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Bournemouth Beach crowned among the top beaches in Europe – World's 'best' beaches named


Beach holidays are set to return in the summer months, and the great news is Britons don’t necessarily have to jet off overseas to enjoy some of the “best beaches” in the world. A new ranking from Tripdvisor has revealed Dorset is home to one of the top coastlines in Europe.

As part of its annual Traveller’s Choice Best of the Best Awards for Beaches, travellers named their favourite seaside hotspots across the globe.

From sweeping white sand and turquoise waters in tropical climates to dramatic cliffs and pounding surf in some of the most secluded spots on Earth, the awards are based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travellers for beaches, gathered over a 12-month period.

For the 2021 ranking, Best of the Best Beaches also takes into account the volume of “saves” for beaches on Tripadvisor, reflecting the wanderlust built up during lockdown.

Bournemouth beach took the fifth spot in the European ranking of “best beaches”.

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Cornwall is home to two of Europe’s best, with Porthminster Beach and Perranporth Beach coming in tenth and 16th place respectively. While Scarborough’s Filey Beach ranks 18th.

When it came to the “best beach” in the world, though, the prestigious accolade went to Australia’s Whitehaven Beach.

This remote paradise is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and is only accessible by boat, seaplane or helicopter.

Among its most notable attributes, travellers highlighted its turquoise waters and white-sand beaches.

“In fact, a recent Tripadvisor survey revealed that 60 percent of travellers are very likely to take a beach trip in 2021,” said Christine Maguire, vice president and general manager, global media business at Tripadvisor.

“Whether your preferred kind of beach is preened and pristine or rugged and rough, this list of travellers’ favourites is just the inspiration you need to get planning your next beach break.”

Top 10 Beaches in the World

  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, United States
  6. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, Australia
  7. Eagle Beach – Eagle Beach, Aruba
  8. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Italy
  9. Ka’anapali Beach – Hawaii, United States
  10. Baía dos Golfinhos – Praia da Pipa, Brazil

Top 10 Beaches in Europe

  1. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Italy
  2. Playa de Cofete – Fuerteventura, Spain
  3. Praia da Falésia – Olhos de Agua, Portugal
  4. La Concha Beach – San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
  5. Bournemouth Beach – Bournemouth, United Kingdom
  6. Balos Lagoon – Kissamos, Crete, Greece
  7. Elafonissi Beach – Elafonissi, Crete, Greece
  8. Plage de Santa Giulia – Santa Giulia, Corsica, France
  9. Kleftiko Beach – Milos, Greece
  10. Porthminster Beach – St Ives, United Kingdom


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