TripAdvisor is one of the world’s most popular travel websites. Based out of Massachusetts in the United States, it publishes reviews for hotels, restaurants, attractions, and destinations. Every year, TripAdvisor comes out with a Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best awards for different categories like hotels, restaurants, beaches, trending destinations, airlines, attractions, and more. For 2021 too, the TripAdvisor list for the world’s best 10 beaches has been published.
What makes the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards unique is that it is the only travel industry award that is based on opinions and reviews received from actual travelers. Feedback is collected from millions of TripAdvisor members. The awards are given on customer satisfaction, quality, and service.
So here are the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for the world’s top 10 beaches for 2020. Check them out.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Whitehaven Beach is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Stretching for 7 kilometers, this beach is serene and pristine. It has also been voted as the cleanest beach in Queensland. The beach is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park. Board a catamaran and drive to the beach from Hamilton Island in 30 minutes. You can also visit the beach on a chopper or seaplane. Paddleboard or just spend some me-time on the sands.
Santa Maria Beach, Mexico
Also called Cayo Santa Maria, this beach is located at the farthest end of Baja California in Mexico. This beach is very close to the resort city of Los Cabos. It is a sandy beach and a marine sanctuary with stunning scenic beauty and tropical mangrove forests. It is very popular with snorkelers. Watch schools of fish swim past you. there is also scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, horse riding, and many luxury resorts and spas where you can relax. Read our Mexico Travel Guide here.
Baia do Sancho, Brazil
Also known as Praía do Sancho, this is a beach on the small island of Fernando de Noronha in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is in a protected cove and very remote because of its distance from mainland Brazil. Reaching the beach is a challenge as you can visit only by boat. Or else, you have to climb down a steep metal ladder to reach this golden sandy beach. But the jagged cliffs and the calm-blue ocean offer some of the most scenic trails. There are ruins of a fort. Climb up to the highest point and enjoy panoramic views of the twin peaks of Dois Irmãos Hill.
Baia do Sancho is a 2-km walk west from the airport on the northern coast of the island. It lies in a secluded part of the island, away from the village of Vila dos Remédios. You can take a bus to visit the beach.
Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay beach is in the Caribbean archipelago of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is on the northeast coast of the island of Providenciales. A beautiful white sandy beach, it regularly ranks as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. It is postcard perfect with crystal clear blue water and gently lapping waves. The barrier reef is 1.6 km from the shoreline. The reef is 14 miles long and full of turtles, reef sharks, barracuda, snapper, and manta rays, making it a very good dive site. Above the water, you can enjoy water sports in the pristine waters. Go on a cruise to enjoy the beautiful sunset. The best resorts and hotels are located on the beach.
Saint Pete Beach, USA
Saint Pete Beach is in Florida, USA, close to the city of Tampa. It is also close to Orlando and the cultural St. Petersburg. The nearby white sandy Clearwater beach is also famous. Saint Pete Beach is popular for water sports. It has windsurfing, parasailing, kiteboarding, and stand-up paddleboarding.
Explore Saint Pete’s two main streets – Corey Avenue and the 8th Avenue in Pass-a-Grille Beach. Shop at the boutiques on Corey Avenue. Visit the St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Centre. There are shops, galleries, and a historical museum in the Pass-A-Grille area. You can also take a boat ride to visit Shell Key, which is a nesting site for turtles and seabirds.
Turquoise Bay, Australia
The bay is in Western Australia, close to the town of Exmouth. It is in the Cape Range National Park. This is a pristine stretch of white sandy beach where you can swim, snorkel, and bushwalk. There is also a scenic viewpoint. You have a chance to see starfish, turtles, and many other marine species. However, the sea current can be particularly strong at the northern part of the beach. Turquoise Bay has also been ranked as the 2nd best beach in the South Pacific.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
Eagle Beach is on the small island of Aruba, very close to Venezuela. A pristine white sand beach, in Aruba. Its landmark is the Divi tree on the northern end. Just beyond this is a stretch of low marshland and open grassland, which is the Bubali Bird Sanctuary. The ambiance is very relaxed here, though there are hotels and resorts nearby. Every year, during Easter, people enjoy camping on the beach.
Spiaggia dei Conigli, Italy
Popularly called the Rabbit Beach, it is a tranquil cove between Malta and the coast of Africa. It is in Lampedusa, the largest of the Italian Pelagie Islands. The white sand, blue water, and craggy cliffs make Rabbit beach very picturesque. The water is clear, shallow, and very good for swimming. There is local marine life. Loggerhead sea turtles often lay their eggs on the beach. The nearby town centers have good restaurants and shops.
Ka’anapali Beach, Hawaii, USA
Kaanapali is West Maui’s most popular beach. It is a 3-mile long white powder sandy beach with crystalline water. There are many resorts, restaurants, cafes, many shops, and a scenic beach walk too. There are swimming and cliff diving at Puu Kekaa or Black Rock. Humpback whales can be seen just off the shore. This is a very popular beach, but it never feels crowded as it is also very wide.
Baia dos Golfinhos, Brazil
One of the finest beaches in Fernando de Noronha, it is in Brazil, close to the town of Natal. What makes this special are the hundreds of Spinner Dolphins that will swim past you in the water and often jump out to spin on their own axis. It’s a sight you will remember for a long time. Get into the water early (around 6 in the morning) to see the schools of dolphins at play. Later in the day, swim, kayak, surf, or just laze around.