Cruising

Shannen Findlay

The 5 most beautiful beaches in the world

Whether it’s a family-friendly holiday resort or a secluded oasis isolated by a stretch of sand – there are more than enough options for every type of traveller. Here are the 5 best beaches you must see.

1. Maundays Bay, Anguilla

Blessed with the perfect beach, Maundays Bay might just be the ultimate destination. Ideal for families and even those wanting an undisturbed holiday to themselves – this getaway takes the prize as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

2. Kiawah Island, SC

Kiawah Island is a mostly gated community however has public beach access where the sand is pristine white, the water is shallow and has lifeguards on duty. It’s the perfect family holiday in the United States.

3. Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI

Considered one of the most photographed beaches in the Caribbean, Trunk Bay has calm and clear water, an underwater snorkelling trail and a fascinating history – what more could you want?

4. Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

This 1,000-acre private island is what dreams are made of. Accessible only by a boat ride from Providenciales, it is home to one luxury resort and a few private and exclusive villas. This is the perfect vacay if you want to do it in perfect seclusion.

5. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

This gorgeous beach shockingly manages to be kept under the radar despite it being constantly being talked about online. El Nido is home to over 50 beaches and has some of the world’s finest white sand.

Scroll through the gallery above to 5 of the most beautiful beaches in the world.