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These are the top 10 beaches from the World’s 50 Best Beaches 2024 list. The annual list sponsored by Banana Boat is created by votes from more than 1,000 travel professionals. The rankings follow this criteria: unique characteristics, wildlife, untouched, soundtrack of nature, easy to enter the water, often calm water, not too crowded and frequency of idyllic conditions. “The longer we do this, the more we’re realizing that there’s a lot of really undiscovered beaches out there that are spectacular,” said Bobby Heard, who has 20 years of experience working in the travel industry. He is the co-founder and CEO of The World’s 50 Best Beaches, which launched in 2017.
These are the top 10 beaches from the World’s 50 Best Beaches 2024 list. The annual list sponsored by Banana Boat is created by votes from more than 1,000 travel professionals. The rankings follow this criteria: unique characteristics, wildlife, untouched, soundtrack of nature, easy to enter the water, often calm water, not too crowded and frequency of idyllic conditions. “The longer we do this, the more we’re realizing that there’s a lot of really undiscovered beaches out there that are spectacular,” said Bobby Heard, who has 20 years of experience working in the travel industry. He is the co-founder and CEO of The World’s 50 Best Beaches, which launched in 2017.
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10. Horse Shoe Island, Myanmar | Named for its unique crescent-shaped beach, Horse Shoe Island is located off the southern coast of Myanmar in a remote location. The beach curves around a turquoise lagoon. The waters are calm and safe for swimming. The island remains largely untouched by heavy tourism. There are more sunny days December through March with the rest of the year experiencing rainy season.
10. Horse Shoe Island, Myanmar | Named for its unique crescent-shaped beach, Horse Shoe Island is located off the southern coast of Myanmar in a remote location. The beach curves around a turquoise lagoon. The waters are calm and safe for swimming. The island remains largely untouched by heavy tourism. There are more sunny days December through March with the rest of the year experiencing rainy season.
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9. Green Lagoon, French Polynesia | Located in Fakarava, French Polynesia, this beach is situated in one of the largest atolls in the Tuamotu Archipelago. The lagoon consists of a shallow sandy bottom and rich coral life. It is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, ensuring the protection of its diverse ecosystems and endemic species. It is described as an ideal spot for ecotourism and conservation studies. Green Lagoon is accessible by a small boat.
9. Green Lagoon, French Polynesia | Located in Fakarava, French Polynesia, this beach is situated in one of the largest atolls in the Tuamotu Archipelago. The lagoon consists of a shallow sandy bottom and rich coral life. It is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, ensuring the protection of its diverse ecosystems and endemic species. It is described as an ideal spot for ecotourism and conservation studies. Green Lagoon is accessible by a small boat.
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8. Anse Georgette, Seychelles | Located on Prasin Island, Seychelles, this beach is described as a “hidden gem” by the 2024 World’s 50 Best Beaches list. It is accessible via a short hike through the lush terrain of a nearby golf course or by boat. Rainy season usually only lasts December and January.
8. Anse Georgette, Seychelles | Located on Prasin Island, Seychelles, this beach is described as a “hidden gem” by the 2024 World’s 50 Best Beaches list. It is accessible via a short hike through the lush terrain of a nearby golf course or by boat. Rainy season usually only lasts December and January.
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7. Pink Beach, Indonesia | What sets this beach apart is its pink sand. The color is caused by the mixture of white sand with red coral fragments. Pink Beach is part of Komodo National Park, which is a protected space. The pristine waters and marine biodiversity make it an ideal spot for snorkeling. May through October are ideal months to visit to get the most sunny days, as it experiences rainy season during the rest of the year.
7. Pink Beach, Indonesia | What sets this beach apart is its pink sand. The color is caused by the mixture of white sand with red coral fragments. Pink Beach is part of Komodo National Park, which is a protected space. The pristine waters and marine biodiversity make it an ideal spot for snorkeling. May through October are ideal months to visit to get the most sunny days, as it experiences rainy season during the rest of the year.
