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The 50 Best Beaches in the World for 2024 Revealed  

A aerial view of the picturesque Trunk Bay in the US Virgin Islands, which ranked first in the 2024 list of The World's 50 Best Beaches - Luxury Escapes

From Western Australia’s Turquoise Bay to the iceberg covered Diamond Beach in Iceland, these costal stretches rank as the most impressive on the planet.  

The annual World’s 50 Best Beach list for 2024 has been released, with over 1,000 travel journalists, influencers and professionals ranking bays, coves, inlets and beaches across the likes of Indonesia, the Seychelles, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Italy. 

This year's top spot goes to Trunk Bay in the US Virgin Islands. 

The quintessential Caribbean paradise boasts pillow-soft sands and iridescent waters, a thriving population of native leatherback turtles and a protected location tucked away in the Virgin Islands National Park.   

“The protected status of the area ensures the absence of loud commercial activity and large buildings, allowing instead for lush greenery and local wildlife to flourish as a natural backdrop,” the list states. “Additionally, its sheltered location protects it from the Caribbean tradewinds, resulting in calm waters that are perfect for swimming.” 

To decide the sandy destinations deserving of the title, each beach is assessed according to eight criteria: unique characteristics, wildlife presence, pristine condition, natural sounds, ease of water entry, calm waters, low crowd density and the frequency of idyllic conditions.

Three Australian coastal destinations made it onto the list: Western Australia’s Wharton Beach and Turquoise Bay, as well as Far North Queensland’s Anchor Bay Beach. Turquoise Bay, which made the top 10, jumped from 17th position on last year's list to 6th place in the 2024 ranking. 

Across the pond, New Zealand’s North Island claimed 46th position with Cathedral Cove Beach.  

Find the full list of the world's best beaches here and check out the top 15 below. 

  1. Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands
  2. Cala Mariolu, Italy
  3. Meads Bay, Anguilla
  4. Entalula Beach, Philippines
  5. Voutoumi Beach, Greece
  6. Turquoise Bay, Australia
  7. Pink Beach, Indonesia
  8. Anse Georgetta, Seychelles
  9. Green Lagoon, French Polynesia
  10. Horse Shoe Island, Myanmar
  11. Caló des Moro, Spain
  12. Le Morne Beach, Mauritius
  13. Aharen Beach, Japan
  14. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
  15. One Foot Island, Cook Islands

Looking for more beach inspiration? Read Best Kept Secret: Dive into Australia’s Best Secluded Beaches  

About Annabel Fuller
Lover of gelato and all things travel, Annabel is happiest when exploring new places, soaking in the glorious sun rays and scuba diving. When she's not writing about the most glamorous destinations, she's on the lookout for her next adventure.

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