Top 10 World’s Best Beaches in 2023

Top 10 World’s Best Beaches in 2023
Presented by Banana Boat, a famous sunscreen lotion brand in Australia in collaboration with many travel journalists, bloggers, and major beach enthusiasts, here is the Top 10 World’s Best Beaches of 2023

#1 Lucky Bay, Esperance Western Australia

Lucky Bay, Esperance Western Australia

Lucky Bay has some of the most pristine snow-white sand and incredible turquoise water you will ever see. Stretching over 5 km guarantees you'll find a spotless crowd to simply take in all the natural beauty. Whether you just visit to see the kangaroos or come to chill, dive, canoe, kayak, or walk the bushy trails and tracks, this beach is absolutely the best in the world!

Best time to visit: 
If you are looking to visit Australia for summer and warm weather activities, you should go anytime from mid-December to late March. The summers are warm and dry in Esperance, but in general, this area doesn’t get a lot of rain even in winter. To make the most out of your visit to Lucky Bay, we suggest that you pack your camping gear and try to secure a beachfront spot in the area. This way, you can enjoy the glorious sun, meet the kangaroos early before it becomes crowded, and marvel at the most phenomenal star-gazing at night!

#2 Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Serchelles

Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Serchelles

Probably the most photographed beach in the world, Anse Source d’Argent comes up as a close second on our list. And trust us, it is BREATHTAKING, with granite boulders by the water shore and pinkish sands as a perfect contrast to the crystal clear, turquoise water. This beach will genuinely make you feel as if you just stepped into a paradise painting. Anse Source d’Argent is located in the southwest of La Digue island, and people travel to Seychelles just to go there! Also, it is not only a gorgeous spot to chill and take thousands of photos, but the shallow clear water also allows for fun activities like great swimming for families and spectacular snorkeling with a vibrant coral reef.

Best time to visit:
To avoid most of the rain in Seychelles, it is best to skip December, January, and February, and for the driest months, consider visiting during June, July, and August. However, honestly, there isn’t really a wrong time to visit Seychelles. The summer months are usually busier, so we recommend visiting during April and October for less crowded tourist spots and great water conditions. April and October are in between two trade winds that hit the island every year, resulting in calmer water conditions and less chance of seaweed hitting the fantastic beaches.

#3 Hidden Beach, Palawan Philippines

Hidden Beach, Palawan Philippines

Hidden Beach is truly one-of-a-kind as it is tucked away behind towering limestone cliffs making it impossible to see from the outside. The small cove can only be accessed by boat, followed by a quick swim through a small opening. And once you reach this unparalleled paradise you will never want to leave! Crystal clear, shallow water surrounded by white sand and majestic limestone walls with lush greenery and palms, there is no question why so many of our beach experts voted this one of the best. As it is located in a secluded area, it will be more challenging to reach, but the journey will be well worth it!

Best time to visit:
If you visit the Philippines anytime from late May to October, you may encounter the wet season and a possible tropical storm. The dry season and the best time to visit for hot-weather activities is from late December to early April. However, Hidden Beach is accessible year-round with great temperatures every month of the year. This cove is well-protected from wind and waves, making it ideal for jumping into the ocean. March and April are the summer seasons in the Philippines, which means more travelers during this time. If you want to avoid the crowds, you might want to skip these months.

#4 Whitehaven Beach, Queensland Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland Australia

Surely you have seen pictures of the Whitsundays, however, Whitehaven Beach is one of those beaches you just have to see to believe. This impeccable beach has piercing white sand so fine it feels like powder under your feet. Consisting of 98.9% pure silica it is renowned as some of the purest sand in the world. The white contrast of the sand to the perfectly turquoise water stretches for over 7 km and will leave any beach lover in absolute awe! Whitehaven is also one of the most remote beaches on the planet, so despite many years of being voted one of the best beaches in the world, it still feels like a calm, serene paradise.

Best time to visit: 
The best time to visit Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsundays is during spring, which is from September through November. During this time, the temperatures are comfortable, and the weather is generally dry. This is also the peak season for incredible sailing experiences in the area, with the added bonus of spotting some humpback whales. We recommend an overnight sailing tour, so you have ample time to explore and witness the colors of the area change throughout the day. However, it is worth mentioning that December has the Christmas Holiday, which brings more crowds to the area.

#5 Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

If you can imagine all the postcards you have ever seen of the perfect tropical paradise, trust us, One Foot Island is precisely that! With its blindingly white sand, swaying palm trees, and inviting water, this location is breathtaking. The colors here are indescribable! Pure relaxation awaits you on this island, but there is also plenty to do, such as swimming and snorkeling alongside vibrant fish, and perhaps even encountering a turtle in the clearest turquoise water you have ever dreamt of. The island itself is a fantastic place to explore, but we are confident that once you see the beach, you'll never want to leave.

Best time to visit: 
The Cook Islands do not experience many tropical storms or cyclones, but the South Pacific cyclone season begins in November and ends in late April each year. The driest months to go are from April to November, but honestly, the Cook Islands have excellent weather year-round, so there isn’t a bad time to visit. We recommend visiting during April to June and September to December, which are the shoulder seasons (the time between peak season and the offseason). During these times, you will have great weather, and you can avoid the crowds that typically peak from July to August.