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6. Turquoise Bay, Australia | Surrounded by turquoise waters, this beach lives up to its name. The beach is undeveloped and remote, located within Cape Range National Park and the bay’s waters are part of Ningaloo Reef. Turqoise Bay is known for its snorkeling right from the shore.
6. Turquoise Bay, Australia | Surrounded by turquoise waters, this beach lives up to its name. The beach is undeveloped and remote, located within Cape Range National Park and the bay’s waters are part of Ningaloo Reef. Turqoise Bay is known for its snorkeling right from the shore.
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5. Voutoumi Beach, Greece | Located on the island of Antipaxos in Greece, this beach is primarily accessible by boat. This keeps Voutoumi Beach quiet and clean compared to more accessible Greek beaches. It Is well-known for its deep blue waters, blend of pebbles and fine white sand. The water is shallow and warm and surrounded by hills that offer scenic trails.
5. Voutoumi Beach, Greece | Located on the island of Antipaxos in Greece, this beach is primarily accessible by boat. This keeps Voutoumi Beach quiet and clean compared to more accessible Greek beaches. It Is well-known for its deep blue waters, blend of pebbles and fine white sand. The water is shallow and warm and surrounded by hills that offer scenic trails.
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4. Entalula Beach | The archipelago outside El Nido in Palawan, Philippines is composed of wild limestone cliffs, lagoons, hundreds of islands and a rich marine fauna. One of the beaches on those islands, Entalula Beach in El Nido, is “less frequented than others in the area, offering visitors a chance to escape.” Entalula Beach is only accessible by boat, adding an element of exclusivity.
4. Entalula Beach | The archipelago outside El Nido in Palawan, Philippines is composed of wild limestone cliffs, lagoons, hundreds of islands and a rich marine fauna. One of the beaches on those islands, Entalula Beach in El Nido, is “less frequented than others in the area, offering visitors a chance to escape.” Entalula Beach is only accessible by boat, adding an element of exclusivity.
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3. Meads Bay, Anguilla | Even during high season, it can feel like you have the whole beach to yourself at times. Resorts and local eateries located along the shore “provide convenient amenities without overshadowing the bay's natural charm.”
3. Meads Bay, Anguilla | Even during high season, it can feel like you have the whole beach to yourself at times. Resorts and local eateries located along the shore “provide convenient amenities without overshadowing the bay's natural charm.”
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2. Cala Mariolu, Italy | Located along the eastern coast of Sardinia, Italy, this beach can only be reached by boat or hiking trails. According to the World’s 50 Best Beaches website, Cala Mariolu stands out for its “striking beauty everywhere you turn and the sense of privacy and adventure it offers.” Cala Mariolu is much busier in July and August compared to other times of the year. June and September are a great compromise to avoid the crowds and still enjoy nice weather. It is recommended to visit the beach on days with little to no wind.
2. Cala Mariolu, Italy | Located along the eastern coast of Sardinia, Italy, this beach can only be reached by boat or hiking trails. According to the World’s 50 Best Beaches website, Cala Mariolu stands out for its “striking beauty everywhere you turn and the sense of privacy and adventure it offers.” Cala Mariolu is much busier in July and August compared to other times of the year. June and September are a great compromise to avoid the crowds and still enjoy nice weather. It is recommended to visit the beach on days with little to no wind.
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1. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands | Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, Trunk Bay contains one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, popular among tourists and locals. Trunk Bay is described as easy to enter with calm waters and a sandy bottom. It also features a vibrant reef for snorkelers to swim among colorful fish and explore the unique snorkeling trail. The busiest time of year for the National Park it’s located in is November to April.

You can view the full list on The World's 50 Best Beaches website.
1. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands | Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, Trunk Bay contains one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, popular among tourists and locals. Trunk Bay is described as easy to enter with calm waters and a sandy bottom. It also features a vibrant reef for snorkelers to swim among colorful fish and explore the unique snorkeling trail. The busiest time of year for the National Park it’s located in is November to April. You can view the full list on The World's 50 Best Beaches website.
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