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Kiwi.com’s best beaches in the world for 2023

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As the weather hots up again, plane tickets to top beach destinations are selling fast. Retrieve your swimsuit from the back of the closet, stock up on sunscreen, and check out our list of the best beaches in the world for summer 2023

Summer’s nearly here, which means one thing above all else: it’s time to hit the beach! If you’re looking to take the best, most relaxing beach vacation of your life in 2023 — soft, golden sand; calm, clear waters; palm trees; that sort of thing — we’ve got some picks to inspire you. In Europe, North America, and around the world, this is Kiwi.com’s list of top beach destinations.

Praia da Falésia, Portugal

Boardwalk leading to Praia da Falésia — ShutterstockPraia da Falésia is characterized by its red rock cliffs — Shutterstock

The Algarve might be a bit of a tourist trap, but it can still throw up a few surprises. Indeed, one of the reasons people head to the region is the quality and quantity of its beaches. Praia da Falésia means ‘Beach of Cliffs’, and yep, that’s right — for its three and a half miles, it’s backed by vast, red rock cliffs that add even more color to the surrounding beauty. It’s simple to get to from nearby Vilamoura, and also from places a little further afield like Albufeira, so you can easily grab yourself a little piece of beauty.

Turquoise Bay, Australia

Sea turtle under water with snorkelers — Getty ImagesThis is the best beach on this list for snorkeling — Getty Images

Located in Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park, Turquoise Bay is an amazing place to meet the local sea life. Swimming and snorkeling are popular here, and the clear waters of the bay and the nearby Ningaloo Marine Park mean you can see over 500 species of fish, and other creatures such as sea lions, sea turtles, rays and squid, flitting through the coral reef gardens. As with a lot of places in Australia, it’s a fair trek to get there, but you’ll be rewarded with one of the finest beaches in the world.

Spiaggia dei Conigli, Italy

View over Spiaggia dei Conigli — ShutterstockAptly named ‘Rabbit Beach’, this spot on the island of Lampedusa will appeal to animal lovers — Shutterstock

A (relatively) unusual entry for a European beach now, as we head to the Italian island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Tunisia in the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. Another great destination for animal lovers, you can see a wide variety of birdlife, as well as lizards and loggerhead turtles. What’s more, you can enjoy the famous Italian hospitality and food as you lounge by the shore. What more do you need?

Siesta Key Beach, Florida, US

People and lifeguard shack on Siesta Key Beach — ShutterstockSiesta Key Beach can get a little crowded, but there are ways to find your little spot of peace and quiet — Shutterstock

A long, wide crescent of sand on the Gulf of Mexico, west of Sarasota, this popular beach can get busy, but there are ways to give yourself a gentler, more relaxing day out. Try coming in through access points 7, 8 or 11, where there are areas of protected animal and plant life away from the playgrounds, grills and volleyball courts of the main part of the beach. That’s the key to a siesta on this beach!

Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos Islands

Hammock hangs between two trees near Grace Bay Beach — Getty ImagesWith its pristine sand and crystal waters, beaches don’t come much better than Grace Bay — Getty Images

If you were to draw a picture of what a perfect beach would look like, this might be it. Three miles of soft, white sand and shallow blue water, backed by gently swaying palm trees. It’s located on the northeast coast of Providenciales Island, and with warm temperatures all year round, there’s never a bad time to visit. This British Overseas Territory is just north of the Dominican Republic, and is considered one of the Caribbean’s best-kept tourist secrets… but now you know!

Hanalei Beach, Hawaii, US

Hanalei Beach with pier and mountains in background — Getty ImagesThe mountainous backdrop of Hanalei Beach is quite the stunner — Getty Images

Kauai is one of the lesser-visited Hawaiian islands, but that simply means that the stunning Hanalei Beach is nowhere near as crowded as the more popular shores of the Big Island. Paddleboarding, sailing and swimming are all popular activities here, with the classic Hawaiian backdrop of mountains and jungle providing a memorable setting.

Pink Sands Beach, The Bahamas

Person walking by the sea on pink-sand beach — Getty ImagesPink Sands Beach is named so because of crushed pink shells that mix with the sand — Getty Images

Pink Sands Beach isn’t just a pretty name — it is a beach where the sand is literally pink. One of just seven of these unusual beaches in the world, it’s located on Harbor Island, and is easy and cheap to get to from a number of places in the US. The three miles or so of sand is made from the crushed shells of foraminifera, a marine animal, which then mixes with the white sand to create this marvel of nature. Get it on your bucket list and see it for yourself!

Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Hand holding cocktail against white-sand beach backdrop with palm tree — Getty ImagesNot only is Nungwi Beach beautiful, but it’s well-catered to visitors — Getty Images

Situated facing the Indian Ocean, Nungwi Beach is often voted one of the best romantic destinations, and when the sun sets, it’s easy to see why. Watch the beauty unfold from one of the rooftop bars with a cocktail in your hand, or sail off into the sunset on a traditional dhow. The region is a mix of traditions and people too, with locals happy to show off their culture, crafts and cuisine; while the beach itself is backed by bars and restaurants to keep you sated after a long day of topping up your tan.

Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

Wide shot of person in the ocean on Anse Source d'Argent — Getty ImagesAnse Source d’Argent is simply paradise — Getty Images

You can find this beach on La Digue, the smallest inhabited island of the Seychelles… if you can find it at all. Through the trees and among the huge boulders lies this amazing, secluded cove, which is so perfect, you’ll wonder if it’s real. It really is the ultimate slice of paradise; untouched, virtually undiscovered, with the only sounds being the lapping of the waves and the gentle rustle of the palm trees. Simply unreal.

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