to live, since you can easily go anywhere during the day time. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (157 votes)
Maldives, Four Seasons (Landaa Giraavaru) beach, Landaa sandpit
Four Seasons is a beach of Four Seasons hotel of Baa Atoll in the Maldives. Best features - Landaa sandpit. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (75 votes)
Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll
Dhidhoofinolhu is a private island in the South Ari atoll being quite large by the Maldivian standards. Everywhere there is a beautiful and varied beach, giving a complete picture of what the Maldives can be. The bottom is sandy with a comfortable water depth, and there are no breakwaters. To the north there is a long sandspit, so you can walk at low tide to the local Dhigurah island. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (24 votes)
Colombia, Cartagena, Playa Blanca beach, palm over water
Playa Blanca is an excellent beach in the Caribbean coast of Colombia (20 km south of Cartagena) with classic tropical landscape - white sand and palm trees over water. A lot of people come here from Cartagena for the daily trip. But the beach is empty before 10am and after 4pm. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (321 votes)
Dominican Republic, Punta Cana (Bavaro) beach, southern part
Punta Cana is the tourist area with the best beaches in Dominican Republic. Most hotels are located in a place called Bavaro, centered on the beach of Playa El Cortecito. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (177 votes)
Trinidad and Tobago, Tobago, Pigeon Point beach, palms
Pigeon Point is the best beach in Tobago island as well as in all the Caribbean. Actually it is a peninsula with the central beach located in the western part of it. There are lots of facilities and entertainment. North and east of the peninsula is less developed and without crowd. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (32 votes)
Maldives, Ari atoll, Vilamendhoo beach
Vilamendhoo is a private island in the atoll of Alifu Dhaalu, Maldives. Beach bungalow are located at some distance from the shore. So almost everywhere on the island you can see the perfect beach only - with trees, palms hanging over water, white sand and comfortable entry into the water, while the house reef offers excellent snorkeling. As for the disadvantages we may note that sea water is too shallow on the north of the island, while the south side suffers from the coastal erosion. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (37 votes)
Thailand, Ko Kood, Soneva Kiri South Beach
Soneva Kiri south is an abandoned secondary beach of the Soneva Kiri hotel in the Koh Kood island of Thailand. Now anybody may access the best beach of the island, - moreover it's secluded, as there are no hotels or restaurants nearby. Small islet of Ko Raet is located 300 meters off the coast. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (133 votes)
Fiji, Lomaivitis, Leleuvia island, beach, palm over water
Leleuvia is a coral island in Fiji near the main island of Viti Levu. It refers to the group of Lomaiviti islands. There is a great beach, good snorkeling and cozy atmosphere. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (42 votes)
Fiji, Yasawa Islands, Waya island, Octopus Resort, hotel beach
Waya is an island in the Fijian archipelago of Yasawa. It is optimal choice in the archipelago. The best beach is in Likuliku Bay. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (44 votes)
Fiji, Viti Levu, Nananu-i-Ra, Nananu Island Lodge beach
Nananu-i-Ra is a small island in the north-east of the main island of Viti Levu in Fiji. The island has few great beaches, comparable to Yasawas and Mamanucas. On the other hand Nananu-i-Ra is located not far from the mainland, and prices are much lower than on those remote islands. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (66 votes)
Colombia, Tayrona, Cabo San Juan de Guia beach
Cabo San Juan de Guia is a beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia. The place is beautiful with different attractions. There is a coast with white sand and palms, as well as additional bonuses like wild jungles and abandoned Indian town. There are a lot of tourists, but this is not a problem. Swimming in the ocean is dangerous in many places due to strong currents. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (32 votes)
Indonesia, Kai Kecil, Pasir Panjang beach, high palms
Pasir Panjang is the best beach in Kai Kecil island in Indonesia. However, almost each village in the west of the island has a nice beach. Unfortunately, there is not always a good hotel. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (176 votes)
Panama, San Blas, Isla Diablo, beach
Isla Diablo is a low key island of San Blas archipelago in Panama. Iconic two palms over water may not live up to your arrival, but all the beauty will wait for you. In San Blas, there are 365 islands, - many like in the picture. Hurry up, while this place is not built with hotels and cruise ships terminals. The idyll will not last forever. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (31 votes)
Cuba, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo beach
Cayo Coco are the islands with great beaches near the northern coast of Cuba. The best island is called Cayo Guillermo (in the west part of Cayo Coco archipelago). Playa Pilar beach in the extreme western part of Cayo Guillermo is the best beach in Cayo Coco. Cayo Coco is a tourist area, proposed mostly for foreigners. However, unlike Varadero there are no much hotels here, and beaches are more secluded. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (1010 votes)
China, Guilin, Yangshuo village, Li river
Yangshuo is an iconic attraction near the Guilin town. It's the birthplace of backpacking in China. Karst mountains form a unique pastoral scenery, which can compete with Tuscan hills. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (177 votes)
Maldives, Ari Atoll, Constance Halaveli beach, pool
Halaveli is an island resort in the North Ari Atoll, Maldives. All of the beaches are perfect with many tall palms and sandy entry into the water. As it became common last years, now the island is protected by a breakwater almost from all sides, which slightly spoils view to the ocean. Snorkelling on the house reef is good - especially outside the breakwater. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (29 votes)
Venezuela, Los Roques, Cayo de Agua beach
Cayo de Agua is the best beach in Los Roques islands. There are no trees, but the sandbanks are beautiful. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (403 votes)
