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Bora Bora island, Le Meridien hotel, view to Mount Otemanu
Bora Bora is an atoll in the South Pacific, French Polynesia. Famous for its lagoon with overwater bungalows. The best beaches are located in expensive resorts located on remote motu (islands) along the perimeter of atoll. However, budget travelers have also some opportunities. / read more » /
Rating: 9.7 (173 votes)

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Maldives, Baa Atoll, Fulhadhoo island, beach tree
Fulhadhoo is an island with the best beach in the Maldives. There are no luxury hotels and casinos, but there is a classic tropical escape, most of the time there's noboby at the beach. The island is not too small and not too big. You always realize that you are exactly on the island, but you'll have enough place to walk around. The hotel also offer tours to the neighboring islands of the atoll, ocean fishing and diving. You will see how the locals live, and if desired, can communicate with them. This is the real Maldives - in all senses. / read more » /
Rating: 9.5 (2154 votes)
Cook Islands, Aitutaki atoll, aerial view
Aitutaki - atoll in the South Pacific. Luxury and expensive destination, famous for it's aerial photos. Fortunately budget travelers have some opportunities. Small remoted islands (so-called motu) give the most beautiful landscapes with palm trees. / read more » /
Rating: 9.4 (493 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 tropical beaches here. / read more » /
Rating: 9.3 (129 votes)
Philippines, Boracay island, White Beach
Boracay - island in the Philippines. White Beach is one of the best beaches in the world. Crowds slightly spoils the experience. However, the island has some more secluded beaches, though not so beautiful. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (162 votes)
Dominican Republic, Punta Cana, Bavaro South beach
Dominican Republic - country with the best beaches in the Caribbean. Dominican beaches featured by a large number of palm trees. Such landscapes are rare in other Caribbean islands. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (87 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 have basic hotels as well. Most of the islands are uninhabited with beautiful tropical landscapes, where you can imagine yourself to be Robinson Crusoe. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (74 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 the island. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (113 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 Barrier Reef, and all of this in a safe civilized country. This is really an outstanding place, though not unique. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (118 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 recommend lagoon boat safaries to various islands and sandbanks. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (196 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 considerably differs from island to island. So it is necessary to be very careful when choose the islands for your holiday vacation. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (118 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 flavor. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (125 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 palms hanging over the water. The island has no many tourists and no nightlife. This leads to a surprising effect: some people reported that being a week on Koh Kood they spent less money in comparison to one day in Pattaya. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (245 votes)
Maldives, Landaa Giraavaru island, Landaa sandpit
Landaa Giraavaru - island-resort of Baa Atoll in the Maldives. Belongs to Four Seasons hotel. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (134 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 sometimes people are attacked by sharks - especially on the east coast. There are no much tourists due to the remoteness of the island. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (684 votes)
Cuba island, Havana
Cuba is an island country in the Caribbean. Locals are poor, but funny and helpful. There is also rich historical heritage and great beaches in country. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (97 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 conservation of nature in its original state. However you will find everything you need for a perfect holiday. The best beaches are on the Big Island, while Small Island is more funny. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (606 votes)
Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua island, Carlisle 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, there are only a dozen of good beaches, and best ones are located at resort areas. It is believed that the best beaches in the country are located on the nearby Barbuda island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (201 votes)
Zanzibar island, Mapenzi Beach Club
Zanzibar is an island in the Indian Ocean, located near the mainland of Tanzania. Excellent white beaches are the main goal of the island. Stone Town old streets are also notable attraction and were included into UNESCO World Heritage Site. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (271 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 more and more tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (226 votes)
Trinidad and Tobago, Tobago island, Pigeon Point beach
Tobago - island with the best beaches in Trinidad and Tobago. Although it is believed that the country is not focused on tourism (petroleum is the main source of income), there are some of the best Caribbean beaches and well-developed tourist infrastructure. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (604 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 tourists live in the main island, and take daily boat trips to the new islands and sandbanks. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (129 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 world. Usually it is possible to walk safely on the edge of the throat and to watch the flashing lava. The island has also several mediocre beaches. Other notable attractions include the Blue cave, as well as Yakel Village with locals making traditional dances near the Giant Banyan Tree. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (13 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 tropical paradise. Keep in mind that in 1999-2003 there was a civil war between Muslims and Catholics. Now only segregation reminds about that. There are purely Muslim or purely Catholic villages. Almost all of the best beaches are located near the Catholic settlements. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (454 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 seabed is not very comfortable due to the broken corals. Rangiroa is good in its low key and laid back feeling - far from the outside world. You'll have a full freedom in all respects. As the atoll is very big, there are a lot of islets without a single person, thus giving great opportunities to find your personal paradise. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (68 votes)
Aruba island, fofoti tree
Aruba - is the western island in the group of ABC-islands in the southern Caribbean. Tourists are attracted here by beautiful beaches, a good climate, developed infrastructure and a high level of private security. Aruba is proud to be the most popular cruise destination. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (253 votes)
British Virgin Islands (BVI), Jost Van Dyke island, White Bay
Jost Van Dyke - island in the British Virgin Islands with great beaches. Famous Soggy Dollar Bar located in White Bay beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (254 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 good, including different kinds of budget islands. It is worth to mention the local Dhigurah island - one of the best in all of the Maldives. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (46 votes)
