Overcoming many other candidates, the vast beach on a small island off the coast of Brazil has been voted the best beach in the world by readers of the famous travel website TripAdvisor.
Here are the best beach awards in the world, based on traveler reviews and ratings throughout the year.
1. Baia by Sancho, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Baia do Sancho, on the island of Fernando de Noronha, was named the most beautiful beach in the world according to TripAdvisor votes in 2017 but it slipped to second place last year. This year, Baia do Sancho regained her title. The secluded beach boasts clear waters – ideal for snorkeling – and panoramic cliffs overlooking dolphins swimming in the bay. 91% of readers rated the beach as excellent.
2. Varadero Beach, Matanzas Province, Cuba
Varadero Beach is one of Cuba’s most famous beaches. It climbed to second place this year in TripAdvisor’s awards. The beach is located on the edge of the bustling resort town with hotels built in the 1920s.
3. Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Argentina
Eagle Beach – famous for its pristine landscape, shaggy Fofoti trees, sea turtles and water sports – has risen from fourth to third place in 2019. One reader commented: “Beach clean and peaceful sea. Although it is a busy time of the year, it is still very quiet”.
4. La Concha Beach, Basque Country, Spain
The highest-rated beach in Europe, according to TripAdvisor, is La Concha Beach in San Sebastian on Spain’s north coast. It is located in the heart of the city with a stretch of white sand and a small island – Isla Santa Clara – in the middle of the bay. There is a small beach, lighthouse, restaurant with picnic table and a lovely bar.
5. Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Last year Grace Bay in the Caribbean nation of Turkey and Caicos was dubbed the most beautiful beach in the world but this year it dropped to fifth place in the rankings. Despite the fall, the beach is still rated by 89% of visitors as excellent due to turquoise water, snowy white sand and bright sunshine all year round.