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Beach holidays: the best beaches in the world in Australia, Spain, Italy, Greece and Hawaii

Beach holidays: the best beaches in the world in Australia, Spain, Italy, Greece and Hawaii

This one’s for the beach bums looking for their next coastal adventure. From relaxing under the palms on enchanting, exotic shores to soaking in the turquoise waters of captivating coves, there’s a dreamy stretch of sand in every corner of the globe.

This extensive list, compiled by The World’s 50 Best Beaches, used votes from over 1,200 travel experts, journalists and designated Best Beaches ambassadors to decide the sandy destinations deserving of the title of the best beaches in the world. Each beach was rated on its density of untouched nature, swimming conditions, the annual number of sunny days and the average annual temperature. Those active in sharing and nominating their favourite places to sink their feet in the sand have experienced first-hand the wonderous waters and pristine environments of the shorelines, from Hawaii to Scotland and around the world again.

From the globetrotters who know best, here is the comprehensive guide to bucket list beaches for 2023, including when to go and how to get there. Keep reading to discover how they earned a spot on the list and get inspired for your next seaside holiday.

Lucky Bay, Australia

Sunbathe with kangaroos at Lucky Bay in Western Australia

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Taking the title of Best Beach in the World for 2023 is Western Australia’s kangaroo haven, Lucky Bay. With a five-kilometre stretch of white sand, diving, canoeing and bush trails, this beach not only scores highly with experts and tourists but boasts 303 annual sunny days.

Best time to go

Australian summers are warm and dry, from around mid-December to late March. The average temperature in Lucky Bay in February is 25C and camping can be a great way to secure a spot before the crowds arrive.

Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles

Coming in at number two, Anse Source D’Argent, the top pick for Seychelles

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Already one of the most famous beaches in the world, Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue island in Seychelles comes in at number two. Think granite boulders on shallow turquoise waters perfect for a family swim.

Best time to go

Consider visiting during June, July and August for the driest weather conditions and an average climate of 29C. Alternatively, ditch the summer crowds and enjoy the calmer waters during April and October.

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