This website wouldn’t be doing what it says on the tin if there wasn’t a definitive list of worldwide beaches, partitioned perfectly for you according to where’s best for socialising or solitude, surfing or just sitting back. I vehemently contest the ‘once you’ve seen one beach, you’ve seen them all’ doctrine. There are obviously plenty of other factors at play besides sand or stone. At Parque National Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica, you could be lying peacefully on the sand when suddenly a slaughter of iguanas stroll past. At Maho Beach on the island of Saint Martin, it is in fact planes and not four-legged creatures you need to watch out for. From Playa Maderas to Maya Bay, here are 100 gems to add to your lust list. Please feel free to chime in if I’ve overlooked any hidden treasures where you’re from, or that you’ve been to. Because not all beaches are created equal.

For ‘Pinch Me’ Beauty
1. Any beach in the San Blas islands, Panama
The San Blas islands by @thebeachbell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
2. Placencia, Belize
Placencia, Belize by @nataliapelomundo-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @nataliapelomundo
3. Shoal Bay, Anguilla
Shoal Bay Anguilla by @pippa_mc-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @pippa_mc
4. Cala Mariolu, Sardinia, Italy
Cala Mariolu in Sardinia Italy by @martinhaeusler-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @martinhaeusler
5. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
Anse Source D'argent by @samshayah-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @samshayah
6. Zlatni rat, Bol, Croatia
Zlatni Rat Croatia by @croatiafulloflife-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @croatiafulloflife
7. Aitutaki Lagoon, Cook Islands
Aitutaki lagoon on the Cook Islands by @s_a_m_y-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @s_a_m_y
8. Porto Katsiki, Lefkada, Greece
Porto Katsiki in Lefkada Greece by @mario_matalon-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @mario_matalon
9. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
Whitehaven Bay Whitsunday Australia by @camillebrunelle-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @camillebrunelle
10. Tahiti Beach, Cala Coticcio, Sardinia, Italy
Thaiti Cala Coticcio Caprera Italy by @lasarii_22-best-beaches-around-the-world
Looks like a great big swimming pool right? Instagram @lasarii_22
11. Puka Beach, The Philippines
Puka Beach, Boracay, The Phillippines by @zoegala-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @zoegala
12. Maho Beach, Saint Marten
Maho Beach St Maarten by @fabtagious-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @fabtagious
13. Angel Billabong, Bali, Indonesia
Angel Billabong Bali by @tialacson-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @tialacson
14. Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Bacalar, Quintana Roo Mexico by @janellymno-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @janellymno
15. North Sandbar, Bohol, The Philippines
North Sandbar Bohol, cebu, Philippines by @nofiltertravel-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @nofiltertravel
16. Baia Dos Porcos, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Baia dos Porcos Fernando do Noronha Brazil by @viniciusarlochi-best-beaches-around-the-world
Fernando do Noronha has been voted as the best beach in the world oodles of times. Instagram @viniciusarlochi
17. Siquijor Island, The Philipines
Siquijor Island by @tialacson-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @tialacson
18. El Castillo, Tulum, Mexico
El Castillo Tulum by @chuysah77-best-beaches-around-the-world
Powdery white sand AND mayan ruins? sounds like a winner to me. Instagram @chuysah77
19. Arraial do Cabo, Brazil
Arraial do Cabo Brazil by @jhon_oliveira25-best-beaches-around-the-world
Stairway to heaven? Instagram @jhon_oliveira25
20. White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
White Bay Jost Van Dyke BVI by @soggydollarbar
Instagram @soggydollarbar
21. Naked Island, Siargao, The Philippines
Naked Island, Siargao island, The Philippines by @demfayle-best-beaches-around-the-world
Pleasing to the ‘naked’ eye, isn’t it? Instagram @demfayle
22. Little Corn beaches, Nicaragua
Little Corn Island Nicaragua by @little_corn_island-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @little_corn_island
23. Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Maya Bay Koh Phi Phi Thailand by @ellyna.primeau-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @ellyna.primeau
24. Cayos Zapatilla, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Cayos Zapatilla Panama by @thewanderinghibiscus-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @thewanderinghibiscus
25. Seitan Kataramena Limania Beach, Crete, Greece
Seitan Kataramena Limania Beach Crete Greece by @ramy27-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @ramy27
For Surfing
26. North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, United States
Instagram @rob_keyser
27. Playa Hermosa, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Playa Hermosa San Juan Sur Nicaragua by @inigodhs-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @inigodhs
28. Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia
Bells Beach, Australia by @uandilabel-best-beaches-around-the-world
Bells Beach has been home to the Rip Curl Pro Surfing competition since 1961. Instagram @uandilabel
29. Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Kuta Beach Bali by @xeniyamaslova-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @xeniyamaslova
30. Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Playa Maderas Surfing Nicaragua by @rachelpiyoda-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @rachelpiyoda
31. Dominical Beach, Costa Rica
Dominical Costa Rica by @surflovesmile-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @surflovesmile
32. Surfrider Beach, Malibu, United States
Surfrider Beach California by @mirl_aleks-best-beaches-around-the-world
@mirl_aleks
33. Playa Remanzo, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Playa Remanzo San Juan del Sur Nicaragua by @bianca_philie-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @bianca_philie
34. Manu Bay, Raglan, New Zealand
Manu Bay Raglan New Zealand by @social_advances-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @social_advances
35. Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Byron Bay NSW Australia by @thewanderingcourtney-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @thewanderingcourtney

