Shoal Bay West, Anguilla
Shoal Bay West is less accessible to tourists than other beaches on the island. Snorkelers and swimmers frequent this beach, as do celebs such as Jay-Z and Denzel Washington.
Ipanema Beach, Brazil
Continuously topping distinguished lists for World's Sexiest Beach, Ipanema is a longtime favorite of sexy party-goers and colorful, bikini-clad beachcombers. Known for its athletic and tan citizens and lively tourists, Ipanema is the spot for a chic beach holiday. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
The Republic of Seychelles
With exotic vegetation, sparkling sands and endless azure waters, Seychelles has been a honeymoon haven for A-list celebs such as William and Kate, David and Victoria Beckham, and even Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. This Indian Ocean destination is made up of over 115 islands overflowing with regional wildlife, including beautiful coral, majestic whales, giant tortoises and of course, playful dolphins.
Playa d'en Bossa, Spain
Platja d'en Bossa is the longest beach on Ibiza, an expanse of golden sand and glorious sunsets that has attracted the likes of Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Kyle Minogue, Valentino, Mischa Barton, and Penelope Cruz. Visitors can be seen unwinding on cozy sunbeds, swimming or snorkeling. When the sun goes down, beachgoers start exploring the wild side of Ibiza's world-renowned nightlife that hits its peak from mid-June through the end of September. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Republic of Maldives
The Maldives, an island cluster consisting of thousands of tropical isles, is known for its premier diving, coral reefs and bespoke resorts. The water is so clear in fact, that swimmers can see any of the 1,000 species of fish from over 165 feet away. The ideal time to visit is during the dry season from November to April when average temperatures stay between 77-84 degrees Fahrenheit.
Baie Longue, St. Martin
A favorite retreat for the rich and famous, Baie Longue, or Long Bay, is a quiet and romantic beach in French St. Martin. Long Bay is named for its seemingly endless stretch of white sand and crystal waters that runs from La Samanna's Hotel Resort on the left to Pointe du Canonnier on the right. Perched above the beach, multi-million homes overlook the ocean, far enough away to maintain a very private and secluded atmosphere for sun worshipers below.
Rincon Beach, Puerto Rico
There's no denying the beaches of Rincon, Puerto Rico are muy caliente, with two distinct experiences to choose from. The north side is a surfers dream, boasting some of the best waves in the world as the currents of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea collide. The south side offers a more laid back beach day, with calmer waters for swimming or standup paddleboarding.
Bondi Beach, Australia
One of Australia's most well-known beaches, Bondi, and its larger-than-life waves, attract thousands of people year-round. Everyone from backpackers to billionaires take to the golden sands of this beautiful beach to walk, jog, or just soak up the sun. As a place for topless sunbathing, swimming and great surfing, Bondi is an internationally renowned holiday destination; especially for Christmas and New Year's celebrations.
Angra Dos Reis, Costa Verde, Brazil
One of the most untouched beaches in Brazil, Angra dos Reis in Costa Verde offers spectacular scenery and tons of privacy. Here, the tropical rainforest merges with the Atlantic, peppering the coast with thick palm trees, providing pockets of secluded beach along the 175 miles of golden coastline between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Small fishing villages can be found around the beach, and in the distance, private yachts of Brazilian celebrities are spotted sailing toward peace and quiet.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
As one of the most popular Caribbean vacation destinations, Punta Cana caters to families, couples and solo travelers with a wide variety of dining options, casinos, spas and all-inclusive resorts. But the crystal clear water, white sand and swaying coconut trees beg to be relished in as well. During the day, visitors can be seen kayaking, parasailing, water skiing, golfing, or simply relaxing. By night, the casinos, lounges and nightclubs heat up as the city's nightlife scene comes alive.
Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
Less well known than Punta Cana, Las Terrenas, located in the Samana province of the Dominican Republic, is a collection of beaches that are popular for privacy and tranquility. Famous visitors have included Bill Gates and the Kardashians.
#25 Woolacombe Beach, North Devon, England
#24 White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
#23 Seven Mile Beach, Georgetown, Cayman Islands
#22 The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI
#21 Akumal Beach, Akumal, Mexico
#20 Fort De Soto Park, Verde, Florida
#19 Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Australia
#18 Gulf Islands National Seashore, Pensacola, Florida
#17 Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles
#16 Siesta Key Public Beach, Sarasota, Florida
#15 Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii
#14 Playa del Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
#13 Chesterman Beach, Tofino, B.C., Canada
#12 Playa de ses Illetes, Balearic Islands, Spain
#11 Playa Paraiso Beach, Cuba
#10 Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales
#9 Eagle Beach, Aruba
#8 Horseshoe Bay Beach, Southampton Parish, Bermuda
#7 Lopes Mendes Beach, Ilha Grande, Brazil
#6 Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain
#5 Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
#4 Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
#3 Whitehaven Beach, Airlie Beach, Australia
#2 Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
#1 Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Best Beach Boardwalk: Venice Beach, California \
Most Romantic Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti
Best Beach Bar: Rick's Cafe, Negril, Jamaica
Best Beach For Adventure: Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu
Best Beach You Haven't Heard Of...Yet: Nevis, Caribbean
Sexiest Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Best Family Beach: Destin, Florida
Best Party Beach: South Beach, Miami, Florida
Best Overall Beach: Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti