Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands has been named as the best beach in the world in a new annual list compiled by FlightNetwork.
The list was compiled with the help of more than 600 travel professionals, including journalists, agencies, bloggers and editors to ensure it is as comprehensive as possible.
Beaches were ranked based on five criteria, including untouched beauty, remoteness, sand and water quality, average annual temperature and the number of days of sunshine a year.
Due to its clear blue Atlantic waters, untampered beach and 319 days of sunshine, Grace Bay was named in first place, ahead of Whitehaven beach in Australia and Anse Lazio in the Seychelles.
The survey declared Grace Bay Beach the most iconic and awe-inspiring stretch of sand in the world, and cited its warm Atlantic waters as a major attraction for travellers.
Following in fourth place is the Pink Sands beach in the Bahamas, which is well recognised for its pastel pink sand beach and stunning backdrop.
The first European beach to be named on the list is Navagio beach in Greece, an exposed cove on the coast of Zakynthos which is home to a famed 1980 shipwreck.
The rest of the top 10 is made up of beaches further afield, including the likes of Baia Dos Porcos, Brazil; Playa Paraiso, Mexico; Hyams beach, Australia; Hidden beach, Mexico and Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands.
Other European destinations to feature on the list include Iceland’s Reynisfjara beach, which features black sand from lava, Norway’s Vaeroy beach, Kaputas beach in Turkey and a couple located in Spain.
Taking the final spot in 50th is Cannon Beach, Oregon, which may not have soaring temperatures but does possess stunning rock formations and picturesque sunsets that have proven to be extremely popular among photographers.
If you’re planning on enjoying some winter sun, make sure you organise your single trip travel insurance in advance.
Date Created: 28/11/2017