All right, we know that calling a beach the greatest in the world is subject to opinion, but these beaches are pretty hard to beat. We asked our staff of experienced travelers to rate their favorite beaches and we compiled the top seven. It wasn’t easy wildling down this impressive list of paradise destinations but we did our best. We took into consideration all aspects like quality of sand, water, and overall safety to figure out which beaches were worthy of calling them, The World’s Best!
Zuma Beach, California
What’s a list of best beaches without a Cali beach? Zuma is the ultimate in beach experiences as it’s nestled next to the rocky Pacific coast. The wide open sand seems to go on forever and the waves keep bringing surfers from all around. Head up the PCH through Malibu and you will find paradise for sure.
Maya Bay, Thailand
If you want to experience a truly Southeast Asian deserted beach, head to Maya Bay in Thailand and take a guided day trip. You’ll embark from Phuket or Krabi on a longtail boat and prepare for your breath to be taken away. Steep cliffs on three sides surround the beach and the emerald water will drop your jaw.
Duck and Corolla, North Carolina
Nestled in the Outer Banks, a barrier island chain off the coast of North Carolina, Duck and Corolla offer a uniquely remote feeling for a beach in the United States. From wild horses roaming the beach in Corolla to the quaint small town feel of Duck, these beaches are not to be missed. If you have a 4×4 vehicle, you can drive on the beach in Corolla, which is an awesome adventure. The water is warm, thanks to the Gulf Stream, bringing warm water up from the Gulf of Mexico.
Miami Beach, Florida
Miami is on the list because our staffers like to party, apparently. Miami is a bit overcrowded but the weather is nice, the sand is soft and the water is just right. Prepare to see plenty of models in skimpy bikinis and drinks being served at all hours of the day and night.
Cabbage Beach, Bahamas
Wait, a beach on an island called Paradise has a nice beach, no way? Yup, you can’t beat these turquoise waters and powder soft sand beaches, so join the rest of the people from the cruise ships and dip your toes in. If you want to avoid the crowds, simply head East towards the smaller resorts, you’ll find your peace and quiet there.
Bondi Beach, Australia
What’s a list of best beaches without the Bondi Beach? Sitting just four miles outside of Sydney, Bondi is a surfers and sun seekers paradise. You won’t find a more Australian vibe from any other beach and there is even some topless sun bathing towards the southern edge. Public transport from the city to the beach is super easy and cheap making this beach affordable for all.
Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic
If you have been to the Dominican Republic, then you are already aware of the pristine beaches and the tall coconut palms that dot the coastline. The DR as locals call it offers a unique vacation destination due to its incredible affordability. Bavaro Beach is the number one beach on the island and quite possibly the most beautiful. The mile-long beach features thatched roof umbrellas for visitors and vendors selling everything you could ever desire.