The 50 best beaches in the world for 2019 are revealed, from Croatia to Australia via Cornwall

Whether it’s a tropical paradise with white sand and crystal clear water or a dramatic coastline with rugged cliffs, beautiful beaches can be found in every corner of the world, so deciding where to throw down one’s towel can be tricky. 

Luckily, assistance has arrived in the form of a ranking of the top 50 stretches of sand in 2019.

It has been compiled by Big 7 Travel, which drew up the list from a poll of 6,105 of its readers about their favourite spots. Data from review sites, Blue Flag status rankings and the opinions of its editorial team were also named as sources.

The best-ranked beach is Zlatni Rat, also known as Golden Horn Beach, in Brac, Croatia, which is famous for its unusual shape.

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island in Australia comes second, while Fig Tree Bay in Cyprus is third, Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is fourth and the Secret Lagoon in El Nido in the Philippines is fifth.

Scroll down to see a run-down, ranked in reverse order, of the stunning beaches making the top 50…

50. Diani Beach, Kenya  

In 50th place is Diani Beach on the shores of the Indian Ocean close to Mombasa in Kenya. It is praised for being one of the most beautiful beaches in the country and is 11 miles long 

49. Ngapali Beach, Myanmar  

Ngapali Beach is on Myanmar's Bay of Bengal coast and is a long white stretch of sand surrounded by fishing villages. It is 15 miles long with an increasing number of hotels popping up

Ngapali Beach is on Myanmar’s Bay of Bengal coast and is a long white stretch of sand surrounded by fishing villages. It is 15 miles long with an increasing number of hotels popping up 

48. Lucky Bay, Esperance, Australia 

Stretching for over three miles, Lucky Bay in Western Australia boasts white sands and turquoise waters. It is best known for the kangaroos that can be seen relaxing on the shore

Stretching for over three miles, Lucky Bay in Western Australia boasts white sands and turquoise waters. It is best known for the kangaroos that can be seen relaxing on the shore 

47. Glass Beach, California 

Glass Beach, in Fort Bragg on the Sonoma Coast, gets its name from the smooth colourful glass pieces that make up its shore. The beach was once a dumping ground for glass bottles but the water has now transformed them into tiny jewels.

Glass Beach, in Fort Bragg on the Sonoma Coast, gets its name from the smooth colourful glass pieces that make up its shore. The beach was once a dumping ground for glass bottles but the water has now transformed them into tiny jewels. 

46. Tangalle Beach, Sri Lanka 

Tangalle Beach in Sri Lanka is located on the country's southern coast. It was once a sleepy fishing village but is now becoming a popular tourist destination

Tangalle Beach in Sri Lanka is located on the country’s southern coast. It was once a sleepy fishing village but is now becoming a popular tourist destination

45. Amanohashidate, Kyoto, Japan 

Amanohashidate is a pine-covered sandbar in Kyoto, Japan, and its name roughly translates as 'bridge in heaven'. Some 8,000 trees are located along the 2.2 mile stretch of sand

Amanohashidate is a pine-covered sandbar in Kyoto, Japan, and its name roughly translates as ‘bridge in heaven’. Some 8,000 trees are located along the 2.2 mile stretch of sand 

44. Koekohe Beach, New Zealand  

The sandy beach at Koekohe in New Zealand is famous for its Moeraki boulders - mysterious round stones that are scattered across the shore. This makes the beach a very popular spot with photographers

The sandy beach at Koekohe in New Zealand is famous for its Moeraki boulders – mysterious round stones that are scattered across the shore. This makes the beach a very popular spot with photographers  

 43. Champagne Beach, Vanuatu 

Champagne Beach in Vanuatu is thought to have the 'clearest water and whitest sand' in the South Pacific. The beach earned its name as at low tide, a fizz appears on the shore, which is caused by gas escaping from volcanic rocks

Champagne Beach in Vanuatu is thought to have the ‘clearest water and whitest sand’ in the South Pacific. The beach earned its name as at low tide, a fizz appears on the shore, which is caused by gas escaping from volcanic rocks

