TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for beaches. The gorgeous Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos won the top honor as the best beach in the world this year, up from the number two ranking last year and reclaiming the top spot it held in 2016. Florida’s Clearwater Beach was the number one beach in America, up three spots from its U.S. ranking one year ago, and capturing the top spot in the country it held in 2016. Award winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.
“Soft sand, clear waters and balmy temperatures are common threads among these Travelers’ Choice award-winning beaches that have delighted millions of TripAdvisor reviewers across the globe,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.
“The Caribbean and Florida stake claims as the most decorated on the world and U.S. lists respectively, and based on TripAdvisor price reports, travellers can still find outstanding value on warm-weather escapes to these popular beaches this year.”
To help travellers plan their next beach trip, TripAdvisor has identified highly-rated value hotels near the award-winning beaches this March as well as great round-trip airfare found on TripAdvisor over the next six months.
Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Beaches in the U.S.:
1. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida
About a forty-minute drive west of Tampa, Clearwater Beach dazzles with two and a half miles of sugar-white sand, crystal-clear waters and tranquil Gulf breezes. Perched on a barrier island, the beach offers calm, shallow water, making it an ideal playground for families. “GREAT white sand beach … very long, so if you are a beach walker, you will be happy. There is nothing like FL white, silky, sand! I love it!” shared a TripAdvisor traveller
2. Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, Florida
Less than thirty minutes south of Sarasota, Siesta Beach on Siesta Key is renowned for its eight-mile stretch of sugar-fine, quartz-white sand. It’s also a great spot for kids to collect seashells and sand dollars. “It is a very large beach that accommodates lots of people — it has lots of parking, picnic tables, BBQ, there is also a snack shop. It gets very crowded so timing is important,” added a TripAdvisor reviewer.
3. Ka’anapali Beach – Lahaina, Hawaii
Among the most visited beach in West Maui, this area is a popular spot for quiet relaxation or water sports. It’s also famous for the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as “Puu Kekaa” or Black Rock. According to a TripAdvisor reviewer, “Amazing this time of year. Right from the beach, we saw amazing whale breaches. The sand is amazing and the beach is well kept up!”
4. South Beach – Miami Beach, Florida
People watching is a great pastime in Miami’s South Beach, which draws celebrities and models. Travelers love the wide, fine, white sand-covered beaches as well as the surrounding area, known for wild nightlife and excellent restaurants. “Direct access to the beach! The promenade is always full of people walking, biking and strolling with their dogs and families. Very clean and well-kept area” wrote a TripAdvisor reviewer.
5. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Honolulu, Hawaii
Located on the southeast coast of Oahu, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of Hawaii’s most popular natural attractions. Travelers note that the beach is good for swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing and picnicking. According to a TripAdvisor user, “One of my favourite places to visit in Hawaii. I sincerely appreciate the staff’s every effort to preserve and respect marine/aquatic life. I would have given it a 5 star except for the very limited parking.”
6. Fort Lauderdale Beach – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
With miles of sun-kissed beachfront and an easy walk from many hotels, restaurants and activities, Fort Lauderdale Beach is a favourite among travellers. Families often rave about the beach’s cleanliness, warm water, on-duty lifeguards, and beautiful palm trees. “Nice place to enjoy the Atlantic breezes and take in the sun rays. It is beautifully maintained and very clean. Also, there are many establishments across the boulevard where you can have food and drinks,” wrote a TripAdvisor reviewer.
7. Saint Pete Beach – St. Pete Beach, Florida
Saint Pete Beach is famous for its golden-white sand and aquatic activities, such as parasailing, stand-up paddle boarding and windsurfing. This gorgeous, laid-back beach is also known for glorious sunsets. “The sand is soft and easy to walk on. The water was gentle and clean. The place is well-groomed and offers a huge expanse of play area,” commented a TripAdvisor reviewer.
8. Hollywood Beach – Hollywood, Florida
Hollywood Beach is well known as a family-friendly place due to the calm water, available bathroom facilities, live entertainment and the nearby restaurants across the large Boardwalk. “Hollywood Beach is clean and beautiful. The boardwalk is great for biking, walking, enjoying a meal or drink at a restaurant. Many places to stay right on the boardwalk,” added a TripAdvisor user.
9. Santa Monica Beach – Santa Monica, California
This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers and has a great surrounding area with its world-famous Pacific Park seaside amusement park. Travelers can soak up the sun on the three-mile coastline with mountain views and walking and biking paths. “It’s a lovely beach: large and spacious with great views up and down the coast. The breeze from the Santa Ana Winds always feels good,” wrote a TripAdvisor reviewer.
