The top five beaches in the world

  1. Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Nestled in the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos, lies the beach destination Providenciales. It is an island of its own, boasting beaches of pure white sands and pristine blue water. The island itself is comprised of 38 square miles and roughly 22,000 people, making for a densely populated area filled with a number of beachside resorts and hotels.  Providenciales was ranked the best beach destination in the world by TripAdvisor in 2011.

  1. Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba

Beaches in Aruba are considered to be among the cleanest, widest, and most spectacular in the Caribbean region. An Aruba beach typically consists of powder-fine, white-sand, perfect for soaking up the Caribbean sun. Palm and Eagle beaches are two separate areas in Aruba. They both feature long stretches of white sand and Palm Trees, and they are both lined by numerous hotels and resorts, as is popular with beaches. Eagle beach has been picked as the number one Caribbean beach in a USA Today survey of travel writers, travel agents and frequent travelers.

Palm Beach has calmer waters and is less wavy, plus the wind is less of a problem and was voted best family-friendly beach in the world by The Travel Channel and by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best beaches in the world.

  1. Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is south of Playa del Carmen, with lush, bougainvillea-filled jungle nearby. Tulum in Mexico is known to be full of ruins from a pre-Columbian walled city. It is home to tall, craggy cliffs that once served as the city’s walls. These cliffs overlook wide beaches, some of which are protected for the sake of nesting sea turtles and their babies. Being home to a number of deteriorating ruins makes it a popular tourist attraction. In Tulum you can easily bike around, or explore swimming opportunities off white sand beaches and in subterranean sinkholes with the clear Caribbean waters offering great diving.

  1. Negril, Jamaica

Negril is an expansive beach, reaching seven miles in its size. The north end of this beach is home to a great number of large, well-known resorts, while the south end has more of the lesser known, family run hotels and businesses. It also houses a variety activities due to its size, such as cliff diving. Gaze at dramatic Negril Cliffs, which provided backdrops to James Bond's "Thunderball." At the end of the day, the horizon is painted the colours of the sunset, allowing for a truly majestic experience for anyone visiting.

  1. Saint Pete Beach, Florida

Saint Pete Beach is known as the sunset capital of Florida. The City of St. Pete Beach is a barrier island community located just off the Pinellas County mainland of Saint Petersburg, just south of Treasure Island, and 20 miles from Clearwater Beach. It is a coastal city that is also a tourist attraction, where miles of pristine, white sandy beaches, year-round sunshine, an abundance of recreational opportunities, restaurants, and shopping, St. Pete Beach is one of the most enjoyable places to live and vacation, in the world. It is home to shopping and restaurants for tourists and locals alike, as well as local attractions. One of these attractions is the Loews Don CeSar Hotel, sometimes referred to as the “pink castle”, which is easily recognised as a striking local landmark.

K.M. Cooper. (TCC)

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