42. Monterosso Al Mare, Italy 

The beach in Monterosso Al Mare claims 42nd place thanks to its 'beautiful reefs and crystal clear waters'. Monterosso Al Mare is the largest of the five villages that make up the famous Cinque Terre region in Italy

The beach in Monterosso Al Mare claims 42nd place thanks to its ‘beautiful reefs and crystal clear waters’. Monterosso Al Mare is the largest of the five villages that make up the famous Cinque Terre region in Italy 

41. Belle Mare, Mauritius 

Belle Mare beach in Mauritius is described as 'heaven' thanks to its 'powder-white sand' and 'coral reefs'. It is located on the south coast of the holiday island and its offshore coral reef creates a lagoon that is 'perfect for swimming'

Belle Mare beach in Mauritius is described as ‘heaven’ thanks to its ‘powder-white sand’ and ‘coral reefs’. It is located on the south coast of the holiday island and its offshore coral reef creates a lagoon that is ‘perfect for swimming’ 

40. Monach Islands, Scotland  

The Monach Isles are remote islands in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland that have 'untouched beaches, rocky ledges and endless sand dunes'. The beaches are described as 'wild and rugged' and have a large population of grey seals

The Monach Isles are remote islands in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland that have ‘untouched beaches, rocky ledges and endless sand dunes’. The beaches are described as ‘wild and rugged’ and have a large population of grey seals 

39. Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Copacabana might be the most famous beach in Rio but Ipanema is located in the city's 'artsy and creative' area. Big 7 Travel says: 'It's popular and busy and full of activity, with real party vibes'

Copacabana might be the most famous beach in Rio but Ipanema is located in the city’s ‘artsy and creative’ area. Big 7 Travel says: ‘It’s popular and busy and full of activity, with real party vibes’ 

38. Golden Sands Beach, Bulgaria  

Golden Sands Beach is located near Varna in Bulgaria and is described as 'one of the most beautiful beaches in the region'. It boasts a Blue Flag and the sand 'lives up to its name'

Golden Sands Beach is located near Varna in Bulgaria and is described as ‘one of the most beautiful beaches in the region’. It boasts a Blue Flag and the sand ‘lives up to its name’ 

37. Agiba Beach, Marsa Matrouh, Egypt 

Roughly 40 metres long, Agiba Beach in Marsa Matrouh, Egypt, takes 37th place on the list. Big 7 Travel suggests climbing up one of the cliffs for 'an astonishing view of the Mediterranean'

Roughly 40 metres long, Agiba Beach in Marsa Matrouh, Egypt, takes 37th place on the list. Big 7 Travel suggests climbing up one of the cliffs for ‘an astonishing view of the Mediterranean’ 

36. Gouverneur, St. Barts 

Located on the southern-most tip of the Caribbean island, Gouverneur beach in St Barts has water that is great for snorkelling and swimming. Beachgoers have to negotiate a narrow and twisting road to reach the beach but the shoreline is remote and private

Located on the southern-most tip of the Caribbean island, Gouverneur beach in St Barts has water that is great for snorkelling and swimming. Beachgoers have to negotiate a narrow and twisting road to reach the beach but the shoreline is remote and private 

35. Psarou Beach, Mykonos

Psarou Beach on the Greek island of Mykonos is popular with celebrities and there are often large yachts floating nearby. Although there is a waiting list in peak season to bag a bed, Big 7 Travel says it's worth the wait

Psarou Beach on the Greek island of Mykonos is popular with celebrities and there are often large yachts floating nearby. Although there is a waiting list in peak season to bag a bed, Big 7 Travel says it’s worth the wait 

34.  Praia do Camilo, Lagos, Portugal

Claiming 34th spot in the list is the dramatic Praia do Camilo in Lagos, Portugal. Beachgoers make their way on to the sand by climbing down the 200 wooden steps, which wind along the orange cliffs. The beach is also close to Ponta da Piedade, a landmark rock formation with grottoes and rock arches

