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Start planning your dream getaway now. I have picked 44 of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world, based on my travel experience and love of great beaches.

Most of these beaches are remote and set far from civilisation, with the obvious exceptions of beaches like Waikiki beach in Hawaii, and Miami beach in America which still make it into my top 44 as a result of their beauty and individuality. For example, I love Waikiki simply because of it’s proximity to everything and it’s iconic beachside hotels.

I have picked a number of beaches on the West Coast of North America, focusing in on the beautiful Big Sur. On the East Coast you will also find some incredible beaches in and around Portland, The Hamptons and down in the Sunshine State of Florida.

Some of my beaches are incredible for plane spotting, others are far away from the crowds and ideal for escaping. One little cove called Fermain Bay on Guernsey is picked because it is close to my home and heart.

Wherever you are based in the world, I hope that these beaches will inspire you to travel more and to beach more.

The Most Beautiful Beaches In The World

Best Beaches In North America: Polihua Beach, Lanai, Hawaii

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Lanai is a private island off the coast of Maui which is so exclusive that you wont be bothered by crowds simply because not enough people go there to fill up the beaches. For an off-the-beaten-path beach, Lanai offers the… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Mafia Island, Tanzania

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Of the 50 verdant islands found off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is undoubtedly the most famous. This is with good reason – its tropical climate, rich cultural history and friendly inhabitants make it a popular destination for those seeking… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Pfeiffer Beach In Big Sur, California

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Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur is definitely off the beaten path. Located just south of Big Sur Station on Highway 1, take the narrow Sycamore Canyon Road (with no signposts!) which winds down to the shore. There is a parking… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: The Togean Islands, Indonesia

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Among the thousands of Indonesian islands sprawled across the Indian Ocean, perhaps some of the finest are the Togean islands. Situated some 40km away from the equator, these islands have fantastic weather throughout the year. Their favourable climate also allows… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Fermain Bay, Guernsey

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Guernsey has a very special place in my heart. The clifftop walks, the perfect cobbled harbour-side town of St Peter Port and the empty sandy beaches and smugglers coves keep me returning again and again. One of my favourite beaches… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Cooper’s Beach In The Heavenly Hamptons

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If you live in NYC, it is necessary to escape the city at times. Two hours (without traffic…which can be rare) from Manhattan are the heavenly Hamptons. Stretching expanses of pristine beaches, sea grass dunes and a constant sea breeze… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Manzanillo – Costa Rica

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The coastline that lies between the Caribbean Sea and Costa Rica is one of the most breath-taking in the whole of Latin America. The beaches and villages that lie along the country’s length act as a thin partition between its… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Nosy Be – Madagascar

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Madagascar has long been famed for its incredible biodiversity and unique wildlife. Nestled off the north-western coast is the beautiful island of Nosy Be, offering intrepid explorers a chance to unwind on pristine beaches. Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Tonquin Beach, Vancouver Island

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Tonquin Beach sits on a peninsula within Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. The scenery here is beautiful; wild and natural, made up from lakes, inlets and ancient rainforest. The sandy beaches on Vancouver Island are some… Read More.

Best Beaches The Caribbean: Maho Beach In St Martin

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You are not going to come to St Martin without venturing to the Dutch side, or Sint Maarten as it is called, to see Maho Beach. This is not a place to search for peace and quiet, given that it… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Cowell Ranch Beach, California

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Cowell Ranch Beach On Half Moon Bay is one of the best beaches in California. It sits south of Half Moon Bay State Beach on California 1. This can only be reached from a small car park by a yellow… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Long Set Beach, Koh Rong, Cambodia

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The second largest island in Cambodia, Koh Rong is the place to visit now before the masses descend on this up and coming resort. Long Set beach is the southernmost cove of the island, so named by the locals after… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Bowling Ball Beach, California

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Bowling Ball Beach in Mendocino County, California is a secluded, quiet beach on the West Coast. Bowling Ball Beach is a part of Schooner Gulch State Beach, in Mendocino County. Named after the spherical sandstone formations, which look kind of… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Sokha Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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This pretty beach is privately owned with a long expanse (1.5km) of fine, white sand and shallow, safe waters. It’s very quiet, partially as there are no hawkers selling goods allowed on the beach, so it’s ideal for relaxing and… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Alamere Falls Beach, California

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Alamere Falls Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore is a hidden, crowd-free beach in California. Go here simply for the Alamere waterfall which cascades into the sands and ocean below bUT this beach requires a hike, 4 miles each way.… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Southwestern Beach, Koh Rong, Cambodia

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The beaches in Cambodia are stand-out amazing but you tend to see and hear a lot more about Thailand’s beaches. We think there is something rather more special about the slightly quieter beaches you find in Cambodia. Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Yonehara Beach, Ishigaki Island

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Only 75 miles off the coast of Taiwan, the island of Ishigaki has its own language. Few visitors to Japan make it this far out, despite a direct flight from Tokyo, but it is worth the trip. The water around… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Cannon Beach, Oregon

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Possibly the most breathtaking beach on the Oregon coast is Cannon Beach, bordered by a pretty town. Wander around the town with touristy-but-nice art galleries and gift shops and then head out to walk across the sands and go for… Read More.

Best 5 Beaches The Caribbean: Mercure Beach On St Martin

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The sea on the Caribbean side of the sand bar that forms the lagoon on St Martin can be a bit rough at times, especially when the wind is blowing, so the beach on the lagoon side offers a little… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Siesta Beach, Florida

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This beach goes on and on. Siesta beach is on Siesta Key, a barrier island off the southwest coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Backed by dunes and made up from superfine white sand and turquoise waters, this beach… Read More.

