Best Beaches in the World 2016

From the endless white sands of remote Australian beaches to palm fringed tropical idylls we have compiled (with your help) the finest beaches on Earth. Whilst some might argue there is a fair and accurate way of ranking the World's best beaches into some kind of order we have chosen our very own system. Basically, as far as we are concerned, the more mentions of words and phrases such as crystalline, azure, fine sand, turquoise, pristine, etc, the better!

But it doesn't stop there. We have left the final decision up to you, the users of Super Cool Beaches. You too can rate every beach we have listed on the website with our infallible, patented five star rating system. So you can forget your Blue Flag awards, Trip-Advisor polls and whatever else you might have read on the internet. If you want to know which is the finest, greatest and downright coolest beach on the planet, look no further!

If you want to check out more fantastic beaches around the world have a look at our list of the 100 best beaches in the World.

Top 10 beaches on Earth

  • Praia da Marinha // Portugal

    Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal Inacio Pires / 123RF

    Ocre coloured cliffs are a trademark of the coves of the central Algarve, as are the amazing rock formations and clear aquamarine waters. However, with the possible exception of Praia Dona Ana in Lagos, nowhere are these rocks as spectacular as at Praia da Marinha.

  • Benagil Beach // Portugal

    Benagil beach cave, Algarve, Portugal Sven Grüne

    Like many others on the Algarve, Benagil was a small fishing village. Unlike many others Benagil has managed to retain some of its charm and a little of its industry.

  • Reynisfjara beach // Iceland

    Reynisfjara beach, Iceland Felix Lipov

    Reynisfjara is one of Iceland's most iconic and spectacular beaches. Located around 2 hours from the capital Reykjavik, Reynisfjara is near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast.

  • Maehama Beach // Japan

    Yonaha Maehama beach, Okinawa eyeblink / 123RF

    Maehama is often cited as Japan's best beach and it is easy to see why. The fine white sand of this beach stretches seven kilometres around the south west coast of Miyakojima island. Here the water is warm, calm and crystal clear with a hint of brilliant green / blue.

  • Anse Source d’Argent // Seychelles

    Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles Iakov Kalinin / 123RF

    Located in the North of La Digue island is Anse Source d’Argent beach, a little slice of tropical paradise. Powdery white sand is offset by towering granite boulders worn smooth by the passage of time. Palm trees sway gently in the breeze and the water is clear and blue.

  • Anse Lazio // Seychelles

    Anse Lazio, Seychelles Iakov Kalinin / 123RF

    Anse Lazio in the Seychelles is the archetypal tropical beach that sets the standard for all others.

  • Egremni Beach // Greece

    Egremni beach, Lefkada, Greece Milan Baloun / 123RF

    There is little doubt that Egremni beach is one of the finest on the island of Lefkada, which by default makes it one of the best in Greece. It is a beautiful spot with the long white sand beach backed by high limestone cliffs.

  • Breidavik Beach // Iceland

    Breidavik beach Danilo Forcellini

    The pretty little settlement of Breiðavík is located just around the corner from Iceland's (and Europe's) most westerly point, Látrabjarg.

  • Miami South Beach // USA

    Miami South Beach, Florida sborisov / 123RF

    South Beach is perhaps the ultimate urban beach. It has it all; history, style, quirkiness, class and as much partying as you want, not to mention a vast swathe of white sand beach bordering clear blue ocean.

  • Cala Goloritze // Italy

    Cala Goloritze, Itlay Yesuitus2001 / <a href="">CC BY</a>

    Perhaps one of Italy’s most iconic beaches, Cala Goloritzè is beautifully positioned at the base of a ravine on the north eastern coast of Sardinia. As with other beaches in the vicinity, the water here is a brilliant azure blue and crystal clear whilst the beach is bleached white by the sun.