Travel website TripAdvisor has announced its annual list of the top 25 beaches in the world, based on millions of reviews and ratings left by tourists on the TripAdvisor website. While an Australian beach didn’t take the top spot this year, Whitehaven Beach in Queensland ranked third overall.
The top spot was awarded to Rabbit Beach on the island of Lampedusa, a nature reserve and one of the few places in the Mediterranean where loggerhead sea turtles go to lay their eggs. The island is only accessible by boat and is located off the south coast of Sicily, Italy.
Top 25 beaches in the world
1. Rabbit Beach – Lampedusa, Italy
2. Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
3. Whitehaven Beach – Queensland, Australia
4. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
5. Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco) – Culebra, Puerto Rico
6. Playa de las Catedrales – Ribadeo, Spain
7. Lopes Mendes Beach – Ilha Grande, Brazil
8. Horseshoe Bay Beach – Southampton Parish, Bermuda
9. Eagle Beach – Aruba
10. Rhossili Bay – Swansea, Wales
11. Playa Paraiso Beach – Cayo Largo, Cuba
12. Playa de ses Illetes – Formentera, Spain
13. Chesterman Beach – Tofino, British Columbia
14. Playa del Norte – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
15. Ka’anapali Beach – Lahaina, Hawaii
16. Siesta Key Public Beach – Sarasota, Florida
17. Anse Lazio – Praslin Island, Seychelles
18. Gulf Islands National Seashore – Pensacola, Florida
19. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, Australia
20. Fort De Soto Park – Tierra Verde, Florida
21. Akumal Beach – Akumal, Mexico
22. The Baths – Virgin Gorda
23. Seven Mile Beach – George Town, Grand Cayman
24. White Beach – Boracay, Philippines
25. Woolacombe Beach – Woolacombe, United Kingdom
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Girt by sea, Australia is truly blessed with some of the most amazing beaches in the world, making it no surprise to anyone that two Australian beaches made TripAdvisor’s top 25 best beaches list. What surprised me most about the list was the absence of beaches from the Oceania region. Covering an area of 9,038,000km², islands such as Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia have some of the most magnificent beaches, yet fail to get a mention.
When I looked further into how the beaches were judged, it was clear that the Oceania region couldn’t feature any higher in the list, with the volume of positive reviews being one of the key factors in compiling the list. This means that if more people use the website from a particular country, such as America, then a popular beach may outrank a lesser visited beach from around the world, despite the less visited one being superior. With four American beaches making the list and three of those from the popular summer vacation state of Florida, this definitely seems to be the case.
Which beach from around the world would rank number one on your list and why?