The 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World

June 6, 2016 by Lauren Burvill

This Wednesday, 8th June, we mark World Oceans Day, a day of celebration and awareness for the world’s oceans and the adverse effects humanity and our planet is having on them. Run by The Ocean Project, this year’s theme of ‘healthy oceans, healthy planets‘ aims to educate people on the dangers that plastic poses to our oceans.

To celebrate the event and to remember just how special our oceans are, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the most beautiful beaches in the world. Spanning the Pacific Ocean, Andaman Sea, Indian Ocean and more, the below beaches range from some of the most well-known silica in the world to our personal favourites – from sandy to pebbly spots:

Whitehaven Beach in Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Australia

The name says it all really; this Australian beach is famed for its powder-perfect white sand and warm turquoise waters. You’ll find this slice of heaven on Whitsunday Island, right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. To visit, we can arrange for you to enjoy a cruise to the beach, as included in our Great Barrier Reef Island Stays holiday.

Cala goloritze, Sardinia

Cala Goloritzé, Italy

There’s no denying Italy’s beaches rank highly on many of the world’s best beaches lists but, for all the famous Amalfi stretches, it’s the little known slice of Cala Goloritzé on the island of Sardinia that would have to be our favourite. It may not be easy to reach (either by boat or a 90-minute walk), but once there it’s easy to see why this place is prized locally as one of the most photogenic beaches on the island.

Maya Bay, Thailand

Maya Bay, Thailand

Located on Koh Phi Phi Ley, the famous Maya Bay enjoys a rocky cove setting, paired with emerald green Indian Ocean waters. If the dramatic scenery looks familiar, that’s because it is; it practically co-starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as the beach setting in the 2000 movie The Beach. To visit, we can arrange for your Thailand holiday to include a day cruise to the bay, which is only accessible by boat.

Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

White sands may be synonymous with beautiful beaches, but the pink sand beach found on Harbour Island (otherwise known as ‘Briland’) in the Bahamas takes the notion to a whole other level. Aptly named Pink Sands Beach, the beach’s pastel colour is the result of a single-celled organism that lives at the bottom of the reef that sports a bright pink shell, as well as the surrounding red coloured coral. Visit on our Bahamas Holidays.

Palawan, Indonesia

Palawan, Philippines

Rated as the best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers, this UNESCO World Heritage site truly is a tropical paradise. While you can easily soak up some sun on the sands, it’s the crystal-clear waters that most people visit for, namely for a bit of snorkelling.

Lopes Mendes beach on Isla Grande, Brazil

Lopes Mendes Beach, Brazil

It might not be the most famous beach in Brazil, but it is the most beautiful. The lesser-known Lopes Mendes Beach on Ilha Grande enjoys a more tranquil atmosphere than its city beach counterparts, thanks largely to the island being complete car free. For the laid-back travellers that do make it here, you’ll find a remote and lush stretch of beach, fringed by a mountainous jungle backdrop.

Tagalle, Sri Lanka

Tangalle, Sri Lanka

If you’ve ever wanted to escape to your own deserted beach, the beaches near the town of Tangalle in Sri Lanka are it. Perfectly lined with palm trees and little else, the beaches here are wide open, allowing for sprawling views up and down the coast. Because of its exposure, swimming in the sea there can be a little rough, but for the ultimate sunbathing view, it doesn’t get much better.

Glass Beach, California

Glass Beach, USA

If you prefer your beaches with a unique twist, then you’ll love Glass Beach. As the name suggests, this California beach located north of San Francisco has an abundance of rounded sea glass for its sand. The pebbles is a result of years of dumping rubbish into an area of the coastline nearby – turning an ugly action into something beautiful. You can stop-off nearby the beach on our California and Canyons self-drive holiday.

Jambiana, Zanzibar

Jambiani, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Giving Australia’s Whitehaven Beach a run for its money, the sands found on Jambiani in Zanzibar are blindingly white. Matched with a turquoise ocean and a smattering of palm trees, it’s easy to see why this is often described as the most beautiful beach in Africa.

El arco de cabo san lucas, Mexico

Arch of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

One of the most photographed spots of Cabo San Lucas is its striking rock arch. Visit during the day at low tide, and you can step onto the sands of Playa del Amor, also known as ‘Lover’s Beach’, located at the base of the arch. To get there, we can arrange for a boat to take you  from the mainland as part of our Mexico holidays.


In the mood to get some sun, sea and sand while celebrating World Oceans Day? Check out our latest beach holidays which all include flights, hand-picked accommodation, transfers and the service of our Travel Butler concierge. 


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About Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.