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The 20 best beaches in the world have been revealed by TimeOut, featuring sands of varying colours, quiet secluded alcoves and great stretches of coastline, showcasing just how stunning, and unique, mother nature can be. 

All of the beaches below have something different to offer, whether that be watersports, parties once the sun sets or hammocks to sit and read from. Among them, you will find some of the world’s clearest waters, softest sand and dramatic views. 

Reviews from tourists on Tripadvisor have also been included, which sing the praises of the beaches mentioned. 

Whether you prefer rustic and remote or well-equipped and lively, this list ticks all the boxes. 

Aerial view of green palm trees, umbrellas on the sandy beach of Kendwa, Zanzibar island at sunset

Home to white sands, turquoise-blue water and enchanting sunsets, visitors to this beach, Kendwa Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania, recommend snorkelling and sunrise swims.

One Tripadvisor reviewer said: “The beautiful hotels, white soft sand and the incredible sunset views makes Kendwa the most beautiful beach in Zanzibar.”

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Portimao city skyline sunset in Praia da Rocha beach in Algarve Portugal

Praia da Rocha beach in Algarve, Portugal, was described by one reviewer: With a beach so big that can literally never be filled, this resort is pretty much perfect.”

With bright golden sand, this stretch is perfect for beach days under the sun. But, when the sun sets, the nightlife sets in; this beach caters for families and night owls alike.

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siesta key florida

The first of several American beaches on the list, Siesta Beach in Florida is known for rarely feeling overcrowded due to its extensive beachfront. Made from fine quartz-crystal sand, it stays cool underfoot. Watersport equipment is avaliable to rent, including kayaks and paddleboards.

One on Tripadvisor wrote: “The waves are fun but not too strong. The sand is so beautifully white and soft like baby powder and it never gets hot! The beach is quiet ( so much beach that everyone feels like they each have a private oasis) and the water is such a beautiful green and is warm but yet refreshing.”

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Crete pink sand beach in Greece

One of the ten pink sand beaches in the world, Elafonssi in Crete, Greece, is a true treasure. Its sand is made from tiny pieces of seashells, but the quantities vary depending on the conditions and the season, so be sure to time your visit well to avoid missing the sight. If you’re lucky, you may also see white sea daffodils growing in the sand.

On Tripadvisor, one wrote: “I’ve never seen such clear and shallow waters that reach for metres and metres out to sea. Plus the fish life is also incredible and they get so close!”

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People play soccer in Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, caters to all its visitors. It is divided into areas, including one for sports and one for surfers. It does have limited amenities, so be sure to pack everything required before visiting. 

On Tripadvisor, the beach’s praises were sung: “it has the look and feel of Copacabana but much quieter… it still has all required for a great beach day.”

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