Now in it’s 5th year, Global travel site Big 7 Travel has released its annual list of ‘The 50 Best Beaches In The World‘.
Using aggregated scores from previous media results, official Blue Flag locations, social media popularity and contributions from the Big 7 Travel editorial team, it lists the most amazing beaches to visit this year.
It’s a diverse list, with pink sand covered in crushed seashells, crystalline lagoons and plenty of Islands. From the stunning turquoise waters of Turks and Caicos to the black sand beach in Iceland.
Rhossili Beach ranked 42 in the global list – the only Welsh beach named, and one of only two British beaches that make the top 50.
Judges said: “Three miles of golden sands await you in the Gower Peninsula of Wales. It’s a bit of a hike down a steep cliff-top path to get there (and even harder to get back up), but all good things require a bit of effort.
“It’s a popular surfing spot, or you can just relax and enjoy the beach – it’s kept pristine under the watchful eye of the National Trust.”
Rhossili beat Caribbean beaches Maundays Bay on the island of Anguilla and Tugboat Beach on the island of Curaçao as well as ranking ahead of Punta del’Este in Uruguay, Yonaha Maehama Beach in Japan, Koekohe Beach in New Zealand, Isla Robeson in Panama and Mystic Beach on Vancouver Island in Canada.
Closer to home it also outranked Keem Bay on Achill Island in Ireland.
The only other British beach listed was Pedn Vounder in Cornwall which ranked in 25th place.
Judges said: “Cornwall has long been a summer getaway destination for local families, but its gorgeous coastline has caught the eye of international travellers.
“Despite the crowds, Pedn Vounder is still one of the UK’s most beautiful beaches. Combining crystal clear blue water and white sand, it’s proof that you don’t need to hotfoot to the Caribbean for a tropical island-inspired getaway.”
White Beach at Port Barton in the Philippines came out top in the list.
Judges said: “The Philippines is known for its terrific beaches, but this gorgeous stretch of sand near Port Barton is a pristine gem.
“The only way to reach the beach is by hopping on a boat from Port Barton or taking a very bumpy journey in a 4×4 – being hard to reach means the beach is clean and wonderfully quiet.
“Think hammocks, powdery white sand, kayaks to rent, and of course, crystal-clear water. All with a backdrop of lush forests. Kayak over to Coconut Beach for a mini adventure.”
Check out the full list of beaches here and plan your next adventure!
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