 

For Sunset Gazing
36. Sunset Strip, San Antonio, Ibiza, The Balearic Islands
Ibiza sunset strip Cafe Mambo San Antonio by @TheBeachBell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
37. Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Sunset at Playa Santa Teresa Puntarenas Costa Rica by @TheBeachBell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
38. Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia
Tanah Lot Bali by @travpicsfj-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @travpicsfj
39. Cable Beach, Broome, Australia
Cable Beach broome by @thebarefootbeard-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @thebarefootbeard
40. Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Railay Beach Krabi Thailand by @queroferiasagora-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @queroferiasagora
41. Mallory Square, Key West, Florida
Mallory Square Key West Florida by @capuano1991-best-beaches-around-the-world
The setting of the sun is genuinely a daily celebration at Mallory Square. Instagram @capuano1991
For Party People
42. South Beach, Miami, Florida, United States
Miami South Beach by @TheBeachBell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
43. Little Beach, Maui
Little beach Maui by @takoboutit-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @takoboutit
44. Sunrise Beach (Haad Rin Nok), Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
Haad Rin Beach by @harsh.shanklesha -best-beaches-around-the-world
The world’s most famous full moon party. Instagram @harsh.shanklesha
45. Máncora, Peru
Mancora Beach Peru by @matiasmmartico-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @matiasmmartico
46. White Beach, Boracay, The Philippines
White Beach, Boracay by @yum_moa-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @yum_moa
47. Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece
Paradise Beach Mykonos by @rodrigo_geo-best-beaches-around-the-world
There’s a full moon party each month and Tropicana bar is the spot to quench your thirst. Instagram @rodrigo_geo
48. Beachcomber Island, Fiji
Beachcomber Island Fiji by @bratgangrach-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @bratgangrach
For Beach Sports
49. Kite Beach, Dubai, UAE
Kite Beach Dubai by @TheBeachBell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
50. Nova Icaria Beach, Barcelona
Playa Nova Icaria Barcelona by @javi_ruiz1987-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @javi_ruiz1987
51. Venice Beach, California, United States
Venice Beach LA by @5thstreetrollers-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @5thstreetrollers
52. Jinshan Beach, Shanghai, China
Jinshan Beach China by @chenhong77-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @chenhong77
53. Kite Beach, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Kite Beach Cabarete Dominican Republic by @carmencampos.personaltrainer-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @carmencampos.personaltrainer
For Wildlife Spotting
54. Flamingo Beach, Aruba
Flamingo Beach Aruba by @the_wandering_tourist-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @the_wandering_tourist
55. Bahia Gardner, Espanola Island, Galapagos
Bahia Gardner in the Galapagos Islands by @stephioannou-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @stephioannou
56. Starfish Beach, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Starfish Beach Isla Colon Bocas del Toro Panama by @TheBeachBell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
57. Pig Beach, The Bahamas
Pig Beach in Exuma, The Bahamas by @ itsbetterinthebahamas-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @itsbetterinthebahamas
58. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio Beach Costa Rica by @manuelantoniovacationrentals-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @manuelantoniovacationrentals
59. Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Boulders Beach Cape Town South Africa by @nicimaiu-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @nicimaiu
60. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii by @kurtstevensphotography-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @kurtstevensphotography
For Secluded Beaching
61. Las Coloradas Beach, Mexico
Las Coloradas Mexico by @topdreamdestinations-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @topdreamdestinations
62. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos Island, Greece
Navagio Beach Zakynthos Greece by @ga.shu-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @ga.shu
63. Hidden beach, Marietas Islands, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Hidden Beach in the Marietas islands Mexico by @planetdreaming-best-beaches-around-the-world-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @planetdreaming
64. Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos
Grace Bay Turks & Caicos by @sandydaimillecolor-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @sandydaimillecolor
65. Anakena Beach, Easter Island, Chile
Anakena Beach Easter Island by @dofocan-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @dofocan
66. Polihua Beach, Lanai, Hawaii, United States
Polihua Beach Lanai Hawaii by @rsmabel-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @rsmabel
67. The Baths, British Virgin Islands
The Baths, British Virgin Islands by @glasshousebvi-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @glasshousebvi
