The 7 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World

The Portuguese "Golden Beach" is between Lagoa and Carvoeiro. Orange limestone cliffs and brilliant blue waves make Praia da Marinha one of Europe's most beautiful beaches.

Praia da Marinha, Portugal

Add Byron Bay, Australia to your list for a stunning beach trip with a lighthouse. Byron Bay, on Australia's northeast coast, is known for its beaches, wildlife safaris, and more.

Byron Bay, Australia

Belize's southeastern tip has Placencia Beach off the Placencia Peninsula. In between the Caribbean Sea and lush jungles, Placencia offers more than simply sand and sun.

Placencia Beach, Belize

St. Lucia has world-class beaches, but its pitons—dormant volcanic plugs—are its most famous feature. Wow, gorgeous backdrop.

Lucia

It's likely you've used Maldives photos as a screensaver. Beautiful blue waves and long beachside boardwalks make the beach paradise famous.

The Maldives

Whitsunday Islands, in northeastern Australia, are a white-sand paradise amid the Great Barrier Reef.

Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Inhale deeply in a water bungalow on palm-shaded white-sand beaches. Snorkeling is great on the bright coral reef in clean water.

Tikehau Island, Tahiti

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