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Best beaches in the world 2017 (TripAdvisor)
  • This 7km stretch along Whitsunday Island
  • Bávaro is an area of beach resorts in Punta Cana, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean on the Dominican Republic's east coast. Palm trees back a wide beach, and a long coral reef creates calm waters. 
  • Culebra is an island 45 minutes away by boat to the east of Puerto Rico. 
  • Seven Mile Beach is easily the best known beach on the Cayman Islands thanks to its clear waters and coral sand. The beach also plays host to a number of luxury hotels. 
  • Anse Lazio is on the north west coast of Pralin Island and is well known for its dramatic combination of the tropical palm trees and dramatic boulders that line the beach.
  • Tortuga Bay can be found on Santa Cruz Island and is home to a host of stunning wildlife including iguanas, crabs and birds. While you can't swim in the main bay, there is a cove close by perfect for those looking to take a dip in the clear waters.
  • Found on the west coast of the island, Elafonissi Beach is an inlet home to lovely white and pink sand beaches. Although the mainland can get busy during the summer the island has been awarded protected status and is the perfect place for a family swim.
  • Heralded as one of the best beaches in Asia, Radhanager is certainly the most famous in the Andaman Islands. The white sands are lines by the vibrant green forest on one side and clear blue waters on the other.
  • Playa Norte runs can be found in the north of the island and is home to plenty of bars and restaurants for visitors to enjoy while they soak up the sun.
  • La Concha is right in the centre of the city and is one of San Sebastian's most famous beaches. The beach stretches from the City Hall to the Pico del Loro and is thought to be one of the best city beaches in Europe.
  • Siesta Key is an eight mile long island that sits on the Gulf of Mexico and the beaches are well known for their spectacular quartz sands.

  • It's not hard to see why Playa Paraiso has been given a name which literally translates as 'Paradise Beach'. The beach is about 5km from the busy hotel area and is popular thanks to its calm waters.
  • Eagle Beach is the widest in Aruba and is famous for its turtle population which includes leatherbacks, loggerheads and more. The pristine white sands also play host to Aruba beach tennis fans at the weekend, a popular local sport.
  • Found on the north east coast of Providenciales the bright blue waters and white sands are known for their watersports activities as well as the barrier reef that sits a mile offshore.
  • The beautiful Baía do Sancho can be found on Noronha's main island and can either be accessed by boat or using the staircases in the cliff side.