Most Beautiful Beaches in the World

By Shoaib Khan

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If you're searching for Southeast Asian beach bliss, super-mellow Saud Beach on the island of Luzon is a sure thing.

Saud Beach, Luzon, Philippines

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Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece

Elafonissi Beach's immense popularity comes from its pretty pinkish sand, warm lagoon-like waters, and very wild feel.

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Nungwi Beach, Tanzania

Nungwi Beach, Tanzania

Located in a buzzing fishing village of the same name on Zanzibar Island, Nungwi Beach is one of Tanzania's most-hyped attractions.

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Long before Hollywood put it on the tourist map , Hanalei Bay attracted locals for its near-mystical beauty.

Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

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Perhaps the most famous beach in the world, glam Copacabana Beach has just about everything going for it.

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

Cape Le Grand National Park is home to several distinct beaches and bays, each one beautiful and quintessentially Australian.

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Clearwater Beach, Florida

A whopping 1,350 miles of coastline grant Florida some of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S.

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Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

While Fuerteventura is wildly overdeveloped in parts, Sotavento is the antidote to the island's brassy, built-up beach resorts.

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Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town,  South Africa

Truly beautiful beaches tend to be remote-island destinations far from urban buzz.

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Anse Source D'Agent, La Digue Island, Seychelles

The word "Seychelles" conjures the very image of a dreamy, far-flung paradise.

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Praia de Santa Monica, Boa Vista, Cape Verde

Saharan Desert and untouched beaches make Boa Vista a must-visit for beach lovers with an adventurous streak.

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Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands

Set on a narrow whisp of land in northern Formentera, Playa de Ses Illetes's gleaming gold sand is washed by turquoise shallows on both sides.

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Shark Creek Beach, Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, The Bahamas

Shark Creek Beach, Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, The Bahamas

The majority of Bahamian beaches are safely in "paradise on Earth" territory.

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Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays Island, Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays Island, Australia

In terms of must-visit sites in Australia, Whitehaven Beach is up there with Sydney Opera House and Noosa National Park.

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Le Morne, Mauritius

Le Morne, Mauritius

Go to just about any shore in Mauritius, and you'll find a reef-protected beach with calm, clear water ideal for swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling.

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Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Of the 500-some islands floating in India's Bay of Bengal, Havelock's spectacular beaches and diving makes it far and away the most sought-after.

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Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

About 220 miles off the coast of Brazil, Baia do Sancho is regularly deemed the world's very best beach.

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Bai Dam Trau, Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

Trying to select Vietnam's most beautiful beach is tough, but Bai Dam Trau in the Con Dao islands is certainly a top contender.

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