50 of the best beaches in the world

An expert panel of travel industry insiders has identified the best beaches in the world for 2024.

Presented by Banana Boat, the 50 Best Beaches in the World for 2024 is a curated list of seaside locations handpicked by an expert global panel of over 1,000 leading travel insiders. Travel influencers, journalists, agencies and industry experts have come together to cast their votes and the result is a bucket list of dreamy beaches perfect for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, building sandcastles and sipping cocktails beneath beach umbrellas. This ultimate list is your go-to resource for sunny summer holidays.

What is the #1 beach in the world? 

1. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands

Trunk Bay has been identified as the beach best in the world for 2024. One of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean, this bay is located in the Virgin Islands National Park. With snow-white sand, turquoise waters and a protected status, Trunk Bay is an idyllic natural refuge where you can relax, snorkel or hike without the noise of commercial activity. The beach is named after the native leatherback turtles, commonly known as ‘trunks’.

A tropical cove with blue water and lush forest
Trunk Bay in St. John, US Virgin Islands

2. Cala Mariolu, Italy

Nestled along the dramatic eastern coast of Sardinia, Italy, Cala Mariolu is a strikingly beautiful beach. It’s only accessible by boat or hiking, so you’ll have more of its bright aquamarine waters to yourself. June and September are excellent times to visit as they’re outside of peak tourist season but still bring wonderful weather and calm ocean conditions.

Cala Mariolu beach in Sardinia
Cala Mariolu in Sardinia © Adobe Stock

3. Meads Bay, Anguilla

This 2.4km stretch of seaside luxury has taken out the third spot for the best beach in the world for 2024. Located in Anguilla, Meads Bay is a fantastic location for sunbathing, escaping the crowds and enjoying breathtaking sunsets over cobalt blue vistas, thanks to its western position.

Four umbrella sun lounges on a beach
Meads Bay in West End, Anguilla © Tranqulity Beach Anguilla

4. Entalula Beach, Philippines

Deemed “Palawan’s overlooked slice of heaven” by Banana Boat, Entalula Beach wows with its jungle-covered limestone sculptures and bright aqua bays. It’s ecologically unique and off the beaten track, earning itself a place as one the best beaches in the world.

Entalula Beach, Philippines
Entalula Beach, Philippines © Adobe Stock

5. Voutoumi Beach, Greece

Voutoumi Beach on the Greek island of Antipaxos is a sight to behold. Renowned for its deep blue hues, this beach is nestled below a verdant hill covered in Mediterranean cypress trees.

Voutoumi Beach, Greece © Adobe Stock

6. Turquoise Bay, Australia

Western Australia’s Cape Range forms a dramatic backdrop to Turquoise Bay, one of the best beaches in the world for snorkelling. Take to its glassy waters and you’re likely to come across a turtle or two and other exciting marine life.

A turtle swimming in the ocean
A sea turtle at Turquoise Bay © Tourism Western Australia

7. Pink Beach on Komodo Island, Indonesia

Pale pink sand, blindingly blue water and an abundance of tropical fish make Pink Beach a fantastic place for diving, snorkeling, and admiring one of the world’s most amazing beaches.

Pink Beach on Komodo Island, Indonesia © Adobe Stock

8. Anse Georgette, Seychelles

Easily among the best beaches in the world is the secluded bay of Anse Georgette. Due to its remote location, this beach offers serenity and spectacular beauty. To access Anse Georgette, you’ll need to arrive by boat or walk a short distance through the jungle.

Anse Georgette in Seychelles
Anse Georgette in Seychelles © Adobe Stock

9. Green Lagoon in Fakarava, French Polynesia

Renowned for its diverse ecosystems and endemic species, Green Lagoon is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This beach is located on an atoll west of the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia and boasts shallow sandy waters and colourful corals.