Claiming 34th spot in the list is the dramatic Praia do Camilo in Lagos, Portugal. Beachgoers make their way on to the sand by climbing down the 200 wooden steps, which wind along the orange cliffs. The beach is also close to Ponta da Piedade, a landmark rock formation with grottoes and rock arches 

33. Corniche Beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 

The Corniche beachfront in Abu Dhabi has stunning views of both the Arabian Gulf and the city's skyscrapers. It measures in at just over a mile long and has three different sections- one for singles and groups, another for families and a third that's a quiet zone

The Corniche beachfront in Abu Dhabi has stunning views of both the Arabian Gulf and the city’s skyscrapers. It measures in at just over a mile long and has three different sections- one for singles and groups, another for families and a third that’s a quiet zone 

32. Jagodna Bay, Hvar, Croatia  

Jagonda Bay is a beautiful cove that is located on the Croatian island of Hvar. According to Big Travel 7, it has 'pebble beaches, crystal clear waters and thick pine forests'. It comes 32nd on the list

Jagonda Bay is a beautiful cove that is located on the Croatian island of Hvar. According to Big Travel 7, it has ‘pebble beaches, crystal clear waters and thick pine forests’. It comes 32nd on the list 

31. Palombaggia Beach, Corsica 

The most famous beach on the island of Corsica, Palombaggia Beach has 'gorgeous blue seas and is lined with beautiful pine trees'. Also visible from the beach are the tiny Cerbicales islands, which have an abundance of wildlife

The most famous beach on the island of Corsica, Palombaggia Beach has ‘gorgeous blue seas and is lined with beautiful pine trees’. Also visible from the beach are the tiny Cerbicales islands, which have an abundance of wildlife 

30. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica

At number 30 on the list is the famous Seven Mile Beach in the Negril area of Jamaica. Big Travel 7 says: 'This idyllic beach has palms swaying in the breeze, clear blue waters and fresh coconuts to sip on'

At number 30 on the list is the famous Seven Mile Beach in the Negril area of Jamaica. Big Travel 7 says: ‘This idyllic beach has palms swaying in the breeze, clear blue waters and fresh coconuts to sip on’ 

29. Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

Another Seven Mile Beach makes the list, this time the one in the Cayman Islands. It boasts sparkling waters and coral sands and is 'so perfect it almost doesn't look real'

Another Seven Mile Beach makes the list, this time the one in the Cayman Islands. It boasts sparkling waters and coral sands and is ‘so perfect it almost doesn’t look real’ 

28. Ao Tanot Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand

Ao Tanot Bay is on the peaceful Thai island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. According to Big Travel 7, the snorkelling here is excellent thanks to a great variety of coral and large fish that 'can be seen as soon as you dip your toes into the water'

Ao Tanot Bay is on the peaceful Thai island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. According to Big Travel 7, the snorkelling here is excellent thanks to a great variety of coral and large fish that ‘can be seen as soon as you dip your toes into the water’ 

27. South Beach, Miami 

South Beach is one of the most recognisable stretches of sand in Miami Beach and takes 27th spot in the list. It is known for its historic Art Deco architecture and also has a whimsical collection of colourful lifeguard huts

South Beach is one of the most recognisable stretches of sand in Miami Beach and takes 27th spot in the list. It is known for its historic Art Deco architecture and also has a whimsical collection of colourful lifeguard huts

26. Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece 

Elafonisi Beach on the Greek island of Crete is best known for its pink sand, which is created by crushed seashell powder. The beach is also connected to an island nature reserve by a sandbar

Elafonisi Beach on the Greek island of Crete is best known for its pink sand, which is created by crushed seashell powder. The beach is also connected to an island nature reserve by a sandbar 

25. Seminyak Beach, Bali

In 25th place is Seminyak Beach on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, thanks to its 'dark sand and gorgeous sunsets'. The three-mile stretch is lined with luxury resorts and beachgoers relaxing on colourful bean bags

