Whitehaven, Boracay, Fiji …: The 31 most beautiful beaches in the world


We’re all staying at home for now. The corona pandemic still has the world under control, nobody is traveling any more, and vacationing is out of the question at the moment. But dreaming is still allowed – and the world has so many beautiful places that we can now dream of. Beaches for example. There are innumerable and incredibly great ones everywhere. Real beach pearls are not only to be found in the distance, beautiful stretches of coast can also be traced in Europe and on our doorstep.

TRAVELBOOK has selected 31 of the most beautiful beaches in the world for every continent – from Boracay in the Philippines to Whitehaven Beach in Australia to the Caribbean dream. Have fun dreaming!

The most beautiful beaches in South America

Tulum, Yucatan, Mexico

An eternally long sandy beach full of coconut trees and a turquoise sea: the Mayans already appreciated this backdrop on the Mexican peninsula of Yucatán and founded the city of Tulum, of which the ruins can still be seen today.

Sandy beach and ruins: recreation and culture meet on the Yucatán peninsulaPhoto: Getty Images

Playa Blanca, Colombia

You can endure it here: On Isla Barú, which is only separated from the mainland by the Canal del Dique. The beach Playa Blanca is mainly used by day trippers from Cartagena by boat. So if you want to enjoy the true beauty and tranquility, stay overnight, because from the afternoon onwards it is as good as deserted.

The 42 most beautiful beaches in the world

The Playa Blanca in Colombia.Photo: Getty Images

Lopes Mendes, Brazil

Anyone who has ever experienced this beach will probably find no other more beautiful. But it is not easy to get there. Because it is located on the island of Ilha Grande and can usually only be reached on foot. But the effort is worth it!

Lopes Mendes beach on Ilha Grande in Brazil from above

On the far left is the rare tropical rainforest, which is abruptly replaced by the fine, white sandy beach and then merges gently into the clear water: Lopes Mendes on the Ilha Grande is a classic postcard dream beachPhoto: Getty Images

Ipanema Beach, Brazil

It’s not just the beautiful beach with the great waves, it is above all the Brazilian way of life that makes this place so special. Caipirinha, sun and a great atmosphere – Ipanema Beach is a dream beach!

Sunset on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sunset on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hidden Beach of Mexico, Marieta Islands, Mexico

“Hidden Beach of Mexico” is the name of the beach on the Marieta Islands off the coast of Puerto Vallarta. It can be reached via a 24 meter long tunnel.

Find out more about Hidden Beach here!

The Hidden Beach, the hidden beach

The hidden beach can only be reached through a tunnelPhoto: dpa picture alliance

Baía do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Baía do Sancho Beach is located on the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha. Due to the restrictions on the number of tourists, there is always a place to relax here.

The Baía do Sancho on the Brazilian island of Fernando de NoronhaPhoto: dpa picture alliance

Palm / Eagle Beach, Aruba

Two wonderful beaches are waiting here – Eagle Beach, an idyllic Caribbean beach with white sand and turquoise blue water. And Palm Beach with plenty of powder sand and perfect swimming conditions on the west side of the island.

The Caribbean is full of dream beaches. One of the most beautiful is Eagle Beach.

The Caribbean is full of dream beaches. One of the most beautiful is Eagle BeachPhoto: Getty Images

Trancoso, Brazil

Until the 1970s, Trancoso could only be reached by ship. Then a few dropouts discovered the place with its dreamlike beaches – and since the mid-1990s, after a paved road finally led to Trancoso, more and more tourists. Trancoso is now a popular vacation destination in Brazil, especially among high society. Many international artists have also settled here in the meantime.

The 42 most beautiful beaches in the world

Trancoso in Brazil. Photo: dpa picture alliance

The most beautiful beaches in Europe

West beach on the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula, Baltic Sea

If you want to see beautiful beaches, you don’t have to go to the other end of the world. Because there are also some treasures at home, for example the west beach on the Fischland-Darfß-Zingst peninsula on the Baltic Sea.

West beach on the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula

The west beach on the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula was voted the most beautiful beach in Germany by TRAVELBOOK readersPhoto: dpa picture alliance

Playa Esmeralda, Fuerteventura

Dunes and kilometers of coastline with the finest powder sand: beach purists love Fuerteventura. Playa Esmeralda offers ideal conditions for hiking.

The 42 most beautiful beaches in the world

Fuerteventura, a prime destination for beach enthusiastsPhoto: Getty Images

Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve is not only one of the sunniest regions in Europe, but also offers beautiful bays. Shown here: the beautiful Praia da Marinha in Carvoeiro.

The dreamy Praia da Marinha in PortugalPhoto: Getty Images

Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa Italy

The users of the world’s largest travel website Tripadvisor regularly choose the Spiaggia dei Conigli (Rabbit Beach) on Lampedusa as one of the most beautiful on the planet.

The Spiaggia dei Conigli beach in Italy

The Spiaggia dei Conigli beach in Italy delights holidaymakersPhoto: Getty Images

Balos Lagoon, Crete

The lagoon between Cape Tigani and the Bay of Balos shimmers from dark to turquoise blue.

The Balos lagoon Photo: dpa Picture Alliance

Playa de las Catedrales, Spain

What luck that the bizarre rock arches of the “Beach of the Cathedrals” in the Galician province of Lugo can only be reached at low tide. In this way, the natural monument is protected from the mass onslaught.

