It’s time for the World Championship of Beaches

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June 1, 2021

By | June 1, 2021

This summer, Kiwi.com is hosting a competition to discover the best beach in the world, and we need you to get involved. For two weeks, your votes on Instagram will finally decide which beach takes the title

As you can see, the preparations are finished and, from June 7 we’ll see 32 of the world’s most wonderful waterfronts go head to head in deciding the winner of the Kiwi.com World Championship of Beaches.

The Championship takes beaches from around the world and puts them head-to-head in a two-week knockout tournament. We might not be able to visit them right now, but they’re all here, and it’s up to you to decide which beach you think should win each match-up and progress to the next round.

Qualification

Qualification for the finals consisted of rigorous analysis of the suggestions and responses on social media, as well as a balanced selection process. Everyone wants a fair and competitive tournament, not some kind of closed shop for, say, twelve self-appointed European superbeaches.

Of course, with only 32 spots available for the Finals from the 58 nominees, many world-class beaches came agonizingly close, only to fall at the playoff stage. It was truly heartbreaking to see, but these are hard-working, professional beaches: they’ll pick themselves up and they’ll go again.

Tournament Schedule

It’s time for the World Championship of BeachesClick to enlarge image

Starting on June 7 on @kiwicom247 Instagram Stories,  your votes decide which beach gets through to the next round and which will be shown the exit door. 

June 7–8: Round 1

Round 1a – June 7

Seven Commandos Beach, Philippines

vs

Navagio Beach, Greece

Veligandu Island Beach, Maldives

vs

Half Moon Bay, Honduras

Emerald Cave, Thailand

vs

Noordhoek Beach, South Africa

Mullet Bay, US Virgin Islands

vs

Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica

Ngapali Beach, Myanmar

vs

Praia da Azeda, Brazil

Bai Xep Beach, Vietnam

vs

Englishman’s Bay, Trinidad and Tobago

Haad Rin Beach, Thailand

vs

Diani Beach, Kenya

Shek O Beach, Hong Kong

vs

Matana Beach, Kadavu, Fiji

Round 1b – June 8

Sandspit Beach, Pakistan

vs

Sarakiniko Beach, Greece

Horseshoe Beach, Bermuda

vs

Noosa Main Beach, Australia

Eagle Beach, Aruba

vs

Maspalomas Dunes, Canary Islands, Spain

Magens Bay, US Virgin Islands

vs

Spiaggia di Cala Granu, Italy

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

vs

Los Roques Archipelago, Venezuela

Pebbles Beach, Barbados

vs

Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico

Ofu Island Beach, American Samoa

vs

Anse Cocos, Seychelles

Hot Water Beach, New Zealand

vs

Benagil Sea Cave, Portugal

June 10: Round 2

Veligandu Island Beach, Maldives

vs

Navagio Beach, Greece

Emerald Cave, Thailand

vs

Mullet Bay, US Virgin Islands

Englishman’s Bay, Trinidad and Tobago

vs

Praia da Azeda, Brazil

Diani Beach, Kenya

vs

Matana Beach, Kadavu, Fiji

Horseshoe Beach, Bermuda

vs

Sarakiniko Beach, Greece

Spiaggia di Cala Granu, Italy

vs

Maspalomas Dunes, Canary Islands, Spain

Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico

vs

Los Roques Archipelago, Venezuela

Benagil Sea Cave, Portugal

vs

Anse Cocos, Seychelles

June 14: Quarter-finals

Veligandu Island Beach, Maldives

vs

Emerald Cave, Thailand

Praia da Azeda, Brazil

vs

Matana Beach, Kadavu, Fiji

Sarakiniko Beach, Greece

vs

Maspalomas Dunes, Canary Islands, Spain

Los Roques Archipelago, Venezuela

vs

Anse Cocos, Seychelles

June 17: Semi-finals

Veligandu Island Beach, Maldives

vs

Praia da Azeda, Brazil

Sarakiniko Beach, Greece

vs

Anse Cocos, Seychelles

June 20: Final

Veligandu Island Beach, Maldives

vs

Anse Cocos, Seychelles

World Championship of Beaches Tournament Timeline from June 7 and 21Click to enlarge image

Throughout the tournament, we’ll be joined by our team of Clive Curtis and Sandy McLeish who’ll be with us to provide expert playa analysis, along with insights into what promises to be a thrilling few weeks of competition.

Portugal, Greece, and Trinidad and Tobago

Benagil Sea Cave in the Algarve, Portugal Benagil Sea Cave in the Algarve, Portugal — Turismo do Algarve

So after that grueling selection process, we come to the competition itself, and what a line-up it is. There are real beach heavyweights from Portugal, Greece, and Australia, as well as a couple of surprise packages in the form of Englishman’s Bay in Tobago. Who might need time to adjust to the pace and physicality of this contest, and who’ll hit the ground running? Which beach will be riding the waves of success, and which will wish they’d stayed in the changing room?

Englishman's Bay on the island of Tobago Englishman’s Bay on the island of Tobago — Visit Tobago

The origins of the World Championship of Beaches

The origins of the World Championship of Beaches began, as many things do, with a simple discussion: which is the best beach in the world? Kiwi.com took the discussion online in the form of stories and listicles. The reaction from the public was unbelievable, with people over the moon that their favorites had been included, and others absolutely gutted that theirs had missed out. Nobody wants to see that, and this convinced Kiwi.com that the issue needed to be settled.

Our users' submissions to the World Championship of BeachesOur users’ submissions to the World Championship of Beaches

So get involved @kiwicom247 on Instagram Stories and make the World Championship of Beaches the only tournament that matters this summer.