In 25th place is Seminyak Beach on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, thanks to its ‘dark sand and gorgeous sunsets’. The three-mile stretch is lined with luxury resorts and beachgoers relaxing on colourful bean bags 

24. Baia delle Zagare, Italy

In at number 24 is Baia delle Zagare in the Puglia region of Italy, which has overhanging white cliffs and water that ranges from turquoise to emerald. There are three sections to the bay - one that can be accessed down a path, another reserved for guests at Hotel Baia delle Zagare and one that can only be reached by sea

In at number 24 is Baia delle Zagare in the Puglia region of Italy, which has overhanging white cliffs and water that ranges from turquoise to emerald. There are three sections to the bay – one that can be accessed down a path, another reserved for guests at Hotel Baia delle Zagare and one that can only be reached by sea 

23. Maundays Bay, Anguilla 

In 23rd place is Maundays Bay on the island of Anguilla, which is described as 'what you would imagine the perfect Caribbean island to look like'. If you head down to the beach at night, you can see the lights from the neighbouring island of St Martin

In 23rd place is Maundays Bay on the island of Anguilla, which is described as ‘what you would imagine the perfect Caribbean island to look like’. If you head down to the beach at night, you can see the lights from the neighbouring island of St Martin 

22. Pedn Vounder, Cornwall, UK  

The only UK entry in the list is Cornwall's Pedn Vounder, which is in 22nd place. It is set among the stunning cliffs of Treryn Dinas and has 'crystal clear blue water and beautiful white sand'

The only UK entry in the list is Cornwall’s Pedn Vounder, which is in 22nd place. It is set among the stunning cliffs of Treryn Dinas and has ‘crystal clear blue water and beautiful white sand’ 

21. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii 

Sunset Beach in Oahu, Hawaii, is best known as one of the world's best spots for surfing, with one of the longest stretches of rideable surf in the world. Swells can reach up to 30 feet in height

Sunset Beach in Oahu, Hawaii, is best known as one of the world’s best spots for surfing, with one of the longest stretches of rideable surf in the world. Swells can reach up to 30 feet in height

20. Maho Beach, St John, US Virgin Islands

Maho Beach, pictured, is considered to be the jewel of St John and is part of the Virgin Islands National Park - meaning anybody can visit the beach. Big Travel 7 says: 'The water is usually calm, with shallow areas and tropical fish. Keep an eye out for turtles swimming nearby'

Maho Beach, pictured, is considered to be the jewel of St John and is part of the Virgin Islands National Park – meaning anybody can visit the beach. Big Travel 7 says: ‘The water is usually calm, with shallow areas and tropical fish. Keep an eye out for turtles swimming nearby’ 

19. Playa del Amor, Mexico 

Playa del Amor, also known as Lover's Beach or Hidden Beach, is on the uninhabited Marietas Islands in Mexico. To reach the secluded marvel, visitors have to swim through a short tunnel, which opens up into the spectacular beach, which is surrounded by rare wildlife

Playa del Amor, also known as Lover’s Beach or Hidden Beach, is on the uninhabited Marietas Islands in Mexico. To reach the secluded marvel, visitors have to swim through a short tunnel, which opens up into the spectacular beach, which is surrounded by rare wildlife

18. Vaerøy Beach, Norway 

Remote Vaerøy beach is on the Lofoten archipelago in Norway and is 18th on the list. Big Travel 7 says: 'Wild, craggy shores look out onto the Arctic water, which is warmer than you might expect'

Remote Vaerøy beach is on the Lofoten archipelago in Norway and is 18th on the list. Big Travel 7 says: ‘Wild, craggy shores look out onto the Arctic water, which is warmer than you might expect’ 

17. Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda 

Named after its curving shape, Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda is 17th on the list. It has 'crystal blue waters and pink sands' as well as 'hidden caves and tucked-away coves to explore'