The beach of the cathedrals

Not only beautiful sand, but also the rocks on the beach of the cathedrals are impressivePhoto: Getty Images

Pampelonne, St. Tropez

And the beach beckons forever: Brigitte Bardot made Pampelonne famous. Because here in the sand, about 2.5 kilometers south-east of Saint-Tropez, she lolled lasciviously under the sun – for Roger Vadim’s film “And Eternal Lures Woman”. But even without a BB the beach has its charms, as it is also a pure natural beauty. And so that it stays that way, Pampelonne is subject to the Loi Littoral, an environmental protection law, as a “remarkable natural landscape”.

Near St. Tropez: the dream beach PampelonnePhoto: dpa Picture Alliance

Cala d’Hort, Ibiza

Because Ibiza can only party. The finest sand, a great beach bar and a dream view of the rocky islands Es Vedrà and Es Vedranel can be found by beach loungers at Cala d’Hort, which is hidden behind rocks in the west of the island.

Walking barefoot through the warm sand while the cool water washes up, that is a vacation in IbizaPhoto: Getty Images

Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey

Located on a peninsula, one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey can be found: Iztuzu. As it is located at the mouth of the Dalyan River, visitors can swim here in both fresh and sea water. Due to its unique fauna, the area has been declared a nature reserve.

The 42 most beautiful beaches in the world

One of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey, the IztuzuPhoto: Getty Images

Es Trenc, Mallorca

It is well known that Mallorca has more to offer than just the Ballermann. So there are some dreamlike, Caribbean-looking bays on the Balearic island. Es Trenc is such a beach. Unfortunately, it is usually quite crowded here in summer, which is why spring or autumn is recommended for a visit.

The 42 most beautiful beaches in the world

More than just Ballermann: Mallorca has many dream beachesPhoto: dpa picture alliance

Costa Rei, Sardinia

Fantastic beaches, crystal clear water, sophisticated bathing resorts – the Italian island of Sardinia is the “Caribbean of Europe”. Particularly beautiful: the Costa Rei.

Sardinia is a popular holiday destinationPhoto: dpa Picture Alliance

The most beautiful beaches in Australia and Oceania

Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Whitehaven Beach in Australia

Whitehaven Beach in Australia attracts many visitorsPhoto: Getty Images

Plantation Island, Fiji

Around 300 islands belong to Fiji in the South Pacific, each more beautiful than the other. One of them: Plantation Island.

An island with a dream beach: Plantation Island. Photo: Getty Images

Bora Bora

This is what paradise looks like: the water shines turquoise, the white beach dazzles the eyes. The beaches of Bora Bora are the symbol of a dream vacation under palm trees.

Bora Bora offers wide beaches to dream ofPhoto: Getty Images

The most beautiful beaches in Asia

Ishigaki-jima, Okinawa, Japan

Many do not immediately associate Japan with coasts with turquoise seas and powdered sugar beaches. But they do exist: in Okinawa Prefecture. On the island of Ishigaki there is, among other things, the wonderful Kabira Bay.

A dream beach in Japan: Okinawa PrefecturePhoto: Getty Images


Around 1200 islands and islets belong to the Maldives. With their brilliant white sandy beaches and deep blue, crystal clear lagoons, they lie like shimmering pearls in the Indian Ocean. Only 100 of them are open to the public for tourists.

The Maldives are full of white sandy beaches.Photo: dpa Picture Alliance

Palolem Beach, Goa

“Relaxed atmosphere, lots of sun and wonderful water. Here you can relax fantastically and get to know great people, ”writes a user on Tripadvisor. In fact, Goa’s Palolem Beach is considered one of the area.

The 42 most beautiful beaches in the world

A place to unwind – the Palolem Beach in GoaPhoto: Getty Images

Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Lukewarm sea, palm trees – and every few minutes you get fresh fruit here: Lamai Beach on the Thai holiday island of Koh Samui offers not only a perfect beach but also an exciting nightlife.

The 42 most beautiful beaches in the world

Koh Samui is full of dream beaches. One of them is Lamai Beach.Photo: Getty Images

North America’s most beautiful beaches

Pensacola Beach, Florida

Pensacola Beach is one of the most beautiful in Florida. There is less hustle and bustle on the wide, fine sandy beach than in nearby Panama City Beach.

Pensacola Beach in Florida

For the perfect summer vacation: Pensacola Beach in FloridaPhoto: Getty Images

Makena Beach, Hawaii

The beaches of Hawaii are legendary and especially popular with surfers. Makena Beach, also known as Big Beach, on Maui is one of the largest – and most beautiful. And believe us, it is never overcrowded.

Makena Beach on Maui in Hawaii.

Makena Beach on Maui in HawaiiPhoto: Getty Images

The most beautiful beaches in Africa

Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius

Just a bathing paradise! The water around the Ile aux Cerfs in Mauritius is crystal clear.

The Ile aux Cerfs is a vacation paradise as one could wish for.Photo: dpa Picture Alliance

Anse d’Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles

Crystal clear water, sand like powdered sugar and bizarre rocks: Anse d’Source d’Argent beach on the island of La Digue, part of the Seychelles, is one of the most beautiful in the world.

The 42 most beautiful beaches in the world

Anse d’Source d’Argent – A place to melt awayPhoto: Getty Images