The World’s 50 Best Beaches

by Jess Vincent 2nd February 2018 0 comment
The World’s 50 Best Beaches

Welcome to the most definitive list of beaches ever assembled — a diverse collection of off-the-beaten-path slices of paradise from every hidden corner of our planet.

To create The World’s 50 Best Beaches©, FlightNetwork has consulted 600+ of world’s best travel journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies — the people who do this for a living — to gain insight from their opinions and expertise. By asking the top travel professionals, Flight Network has created the most trustworthy and accurate list out there to inspire travellers and help choose their upcoming winter holiday destinations.

Pack your bags and book a flight to these amazing powder white beaches, swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, volcanic coastlines, and snow-capped mountain peaks steps from the sea. This comprehensive list will take you from the azure waters of Australia to the postcard-worthy shores of Africa, Europe, North, Central and South America, Caribbean, Asia and everywhere in between.

Pig Beach

“Beautiful white sand, turquoise water, and tropical pigs are the most remarkable parts of this oasis. “– Nancy Polanco, Whispered Inspirations

Pig Beach sits in amongst the Exumas: a chain of 300, mostly uninhabited islands renowned for their euphoric beaches, world-class diving, and luxurious resorts. As you reach its picture-perfect shores by speed or sailboat, you’ll be greeted by swaying palms, pristine sugary-white sands, and some very cute locals. Pig Beach really does live up to its name as it is the only place on the planet where you can take a dip in crystal-clear turquoise ocean alongside pink-and-brown-spotted wild pigs. These friendly and very camera-confident animals will be your only company as you walk, swim, and relax in what feels like a deserted Caribbean paradise.

Saltwhistle Bay

“A picture-perfect slice of sand. With hardly any development around, it’s peaceful and quiet“– Jim Byers – Travel Pulse Canada

Located on the smallest inhabited island of Mayreau, Saltwhistle Bay makes you feel like you’re starring in your very own Robinson Crusoe novel. As you disembark from your boat, you’ll be greeted by an exquisite 2-and-half-mile-long crescent of silky-smooth white sand with wave after wave of crystal-clear water lapping at your feet. Saltwhistle’s perfectly spaced palms, sea-grape trees, and blooming bushes offer the perfect refuge from the midday sun. With little to do other than walk its stunning shores, explore the tropical marine life and spot superyachts on the horizon. This slice of paradise really is the perfect relaxation spot.

Honokalani Beach

“With its black sand and lush green surroundings, Honokalani Beach is unlike any other beach in the world – which is exactly what makes it so special.“ – Breanna Wilson – Forbes

Honokalani Beach, deemed sacred by the Hawaiian people, is a small volcanic crescent tucked away within the beautiful Waianapanapa State Park in Hawaii. Its jet black sand, bright turquoise water and lush green forest combine to create one of the most stunning natural wonders. But that’s not all. The park itself is made up of 122 acres of impressive lava tubes, steep cliffs, spring-fed sea caves, blowholes, and Hawaii’s largest known temple. Each one is begging to be explored by travellers lusting for a beautiful tropical oasis.  If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world beach with a side order of adventure, Honokalani’s your ticket.

Elafonissi Beach

“This dreamy island needs to be seen to be believed. The ground literally sparkles with pink-tinted sand and crystal-clear Mediterranean waters.“– Jessica Loves

Elafonissi Beach is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches that Europe has to offer. Remote Elafonissi lies tucked away in Crete’s most southwestern point, and it’s well worth the journey. Its fine, coral-pink sand, picture-perfect turquoise water, and rolling dunes dotted with sand lilies and junipers resembles more a Caribbean paradise than a Greek island. Elafonisi is a Natura 2000 protected area, so, in between catching some rays and paddling in the shallow meter-deep lagoons, you’ll also have the chance to spot endangered turtles and other rare animals that use the beach as their nesting spot.

Seven Mile Beach Beach

“This grand stretch of white sandy beach is the perfect spot for relaxation and island adventure. The clear sapphire blue waters are the most magnificent place for snorkelling, parasailing, or stand up paddle boarding.“– The Planet D

With almost 7 miles of uninterrupted fine coral sand, warm turquoise water, and rows of gently swaying palms, Seven Mile Beach is the show-stopper of the Cayman Islands / As you walk along what seems to be a never-ending stretch of paradise, you’ll have boundless opportunities to swim, snorkel, and sink your body into the soft white sand. Seven Mile also tempts visitors with its luxurious beach-front villas, mouth-watering gourmet eateries, and stylish sunset bars. This is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a castaway-like beach but with a touch of comfort, decadence, and luxury.

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As see on:

  • Lonely Planet
  • The Telegraph
  • Forbes
  • The Independent
  • The Insider
  • The Guardian
  • Daily Mail
  • Cosmopolitan
  • …and much more!


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