#6 Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Often called the most pristine beach in the Caribbean, there is a reason why this fantastic beach received so many votes for our list again this year. Protected in a lush environment in the Virgin Islands National Park, this beach - unlike many in the Caribbean - doesn’t have a backdrop of cement buildings or busy businesses. It feels pure and natural! It is named after the Leatherback turtle which is endemic to this area and locally known as trunks. With clear water, ivory-soft sand, and plenty of shade this is definitely a place to chill for an entire day while simply enjoying and exploring one of the very best beaches in the world!

Best time to visit:
For an optimal visit to the US Virgin Islands, we recommend traveling between mid-April and June. During this time, hurricane season has yet to start and peak tourism has ended. Although hurricane season runs from June to the end of November, most hurricanes occur between August to October. The climate is hot year-round, making it perfect for taking a dip in the beautiful turquoise sea. For a serene experience at Trunk Bay, it is advisable to arrive early for sunrise to avoid the crowds.

#7 Honopu Beach, Kauai Hawaii

Honopu Beach, Kauai Hawaii

To experience the greatest wonders of this world, one must be willing to put in the effort. Honopu Beach, hidden away in the world-renowned Na Pali Coast, is a beach that only the bravest explorers get to witness up close. This Jurrasic-like wonderland is secluded, unspoiled, and the epitome of natural beauty. There are two small sandy coves nestled against 1,200-foot sea cliffs and separated by the striking Honopu arch landmark. The only way to access the beach is by swimming from a boat or a neighboring beach, neither of which is an easy task, and both require proper gear and a prior check of ocean conditions. However, whether you choose to see the coastline and beach from a boat or brave the swim there, we promise that it will be one of the most magnificent sights you will ever encounter.

Best time to visit: 
The breathtaking Na Pali Coast can be visited all year round, but we recommend going during the dry season which is from April to November. Rain may make it difficult to access certain areas along the coast and trails, and the ocean is calmer during the dry season. If you plan on swimming to Honopu Beach from the neighboring beaches, it is only possible during the summer months, at low tide, and before the winds pick up. Alternatively, you can swim from a cruise boat with the help and guidance of the captain, but you must be an experienced ocean swimmer.

#8 Reynisfjara Beach, South Coast Iceland

Reynisfjara Beach, South Coast Iceland

Reynisfjara Beach is unlike any other beach you've seen. Its rugged and dramatic allure, along with its sheer power, will leave you awestruck. Unlike traditional beaches with their bright colors, Reynisfjara Beach showcases a different kind of beauty that you cannot afford to miss experiencing at least once in your lifetime. The black sand, sea stacks, glaciers, and columnar basalts are just a few components that make this place seem like another world altogether. You can spend hours exploring every nook and cranny, capturing different angles with your camera until your memory card is full. Simply put, if you want to feel nature at its core, this is the place!

Best time to visit:
Iceland's temperature rarely exceeds 15 degrees Celsius, so don't expect a full beach day here. However, Iceland is still an amazing place to visit, particularly in the summer months from mid-July to August, when the climate is mild and there is less rain and cloud cover. June is also a unique experience with its 24-hour daylight. To explore Reynisfjara Beach with fewer people around, we recommend arriving early in the morning before 10am. Due to the dramatic and natural surroundings, it's important to read safety signs about waves and tides.

#9 Navagio Beach, Zakynthos Greece

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos Greece

Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach, is one of the most photographed destinations in Greece and has consistently ranked among the world's best beaches. What makes this beach so unique is the old shipwreck from 1983, acting as the centerpiece of this truly stunning paradise. Located in a spectacular secluded cove surrounded by towering golden cliffs, visitors can only reach the beach by boat. However, swimming into the beach's turquoise waters while taking in the breathtaking surroundings is undoubtedly a memory to cherish for life. As the beach has such a great reputation, you will share the paradise with other travelers, but it is still well worth the trip!

Best time to visit:
Summers in Greece are truly magical, but June through August is a busy time with more tourists visiting the beaches. For a more peaceful vacation, consider traveling during spring or fall. Although the sea is guaranteed to be warm for swimming during the summer months, the quieter seasons offer a more serene experience with fewer tourists. To capture the perfect view of Shipwreck Beach from above, aim to hit the cliffs between noon and 3pm when the sun hits the cove. This is also the busiest time for boat tours. For a less crowded experience, visit in the late afternoon from about 4pm.

#10 Balandra Beach, Baja California Sur Mexico

#10 Balandra Beach, Baja California Sur Mexico

If you were to see pictures of Playa Balandra, you could easily mistake it for the Whitsundays. However, this magical paradise is located in Baja California Sur, and it has its very own WOW factor! Not only does the water resemble a pool, but it has also been a protected area since 2018, meaning nothing can be developed here, and there are only a limited number of visitors each day to protect the surrounding natural beauty. With remarkable hills, bright sand, and crystal clear water sometimes so shallow that you can walk across to the other side, you can spend hours exploring here in awe. It is a good idea to bring water shoes if you plan to walk far out in the water, as stingrays love chilling in these fantastic waters too!

Best time to visit:
Balandra Beach is now a protected area with a limit on the number of visitors per day. The beach is open for two-time slots: 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm. To avoid missing out, it is best to arrive early, as there is a limit to the number of people allowed in each time slot. However, this also means that the beach never gets too crowded. To avoid the rainy season, we suggest avoiding travel to the area from June to October. The best time for warm-weather activities is from March to late June, while November to the end of February can be colder and considered winter.

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  1. I beach to them all!! Hidden Beach Palawan is a pride!!

  2. The one in Seychelles feels like a movie. I could totally stay there for weeks! Cook Islands also looks intriguing. This list is amazing! Never heard of the other beaches until I saw this


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