So Trip Advisor have announced, according to their users, where the best beaches in the world are. But first, here are Food Travel More's Top 10 favourites! In no particular order, here we go ...
Above: La Digue, Seychelles
#1. Anse Source D'Argent, Seychelles
This is where they filmed the Bounty advert back in the 1980's. Yep, it's THAT beach (if you can remember it). It's one of the most photographed beaches in the world.
Golden white sand, huge granite boulders and clear, emerald sea, it is jaw-droppingly beautiful.
Located on La Digue island, which in itself is paradise personified. There are no cars on this island (expect to be collected and transported to your hotel by ox cart). Getting around you'll need to get pedaling with bikes readily available to hire from your hotel. Some bikes are in better condition than others (the pedal fell off mine, which wasn't ideal) so don't expect the height of luxury.
#2. 75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
Hmmm... wonder how this beach got it's name? Well, some Aussie bloke got his tape measure out to discover the length of Fraser Island's beach. It is indeed, 75 miles.
It's main purpose is as a 'highway' and we'd definitely recommend hiring a 4x4 and zooming up the beach with the windows down (or with the roof off if you hire a fancy jeep). Beware of sudden bumps, dips and if you stray too far, you could be tyre-deep in soft sand and getting towed out (at a cost of course). Look out for the shipwrecks along the coast. We only hired our vehicle for the day, but you can extend and camp overnight (beware of the dingos). Image credit: WikiMedia
#3. For kite surfing (or in our case, watching kite surfing) ... Sal, Cape Verde
We weren't actually that keen on Cape Verde. I think the resorts have improved but sadly we've no real desire to revisit. One distinct memory was that it was windy, especially of an evening (so remember to take a jacket or jumper for night time). But, the one good thing about the wind is that it attracts the kite surfers. It's easy to spend an hour or so sat on the beach watching these daredevils.
#4. St Anne's Beach, Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire - a family favourite
It's Blackpool's posher (and probably) younger cousin. There's a wide well-maintained promenade, a huge stretch of golden sand (dogs not allowed in the summer) and you can go retro and lighten your purse in the arcades on the pier. It's a very flat beach so the tide goes out some way (not as far as Southport!). Hire a traditional beach hut for the day (but they aint cheap). If it's too far to travel for a day trip, then we'd recommend that you stay at the very gorgeous The Grand Hotel - and if you can, splash out and upgrade to one of their sea view rooms.
#5. Most beaches in the Maldives ...
If you want soft powder white sand between your tootsies there is no better place than the Maldives. Some Maldivian beaches are better than others. Sadly, erosion does occur so to ward off the sea swell concrete defences are sometimes installed. If you want a walk along a long sandy beach you won't get anywhere much better than Atmosphere Kanifushi - as the island is 2km long.
#6. Kota Kinablu, Borneo
We were lucky to visit here when we made a trip to see orangutans.
#7 Donna Nook, North Lincolnshire
OK, so this technically isn't a beach. It's a saltmarsh. But if you go in November and December - you'll be sure of a big surprise. A seal shaped surprise. Grey seals come to the Donna Nook coastline from late October to give birth to their pups near to the sand dunes. Be prepared for cuteness overload. Oh, and lots of seal porn (they mate before heading back to the sea).
#8 Krabi Beach, Thailand
Krabi Beach itself is busy, but it's the best place to pick up a boat and zip along to some of the nearby islands. Go to Phi Phi, Ao Nang, Khao Phing Kan (the beach made famous in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun) and also the rather beautiful Railay Beach (only accessible by boat). Randomly, it's also a great place to have a (rather surprisingly relaxing) sundown massage.
#9 Anantara - Palm, Dubai - best man-made beach
The Palm Dubai is man-made. You wouldn't know it's man-made. But, they imported the sand so you have to give them kudos for that. There are lots of hotels situated along the Palm, especially on the outer 'throngs' that have views over the ocean. There's the glitzy, tourist honeypot of Atlantis as well as the rather well-to-do Kemplinsky and Waldorf-Astoria. Our favourite though is Anantara. It's on the very edge of the outer throng so takes a good 30-40 minutes to get anywhere. But, that's probably why we like it. Quiet, charming and relaxing. Image Credit: Hotelier Middle East
#10 Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria ... most memorable
If you want to let it all hang out (quite literally), then head to the main beach in Playa del Ingles. It's home to the world's busiest nudist beach. There's beach volleyball and lots of other odd shaped balls too :) And no, we won't be posting a picture for this one (sorry).
Here are the Top 10 beaches according to Trip Advisor:
Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales Turks & Caicos
Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba
Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, Arraial do Cabo, Brazil
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Eagle Beach, Aruba
Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Varadero Beach, Cuba
Kleftiko Beach, Milos, Cyclades