Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform, has analysed tens of millions of reviews submitted by millions of global travellers over the past 12 months. The extensive research was conducted to identify the quality and quantity of ratings for beach experiences, ultimately determining the favourite beaches of the year.
With a comprehensive list spanning the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, the rankings offer a diverse and global selection. From the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean to the rugged cliff sides and dramatic black sands of Iceland, travellers across the globe now have the opportunity to discover their favourite beach destination for the year.
The list provides the best guidance for everyone looking to plan their own unforgettable beach trips in 2023. So pack your bags and get ready to explore the world’s most loved beaches.
As winter fades away in the Northern Hemisphere, travellers are flocking to the world’s most exotic island getaways. According to Tripadvisor, almost three-quarters of the world’s top 10 beach destinations are situated in remote, offshore locations.
From the bustling beaches of Hawaii and the Caribbean to the more secluded coastlines of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, and Havelock Island, India, the winners span a wide range of options for beach lovers. With an exciting list that has something for every type of traveller, from sun worshippers to adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts, the most popular beaches among Tripadvisor reviewers are sure to provide an unforgettable escape.
“In addition to the much-loved beaches of Hawaii, the Caribbean, and mainland Europe, our community is really looking to kick up their experiences by embracing the cliffs of Cannon Beach, on the coast of Oregon in the Western United States, and cooler destinations like Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland,” said Sarah Firshein, the Head of Editorial at Tripadvisor.
Whether you’re looking to pack a windbreaker or a swimsuit, our list has something for a wide range of travelers—and it might even convince the most ardent beach skeptics to embrace some time on the sand.Sarah Firshein, the Head of Editorial at Tripadvisor
1. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Baia do Sancho has climbed six places from last year to claim the top spot on Tripadvisor’s list of best beaches in the world. Located on the remote Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha, Baia do Sancho boasts a jagged coastline and diverse ecosystems. The area is renowned for its turquoise waters, white sand beach, and exotic array of wildlife, including sea turtles, rays, dolphins, and even reef sharks. The beach is only accessible by ladder from the mainland and is flanked by forest-clad cliffs, offering a wild and unspoiled escape for travellers seeking an adventure.