68. Isla Carenero Beaches, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Isla Carenero Beaches Bocas del Toro Panama by @thebeachbell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
69. La Sagesse Bay, Grenada
La Sagesse Bay Granada by @frugorfoto-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @frugorfoto
70. Hana Beaches, Maui, Hawaii, United States
Hana Beaches, Maui, Hawaii by @nilsou-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @nilsou
71. Praia do Carro Quebrado, Brazil
Praia do Carro Quebrado by @mccaliforniahey-best-beaches-around-the-world
Also known as “Beach of the Broken Car”. Instagram @mccaliforniahey
 72. Shanna’s Cove, Orange Creek, The Bahamas
Shanna's Cove Resort Orange Creek The Bahamas by @shannascove-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @shannascove
73. Koh Adang, Thailand
Koh Adang, Thailand by @hotelyaqueclub-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @hotelyaqueclub
74. Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
Waimanalo Beach Oahu Hawaii by @mylifeanew-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @mylifeanew
For City Dwellers
75. Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain
Barceloneta Beach by @thebeachbell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
76. Playa de Venus, Marbella, Spain
Playa de Venus Marbella Spain by @thebeachbell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
77. Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Waikiki beach by @TheBeachBell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram ch by @TheBeachBell
78. Scheveningen Beach, The Hague, The Netherlands
Scheveningen Beach The Hague The Netherlands by @thebeachbell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
79. Cascais Beach, Greater Lisbon Area, Portugal
Cascais Beach Lisbon Portugal by @thebeachbell-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @TheBeachBell
80. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Bondi Icebergs, Sydney, Australia by @samanthaj._-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @samanthaj._
81. Nice, Côte d’Azur, France
Nice cote d'azur France by @peewee06-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @peewee06
82. Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ipanema Beach Rio de Janeiro Brazil by @stiggultura-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @stiggultura
83. Kavouri Beach, Athens, Greece
Kavouri Beach, Athens, Greece by @d.d.milanese-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @d.d.milanese
84. La Concha, San Sebastian, Spain
La Concha Beach San Sebastian by @tiffanyhuet-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @tiffanyhuet
85. Black Rock, Melbourne, Australia
Black Rock Melbourne Australia by @lovphotographymelbourne-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @lovphotographymelbourne
86. Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Miami Beach, Florida, United States by @fabisantina-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @fabisantina
87. Kits (Kitsilano) Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kitsilano Beach Vancouver BC Canada by @heli__yoon-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @heli__yoon
88. Praia Vermelha (Red Beach), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Praia Vermelha Rio de Janeiro Brazil by @arthurmartins-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @arthurmartins
89. Santa Monica State Beach, California, United states
Santa Monica Beach by @mr_nordvik-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @mr_nordvik
90. Bitez Beach, Bodrum, Turkey
Bitez Beach Bodrum Turkey by @pauline.meersseman-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @pauline.meersseman
91. Long Beach, New York, United States
Long Beach New York by @articlesnyc-best-beaches-around-the-world
One of New York’s only surfing beaches, along with Rockaway Beach. Instagram @articlesnyc
92. Brighton Beach, Brighton, United Kingdom
Brighton Beach, Brighton United kingdom by @TheBeachBell
Instagram @TheBeachBell
93. Tai Long Wan, Hong Kong
Tai Long Wan Beach Hong Kong by @theparisasiangirl-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @theparisasiangirl
94. Chicago City Beaches, Illinois, United States
Chicago Beaches by @mikeynice020-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @mikeynice020
95. The Beaches, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Beaches, Toronto, Ontario Canada by @whatzname-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @whatzname
96. Laguna Beach, California, United States
Laguna Beach Orange County, California USA by @lostinthewavez-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @lostinthewavez
97. Pirita Beach, Talinn, Estonia
Pirita Beach Talinn Estonia by @rodionogram-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @rodionogram
98. Banje Beach, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Banje Beach, Dubrovnik Croatia by @jillthompson98-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @jillthompson98
99. Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv, Israel
Gordon Beach Tel Aviv Israel by @yarinalon-best-beaches-around-the-world
Instagram @yarinalon
100. Umm Suqeim Public Beach, Dubai, UAE
Umm Suqeim Beach Dubai UAE by @fredrikjarnankar-best-beaches-around-the-world
For great views of the Burj and so on. Instagram @fredrikjarnankar

 

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