White sand, crystalline waters, swaying palms, ocean breezes. It sounds like a fantasy, right? In fact, these postcard-perfect scenes actually exist all across the globe. And whether you’re seeking inspiration for your next seaside escape or just need some coastal eye-candy to get you through the winter, you’re in luck. FlightNetwork recently released a list of the world’s best beaches—ranked by 632 travel professionals—and there are some seriously honeymoon-worthy spots you won’t want to miss. Scroll on to find your slice of paradise.
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
The sheer beauty of Grace Bay knows no bounds. Neither words nor photos do it justice (but we’ll do our best). This iconic beach beckons travelers with miles of powdered-sugar-like sand and the bluest, clearest water in the world. Plus, 319 days of golden sunshine a year puts this Caribbean nirvana in a class all its own. Stay: Grace Bay Club or the Palms Turks and Caicos.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
When it comes to unspoiled splendor, Whitehaven Beach is off the charts. Located on Whitsunday Island, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this stunning stretch of coastline is framed by verdant rainforests and the sparkling sea. The best way to take it all in? A helicopter or seaplane.
Anse Lazio, Seychelles
With its golden sands, towering palm trees and mountain views, Anse Lazio, in the northwest of Praslin Island, is a true tropical utopia. After soaking up the warm rays (don’t forget to pack your SPF), cool down with a dip in the Indian Ocean and a fresh, cracked coconut.
Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas
Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island in the Bahamas tops our list for Instagram appeal. Turquoise waters caressing the rosy shore begs to be Boomeranged. Each evening, sundown washes the sky in cotton candy hues as far as the eye can see. Stay: Coral Sands.
Navagio Beach, Greece
Of course, you’re familiar with Mykonos and Santorini, but what about Zakynthos? It’s on this Ionian island that you’ll find Navagio Beach, a remote cove (only accessible by boat) where steep, limestone cliffs meet the Mediterranean Sea and the rusty shipwreck of the Panagiotis lies stranded nearly 40 years later.
Baía Dos Porcos, Brazil
Baia Dos Porcos, or Bay of Pigs, is as serene as it is spectacular. Sure, this off-the-beaten-path Brazilian beach might be a hike, but it’s well worth the effort. The narrow shore is dotted with dark volcanic rocks that form natural pools filled with colorful fish at low tide. And the up-close views of Morros Dois Irmãos are truly out of the world.
Playa Paraiso, Mexico
Playa Paraiso in Tulum ranks among the most inviting vacation spots on the planet. This picture-perfect paradise is ideal for active travelers—who can take advantage of snorkeling and scuba diving at the coral reef just offshore—and relaxation seekers alike. Margarita, anyone? Stay: El Paraiso Hotel.
Hyams Beach, Australia
Speaking of bucket-list destinations, Hyams Beach, on the NSW South Coast, holds the Guinness World Record for whitest sand. And if you’re looking to unwind there’s nowhere better. Gaze out at the glory of Jervis Bay and let your mind wander, or lace up your sneakers and explore the surrounding woods—you might even encounter a kangaroo!
Hidden Beach, Mexico
Others may be secluded but Playa del Amor, commonly known as Hidden Beach, takes the cake. An hour-long boat ride northwest from Puerto Vallarta, on an uninhabited island, is a secret oasis that’s literally invisible from outside. The only way to reach out? Swim or kayak through the tunnel that connects the Pacific Ocean to the shore.
Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands
Trunk Bay is part of the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John. This idyllic locale boasts one of the most pristine beaches you will ever set eyes upon. And the 675-foot-long trail of coral reefs and colorful marine life lures aquatic adventurers—underwater photographers and scuba divers—from the far corners of the globe.