Green Lagoon in Fakarava, French Polynesia
Green Lagoon in Fakarava, French Polynesia © Adobe Stock

10. Horse Shoe Island, Myanmar

To discover one of the best beaches in the world, look no further than Horse Shoe Island in Myanmar. The unique cresent-shaped bay of sand hugs a vibrant aqua lagoon.

Horshoe Island in Myanmar
Horshoe Island in Myanmar © Adobe Stock

11. Calo des Moro in Mallorca, Spain

Tucked away on Mallorca’s southeastern coast, Calo des Moro is a surreal Mediterranean paradise. This tiny cove is located at the base of a cliff and can get busy, so be sure to visit early to enjoy this picturesque beach sans crowds.

A small u-shaped cove in Spain
Calo des Moro in Mallorca, Spain

12. Le Morne Beach, South Mauritius

Located at the foot of UNESCO World Heritage site Le Morne Brabant mountain, Le Morne Beach is one of the best beaches in the world to snorkel and dive.

Le Morne Beach © Mauritius Tourism
Le Morne Beach © Mauritius Tourism

13. Aharen Beach on Tokashiki Island, Japan

Aharen Beach on Japan’s Tokashiki Island is abundant in soft sand and lush green hills. Wade in the protected waters or snorkel the nearby reef.

Aharen Beach on Tokashiki Island, Okinawa
Aharen Beach in Japan © Adobe Stock

14. Lanika Beach in Oahu, Hawaii

The word ‘Lanikai’ means heavenly sea, an apt name for a beach with peaceful waters and Hawaiian green sea turtles. It’s one of the best beaches in the world for relaxing in a tropical oasis.

Aerial view of a tropical beach
Lanikai Beach in Oahu, Hawaii

15. One Foot Island in Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Swaying palm trees, smooth water and vibrant fish make One Foot Island a Pacific paradise.

white sand beach with blue water and green palm trees either side
One Foot Island in Aitutaki, Cook Islands © Paul Szigety

16. Playa Balandra in La Paz, Mexico

Thanks to unspoiled rocky sands and calm, shallow waters, Playa Balandra has been named one of the best beaches in the world. It’s famed for its unique mushroom-shaped rock formation.

Playa Balandra in La Paz
Playa Balandra in La Paz © Adobe Stock

17. Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

This pristine beach is protected from big swells, making it perfect for kids and families. The long stretch of white sand makes the perfect location for unwinding under a beach umbrella, mimosa in hand.

Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos
Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos © Adobe Stock

18. Vaeroy Beach in Lofoten, Norway

With mountains, cliffs and still water, Vaeroy Beach is perfect for hikers who wish to take in the view rather than take a dip in the cool waters. Its unique location above the Arctic Circle sets it apart from most other beaches.

a person standing on a ledge looking at beach below
Vaeroy Beach in Lofoten, Norway

19. Cala Goloritze in Sardinia, Italy

Cala Goloritze on Sardinia’s eastern coast offers the ultimate tranquil escape. The beach was created by a landslide in 1962, resulting in a towering limestone scultpure of 143 metres.

Cala Goloritze in Sardinia, Italy
Cala Goloritze in Sardinia, Italy © Adobe Stock

20. Anchor Bay Beach on Lizard Island, Australia

With direct access to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, Anchor Bay Beach on Queensland’s Lizard Island is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Lounge on silky sands with a book in hand or explore lively coral reefs.

Lizard Island, Australia
Lizard Island is a beach haven © Adobe Stock

21. Gardner Bay in Galapagos, Ecuador

This beach provides visitors with the unique experience of being able to watch sea lions while catching some rays.

a sea lion on a white sand beach
Gardner Bay in Galapagos, Ecuador

22. Anse Source D’Argent in La Digue, Seychelles

One of the most photographed beaches in the world, Anse Source D’Argent has granite boulders, pink sand and crystal clear water. 

Anse Source D’Argent in La Digue, Seychelles

23. Freedom Beach in Phuket, Thailand

Hidden away behind lush jungle, Freedom Beach in Phuket will fulfil any beachgoer’s dreams. Its idyllic Andaman waters lap gently at a 300-metre stretch of sand.