Maldives, Lhaviyani, Atmosphere Kanifushi beach
Lhaviyani is a relatively remote northern atoll in the Maldives. In general, the beaches are very good, but it is worth to mention one important detail. Unlike most other atolls, all the local islands are with very bad beaches. On the other hand, absolutely all island-resorts are with excellent beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (2 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 different from each other. Most of them are totally unsuitable for swimming, but there are few lagoons with beautiful beaches. Most tourists come to Kiritimati for fishing, so beaches are always empty. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (707 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 notable attraction. It's located in the center of the island. It's not very interesting, and definetily overpriced. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (80 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 cafes with a good club music on the island. The most famous - Cafe del Mar in San Antonio - with crowds watching sunset listening to the romantic music. However, after the sunset DJs start play bouncy club mixes. There are also good beaches in the island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (272 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 (138 votes)
American Virgin Islands (USVI), St. John island, Oppenheimer beach
St. John - island with best beaches in American Virgin Islands. Much of the island is a National Park. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (206 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 20-30 meters, and only natural materials from the jungle are taken for the tower, as well as for ropes. This is a very dangerous tradition, but it was only two deaths known in our times. By the way, all the locals are Christians. Historically, the event was performed only once a year, but now every Saturday. It happened due to the high popularity of the show among the tourists, each paying about US$150. The island has also beaches and other eco attractions, but these are not so interesting. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (14 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 is a unique wildlife. All the islands are of volcanic origin and their formation continues to this day. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (241 votes)
Bahamas, Exuma Cays, Pig beach
Exuma Cays is a chain of small islands in the Exuma group, Bahamas. There are some good beaches including the famous beach with swimming pigs. Due to the poor transport accessibility, there are never many people here, except for the Pig beach. As everywhere in the Bahamas, the sand is white with great sandbanks, but palms can be rarely met along the coast. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (99 votes)
Singapore, Sentosa island, beach
Sentosa - the island of entertainment in Singapore. There are beautiful beaches and theme parks. It makes no sense to get here from the other end of the world. But for residents of Singapore - this is a great place to relax. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (94 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 swimming, as there are sharks and strong waves in the open ocean. The most popular way to travel around Fraser island is a 4WD rally on the east coast. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (77 votes)
Maldives, Faafu atoll, Filitheyo isl
Faafu is one of the southern atolls in the Maldives. There are just a few islands, - happily, all with excellent beaches. So you won't see another island with tourists nearby. There are also not many people - both on the resort island, as well on the local islands. The distance from the international airport is considerable, so the road is hard. But transfer fares are comparable to those in the central atolls. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (1 vote)
Seychelles, La Digue island, Anse Source d'Argent beach
La Digue - the smallest of the three main islands of the Seychelles. So you can drive by bike all around in one day. However, some mountain areas can be passes by car only or on foot. The most famous beaches in Seychelles are located in La Digue. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (97 votes)
Venezuela, Morrocoy, Cayo Sombrero
Chichiriviche is a popular resort destination in Venezuela notable as the northern entry point to Morrocoy islands. Some beaches are one of the best in the country. However, most of the islands are not very interesting, and overcrowded with the domestic tourists during the weekends. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (6 votes)
Barbados island, Bathsheba beach
Barbados is an island in the Eastern Caribbean being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. West end and south end of the island mainly consists of great white sand beaches. While the east coast has no good beaches, but gives dramatic sea views. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (155 votes)
Puerto Rico, Vieques island, Sun Bay beach
Vieques - island in Puerto Rico - not far from the Big island. The island has excellent beaches and bioluminescent bay where the water shines at night. For a long time a large area of the island was occupied by the U.S. military base, so tourist development has been delayed. Therefore, the island has well preserved nature. Some parts of the island are closed to tourists due to the risk of bomb explosion. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (79 votes)
Thailand, Phi Phi Islands, hotel beach
Phi Phi - located in the Andaman Sea in Thailand. The islands are beautiful, with good beaches, and the atmosphere is quite like Ibiza. The only drawback here is a huge number of tourists. However, that doesn't spoil the positive feeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (62 votes)
Maldives, North Ari atoll (Alifu Alifu), Constance Halaveli
Alifu Alifu is a group of islands to the west off Male - the capital of Maldives. There are no many good luxury resorts, but some local islands have excellent beaches, - with the most interesting being Thoddoo, Feridhoo and Ukulhas. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (103 votes)
Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo island, Port Olry Beach
Espiritu Santo is a large island in Vanuatu - with some of the best beaches in the country, including tiny island resorts. On the other hand, there are not much of authentic features, which we usually expect from Vanuatu, - like wild tribes or volcanoes. But this is a true beach paradise - like it should be in Oceania. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (6 votes)
Anguilla island, Cap Juluca
Anguilla - is a small caribbean country with excellent beaches. There are much less tourists than on the neighboring island of St. Martin. Almost all attractions are located on the main island of Anguilla. Small islands have no good beaches, nor notable attractions. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (171 votes)
India, Andaman Islands, Havelock island, Elephant in water
Havelock - is the most popular island in the Andaman Islands. Contrary to popular belief, local beaches are not so good. Also, you are unlikely to meet the elephants swimming in the sea. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (702 votes)
Bahamas, Eleuthera island, Lighthouse beach
Eleuthera - island with the best beaches in the Bahamas. In addition, this island is located near the capital island of Nassau, so it has comfortable transportation options. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (125 votes)
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