TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards, the annual list of the world’s, Europe’s and the UK’s best beaches, voted for by holidaymakers, has been revealed, Daily Mail Online reports.
Baia do Sancho on the Brazilian archipelago Fernando de Noronha takes the top spot in the world rankings, followed by Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. While La Concha Sebastian has been crowned Europe’s best, Weymouth Beach, Dorset, takes the title of the UK’s most desirable beach.
1. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Baio do Sancho in Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha won the title of world’s best beach, which is no doubt down to its crystal clear waters – ideal for diving – and panoramic cliff-tops offering views of dolphins splashing in the bay
2. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Falling from first in 2016 to second place in 2017 was Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, which has a five-star rating on TripAdvisor with the community praising its ‘unbelievable colours’ and empty beach
3. Eagle Beach, Aruba, Caribbean
4. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba
5. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida, United States
There’s a snack shack, volleyball nets, a playground and restrooms at this top Florida attraction, named the fifth best beach in the world in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards
Baio do Sancho in Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha won the title of world’s best beach, which is no doubt down to its crystal clear waters – ideal for diving – and panoramic cliff-tops offering views of dolphins splashing in the bay.
The paradise archipelago also has a Unesco world heritage status. It was up one spot from its second place ranking last year.
Falling from first in 2016 to second place in 2017 was Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, which has a five-star rating on TripAdvisor with the community praising its ‘unbelievable colours’ and empty beach.
6. La Concha Beach, San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
Sixth in the world and number one in Europe, unusually beach-goers at La Concha Beach can paddle out to Isla Santa Clara, a small island in the bay that features its own strip of beach, lighthouse, bar and picnic tables
7. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
8. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
9. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Crete, Greece
Consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in Europe, this year the Grecian beauty takes the title for ninth best in the world and second best in Europe. Reviewers say it offers ‘white sand with a hint of red garnet. Warm and clear water and no rocks at all’
10. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands
This untouched, rugged spot attracts nature lovers and iguanas alike. It rounds out the world’s top ten
In Europe, Spanish and Greek beaches dominate the top ten with each country home to a hat-trick of the most outstanding seascapes, according to the TripAdvisor community.
City beach La Concha Beach in San Sebastian was crowned number one in Europe.
Unusually, beach-goers can paddle out to Isla Santa Clara, a small island in the bay, which features its own strip of beach, a lighthouse, a bar and picnic tables.
Second place was claimed by dreamy Elafonissi Beach in Elafonissi, Crete, described by reviewers as offering ‘white sand with a hint of red garnet. Warm and clear water and no rocks at all’.
The UK struggled to make an impression on the global list of 25 best beaches but Weymouth Beach in Dorset did take the ninth spot in Europe.
As the UK’s best rated beach, critics hailed it as ideal for dog walking and said its golden sands are photogenic.
TripAdvisor spokesperson Hayley Coleman commented: ‘The UK’s Weymouth Beach beating beaches in Sardinia, Greece and Spain this year, proves that the UK’s beaches can more than hold their own against destinations with sunnier climes.’
11. Anse Lazio Praslin Island, Seychelles
12. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
13. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
14. Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
15. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
16. Anakena Beach, Easter Island
17.Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia
18. La Cote des Basques, Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
19. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus
Fourth on the Europe list and nineteenth in the world, Fig Tree Bay in Protaras, Cyprus, was noted for its ‘very clean beach with lots of sunbeds’ and the chance to enjoy water sports in its clear waters too