Freedom Beach in Phuket, Thailand
Freedom Beach in Phuket, Thailand © Adobe Stock

24. Cayo de Agua, Venezuela

Cayo de Agua is considered one of the best beaches in the world due to its distinctive sandbar that contrasts surrounding sapphire blues and connects two sections of the Los Roques archipelago.

Cayo de Agua, Venezuela
Cayo de Agua, Venezuela © Adobe Stock

25. Praia da Marinha in Algarve, Portugal

Golden sands and steep sculptural cliffs give Praia da Marinha a distinctive charm. The picturesque beach is especially beautiful to visit during sunset hour.

Praia da Marinha in Algarve, Portugal
Praia da Marinha in Algarve, Portugal © Adobe Stock

26. Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach is a heavenly beach boasting a long stretch of perfectly white coral sand and gentle turquoise waves perfect for wading. An array of shops, restaurants and bars are just a stroll away.

Crystal clean ocean waters meet a flat beach
Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

27. Grote Knip in Curacao, the Caribbean

Mindblowing shades of blue not unlike the famous Blue Curacao liquor await at Grote Knip. This is one of the best beaches in the world, offering an amazing location beside rugged cliffs and home to a friendly local clan of pigs.

Grote Knip, Curacao
Grote Knip, Curacao © Adobe Stock

28. Horseshoe Bay in Southhampton Parish, Bermuda

Easily accessible with lush vegetation, Horseshoe Bay has pink sand and crystal clear waters that invite every visitor in for a swim.

A curving beach with a small rocky peninsula
Horseshoe Bay in Southampton Parish, Bermuda

29. Fteri Beach on Kefalonia, Greece

Fteri Beach sits at the edge of the gorgeous Ionian sea and is framed by magnificent white cliffs.

Fteri Beach, Greece
Fteri Beach, Greece © Adobe Stock

30. Maundays Bay in Anguilla, the Caribbean

A hidden Caribbean gem, Maundays Bay offers sheltered waves in a curved bay that looks onto the psotcard-worthy island of St. Martin.

31. Cayo Zapatilla in Bocas del Toro, Panama

The two uninhabited islands of Cayo Zapatilla are breathtaking paradises with untouched shores. Protected within a national marine park, these are some of the most stunning beaches in the world.

Cayo Zapatilla in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Cayo Zapatilla in Bocas del Toro, Panama © Adobe Stock

32. Boulders Beach on Western Cape, South Africa

An opportunity to get up close and personal with (but never touch!) wild animals makes Boulders Beach one of the best beaches in the world. Get to know the African penguin a little better at Boulders Beach, where the little critters enjoy the water alongside human swimmers. 

A penguin standing in front of a beach
Boulders Beach on Western Cape, South Africa

33. Wharton Beach, Western Australia

Don’t be surprised if you have Wharton Beach all to yourself. This expansive coastal haven is nestled in the Duke of Orleans Bay area and offers ideal dolphin spotting conditions.

Wharton Beach, Western Australia
Wharton Beach, Western Australia © Adobe Stock

34. Grand Anse, Grenada

Lush greenery and palm trees meet soft sand and azure waters at Grand Anse, located on the cultural island hub of Grenada,

A long sweeping coastline
Grand Anse, Grenada

35. Baia do Sancho, Brazil

Relax on the pristine sands of Baia do Sancho, often considered one of the best beaches in the world. Come via boat or take a steep ladder down through a rocky hill to experience this amazing beach hideaway.

Baia do Sancho, Brazil
Baia do Sancho, Brazil © Adobe Stock

36. Kelebekler Vadisi Beach, Turkey

Commonly known as Butterfly Balley Beach, Kelebekler Vadisi Beach is known for its striking ultramarine waters that contrast dramatic ochre cliffsides. You’re also likely to see butterflies flitting about, as the area is home to numerous species.

