There’s no doubt the beach is the perfect destination for fun and relaxation. Most of all, these slivers of sand against the ocean are a reminder that the world can be quite beautiful.

However, there are a number of beaches around the world that have achieved well-deserved fame for their exquisite beauty, endless expanses of white sand and balmy waters. We’ve chosen ten of our favorite, outstanding, popular and most beautiful beaches. If you think we’ve missed a few, let us know what’s your favorite? Comment below.

10. Bahia Solano – Colombia

Bahia Solano is home to world-class scuba diving and sports fishing. Also providing a plethora of marine activities to the traveler. Only 18 km away from Bahia Solano, there is the stunning beach town of El Valle, Choco. One of the most beautiful beaches, Bahia Solano is a unique scene of immobile boats rusting where the river meets the ocean.

9. Playa Paraiso – Cayo Largo

One of the gorgeous beaches in the world is Playa Paraiso in Cuba’s finest beach island Cayo Largo. This beach well deserves its name of “Paradise Beach” is not quite as exposed to the elements as some of the other beaches on the island. The weather is usually calm and the sea here remains shallow most of the year. As the beach of hotels is very changing, most people go to Playa Paraiso to enjoy calm water to swim or simply relax on the beach.

8. Nungwi – Zanzibar – Tanzania

On the north-west coast of the island, Nungwi is considered to be the most beautiful beach of Zanzibar, where the absence of strong tides guarantees the pleasures of swimming and snorkeling in the crystal, jade sea. The island has long been loved by intrepid travelers for its enigmatic old Stone Town and 30 or so pristine beaches. Tourists tend to gravitate towards Nungwi, a settlement located along the coast of north Zanzibar.

7. Hanalei Bay – Hawaii – USA

Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauaʻi County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The word Hanalei means “lei making” in Hawaiian. Alternatively, the name Hanalei also means “crescent bay” and may be indicative of the shape of Hanalei Bay. It is one of the best and most beautiful beaches in Hawaii.

6. Pulau Perhentian Kecil – Malaysia

If you’re a beach bum you’ve probably already heard of, or visited, or fallen in love with, Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands. The Perhentian Islands lie approximately 10 nautical miles off the northeastern coast of West Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles south of the Thai border. The two main islands are the backpacker-happy Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian Island), and Pulau Perhentian Besar (Big Perhentian Island), which has slightly more expensive accommodation.

5. Maya Bay – Ko Phi Phi – Thailand

Maya Bay is a white sand beach hugged by steep limestone cliffs. Coral reefs make it an excellent spot for snorkeling. This strikingly beautiful beach has seen its popularity skyrocket after featuring in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach, but it’s still worth visiting for the dramatic setting and marvelous snorkeling opportunities.

4. Whitehaven – Queensland – Australia

It’s difficult to pick a favorite in a country known for its beautiful beaches, but if you’re looking for unspoiled, flawless natural beauty, the fine sands of Whitehaven in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands are a strong contender. With more than four kilometers of sand that is 98 percent pure silica, so clean it squeaks. Whitehaven Beach is part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park.

3. Matira – Bora Bora – Tahiti

Bora Bora is one of the magical islands that make up French Polynesia in the South Pacific. This Island is like the Gwyneth Paltrow of beaches — a little too perfect to be believable. But the spell that this small island is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts.

2. Sun Island – Maldives

Recognized as the world’s best and one of the most beautiful beaches, located in a beach-lover’s paradise, Maldives. This diamond in the middle of the Indian Ocean has become a favorite with celebs and rich honeymooners drawn by the thought of sleeping over the water, literally. If you want to be as near as possible to the water, you can do no better. Especially at Sun Island Beach, where many resorts offer luxury bungalows on stilts in the water.

1. Anse Source d’Argent – Seychelles

On the top of the most beautiful beaches around the world – Anse Source d’Argent, located in La Digue, the third largest inhabited island of the Seychelles. A major contender for the top spot, this ribbon of sand on the island, La Digue, mixes salt-white and flamingo-pink sands to create one of the most photographed beaches in the world.

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