If a tropical breeze and crashing waves are calling your name; that means it is about time to plan a summer beach escape! Some folks prefer white sand and blue waters; others are looking for a family-friendly atmosphere; and some find paradise in a secluded “off-the-grid setting”.
That’s the beauty of the beach: there are so many different types of shores to fall in love with. The best beaches include a variety of perks including ambiance, accessibility, affordability and approval among experts and travelers.
If you want to travel to an ideal beach, there is certainly none that compare with the US News Travel Top 12 Beaches in the World. Take a look and discover which one you’d like to visit first!
Cayman Islands - The coral sands of Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach are true paradise. Filled with luxury hotels and casual restaurants, the Cayman Islands leave travelers with little to complain about.
Bora Bora - This secluded island offers coconut-lined beaches, a lush jungle and small inlets where you can admire colorful fish and coral reefs.
Kauai - With endless miles of white- and chocolate-sand beaches and swaying palm trees, Kauai lulls beachgoers with its natural beauty and laid-back charm.
Maldives - If your ideal beach includes warm waters filled with tropical fish, look no further than the Maldives. You'll have your pick of more than 3,000 coral reefs to explore.
Seychelles – Home to some of the world's finest islands and beaches, the Seychelles are a must see for beach lovers.
Anguilla - Sparkling white-sands and laid-back vibes make Anguilla a top spot for sun seekers. And with more than 33 beaches to choose from, it is a true paradise.
Turks & Caicos - Grace Bay Beach is popular for its calm water, powdery sands and classic Caribbean scenery. Also, Pillory Beach on Grand Turk offers gentle waters that are suitable for snorkeling
Fiji – Crystal blue water and white sands offer a postcard-perfect setting. While sun worshippers seek out secluded beaches along the Coral Coast, surfers and divers can check out Taveuni's Rainbow Reef and Vuna Reef or explore the luminous lagoons of The Yasawas
Sanibel Island - Just off the coast of Florida, near Fort Myers, this low-key isle lures beachcombers in search of colorful seashells and scenic beaches.
Bali - Bordered by green hills and ancient temples, Bali's beaches make for a stunning photo op. Kuta and Sanur's unspoiled sands draw travelers far and wide, while the Bukit Peninsula's reef breaks and striking seaside cliffs appeal to adventurous types ready to ride the wave.
Corfu - With Corfu's dramatic rock formations and picturesque sands, it's easy to see why Shakespeare chose the isle as the backdrop for his play, "The Tempest." After soaking up Glyfada's sun and splendor, explore the olive-filled countryside.
Playa del Carmen – Folks flock to "Playa" each year for its lively atmosphere. Running alongside the town's main thoroughfare, La Quinta Avenida, the beach is backed by vibrant shops and eateries.