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French Polynesia, Bora Bora island, Le Meridien beach
Bora Bora is an atoll in the South Pacific, French Polynesia. Famous for its lagoon with overwater bungalows. The best beaches are locate… / read more » /
Rating: 9.7 (1621 votes)
 
 
 
 
Grenadines, Tobago Cays islands, aerial view
Tobago Cays is a group of five small islets in the Grenadines, Caribbean. Entrance fee to the National Park is about US$15 per person - pai… / read more » /
Rating: 9.4 (724 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cook Islands, atoll Aitutaki, aerial view
Aitutaki is an atoll in the South Pacific (Cook Islands). This is an upscale destination, famous for it's aerial photo shots. Fortunatel… / read more » /
Rating: 9.4 (2302 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maldives, Baa Atoll, Fulhadhoo
Baa Atoll is the best atoll in the Maldives. It has the superb beaches - with white sand, palms, clear calm water and without crowds of t… / read more » /
Rating: 9.3 (3229 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Easter Island, Moai statues
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) - Chilean island in the South Pacific famous for its Moai statues. Despite the moderate climate there are some good … / read more » /
Rating: 9.3 (656 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Philippines, Boracay island, White Beach
Boracay is a popular island in the Philippines. White Beach is one of the best beaches in the world, but the crowd slightly spoils the … / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (1592 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
French Polynesia, Tetiaroa atoll, aerial view
Tetiaroa is a small atoll located to the north of Tahiti island in French Polynesia. This is almost an exact copy of the iconic Aitutaki… / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (101 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maldives, Laamu Atoll, Rahaa Resort, aerial view
Laamu is a remote atoll in the south of Maldives. This is a rather unusual atoll for Maldives, since almost all islands are linked in… / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (521 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Panama, San Blas islands, beach
San Blas is a group of 365 islands on the Caribbean coast of Panama. Native Kuna Indians live only on few dozen of islands, that usually… / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (1139 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thailand, Samui island, Maenam beach, view to east
Samui - island in the Gulf of Thailand. Remarkable for abundance of palm trees, which are both on the beaches, and in the center of t… / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (571 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia, Lizard Island, beach, boat
Lizard Island is the northernmost island of Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Tropical beaches, great snorkeling in the heart of the Great Bar… / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (604 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dominican Republic, Cayo Arena beach
Dominicana is a country with the best beaches in the Caribbean. Dominican beaches feature a lot of palms. Such landscapes are rare in othe… / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (404 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cocos Islands (Keeling)
Cocos Islands is an atoll in the Indian Ocean near Australia. Almost all of the atoll's motus have good beaches of a different quality. We re… / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (1265 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fiji, Yasawa Islands, Nanuya Lailai island, Blue Lagoon beach
Yasawa Islands - a group of islands in Fiji. It's the most popular beach destination in the country. Quality of beaches and hotels considerabl… / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (426 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grenadines, Palm Island, beach
Palm Island is a private Caribbean island in the south of Grenadines. There are few beaches giving great choice of different views - mostly… / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (361 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mozambique, Bazaruto archipelago, aerial view
Bazaruto is an archipelago near the coast of Mozambique. It has excellent beaches, as well as sandbanks, high dunes and unique African f… / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (499 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thailand, Ko Kood isl, beach
Ko Kood is one of the most beautiful islands, - not in Thailand only, but also in the whole world. The beaches are with white sand and … / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (986 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Madagascar island, Morondava, Avenue of the Baobabs
Madagascar - African island in the Indian Ocean. It is the country of baobabs and lemurs, as well as excellent beaches. Keep in mind that … / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (1544 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cuba island, Varadero City beach
Cuba is an island country in the Caribbean. Locals are poor, but funny and helpful. There is also rich historical heritage and great… / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (414 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Malaysia, Perhentian Islands, Blue Lagoon, white sand
Perhentian Islands - two small islands with best beaches in Malaysia. Tourist infrastructure is relatively undeveloped, which contributes to the c… / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (2002 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Antigua island, Long Bay beach
Antigua is an island with some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. It is considered that there are 365 beaches here. In reality, ther… / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (633 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cook Islands, Suwarrow atoll, clear water
Suwarrow is an uninhabited atoll in the Cook Islands. Good beaches are available. But this is not a real beach destination, since it's a… / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (154 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trinidad and Tobago, Tobago island, Arnos Vale beach
Tobago - island with the best beaches in Trinidad and Tobago. Although it is believed that the country is not focused on tourism (petr… / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (1759 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
British Virgin Islands (BVI), Jost Van Dyke island, White Bay
Jost Van Dyke is an island in the British Virgin Islands with great beaches. Famous Soggy Dollar Bar located in White Bay beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (740 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Martinique island, Pointe Marin beach (left)
Martinique is an island in the Caribbean being the overseas region of France. It is beautiful, safe and relatively inexpensive. It is comm… / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (1221 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nicaragua, Little Corn Island
