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Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Any best beach list is incomplete without a mention of a beach in the gorgeous Hawaii islands. Kapalua is a tiny, semi circular beach that is flanked by rugged rocky headlands on both sides, which is awesome when it comes to lending it a private island/beach feel. The crystal clear sapphire waters are great for snorkeling.

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Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

TripAdvisor has listed this as the planet’s second best traveler’s choice beach, which should offer you a fair idea of how popular it is with beach bummers. Its deep azure water, powdery white sand and lush palms is what most people envision when they think of a tropical paradise.

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El Nido Beach, Philippines

Believed to be one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Palawan houses several gems, one of which is the remarkably gorgeous and picturesque El Nido Beach. It bagged the top spot for beaches in a Travel + Leisure 2017 survey. It houses around 50 beaches (yes you read that right) that are known for everything from dramatic limestone formations to blue lagoons to rare marble cliffs and gushing waterfalls. With its rich marine ecosystem and a well preserved reserve, El Nido is a diver’s haven.

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Ocean Cay Reserve, The Bahamas

What used to be a humdrum industrial site earlier has undergone a metamorphosis of sorts to be converted into a stunning private island and lush marine reserve. It isn’t’ just rich in natural and marine resources but also a year round party destination with innumerable eateries, bars and hold your breath – a luxurious spa for pampering exhausted cruisers.

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Spiaggia Bianca, Italy

The Aeolian Islands are one of the lesser explored and affordable Mediterranean destinations. However, the islands may not stay offbeat for too long as Lonely Planet has included it in its list of best places to travel in 2018. The region is known for its clear blue waters, bordered by stunning cliffs and a variety of volcanic formations.

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Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv, Israel

One of the hippest Mediterranean beaches, Gordon is a year round party, where the chicest of the lot let their hair down to enjoy their fashionably festive vibe. There’s everything from lounge chairs to seaside restaurants to an outdoor workout gymnasium. Hey don’t miss joining travelers for a game of matkot or beach volleyball. If you prefer a hip and happening vibe and loads of visitors partying together and having a good time on the beach, Gordon is your mana from heaven.

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Playa Del Amor, Mexico

Who can resist the allure of a tucked away from the crowds, secret beach? Playa Del Amor is charmingly nestled within a cave. Yes, a beach in a cave! Visitors have to swim past a tunnel to access the beach. Though information about its origins still remains unclear, it is locally known to be a consequence of bomb testing by the nation’s military a century ago.

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Aitutaki Lagoon, Cook Islands

The emrald-blue water of Aitutaki Lagoon in Cook Islands is probably the clearest and most transparent one you will spot anywhere on the planet, which makes it a must visit for tropical haven seekers and beach lovers. Snorkeling enthusiasts will have a field day taking in the region’s marine treasures. Take snorkeling lessons, grab your gear and head for what will be one of the most memorable and life-changing travel experiences.

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Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

You want believe a beach as lovely as this exists smack in the middle of a busy metropolis, which is what makes it so appealing. What can beach bummers and enthusiasts expect here? Well, plenty! Starting with beach performers, perfect surfing conditions and a pretty boardwalk that is filled with chic bars and outdoor gymnasiums.

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Nyang Nyang Beach, Bali

The 30 minute walk to reach this beautiful beach sets the tone for a fun and adventure packed outing. Unlike other crowded Bali beaches, this one remains charmingly secluded and private. It’s like plonking yourself on a private beach without having to pay an exorbitant price. A nice break from Bali’s more hackneyed and touristy shores.

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Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas

Don’t really expect pink sand as the name promises, though it does have a slightly pinkish tinge. However, this certainly doesn’t take away from the fact that the beach is gorgeous. It’s not without reason that it has been named the best Caribbean Beach for 2018 by the renowned Caribbean Journal. Pink Sand Beach’s clear, tranquil waters and idyllic vibe make it a must visit destination for beach enthusiasts.

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Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

If you’re looking for exceptionally clear waters, lofty dramatic cliffs and pink-hued sand, Anse is your fantasy beach come alive. Picturesque, calm and surrounded by lush greenery, it is the planet’s most widely photographed beach (owing to its stunning natural features).

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Porthcurno, Cornwall, England

The sapphire tinged water is enough to mislead you into thinking that you’ve landed on one of the Caribbean beaches. However, England’s own beach gem is located in the southern region of the United Kingdom. It offers everything from clear, blue waters to pristine white sand to dramatic cliff top views. The English coast is filled with such little-known gems and is worth exploring for its off-beat treasures.

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Siesta Beach, Florida

Did you know the beach features sand that is 99 percent pure quartz in crushed form? Whoa as if that isn’t reason enough to head to Florida, the beach has also won the number one spot for the world’s best beaches on TripAdvisor’s visitor’s choice awards for United States’ best beach destination.

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Baia de Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

It is easy to see why Baia de Sancho consistently makes its way into the world’s best beaches list. It has lofty cliffs, majestic coral reefs, and lots of marine creatures such as turtles and colorful tropical fish. What makes it even more appealing is the fact that it can be accessed only via a hike through some steep ladders and dirt roads. Nature and adventure all rolled into one, how’s that for a wonderful deal?

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Praia do Camilo, Portugal

Portugal is one of the hottest travel destinations for 2018, and with sufficient reason. It is fairly accessible from the happening East Coast and offers an affordable European experience. Why should beach lovers head to Algarve’s beaches? Well, they feature innumerable natural features including mysterious caves, adventure packed grottoes and a pristine white sand stretch. Praia do Camilo is particularly photogenic and naturally stunning.

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