Myanmar (Burma), Ngapali beach, boat
Ngapali - is the most luxury beach in Myanmar, as well as one of the best beaches in Southeast Asia. Many hotels are under construction now. However, it's still not so crowded as in popular resorts of Thailand. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (193 votes)
Fiji, Taveuni, Laucala island, 2-level pool
Laucala is a private island near the Taveuni island in Fiji. The best beaches can be found in the north of the island, and they are perfect both for swimming, as well as for snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (128 votes)
Australia, Lizard Island Resort beach
Lizard Island Resort is a hotel's beach in the Lizard Island of Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Although the beach is good, it's not the best one in the island. This part of the island is mainly attractive by its private luxury, - of course, for those who can pay for it. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (40 votes)
Malaysia, Perhentian Islands, Blue Lagoon beach, kayak
Blue Lagoon is the best beach in Perhentian islands in Malaysia. Clear water, white sand, lush tropical vegetation and a small number of people - almost all the components of the perfect beach. The only disadvantage is the lack of palm trees. Also the beach is known as Turtle Bay, because sometimes turtles come here. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (320 votes)
Maldives, One&Only Reethi Rah beach
Reethi Rah is an artificial island with the longest coastline in the Maldives. The beach is perfect almost everywhere - with white sand, palms and good entry into the water without stones and shells. The bad thing is that there's no snorkeling at all (no fish, nor corals in the water). And besides many electric cars always drive around the island, that is not very comfortable for a secluded holiday. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (36 votes)
Bora Bora island, Hilton beach
Hilton - hotel in Bora Bora. Mount Otemanu is not visible from the hotel's motu. Moreover water bungalows run along the beach spoiling the landscape. As the advantage we want to notice beautiful tropical garden, located near the beach. We recommend not to settle in a water bungalow. Garden bungalow is best value for money. This way you can save a lot of money and get a nice view. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (19 votes)
Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi, overwater villa
Gili Lankanfushi is an island in the Maldives with that huge overwater villas more looking like a Thai prison. However, the beaches are excellent, - especially the north coast with palm grove and sandspit. In a daytime seaplanes regularly fly over the island, that is very sad for such an exclusive hotel. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (19 votes)
Ko Kood, Klong Chao beach, Peter Pan Resort
Klong Chao is the most popular beach in the west of Koh Kood island of Thailand. Tropical scenery with palms, as well as well-known hotels attract many package tourists. It is also the best place in the island for the sunset. Sandspit looks great from the air, and it's for those who like to swim in a shallow water. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (52 votes)
Bahamas, Nassau, Atlantis Paradise Island, towers
Atlantis is the most famous beachfront resort near the Nassau island, Bahamas. In reality it's more like a luxury water park with everything one can imagine. There are Mayan pyramid, own Taj Mahal, swimming pools wuth huge fishes, water attractions, children playgrounds and many beaches - both oceanfront and in the inner lagoon. It is definetely worth to visit. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (31 votes)
Vanuatu, Aneityum, Mystery island, beach, trees
Mystery island (Inyeug) is a small paradise islet located near the large Aneityum island in Vanuatu. Once a few days, cruise ship makes a stop here, and hundreds of tourists head to the beach (walk a little to find an uncrowded spot). The rest of time, there is no a living soul on the island. In addition to the beach vacation, the main attractions are local crafts market, as well as swimming with sea turtles and snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (1 vote)
British Virgin Islands (BVI), Jost Van Dyke island, White Bay, palm beach
White Bay is the best beach in Jost Van Dyke island in British Virgin Islands. There is the Soggy Dollar Bar (in the central part of the beach), known as the place where the Painkiller cocktail was first made. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (60 votes)
Barbados, Bottom Bay, top view from the north
Bottom Bay is the best beach in Barbados island. Canonical view of this place is the hallmark of the country. It's a lonely place without crowds of people. Keep in mind that water temperature here is slightly lower than that on the west coast of the island. In addition there is always noticeable waves, which are very good to jump. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (102 votes)
Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua, Jolly beach, aerial view
Jolly - the best beach in Antigua island in the Caribbean. Maybe it is not the most beautiful beach on the island, but the most sincere. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (87 votes)
Australia, Lucky Bay beach, kangaroo
Lucky Bay is a beach in Australia, where most of kangaroo coastal photos are made. In addition local sand is believed to be the whitest in the world. Though there is no tropical beauty of Queensland, this is certainly one of the best beaches in Australia. The area belongs to the Cape Le Grand National Park, which includes some other great beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (95 votes)
Tonga, Ha'apai, Uoleva isl, beach
Uoleva is an island with the best beaches in the archipelago of Ha'apai in Tonga. All of the west shore is a perfect tropical beach, unspoiled by the mass developement. Home reef protects the beach from the waves, and it also gives good opportunities for diving and snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (30 votes)
Mozambique, Bazaruto Island, Pestana beach
Bazaruto is the largest island in Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. There are many excellent beaches and sand dunes, you can walk, ride on a horse, as well as ride down from the dune top on the board. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (324 votes)
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europe:
Albania

