Grande Anse Kerlan, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Planning the perfect holiday these days couldn’t be easier. You visit a holiday comparison site, select your requirements from a drop-down menu, and voila – a nice list of options appears before you. But what if the only thing you really care about when it comes to holidays is the beach?

If only there was a beach comparison site, that would be ideal. Since there isn’t, here’s a handy list of the best beaches in the world:

1. Rabbit Beach, Sicily – Voted the number one beach in the world by TripAdvisor users, Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa is as idyllic as it gets. Crystal clear waters stretch out in varying shades of blue, and it’s not uncommon to spot a few dolphins jumping waves in the distance.

2. Grande Anse Beach, La Digue Island, Seychelles – As its name implies, this beach is grand in every way possible. Although it’s found on the archetypal beach holiday destination, it’s not a cookie-cutter beach in the slightest. Raw and pure, it’s a natural marvel. Big swells and warm white sands make it the ultimate surfers’ paradise.

3. Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand – A number of Thailand’s beaches could qualify for a spot on this list, but Ko Pha Ngan – home to the famous Full Moon parties – beats them all. If you like a beach with personality, this is the one for you.

4. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – The word ‘grace’ sums up this beach perfectly. It’s tranquility defined. A book, a cool drink and Grace Bay is about as idyllic as it gets.

5. Anse de Grande Saline, St. Barths – This beach alone makes it easy to see why so many celebrities and VIPs flock to St. Barths on their summer holidays. The waters sparkle a gorgeous turquoise color and the sand is soft powder. Just watch out for the nudists!

6. Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia – The dunes surrounding this breath-taking beach display an array of rich reds, oranges, browns and yellows. It’s the perfect backdrop for a day of swimming and sunbathing.

7. Aharen Beach, Tokashiki Island, Japan – South of the mainland, Tokashiki Island’s Aharen Beach is home to over 400 types of coral and an array of colourful marine animals. Head to Aharen for a chance to see humpback whales, sea turtles and graceful schools of manta rays.

8. Whitehaven Beach, Airlie Beach, Australia – The white sands of this Australian beach are as clean and glistening as it gets. CNN reports its sand is made up of 98% pure silica.

9. Baia do Sancho Fernando de Noronha, Brazil – South America has its share of gorgeous beaches, and Brazil’s Baia do Sancho Fernando de Noronha is probably the most beautiful of them all.

10. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti – Perhaps the most romantic beach in the world, Matira is known for its stunning sunsets and world class scuba diving/snorkelling.

On a planet comprised of 71% ocean, there’s no shortage of stunning coastlines across the globe. These ‘top’ 10 are just the beginning, and certainly fodder for a hearty debate. Any beaches you think belong on the list?

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