March 2, 2021

As lockdown has left most of us longing to be somewhere—anywhere else than stuck at home, ​Tripadvisor​ has just the thing to help you escape, revealing its annual Travellers’ Choice ​Best of the Best Awards for Beaches.

Highlighting travellers’ favourite beaches across the globe, from sweeping white sand and turquoise waters in tropical climates, to dramatic cliffs and pounding surf in some of the most secluded spots on Earth, the awards are based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travellers for beaches, gathered over a 12-month period. New for 2021, the Best of the Best Beaches also takes into account the volume of “saves” for beaches on Tripadvisor, reflecting the position that many travellers were in for much of 2020—unable to travel, desperate to travel, lusting after the beaches they wished they could visit.

In 2021, Australia’s ​Whitehaven Beach takes the top spot amongst global travellers. The remote Australian paradise, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is only accessible by boat, seaplane or helicopter and is lauded by travellers for its gorgeous soft white sand and postcard-perfect turquoise water.

This year, India’s ​Agonda Beach​ takes the title of number one beach in Asia, rising from second place in 2020. ​Cavelossim Beach​, India comes in second this year, and ​Ngapali Beach​, Myanmar is in third.

“Your last trip to the beach probably feels like a lifetime ago, but with vaccine programs rolling out worldwide, safely making that beach getaway a reality just might be in reach! In fact, a recent Tripadvisor survey revealed that 60 per cent of travellers are very likely to take a beach trip in 20211,” said Christine Maguire, vice president and general manager, global media business at Tripadvisor. “Whether your preferred kind of beach is preened and pristine or rugged and rough, this list of travellers’ favourites is just the inspiration you need to get planning your next beach break.”

Without further ado, here are the top 10 beaches in the world:

1. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Australia

2. Santa Maria Beach – Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

3. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

4. Grace Bay Beach – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

5. Saint Pete Beach – Florida, United States

6. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, Australia

7. Eagle Beach – Eagle Beach, Aruba

8. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Italy

9. Ka’anapali Beach – Hawaii, United States

10. Baía dos Golfinhos – Praia da Pipa, Brazil