CAPE TOWN – Canada’s largest online travel website, flightnetwork.com has just revealed The World’s 50 Best Beaches, which were chosen by 632 of the world’s top travel professionals.
Condensing the list into just 50 was a two-month process and the result is a thing of beauty – think white sand beaches with the bluest of blue water.
Below are the top 10, but you can click through the gallery above to see the full list of 50:
1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
One of the most iconic stretches of sand in the world, Grace Bay has an annual average temperature of 29 degrees, so you can expect hot summer days all year round.
2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Here you can find some of the whitest sand on earth – but as it is part of Queensland’s Whitsunday islands, it is only accessible by helicopter or seaplane.
3. Anse Lazio, Seychelles
Just a mention of the Seychelles makes our wanderlust hearts go into overdrive, and with soft, golden sand and an average water temperature of 27 degrees, we’ve moved it to the top of our bucket list.
4. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas
The pastel pink sand – made up of the bright red and pink shells of the microscopic Foraminifera insects – adds a dreamy element to this Bahamian island
5. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
One you’ve probably seen on your Instagram feed, Navagio’s cobalt blue waters surrounded by towering cliffs are picture-perfect.
6. Baia Dos Porcos, Brazil
Also known as the Bay of Pigs, the myriad of blues meddle in perfect harmony and what’s more is the beach will probably be yours alone as it requires quite a trek to get to.
7. Playa Paraiso, Mexico
The combination of aqua blue water and pristine white sane never gets old and it’s shown in its full glory here.
8. Hyams Beach, Australia
The second Australian beach to make the top ten (guess we all need to head to Australia), Hyams Beach is part of Jervis Bay which is found just two hours south of Sydney.
9. Hidden Beach, Mexico
Another frequent lust-worthy Instagram location, the only way to reach this Mexican beach is to jump off a boat and swim or kayak through a tunnel to shore. The hole was apparently made during bombing practices for WWI.
10. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands
Donated to the US National Park Service 50 years ago, Trunk Bay has a 205 metre underwater snorkelling trail and an abundance of clean and clear water.
You can find the full list of beaches, here.