Most Beautiful Beaches

Rank 1: Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue, Seychelles

Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue, Seychelles

  Anse Source d'Argent is a ribbon of white sand on the Seychelles third-largest island, La Dique, mixes white and flamingo-pink sands to create one of the most photographed beaches in the world. La Dique is also the most preferred beach for movie makers in Asia. Water in this beach is calm because of the reef, so make the most of rental snorkels to explore the shallow waters, after which you can explore inland granite boulders. To reach...

Rank 2: Maya Bay, Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Maya Bay, Phi Phi Island, Thailand

  The Maya Bay is a white sand beach hugged by steep limestone cliffs in the Phi Phi Island. Coral reefs make it an excellent spot for snorkeling. Thousands of people visit the bay every day, so if you want to avoid the crowds, try to visit early in the morning or after 5 p.m.

  The Phi Phi Islands in Thailand have an almost unbelievable beauty. When the producers of the Leonardo DiCaprio's film The...

Rank 3: Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

  With more than seven kilometers of sand that is 98 percent pure silica, Whitehaven Beach is part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park. Whitehaven beach is the most beautiful beach in the Australian Continent. As part of the park's conservation policy, visitors to the Whitehaven have to register with a tour guide for access, and can stay only for a few hours. Thats one way it maintains its postcard-like perfection. Local conservation...

Rank 4: Trou aux Biches Beach, Mauritius

Trou aux Biches Beach, Mauritius

  The Trou aux Biches Beach on the north west of the island is the best beach in Mauritius considering sand quality, weather conditions and available facilities. The beach is at least 2km long, with powder white sand, tho sprinkled with bigger coral pieces near the water line. It has guest houses, a small hotel and public access at the south end, a superb and not ridiculously priced first-class resort hotel unobtrusively occupying much...

Rank 5: Bora Bora, Tahiti

Bora Bora, Tahiti

  Bora Bora, Tahiti is a little too perfect to be believable. But the spell that this small island in French Polynesia has cast on probably every traveler ever to dip a toe into its soft sands or calm waters has yet to be broken. Bora Bora is a heavy tourist destination -- luxury resorts and budget bungalows dapple the white sand perimeter. But its best spot, Matira Beach, reminds you why places like this become popular in the first...

Rank 6: Tulum Beach, Mexico

Tulum Beach, Mexico

  The Tulum Beach, Mexico is one of the places in the world where people can swim beside ancient Mayan ruins. Mexico's Tulum is one of the most beautiful beaches in South America. Tulum is famous for being the home of a Mayan archeological ruin that is located on the edge of a sheer cliff. Beneath it, white salt like powder sands and jade green waters glisten. The dramatically situated ruin makes it one of the three big Mayan sites for...

Rank 7: Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

  Navagio Beach is also known as Shipwreck Beach, this stretch of sand on the island of Zakynthos is famous for its blunt centerpiece. Its believed that the ships last voyage was in 1983, when it wrecked itself before it checked itself while smuggling cigarettes, wine and loads of other useful items. The cargo contents may be long gone, but the ship still sits among the white cliffs and clear waters of this cove. When going to Navagio, dont forget your...

Rank 8: Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

  Langkawi was once a reputed refuge for pirates. Langkawi has since become a modern hideout for the traveler seeking an escape. If your vacation wishes extend from uncrowded white sands and clear calm waters to lush green forests, you will find yourself content here. Datai Bay, located on Pulau Langkawi, is a heavenly retreat on the Andaman Sea.

  Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia's west coast. Surrounded...

Rank 9: Maldives

Maldives

  Maldives is a country of small islands. If you are planning a dream beach trip which consists of spending a few pampered nights in a four-star resort or swimming among tropical fish some 80 feet underwater, the Maldives are the sort of islands where either or both can come true. Straddling the Equator, southwest of India, in the Indian Ocean, the 1,102 islands make up the 26 atolls of the Maldives. The soft air enveloping the archipelago blends into a...

Rank 10: Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Miami Beach, Florida, USA

  South Beach's appeal is the throngs of beautiful people and the wild nightlife. Party people aside, its simply a great beach. While the sand isnt powdery white, its clean and stretches for miles from the tip of South Beach all the way up to Bal Harbour. The water, although its technically the Atlantic, is so clear it looks more like the Pacific. Beachside cabana service, where you can get everything from sandwiches to salads, also gives the beach a bit...