Greek beach makes top 10 'best beaches in the world'

Navagio Beach Cliff

Global travel site Big 7 Travel has released its annual list of 'The 50 Best Beaches In The World'.

The list is now in its 5th year. Using aggregated scores from previous media results, official Blue Flag locations, social media popularity and contributions from the Big 7 Travel editorial team, these are the most amazing beaches to visit this year.

It's a diverse list, with pink sand covered in crushed seashells, crystalline lagoons and plenty of Islands, with one Greek favourite also featuring two beaches in Australia.

Here are the top 10 'best beaches' in the world.

10. Hyams Beach, Australia

Hyams Beach is just three hours south of Sydney, but it feels worlds apart between its pine forests and white sands. It's an excellent spot for snorkelling, thanks to its gentle waves, and it's popular with stingrays too. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins for the ultimate photo opp.

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9. Lang Co Beach, Vietnam

This little-known beach is a small cove below the Hai Van Pass – an incredibly scenic road that snakes through the mountains of Central Vietnam.

The beach looks beautiful from above but even better below – it's the perfect place to stop off and tuck into a fresh seafood lunch on the beach.

9. Lang Co Beach Vietnam
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8. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

This pristine beach is the shining jewel of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The entire beach is just over 3 kilometres long, with no pollution – just pure, white sand and clean water.

A barrier reef found 1.6km out protects Grace Bay from the ocean swells of the Atlantic, so you can easily swim.

7. Navagio Beach, Greece

Named after the 1983 shipwreck, this secluded cove is one of Greece's most photographed beaches, for good reason.

The remnants of the boat sit in the centre of the huge white sandy beach, lapped by turquoise waters and backed by soaring cliffs. It's only accessible by boat, with trips lasting 30 minutes.

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6. Source d'Argent, Seychelles

It's one of the most photographed beaches in the world, but that doesn't make it any less magical.

Beloved for its shallow warm waters and shimmering sand, you'll need to walk through the old L'Union Estate coconut plantation to access the beach.

5. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Australia

Making it all the way up the ranks to the fifth spot is this brilliant 7-kilometre white silica sand beach, considered one of the purest in the world.

The largest of 74 islands in the Whitsundays is right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. As well as being one of the world's most unspoiled and beautiful beaches, the sand doesn't retain heat, so it's a fantastic place to walk barefoot, even on a hot day.

4. Kwenda beach, Zanzibar

Zanzibar has white sand beaches, but Kendwa piques it for us. The blinding white sand melts into the emerald waters – a picture-postcard sight.

The beach is lined with hotels, restaurants, and bars, but it's kept pristine and clean. Sip on fresh coconuts, get a massage, or enjoy a cocktail in one of the beach shacks.

3. Jalousie Beach, St Lucia

Coming in at number three, this tropical paradise of white sands, crystal clear waters, lush vegetation, and volcanic peaks is a beauty.

Sugar Beach Resort takes up most of the beach, so you'll often hear people refer to this beach as 'Sugar Beach'. It is open to the public, though. There's a 1,800-foot drop in the sea at the base of the volcanic peak, Petit Piton, so it's a hit with snorkellers and scuba divers.

2. Cabo San Juan Beach, Colombia

Found in Tayrona National Park, it's a long hike through the tropics to get to the beach, and you'll have to bring your own water. There is a restaurant when you get to the beach, though. The main draw to Cabo San Juan Beach is the campsite – a night under the stars, listening to the calm sea lap onto shore sounds like heaven to us.

1. White Beach, Port Barton, Philippines

Coming out on top is White Beach in the Philippines.

The only way to reach the beach is by hopping on a boat from Port Barton or taking a very bumpy journey in a 4x4 – being hard to reach means the beach is clean and wonderfully quiet.

Think hammocks, powdery white sand, kayaks to rent, and of course, crystal-clear water. All with a backdrop of lush forests. Kayak over to Coconut Beach for a mini adventure.

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