When the weather gets this cold, it’s no wonder that we begin to plan our holiday escapes to warmer destinations and for many of us, this normally includes a beach nearby. With great timing, travel website, FlightNetwork has released their very first annual list of the top beaches in the world.

More than 600 bloggers and travel journalists offered their opinions on what they think are the best 50 beaches in the world. Speaking to Metro, they said: “This is truly the most up to date and definitive list in the world and will help your readership decide their winter holidays in the coming months.”

By looking at destinations across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, the beaches were ranked by annual days of sunshine, the quality of their sand and water, average temperature, remoteness and how well they’ve remained reasonably untouched.”

Along with commentary from some of the judges, here’s the list of top 10 best beaches in the world!

 

1 Grace Bay (Turks and Caicos)

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  • Sheer Untouched Beauty 10/10
  • Remoteness 8/10
  • Sand and Water Quality 10/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine 319
  • Average Annual Temp. 29°C

“Soft white sand and unbelievably clear blue water make Grace Bay the beach traveller’s dream location.” – Kelly Stilwell

 

2 Whitehaven Beach (Australia)

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  • Sheer Untouched Beauty 10/10
  • Remoteness 10/10
  • Sand and Water Quality 10/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine 292
  • Average Annual Temp. 27°C

“Whitehaven Beach has oh-so-white sands, deepest green rainforests, and crystalline waters. It’s a wild island, part of the Great Barrier Reef, and is by far the most beautiful location to experience.”– The Travel Magazine

 

3 Anse Lazio (Seychelles)

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  • Sheer Untouched Beauty 10/10
  • Remoteness 7/10
  • Sand and Water Quality 9/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine 226
  • Average Annual Temp. 29°C

“The white sand, emerald waters, and lush jungle are pure paradise.” – The Blonde Abroad

 

4 Pink Sands Beach (Bahamas)

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  • Sheer Untouched Beauty 8/10
  • Remoteness 8/10
  • Sand and Water Quality 10/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine 223
  • Average Annual Temp. 28°C

“The island has a stunning pastel pink sand beach which adds a dreamy feeling to the atmosphere. The best part is this dreamscape is your reality on Harbour Island.” – Stephanie White Travels

 

5 Navagio Beach (Greece)

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  • Sheer Untouched Beauty 10/10
  • Remoteness 8/10
  • Sand and Water Quality 8/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine 275
  • Average Annual Temp. 19°C

“A picture-perfect setting awaits you at Navagio Beach, an exposed cove on the coast of Zakynthos. Visitors come from all corners of the world to grab photos of the famous ship wreck, called Panagiotis. The gorgeous blue water is just stunning in contrast to the white cliffs and sand.”– Wanderlust Story Tellers

 

6 Baia Dos Porcos (Brazil)

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  • Sheer Untouched Beauty 10/10
  • Remoteness 10/10
  • Sand and Water Quality 9/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine 258
  • Average Annual Temp. 27°C

“The most picturesque beach you can imagine, Baia Dos Porcos is inundated with the bluest of turquoise waters and vividly colored wildlife hidden behind lofty cliffs.” – Traveling With Boys

 

7 Playa Paraiso (Mexico)

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  • Sheer Untouched Beauty 9/10
  • Remoteness 8/10
  • Sand and Water Quality 10/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine 290
  • Average Annual Temp. 20°C

“Gorgeous aqua blue water and pristine white sand combine to create the most amazing beach imaginable.” – Global Munchkins

 

8 Hyams Beach (Australia)

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  • Sheer Untouched Beauty 10/10
  • Remoteness 8/10
  • Sand and Water Quality 9/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine 251
  • Average Annual Temp. 17°C

“Hyams Beach had the whitest sand I’ve ever seen against a beautiful backdrop. I almost couldn’t believe it to be true.” – Academy Travel

 

9 Hidden Beach (Mexico)

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  • Sheer Untouched Beauty 10/10
  • Remoteness 10/10
  • Sand and Water Quality 8/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine 299
  • Average Annual Temp. 25°C

“A true secret paradise invisible from the outside. Playa del Amor is filled with hidden water tunnels to explore for hours.” – The Product Poet

 

10 Trunk Bay (US Virgin Islands)

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  • Sheer Untouched Beauty 10/10
  • Remoteness 7/10
  • Sand and Water Quality 10/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine 140
  • Average Annual Temp. 27°C

“Tis amazing beach in the US Virgin Islands offers spectacular snorkelling, extraordinary views, and so much more beauty that you have to see it to believe it.” – Making Sense of Cents

 

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