Named after its curving shape, Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda is 17th on the list. It has ‘crystal blue waters and pink sands’ as well as ‘hidden caves and tucked-away coves to explore’ 

16. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia  

Matira Beach is the only public sandy stretch on the main island in Bora Bora and is over a mile long. Big Travel 7 says: 'With white sands and gorgeous lagoon waters, it’s pure paradise'

Matira Beach is the only public sandy stretch on the main island in Bora Bora and is over a mile long. Big Travel 7 says: ‘With white sands and gorgeous lagoon waters, it’s pure paradise’ 

15. Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Tunnels Beach in Kauai, Hawaii, is a crescent-shaped bay fringed by palm and Ironwood trees. Lava tubes form underwater caverns here, which give the beach its name. Nearby is Mount Makana and lush jungles

Tunnels Beach in Kauai, Hawaii, is a crescent-shaped bay fringed by palm and Ironwood trees. Lava tubes form underwater caverns here, which give the beach its name. Nearby is Mount Makana and lush jungles 

14. Seagrass Bay, Laucala Island, Fiji

Seagrass Bay is on the luxury private island of Lacuala in Fiji. The beach is located on the jungle section of the island and boasts 'lush vegetation and wild-growing coconuts as a natural backdrop to the white sandy coastline'

Seagrass Bay is on the luxury private island of Lacuala in Fiji. The beach is located on the jungle section of the island and boasts ‘lush vegetation and wild-growing coconuts as a natural backdrop to the white sandy coastline’

13. Cala Saona, Formentera, Spain 

At number 13 on the list is Cala Saona - a beach on Formentera, a neighbouring island to Ibiza in the Balearics. Big Travel 7 explains: 'Formentera has over 20km (12 miles) of beaches, from rocky coves through to white sand beaches, but Cala Saona is the prettiest'

At number 13 on the list is Cala Saona – a beach on Formentera, a neighbouring island to Ibiza in the Balearics. Big Travel 7 explains: ‘Formentera has over 20km (12 miles) of beaches, from rocky coves through to white sand beaches, but Cala Saona is the prettiest’ 

12. Boulders Bay, Cape Town, South Africa  

Cape Town has many famous beaches but Boulders Beach has something all of the others don't - a colony of African Penguins. The creatures nest on the beach, which is off-limits to humans, and summer is the prime time to visit the shoreline to catch a glimpse of them. There are viewing platforms at strategic locations, which can be accessed for a nominal charge

Cape Town has many famous beaches but Boulders Beach has something all of the others don’t – a colony of African Penguins. The creatures nest on the beach, which is off-limits to humans, and summer is the prime time to visit the shoreline to catch a glimpse of them. There are viewing platforms at strategic locations, which can be accessed for a nominal charge

11. Keem Bay, Mayo, Ireland 

Just missing out on a place in the top 10 is Keem Bay - a rural and sheltered beach surrounded by cliffs on Achill Island off the coast of western Ireland. It has 'gleaming white sand that rivals tropical islands and the water is superbly clear'

Just missing out on a place in the top 10 is Keem Bay – a rural and sheltered beach surrounded by cliffs on Achill Island off the coast of western Ireland. It has ‘gleaming white sand that rivals tropical islands and the water is superbly clear’ 

10. Pig Beach, The Bahamas

Pig Beach is a favourite with Instagrammers as beachgoers can swim with the creatures in the beach's pristine waters. The beach, also known as Big Major Cay, is in the Exumas area of The Bahamas. The pigs are not native to the islands, so it is unclear how they ended up there

Pig Beach is a favourite with Instagrammers as beachgoers can swim with the creatures in the beach’s pristine waters. The beach, also known as Big Major Cay, is in the Exumas area of The Bahamas. The pigs are not native to the islands, so it is unclear how they ended up there 

9. Kanuhura, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives 

At number nine on the list is Kanuhura on Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives. The private beach belongs to the Kanuhura Resort, which is made up of three private islands

