Are you planning a beach vacation but don’t know where to go? Maybe our selection of the most beautiful beaches in the world will help – secret beaches included.

There are beautiful beaches all over the world! Waving palm trees, turquoise water, and sand like powdered sugar form a unique backdrop to the gentle sound of the waves. Surrounded by shallow sea or spectacular rocky coasts, you can swim and relax wonderfully.

Whether lonely and deserted or well equipped with four-poster beds and cocktail bars: We take you to the world’s dream beaches in Mexico, on the Mediterranean Sea, or in Southeast Asia.

1 – Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles

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Of course, Seychelles should not be missing. Anse Source d’Aragent beach is located on the island of La Digu. With its powdered sugar sand, rock formations, and – of course – crystal clear water, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This is a great place for swimming and snorkeling. 

This spot on earth can only be reached via the “L’Union Estate” park, which has a small entrance fee. You can easily find your way with the help of good signage. By the way: Some scenes of the survival drama ” Cast Away ” with Tom Hanks were filmed on this dream beach. 

2 – Tulum, Yucatan, Mexico

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Years ago, the sandy beach in Tulum was still an insider tip. In the meantime, more and more people have discovered the paradisiacal place on the Mexican peninsula of Yucatán. No wonder the coconut palms, the turquoise blue water, and the ruins of the ancient Mayas are a wonderful backdrop for bathing, dreaming, and just being happy.

3 – Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

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South Sea dreams come true here! A little further south of the more frequented Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach is located in a bay. Clear, turquoise water and fine sand characterize this holiday idyll. Mainly backpackers and families are drawn to this beach, where you can rent a bungalow right by the sea.

Read also: 17 dreamy paradise beaches in South America

4 – White Beach, Boracay, Philippines

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Do you know the small island of Boracay in the Philippines? If not, you will feel acute wanderlust in a few minutes. The island northwest of the island of Panay is only 10 km² in size and seven kilometers long – and with the White Beach, it has a dreamlike beach that is otherwise only known from the photo wallpaper: white sand, turquoise water, palm trees, huts directly in the Pacific Ocean. 

Admittedly, this island of a total of 7107 in the island state of Southeast Asia attracts a lot of tourists to party, relax and dive. Don’t let that put you off. Because once you’re here, you never want to leave.

5 – Playa Flamenco, Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico has many beautiful beaches. The horseshoe-shaped Flamengo Beach on the island of Culebra in the Caribbean Sea is probably one of the most extraordinary: coral sand, clear, turquoise, and very clean sea water, surrounded by sand-covered hills and lush palm trees.

If you are looking for tranquility, you will find it here, as there are many great secluded spots for sunbathing. Rent a room in one of the luxurious waterfront resorts or, if you prefer something more spartan, camp. Camping is allowed on this beach.

6 – Baia do Sancho, Brazil

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The ” Baia do Sancho ” is considered the most beautiful bay in Brazil, and the beach is not to be scoffed at either. Green shimmering sea water, powder sand, and few people. The dream beach is located on the Fernando de Noronha archipelago and can only be reached by boat or via a steep ladder that leads down several levels from the cliffs. 

7 – Ses Illetes, Formentera

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The beach of Ses Illetes on the Balearic island of Formentera proves that Europe can keep up with the international beaches: This piece of paradise at the northern tip is just under a three-hour flight from Germany and is 500 meters long and 50 meters wide. The outlines of Ibiza appear on the horizon. 

On the west side, you can enjoy the stunning sunset or scuba dive to see the diverse wildlife found throughout the island.

8 – Whitehaven Beach, Australia

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With its quartz content of almost 99 percent, Whitehaven Beach on the east coast of Australia’s Whitsunday Island is one of the whitest beaches in the world – and, therefore, also one of the most beautiful. You can reach the five-mile-long sandy beach from Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach.

The special feature: The entire island is a nature reserve, and there are no hotels or shops. Whitehaven Beach is also recognized as one of the world’s best eco-beaches.

9 – Lanikai Beach, O’ahu, Hawaii

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Lanikai means “heavenly sea” – there is no better way to describe this postcard idyll in the village of Kailua on the east coast of the Hawaiian island of O’ahu. A popular backdrop for photo shoots and great for swimming, snorkeling, and sailing.

The sheltered lagoon is like a tropical swimming pool that’s perfect for kids – or you can splash around in. 

10 – Playa Es Trenc, Majorca

10 Playa Es Trenc, Majorca
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Have you never been to Mallorca? Then we can recommend this European dream beach in the south of the Mediterranean island: West of Colonia de Sant Jordi, the longest natural beach on the Spanish island stretches 3.5 kilometers to Ses Covetes. 

Between the untouched dune landscape and the turquoise blue water, there are lonely places despite the tourists.

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