Little Corn Island (Isla Pequena del Maiz) is an island with the best beaches in Nicaragua. It's rather wild place, though every year there are mo… / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (1043 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maldives, Fulhadhoo island, beach
Fulhadhoo is an island with the best beach in the Maldives. There are no luxury hotels and casinos, but there is a classic tropical escap… / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (8378 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Venezuela, Los Roques islands, aerial view
Los Roques - an archipelago of islands with the best beaches in Venezuela. Islands form atoll, - which is unusual for the Caribbean. Most … / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (631 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Philippines, Bohol isl, chocolate hills
Bohol is a popular tourist island in Philippines. Chocolate hills are the main killer feature, as well as other attractions - like wa… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (257 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seychelles, Silhouette island, Labriz beach
Silhouette is a small island located to the northwest of major Mahe island in Seychelles. Strange, but most of tourists don't know about t… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (7 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tanzania, Zanzibar island, Royal Beach
Zanzibar is an island in the Indian Ocean, located near the mainland of Tanzania. Excellent white beaches are the main goal of the islan… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (868 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grenadines, Petit Saint Vincent island, aerial view
Petit Saint Vincent is a small private island in the south of Grenadines, Caribbean. The island is hilly, but there are good beaches almost everywh… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (230 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indonesia, Kai Kecil island, fallen palm
Kai Kecil - island with the best beaches in Indonesia. White sand, high palm trees and almost no tourists, - it's a best recipe for a tro… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (1492 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
French Polynesia, Rangiroa atoll, motus
Rangiroa is an iconic atoll in French Polynesia. The beaches are beautiful, but not as good like Bora Bora. The problem is that the seab… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (764 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
ABC islands, Aruba island, Manchebo beach
Aruba - is the western island in the group of ABC-islands in the southern Caribbean. Tourists are attracted here by beautiful beaches… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (743 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maldives, South Ari atoll, Dhigurah island
Alifu Dhaalu is the southern sector of Ari atoll. It features the best diving with whale sharks in the Maldives. However, beaches are also g… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (1074 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kiribati, Kiritimati island (Christmas Island), lagoon, aerial view
Kiritimati (Christmas Island) - one of the most unusual atolls in the Pacific Ocean. There is not one, but dozens of inland lagoons, which are quite differen… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (2185 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vanuatu, Tanna island, locals
Tanna is an island with Mount Yasur being the main tourist attraction of Vanuatu. This is the most accessible active volcano in the w… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (512 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seychelles, Praslin island, Anse Lazio beach, creek
Praslin - the best island in the Seychelles. There are not too many attractions, but beaches are excellent. Vallée de Mai is the only n… / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (358 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Colombia, Providencia island, Manzanillo beach, palm tree over water
Providencia - small colombian island with Manzanillo beach - one of the best Caribbean beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (1144 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mayreau island, Carnash Bay, aerial view
Mayreau is an island in the group of Grenadines. It has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. There is also great snorkeling sport… / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (566 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Galapagos islands, Espanola island, Gardner Bay, sea lion
Galapagos islands - islands in the Pacific Ocean located to the west of mainland Ecuador. Islands have beaches, but the main goal of this region … / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (689 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
French Polynesia, Mataiva Atoll, beach
Mataiva is a small atoll in the west end of Tuamotu archipelago, French Polynesia. There are no beaches to speak of. Since sea bottom i… / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (41 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia, Fraser island, Eli Creek
Fraser is the largest sand island in the world with some dunes higher than 200 meters. The island has no many beaches suitable for swi… / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (595 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brazil, Boipeba island, Praia de Bainema beach
Boipeba is an island on the Atlantic coast of Brazil. In fact, this is not a true island, since it is separated from the mainland by ri… / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (140 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain, Ibiza island, Ushuaia Beach Hotel
Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean, famous for the world's best dance clubs - Pacha, Amnesia and others. Also there are many caf… / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (805 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Malaysia, Redang island, Wisana beach
Redang is an island on the east coast of Malaysia. This is a real tropical paradise. The beaches have white sand, azure water, many pa… / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (7 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
French Polynesia, Maupiti atoll, aerial view
Maupiti is an atoll in French Polynesia being a smaller copy of Bora Bora, but without luxury overwater bungalows. Beaches are good eno… / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (568 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
USVI, St. John island, Maho Bay beach, palms
St. John - island with best beaches in American Virgin Islands. Much of the island is a National Park. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (699 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vanuatu, Pentecost island, Land diving
Pentecost is an island in Vanuatu famous for land diving performed by the locals, thus making ancient ritual. Men jump from a height of 2… / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (472 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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