10. Lanikai Beach – Kailua, Hawaii
Located on the Windward Coast of Oahu, the name Lanikai means “heavenly sea,” and travellers rave about this small half-mile strip of beach. Beachgoers often take advantage of the many water activities, such as canoe tours, kayak rentals and snorkelling. “Another beautiful Hawaiian beach with golden sand, gentle breeze and surf, and amazing coral reefs just offshore,” wrote a TripAdvisor reviewer.
Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Beaches in the world:
1. Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
2. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
3. Varadero Beach – Varadero, Cuba
4. Eagle Beach – Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba
5. Seven Mile Beach – Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
6. La Concha Beach – San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
7. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida
8. Seven Mile Beach – Negril, Jamaica
9. Bavaro Beach – Bavaro, Dominican Republic
10. Playa Norte – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
42 thoughts on “World’s best beaches”
I’m headed to grace bay Beach in just a few days… Looking forward to the beauty! 💙
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Thanks so much!
Wow, 3 in Hawaii itself! I am planning for a vacation in Hawaii soon…let’s see if i can hit them 🙂
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I need to be in Hawaii, Florida or California between January and April. I would only return to New York in late April. I need Fun in the Sun.
Sigh… I wouldn’t mind any of those places right now. But of course, Calfornia is on top!!
Some years ago we had a condo right on the beach in Pompano, Fla. just north of Fort Lauderdale. No more beautiful sport, either day or night. The warm balmy breezes at night relaxes one for a comfortable sleep.
Sensational and beautiful wide beach
All top beaches my friend, including the ones around the world, alas the judges have never been to Australia, for here you will find Beaches from the original Garden of Eden resort.
There are even more beautiful beaches. I remember the Golden Sands in Cyprus. It was so lovely there.
Marvelous, Mihran. This post makes a great vacation planning resource. Now to spend my lunch dreaming of the beach! 😀 Hugs.
Wow, lots in Hawaii! I just returned from Australia where every city practically has a coast, and I’d like to think that those were the most sublime I’ve seen. Great article!
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Thank you so much!!
Sure thing! Thank you for your help with my scholarship vote too. I appreciate the reciprocity!
Wonderful beaches Mihran Certainly beats the beaches of England 🙂 Hope you are well my friend.. Have a beautiful week ahead. 🙂
Thank you Sue for your kind words, I sincerely grateful for you…Wishing you a enjoyable and healthy week:)
I very much appreciate..Bravo!!
And to you Mihran .. take care.
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The only one I’ve been to is the Santa Monica beach, which is definitely beautiful, however I think more about the shops and goings on surrounding the beach than the actual beach itself.
wow – this is a very different approach, I appreciate your word!!
I’ve been to about three of the American beaches and none of the international. Well, honestly, I’m not much of a beach person anymore.
I am so happy to read over your reply, you made my day…Thank you!!!
So many beautiful beaches you present here! I would need to wear sunscreen and a hat to go to any of them though as I have fair skin. Thanks for the traveling through this post <3
So many amazing places to visit! Thank you for the tips!
Can’t beat a lovely beach, Mihran! Hope you’re having a wonderful March 🙂 🙂
I linked to your blog on my Facebook page, with this Intro: “Thanks to hotel expert, musician and blogger Mihran K, for this info, providing a very brief virtual escape from winter!”
Thank you for your kind words, appreciate it!!
A day at the beach is absolutely relaxing. Great post.
Very informative and inviting. I should spend winter on some of these beaches. I guess it won’t happen that soon, but would that be ever nice!
I think I’d like to take a trip to visit each one and see if the ratings are accurate!
wow – great idea – we should plan this trip and find our more!!
Love the Florida beaches! Didn’t use them enough while we lived in Florida! 😀
I agree with you – its so beautiful and has a soft water…Thank you!!
I love the beach and this really made me love it more 😖😖
wow – this is fascinating feeling and amazing – incredible words:)
Oh, yes! I’ve been to a few of these. My favorite is Hanauma Bay! Some of the best snorkeling ever!
wow – you have amazing taste and I am so thank you for you:)
great post, i just updated my bucketlist 😁 … it is my ultimate dream to go to Fernando de Noronha…pure paradise 😍 fingers crossed for 2019, i really hope i can manage to travel there.. ✌🏻