There is no experience in this world that compares to sitting under a swaying palm tree on a warm afternoon, sipping a cold cocktail and watching the turquoise swell softly crashing onto the sand that lines the beach. Beach vacations should be enjoyed on a regular basis, and below we will explore the top 10 beaches in the world.

Sancho Bay, Brazil

This secluded beach is located on the island of Fernando de Noronha, and was voted the world’s most beautiful beach by Trip Advisor. The golden beach is set against a backdrop of green cliffs and waterfalls, and the island’s archipelago has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due to this lush environment. You can spot the turtles and dolphins that call the blue waters home.

Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

This dream destination is located in the Bahamas’s Harbor Island and spans nearly 3 miles. Red shells in the feather soft sand make the beach appear pink. The 3rd largest barrier reef in the world protects this spectacular beach. The beach is never crowded, with 20 people at most visiting the area each day. There are also a few cottages that line the beach where you can stay during your time on Harbor Island.

Cape Santa Maria Beach, Bahamas

This breathtaking Long Island beach stretches as far as the eye can see, and its turquoise waters stand in sharp contrast to the pure white sand. The beach is lined with palm trees that sway gently in the breeze, and the warm sand is perfect for taking a barefoot stroll. This tranquil and pristine beach has a number of channels where you can observe the enthralling marine life.

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

Hawaii’s most beautiful beach is located in Kailua on the island of Oahu. The beach is only half a kilometer long and can only be reached by foot. The clear and gentle waters are great for snorkeling and swimming, and the beach provides a great mountain view. The beach is the perfect spot to watch the moon rising over the Mokuluas- two islands that can be unobstructedly viewed from the beach.

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

This expansive Caribbean beach has crystal clear waters and fine white sand. This exclusive beach is not crowded, making it perfect for relaxing, unwinding and watching the sunset. There are several restaurants that offer a one of a kind dining experience.

Whitehaven Beach, Australia

This Australian treasure is located on Whitsunday Island. The startling white sand has made this beach iconic. The beach is untouched and uninhabited, and is popular among campers and day-trippers. Channels of waters mix with pockets of sand giving the beach a blue and white swirl appearance from the air.

Anse Lazio Beach, Seychelles

This stunning beach is located on Praslin Island, and is enclosed by lush greenery and large boulders. There is a lovely cove with rock pools that is favored by snorkelers. The sand is powder soft and the waters are home to a thriving marine life-there is no barrier reef. The Anse Lazio beach has amazing turquoise waters that are warm and lovely to swim in.

Rhossili Bay, Wales

This remote Welsh beach is especially alluring due to its surrounding colorful slopes. Surfers will enjoy the high waves, and adventure enthusiasts will love looking for prehistoric remains and shipwrecks. Nature lovers will appreciate the thriving plant life growing on the cliffs, as well as the seagulls and sheep that call the bay home.

Navagio Beach, Greece

This idyllic beach also referred to as shipwreck beach and smugglers cove is located on the island of Zante. A ruin of a wrecked ship lies in Navagio’s cove, hence the aforementioned monikers. The waters are an astonishing clear blue color, the sand is white and the rising cliffs are made up of limestone. You can park your yacht a few meters from the beach and swim to the cove, but the best way of experiencing this magnificent cove is via the balcony that sits atop the cliffs.

Iztuzu Beach, Turkey

This 4.5 Km long beach sometimes referred to as Turtle beach is located near Dalyan, and marks the point where the Dalyan River meets the sea. You can take a walk on the beach-1.5 hours from one end to the other, and you can explore the small mountains along the way. Other popular activities on this beach include mud baths, turtle watching and wading through the lagoons. There are several café’s and bars that line the beach where you can grab a snack, change and use the bathroom. You can access this sandy beach by bus, boat and cruise ship.

As hard as it was to choose which beaches made the cut, the beaches above have definitely earned their place on this list. If you are headed to Iztuzu Beach this summer, be sure to take advantage of the new E-Visa application system that processes your Turkey Visa in no time. Begin planning your beach holiday today!