#1 El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines
Shockingly, Palawan remains steadily under the radar, even though this is the second year it has ranked #1. El Nido alone is home to around 50 white sand beaches—it’s impossible to choose just one—all of which are set around dramatic limestone formations and boast the finest and whitest sand you’ll ever see. The water is so blindingly blue it makes the Caribbean Sea look murky in comparison, and the sunsets? Well, they’ll ruin you for life. Consider yourself warned. Source: Conde Nast Traveller
#2 Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Island, Carribbean
With 12 miles of white sand beaches and the clearest water you’ll likely ever encounter, there’s no question why this beach on the north shore of the island of Providenciales made this list. Source: Harper’s Bazaar.
#3 Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Featured in the movie “The Beach”, the Phi Phi Islands are the jewel in Thailand’s island crown. Even with all the hype, you’ll be hard-pressed not to be impressed with the glittering turquoise waters and sheer cliffs. Take it easy and wind down… Phi Phi Don, the largest and only inhabited island, doesn’t even have roads. Source: Skyscanner.
#4 Honokalani Beach, Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui
With its jet-black shore, lapis lazuli waters and thick jungle-like foliage, Honokalani Beach is a photographer’s dream. Besides lying lazily on the “sand”—actually made up of of tiny lava pebbles—there’s plenty to do: you’ll find seaside lava tubes and sea caves carved into the lava cliffs along the shore. It’s wild, unspoiled Hawaii at its best, and a necessary stop en route to Hana. Source: Conde Nast Traveller.
#5 Praia Mole, Florianopolis, Brazil
Young, attractive surfers and paragliders make this one of the coolest beaches in all of Brazil, the beach is only 16kms east of the attractive town of Florianopolis. Numerous beach bars, restaurants, and cafes are filled with an “in-crowd” make this an excellent people-watching day by the sea, and one that’s refreshingly welcoming of travellers. Source: Conde Nast Traveller
#6 Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Matira is perhaps the most famous of Tahiti’s beaches, and for good reason. The mile-long stretch of silky, powder-white sand slopes gently into a shallow emerald lagoon, and is backed by a thick curtain of palms and tropical foliage. Added bonus: It’s one of the only public-access beaches in Bora Bora, so you won’t need to pay five-star resort prices to enjoy its beauty. Source: Conde Nast Traveller.