Kelebekler Vadisi Beach, Turkey
Kelebekler Vadisi Beach, Turkey © Adobe Stock

37. Columbier Beach in St Barts, the Caribbean

Columbier Beach in St Barts is an uncrowded pearl on the Caribbean sea. Dappled with palm fronds, the rocky inlets of this stunning beach is sure to impress any sea seeker.

38. Playa Xpu-Ha in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The often overlooked beach of Playa Xpu-Ha (pronounced ‘shpu-ha’) offers plenty of space to stretch out upon immaculate sand. It’s less crowded than the more popular beaches of Tulum and Playa del Carmen.

Playa Xpu-Ha in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Playa Xpu-Ha in Quintana Roo, Mexico © Adobe Stock

39. Kelingking Beach in Bali, Indonesia

Not for the faint of heart, Kelingking Beach is a remote stretch of sand that requires visitors to traverse down a steep cliff in order to dip their toes into the sea. 

A lush green tropical cape
Kelingking Beach in Bali, Indonesia

40. Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui, Hawaii

Kapalua Beach has a picturesque backdrop of tall palm trees and lush mountains, giving it that effortless Hawaiian allure.

Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui, Hawaii
Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui, Hawaii © Adobe Stock

41. Diamond Beach, Iceland

Situated on the southern coast of Iceland, Diamond Beach is one of the most unique beaches on the globe. Large glacial chunks drift by in the current while jewel-like icebergs stud the beach’s iconic black sand.

Diamond Beach, Iceland
Diamond Beach, Iceland © Adobe Stock

42. Pipe Creek Sandbar in Exumas, Bahamas

Appearing for just a few hours each day at low tide, Pipe Creek Sandbar has pillow-soft sand and hypnotic waters.

A low angle image of blue water and white sand beach
Pipe Creek Sandbar in Exumas, Bahamas

43. Cayo Levantado on Samana, Dominican Republic

Cayo Levantado is a dazzling beach with exceptional whale-watching opportunities. There’s plenty of idyllic palm trees offering a shady respite.

Cayo Levantado on Samana, Dominican Republic
Cayo Levantado on Samana, Dominican Republic © Adobe Stock

44. Henderson Beach, Florida

Stretching almost two kilometres along Florida’s Emerald Coast, Henderson Beach is the perfect peaceful entryway to the Gulf of Mexico’s warm waters.

45. Bon Bon Beach, Philippines

Let your hair down and frolick in the incredibly clear waters of Bon Bon Beach, one of the best beaches in the world. The beach has an amazing sandbar that reaches out to Bangug Island.

Bon Bon Beach, Philippines
Bon Bon Beach, Philippines © Adobe Stock

46. Cathedral Cove Beach, New Zealand

Also voted one of the world’s best beaches in Cathedral Cove Beach on the North Island of New Zealand. Take a snap of its iconic natural arch or spot exciting marine life from a kayak.

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand
Cathedral Cove, New Zealand © Adobe Stock

47. Varadero Beach, Cuba

Bodysurf on friendly waves or read a book on the sandy shores of Varadero Beach.

red car parked under a palm tree on beach
Varadero, Cuba

48. Kynance Cove in Cornwall, UK

Kynance Cove, located on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, is a natural spectacle featuring rugged rock formations and unusually vibrant waters for the UK.

49. Eagle Beach, Aruba

Don’t miss the iconic fofoti trees of Eagle Beach, frequently photographed against a bruised pink sunset. Soak in bath-temperature waters and look out for nesting sea turtles.

Eagle Beach, Aruba
Eagle Beach, Aruba © Adobe Stock

50. Rabbit Beach on Lampedusa, Italy

Rabbit Beach is part of a protected reserve, making it one of the best Mediterranean beaches for paddling in a pool-like paradise. Adorable colonies of rabbits and loggerhead sea turtles are regular visitors.

Rabbit Beach on Lampedusa, Italy
Rabbit Beach on Lampedusa, Italy © Adobe Stock

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