Trunk Bay, St John, US Virgin Islands
The Caribbean is filled with beautiful beaches, but few are as spectacular as Trunk Bay. The beach is actually located in the Virgin Islands National Park, and is ideal for snorkelers, thanks to its 225-yard-long Underwater Trail.
Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
The iconic, crescent-shaped Waikiki Beach has a long history of being one of the most popular beach destinations in the US. Visitors can enjoy incredible views of Diamond Head Crater while sipping on a mai tai, or go for a surf lesson.
Praia Don Ana, Lagos, Portugal
This postcard-worthy beach may be small, but that doesn't mean it's not worth visiting. Nestled into the Algarve — a region that makes up Portugal's southernmost tip — Praia Dona Ana is bordered by towering cliffs that form caves, which you should by all means explore with a quick boat trip.
Dreamland Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Surfers flock to Dreamland, which sits on the Bukit Peninsula and was a true hidden gem until the 70s. Its secret status might be over, but it's still worth a trip for loungers and surfers alike.
Eagle Beach, Aruba
The unique divi divi tree that Aruba is famous for can be found on Eagle Beach, which also features plenty of soft sand for sunbathing and calm waters for swimming.
Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece
Elafonissi's stunning light pink sand is its main draw. Located on Crete's Southwestern side, the beach is great for visitors of all ages, thanks to its shallow waters
Baía do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Despite being named the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor, Baía do Sancho remains relatively secluded. You can access the beach either by boat or via a long staircase that leads down to the tranquil shore, which is backed by cliffs shrouded in greenery.
Pensacola Beach, Santa Rosa Island, Florida
Pensacola Beach sits on Santa Rosa Island, one of the many barrier islands that dot the 160 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to Mississippi and down to the Florida Panhandle. It's known as one of the Gulf Island National Seashore's most stunning beaches, and, if you're lucky, you might spot a dolphin in its clear blue waters.
La Concha Beach, San Sebastián, Spain
Backed by mountains and named for the shell-shaped bay it sits in, La Concha Beach is known as one of the most beautiful shores in Europe. While the beach's width varies greatly depending on the tide, the length is close to a mind-blowing 4,500 feet.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
One of the very few beaches that are open to the public in Bora Bora, Matira Beach is home to a turquoise-colored lagoon, palm trees galore, and powder-soft sand. What more could you want?
Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
So many of Mexico's beaches have become overcrowded, but if you're willing to take a quick ferry ride from Cancún to Isla Mujeres, you'll find some peace and quiet on Playa Norte. Animal lovers can also swim alongside whale sharks or dolphins.
Deauville Beach, Normandy, France
First made famous in 1913 when Coco Chanel opened her first boutique in town, Deauville Beach is unmistakable with its brightly-colored, striped umbrellas and its picturesque boardwalk.
Harbour Islands, Bahamas
Known mostly for its pink sand beaches, Harbour Island remains mostly untouched by humans, at least compared to the rest of the Bahamas.
The island's other draws include Devil's Backbone, a coral reef filled with marine life, and Dunmore Town, whose pastel-colored homes will charm any visitor.
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
This iconic beach is one of Australia's most popular sites. Visitors can lounge on the actual beach or enjoy the view from the Bondi Iceberg Club's pool. Surfers beware, though, certain parts of the beach are known to have strong rip currents.
Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, California
Known as Surf City, USA, Huntington is famous not just for the quality of its waves, but the consistency of them. The beach — located in Orange County just outside of LA — is an ideal spot for all levels of surfers.
Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
Stretching for 12 miles, Grace Bay Beach has some of the whitest sand you'll ever see. If you're not one to just lounge around, you can sail, snorkel, or take a ride on a catamaran. However, because the beach is part of Alexandra National Park, water skiing and jet skiing aren't allowed.
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
You'll be happy no matter which of El Nido's numerous beaches you visit. Located on the island of Palawan, El Nido is synonymous with sparkling white sand and vibrant waters. Its lagoons are surrounded by towering cliffs that will impart a sense of adventure while you swim and lounge.
Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Nissi Beach is known for its water, which is crystal clear, impressively clean, and very shallow. The beach is located in a small resort town on Cyprus' southeastern coast.
Koh Lan Island, Pattaya, Thailand
Also known as Koh Larn, this small island off the coast of the southern city of Pattaya is famous for its beaches, all of which are surrounded by wooded hills. Chances are, these beaches won't be as overcrowded as those on more popular islands like Phuket.
Alder Lane, Hilton Head, South Carolina
Alder Lane is one of Hilton Head's lesser known beaches, so visitors can expect a little more tranquility as they lounge on its bright white sand. Hilton Head itself is an island in the Atlantic Ocean off South Carolina's coast, and offers plenty of activities from golf to gardens to museums.
Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Horseshoe Bay's Port Royal Cove is lesser known among tourists than Horseshoe Bay itself. It's a great little spot for snorkeling thanks to shallow waters, and the surrounding rock formations are stunning.
Máncora Beach, Máncora, Peru
Popular among surfers thank to its large waves, Máncora Beach sits along Peru's northwestern coast. When visitors are done at the beach, they can head to Avenida Piura, the main drag in town, which is home to plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes.
Reynisfjara Beach, Vik, Iceland
You probably won't want to sunbathe on Reynisfjara, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a visit. The stunning beach looks otherworldly thanks to its black sand, basalt stone columns, and the fog that sometimes envelops it. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Gay Head Beach, Aquinnah, Massachusetts
Situated on the south side of Martha's Vineyard, Gay Head is particularly striking because of the magnificent cliffs that tower over the beach. The name Gay Head refers to the bright colors of the cliffs.
Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Sicily
Conigli means rabbit in Italian, which is why this beach is often referred to as Rabbit Beach in English. Despite its name, the beach doesn't have rabbits, but you will probably run into turtles and other marine life.
And since the beach is located miles off the Sicilian coast, on the tiny island of Lampedusa, you'll feel like you're in a remote, rocky corner of paradise.