The Best Beaches in The World

27 reasons to drop everything and book your summer vacation now.

Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to Sri Lanka.

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South Beach, Miami

Known as much for its nightlife as it is for its white sands, South Beach is an easy weekend getaway for anyone living on the East Coast.

Railay Beach, Thailand

Cut off from the rest of the mainland of Krabi province by high limestone cliffs, Railay Beach is only accessible by boat, making it one of Thailand's most peaceful and beautiful beaches.

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Navagio Beach, Greece

Located in a remote cove on Zakynthos in Greece's Ionian Islands, Navagio Beach gets its nickname—Shipwreck Beach—because of the ship that ran aground here in the 1980's.

Maho Beach, St. John

One of the U.S. Virgin Islands' finest white sand beaches, Maho Bay is also a great place to go swimming with sea turtles.

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Walvis Bay, Namibia

The massive sand dunes alone are reason to book a trip to Walvis Bay. But you'll also want to come to this beach on Namibia's Skeleton Coast for the wildlife—you're likely to spot flamingos, seals, whales and even hyenas here.

Monterosso Al Mare, Italy

Home to the Cinque Terre's only sand beach, Monterosso al Mare is the spot to post up for a long day of sunbathing on the Italian Riviera.

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Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Australia's East Coast is home to some legendary beaches—Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays is particularly heavenly. Over on the West Coast, Turquoise Bay in the Cape Range National Park is equally gorgeous. Just watch out for those sharks.

Ngapali Beach, Myanmar

With the rise of tourism in Myanmar, there are plenty of places to stay in this beach town on the Bay of Bengal–but don't fear that it's lost its charm, it still maintains its sleepy fishing village vibe.

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Baker Beach, San Francisco

While San Francisco might not be the sunny beach town you would imagine to see on a list like this, Baker Beach is worth visiting for the spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fair warning: the northernmost end of the beach is clothing optional.

The Baths, British Virgin Islands

Large granite boulders line the coast at the southern tip of Virgin Gorda, forming shallow pools that make The Baths an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling.

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