At number nine on the list is Kanuhura on Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives. The private beach belongs to the Kanuhura Resort, which is made up of three private islands 

8. Playa Ruinas, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Playa Ruinas, which takes eighth spot in the list, is located on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. It has 'gleaming white sand' and 'dramatic cliffs'. Big Travel 7 adds: 'But the real showstopper? It’s the backdrop of the famous Ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum'

Playa Ruinas, which takes eighth spot in the list, is located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It has ‘gleaming white sand’ and ‘dramatic cliffs’. Big Travel 7 adds: ‘But the real showstopper? It’s the backdrop of the famous Ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum’ 

7. Source d’Argent, Seychelles 

At number seven on the list is Source d’Argent in the Seychelles, which is known for its unusual boulders. To access the beach, sunseekers must walk through the old L'Union Estate coconut plantation. Once they do, they will find the 'warm waters of the Indian Ocean'

At number seven on the list is Source d’Argent in the Seychelles, which is known for its unusual boulders. To access the beach, sunseekers must walk through the old L’Union Estate coconut plantation. Once they do, they will find the ‘warm waters of the Indian Ocean’

6. Reynisfjara Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland 

Known for its black sand and enormous basalt stacks that rise out of the sea, Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland is at number six on the list. This 'unforgettable' beach might be familiar to some as it appears in season 7 of Game of Thrones

Known for its black sand and enormous basalt stacks that rise out of the sea, Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland is at number six on the list. This ‘unforgettable’ beach might be familiar to some as it appears in season 7 of Game of Thrones 

5. Secret Lagoon, El Nido, Philippines 

The Secret Lagoon in El Nido, on the island of Palawan in The Philippines, finishes fifth in the ranking. To enter the hidden bay, beachgoers must swim through a hole in limestone rocks

The Secret Lagoon in El Nido, on the island of Palawan in The Philippines, finishes fifth in the ranking. To enter the hidden bay, beachgoers must swim through a hole in limestone rocks

4. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos  

Grace Bay takes fourth place with the pristine beach described as the 'shining jewel of the Turks and Caicos Islands'. The shoreline is just under two miles long and has 'pure, white sand and clean water'

Grace Bay takes fourth place with the pristine beach described as the ‘shining jewel of the Turks and Caicos Islands’. The shoreline is just under two miles long and has ‘pure, white sand and clean water’ 

3. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus  

Coming third in the list is Fig Tree Bay, a 'scenic sandy beach', in the resort of Protaras in Cyprus. It has 'lively beach bars and plenty of umbrellas to shelter from the sun'

Coming third in the list is Fig Tree Bay, a ‘scenic sandy beach’, in the resort of Protaras in Cyprus. It has ‘lively beach bars and plenty of umbrellas to shelter from the sun’ 

2. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia 

Located in Australia's Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach is a four-mile-long stretch of sand that comes second in the list. Big Travel 7 says: 'Because of the silica, the sand doesn’t retain heat, so it’s a fantastic place to walk on barefoot, even on a hot day'

Located in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach is a four-mile-long stretch of sand that comes second in the list. Big Travel 7 says: ‘Because of the silica, the sand doesn’t retain heat, so it’s a fantastic place to walk on barefoot, even on a hot day’ 

1. Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn Beach), Brac, Croatia 

Taking the top spot in the list is Zlatni Rat, also known as Golden Horn Beach, in Brac, Croatia. So named because of its horn shape. But according to Big 7 Travel, it's not just its outline that makes it so unique - it's because the sea changes colour from turquoise to dark blue in just 10 to 20 metres. It is also surrounded by decades-old pine trees that provide shade

Taking the top spot in the list is Zlatni Rat, also known as Golden Horn Beach, in Brac, Croatia. So named because of its horn shape. But according to Big 7 Travel, it’s not just its outline that makes it so unique – it’s because the sea changes colour from turquoise to dark blue in just 10 to 20 metres. It is also surrounded by decades-old pine trees that provide shade 


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