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Baia do Sancho, beach, Brazil
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These are officially the best beaches in the world in 2023

From unspoiled stretches of sand to party hotspots, these are the world’s best beaches right now

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

When it comes to the world’s best beaches, different stretches of coast get a nod for different reasons. Some are naturally spectacular and set against jaw-dropping landscapes. Others are preserved and unspoiled, notable for azure waters and pristine sands. And some are simply built for pleasure: vibey beach spots where you can let loose with your toes in the sand. 

But which beaches are the best in the world right now? TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards totted up the results of millions of reviews on its site to figure out which beaches are travellers’ current favourites.

Top of the pile came Baía do Sancho in Brazil. Sitting on Fernando de Noronha, an island about 220 miles off the coast of the mainland, Baia do Sancho is remote and only really accessible by boat or a metal ladder. It is, as you can see in the above pic, spectacular – and, in our opinion, very much a worthy winner.

Second on TripAdvisor’s ranking was Eagle Beach on the Caribbean island of Aruba, a wide beach with soft white sand that is also one of the island’s party hotspots. Third was Cable Beach in Broome, western Australia, which is known for being so vast that, even in peak season, it hardly ever feels crowded.

Here are the top ten beaches in the world right now, according to TripAdvisor.

  1. Baia do Sancho, Brazil
  2. Eagle Beach, Aruba
  3. Cable Beach, Australia
  4. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
  5. Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
  6. Praia da Falésia, Portugal
  7. Radhanagar Beach, India
  8. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Italy
  9. Varadero Beach, Cuba
  10. Ka'anapali Beach, Hawaii

You can read TripAdvisor’s full list of the world’s best beaches here, including four beautiful beaches in the UK. Then check out our own list of the best beaches in the world right now.

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