Best 5 Beaches The Caribbean: Tintemarre Beach On St Martin

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Located on a deserted island 3km off the north east coast of St Martin, the only way to get to Tintemarre Beach is by boat. It is part of the island’s nature reserve and the waters around it are full… Read More.

Best 5 Beaches The Caribbean: Pinel Island Beach On St Martin

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Pinel Island beach was so good that we went back on more than one occasion. Located on an uninhabited island just of the north east coast, access is provided by a ferry. Once on the island, there are two restaurant… Read More.

Best 5 Beaches The Caribbean: Baie Rouge On St Martin

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Situated on the west side of the island of St Martin on the Caribbean sea, Baie Rouge is a long, curving bay with impressive waves and soft, golden sands. At the north end, there is a car park and two… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Perranporth, Cornwall

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On a sunny day, the beaches in Cornwall match the beauty of any other white sand beach in the world. If you don’t believe me, watch an episode of the BBC TV series of Poldark and I challenge you not… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii

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Hawaii may sound like a tramline destination and certainly Waikiki Beach on Oahu draws crowds, but for something a bit different try Lanai, a private island off the coast of Maui which is so exclusive that you wont be bothered… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

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The beach at Waikiki is certainly not a beach to get away from it all. Bordering the city of Waikiki, the tourism hub of the Hawaiian Islands, this beach is busy and fun. It is protected from the ocean by… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

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Koh Rong Samloem is a quiet island in Cambodia with exquisite beaches, in fact it’s hard to find one that stands out but Lazy Beach probably gets my vote. Its 1km of golden sands are shaded by pine trees and… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Siquijor, The Philippines

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With over 7000 islands on offer, any traveller to the Philippines is utterly spoilt for choice. Whatever your desert island daydream, this resplendent country is sure to deliver. From thin slices of sand surrounded by great swathes of sea, to… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Beach of the Dead (Playa de los Muertos)

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Playa Zipolite, Mexico is a low-key beach resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The beach has glorious golden sands and is set in a tiny and beautiful cove, stretching between two rocky headlands. Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Funauki Beach, Iriomote Island

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Almost completely covered in jungle and mangrove swamps, Iriomote is a wild island. Its few villages are sparse and predominately focused near the ferry terminal that shuttles visitors from nearby Ishigaki Island. Take a guided walk along one of the… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Kondoi Beach, Taketomi Island

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Only 75 miles off the coast of Taiwan, is the island of Ishigaki and few visitors to Japan make it this far out, despite a direct flight from Tokyo. The water around the island is so clear that, flying over… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Maehama Beach, Miyako-Jima Island

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Regularly voted Japan’s best beach by travel publications worldwide, it’s hard to be disappointed with the 7 km (4 miles) of sand so white that it glows in the sun. The beach shelves gently into calm, balmy water. The sea… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Ipanema

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Chic Ipanema beach is where the summer happens in Rio, and who doesn’t love the ’60s song about the girl From Ipanema? Ipanema beach was also the launch pad for the skimpy tanga bikini (and less appealingly, the crocheted G-string… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Bondi, Sydney

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When I first visited Bondi beach i was horribly disappointed. Because of it’s fame, i was expecting a tropical bounty-style beach bordered by palm trees swaying in the breeze. I could not have been more wrong; in fact Bondi beach… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Crosby Beach Near Liverpool

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Liverpool is not only famous for the Beatles. It is also near by the beautiful Crosby Beach which is not only a stunning sandy beach, but it is also know for Another Place, the spectacular, if rather creepy sculptures by… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Coogee, Sydney

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Coogee beach is neither remote nor crowd free, but it is beautiful nonetheless as you can see from the picture above taken just days ago by one of our roving reporters. Coogee is situated in the suburbs of Sydney, just… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Mindil Beach, Darwin, Australia

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Darwin is closer to Indonesia’s Capital than it is to its own. This remote city is on the north coast of the Northern Territory in Australia. Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Whitehaven Beach Whitsunday Islands

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Whitehaven Beach is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s white sands and clear blue waters are an idyllic spot where day trippers and overnight boat trips put down their… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Ningaloo Reef, Australia

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Near the top of Western Australia sits the Ningaloo Reef. This reef is incredible, largely because you step directly off the beach and straight onto the reef. This reef is home to turtles, reef sharks and millions of colourful fish.… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Koh Thmei Beach, Ream National Park

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Well for something totally different, this beach is made entirely of seashells! A totally captivating sight and really unusual, great for photographs. And it’s not just seashells, the Ream National Park houses several of Cambodia’s top beaches and the ones… Read More.

Best beaches In The World: Cable Beach Australia

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If you start at Perth and then head north, up Australia’s western coast as far as you can go, you will come to Cable Beach. Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Shirahama Beach, Izu Peninsula

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You don’t have to travel to the outposts of Japan to find a great beach. The Izu Peninsula juts out from the south of Honshu Island, just 100 km (62 miles) from Tokyo. It’s a rugged, volcanic landmass, centred around… Read More.

Best Beaches In The World: Fraser Island, Australia

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Beaches don’t come more stunning than the vast expanses of sand bordered by crystal clear waters on Fraser Island off Queensland in Australia. In fact that there is so much sand here that the even roads are made of sand,… Read More.

Dangerous Beaches: Black Sand Beaches of Kilauea, Hawaii

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Unless you fancy boiling up – literally sizzling up in the seawater around the black sand beaches of Kilauea, these beautiful beaches are best avoided. Read More.

you may also be interested in my 10 most dangerous beaches in the world, my 10 best beaches in the United States and my 5 most remote beaches on earth.