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The seven best beaches ranked by the world's travellers


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High-quality beaches are the building blocks for any successful summer holiday. TripAdvisor's annual Travellers' Choice Awards have determined the best beaches around the world based upon ratings awarded to 352 beaches by the world's travellers in 2018.

Unsurprisingly, the Americas and the Caribbean rank strongly, snatching eight out of ten of the top spots.

7. Mediterranean retreat: Sola dei Conigli

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Located on the Sicilian isle of Lampedusa, Sola dei Conigli, also known as Rabbit Beach, is a rocky enclave which curves around a bay. Italy's best beach according to TripAdvisor, here it is easy to adopt the island's pace of life, gorging on fresh fish and basking in the sun.

The transparent waters make it perfect for scuba diving or you may want to take a boat to visit more of the island's deserted coves.

6. American dream: Clearwater Beach

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Clearwater Beach offers a wide beach complete with water sports and endless food options. A boisterous spring-break mood is ideal for anyone in search of some state-side fun.

Florida's Clearwater, located on the Gulf of Mexico, has year-round sunshine, high temperatures and activities to keep you entertained for an endless summer.

5. Beach bum: Grace Bay Beach


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Located on the northeast coast of Providenciales, Grace Bay Beach is the symbol of the Turks y Caicos islands.

The pristine beach is lined with shops, restaurants and bars, and the calm waters make it a popular spot for water sports and swimming. However, be sure to have the correct insurance for these activities. 

4. City break: La Concha

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La Concha, scoring fourth best beach worldwide, curves around the northern border of San Sebastian and overlooks the Isla de Santa Clara.

It forms part of the Basque country famed for its delicious and varied Pintxos bars. If you are searching for a cultural gem or if you are on a quest to discover some good food, this is your beach.

It is recommended to rent a car and drive along the northern coast to explore the region.

3. Instagram-worthy: Third Eagle Beach


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It is true all the beaches on this list are more than Instagram-worthy. In particular, Third Eagle Beach in the neighbourhood of Oranjestad on the Caribbean paradise island Aruba is a picture-perfect beach fringed with palm trees and silky sand.

It is even possible to catch turtles nesting or spy flamingos in the right season.

Or, if you tire of the beach, you can head to tcolourfulful Dutch colonial town for more vibrant photography opportunities.

2. Internet detox: Varadero Beach

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In second place is Varadero Beach in Cuba, located in the northern province of Matanzas.

A true oasis, the azure shallow waters lap at the white sand. Although the internet is more accessible through resorts with prepaid cards, Cuba is still behind in the Wi-Fi era, making it perfect for escapists.

Avoid hurricane season and head to the enigmatic island between December and May.

 1. Escape the masses: Bai do Sancho

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The crowned winner is Bai do Sancho on the small island of Fernando de Noronha.

A two-hour flight from the northern mainland of Brazil and situated in the Atlantic sea, its isolated location has preserved its natural beauty.

Located within the national park, a fee is required to enter. To reach the beach, you must follow a path through lush vegetation into a tropical paradise and descend a rickety ladder down to the sand.

Depending on when you visit, you may have the entire beach to yourself. However, be mindful of the strong currents and adverse weather the island experiences in winter.

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