azores:
Fantastic beaches at Vila Franca

australia:
Spring Beach Tasmania is missed off your list

biyadhoo:
It should be cheap to get via Maafushi island. I don't know how much is boat from Maafushi to Biyad…

moheli-laka-lodge:
Hi, Philp! Could you please add here some photos of the beach?

korovatu:
I went to Korovatu beach on the 8th of December 2015 with my family. My sister was watching us whil…

french-polynesia:
tahaa private island and spa has a quite extraordinary beach with a coral garder between 2 motus vi…

colombia:
As for Cartagena everything is very expensive. For example I rent a room in a 2-bedroom apartment f…

venezuela:
$500 per month is a very good in Venezuela, but I recomment to think about Margarita. Most other pl…

jamaica:
Treasure Beach has dark sand. This is real Jamaica, but not so beautiful as Negril or Montego Bay.

dominican-republic:
Dominicana guides: Thomas Cook vs. Lonely Planet. Thomas Cook is big, but very bad! Lonely Planet i…

panama:
Darien jungles are beautiful, but a bit dangerous. The only authorized agency is Ancon expeditions.…

guatemala:
Rainy season in Tikal ends at the middle of October. Most rains fall during the daytime. But everyt…

canada:
African Lion Safari. It's not far from Toronto. You drive a car, and animals are walking around. Ni…

croatia:
Plitvice Lakes National Park rules! It's far from the sea, but it definitely worth to visit. It's t…

france:
Take RER train to Paris. And don't take a taxi. City is rather far from the airport, and taxi may t…

cyprus:
Don't forget that Famagusta is in the Northern Cyprus. The best is to cross the border in Nicosia a…

spain:
I would choose Valencia. Think about 3 cities for 3 months (1 month per city).

japan:
It is hard to find the village like you need. You may swim in the ocean in Atami town. It has good …

singapore:
Universal Studio Park is OK, though not the best in the World. It is best to book tickets in advanc…

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