tart planning your tropical getaway now—these are the best beaches in the world.
16.Barnes Bay, Anguilla
Of the 33 pristine beaches on pancake-flat Anguilla, Barnes Bay seems to have the softest sand imagineable (no rocks or shells) and far fewer crowds than at hopping Sandy Ground or resort-heavy Shoal Bay East. Another part of its appeal is the chic crowd that stay and play at the Viceroy resort at the northern end of the beach.
15.Temae and Teavora, Moorea, French Polynesia
Two beaches, blending together along the east coast of impossibly-lush Moorea, have distinctively different characteristics. Teavaro (accessed near the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort) has shallow waters protected by a reef, making it an excellent spot for snorkeling. North of the Sofitel towards the airport, Temae has a famous surf break but is still safe for swimming off one of the widest stretches of sand in all of French Polynesia.
14.Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Although one of the most popular of beaches on the island, a part of South Shore Park in Southampton Parish, Horseshoe Bay has a hidden secret – Port Royal Cove (pictured) – with shallow water perfect for young kids, and dramatic rock formations that compliment wonderfully soft, pink sand.
13.Puka Beach (Yapak), Boracay, Philippines
Although the 5-kilometer-long White Beach really put Boracay on the map, if you’re not in the mood for a very lively party scene, head to the island’s northern tip and Puka Shell Beach (otherwise known as Yapak). Lined with tiny stalls selling shell souvenirs and jewelry under rows and rows of palms, it’s relative emptiness and laid-back atmosphere is paradise imagined.