TripAdvisor’s top beaches in the world – and UK spots like Bournemouth make list

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TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards highlighted some of the best beaches in the world.

And it turns out, you don’t have to travel far and wide to stumble across stunning coastline.

Bournemouth Beach placed 20th in the global rankings – beating the likes of Balos Lagoon in Crete and Costa Rica’s Playa Manuel Antonio.

Perranporth Beach in Cornwall and Yorkshire’s Filey Beach were also commended.

The former placed in 16th in the “top beaches in Europe” rankings, with the Yorkshire beauty spot just two spaces behind.

This is great news for those looking to escape to the coast on staycations this year.

But if you want to head further afield, you might want to check out the top beaches on the TripAdvisor list.

Whitehaven Beach in Whitsunday Island, Australia, took the hotspot.

It was closely followed by Santa Maria Beach, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba in second.

And in third place was Brazil’s Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha.

Other honourable mentions include Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos and Saint Pete Beach, Florida, which placed fourth and fifth respectively.

Top beaches in the world, according to TripAdvisor

  1. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
  2. Santa Maria Beach, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
  3. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  4. Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  5. Saint Pete Beach, Florida
  6. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia
  7. Eagle Beach, Aruba
  8. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Italy
  9. Ka'anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii
  10. Baía dos Golfinhos, Brazil
  11. Playa de Cofete, Fuerteventura
  12. Varadero Beach, Cuba
  13. Praia de Falésia, Albufeira, Portugal
  14. Maho Bay Beach, St John, US Virgin Islands
  15. Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica
  16. La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain
  17. Playa Norte, Mexico
  18. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  19. Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic
  20. Bournemouth Beach, Dorset
  21. Balos Lagoon, Crete
  22. Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
  23. Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar Island
  24. Elafonissi Beach, Crete
  25. Plage de Santa Giulia, Corsica

Top beaches in the Europe, according to TripAdvisor

  1. Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Italy
  2. Playa de Cofete, Fuerteventura
  3. Praia da Falésia, Albufeira, Portugal
  4. La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain
  5. Bournemouth Beach, Dorset
  6. Balos Lagoon, Crete
  7. Elafonissi Beach, Crete
  8. Plage de Santa Giulia, Corsica
  9. Kleftiko Beach, Milos, Greece
  10. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
  11. Diamond Beach, Iceland
  12. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
  13. Sarakiniko Beach, Milos, Greece
  14. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
  15. Sotavento Beach, Fuerteventura
  16. Perranporth Beach, Cornwall
  17. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus
  18. Filey Beach, Yorkshire
  19. Plage du Sillon, Saint-Malo, France
  20. Spiaggia di Sansone, Elba Island, Italy
  21. Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa, Cyprus
  22. Kleopatra Beach, Alanya, Turkey
  23. Tropea Beach, Italy
  24. Plage de Palombaggia, Corsica
  25. Spiaggia La Cinta, Sardinia

So when will be able to go on holiday again?

In April, it is hoped that domestic self-catering holidays will be allowed again.

The entire adult population is expected to have been offered vaccinations by the end of July.

This could mean rules on indoor mixing – including social distancing rules – could be relaxed further.

But it's unlikely the government will set a date for the relaxation of rules on international travel.

Fingers crossed we'll be allowed to jet off again soon!

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