It’s been a long, cold winter for most of us here in North America and I think it’s very safe to say that most of us are ready for the beach. Bring the sun and sand please! TripAdvisor’s recently released list of winners for their Traveler’s Choice awards for the top beaches in the world could not have come at a better time. Over 322 beaches were recognized in the awards and they all look incredible! Be sure to check out the full list on TripAdvisor.
Since you need a great place to stay during your beach vacation, I thought it would be fun to share the top five from this list, along with the most family-friendly hotel in that particular area (in most cases, beachside).
1. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
This is a trickier beach to visit, but well worth the trek. Baia do Sancho is a breathtaking beach that is surrounded by cliffs. You need to make your way down the stairway in order to reach the shore. There are no hotels located directly on the beach, however the closest accommodation that’s suited for families would be the Pousada Solar de Loronha. The pousada is located in the middle of the island and provies an incredible view, and you’re only 3.6 km away from the infamous Baia do Sancho beach!
2. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
As luck would have it, I’ve visited Grace Bay a couple of times and it marks the #1 spot on my own personal list of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The sand is white powder, the ocean is calm and the colour of the water is simply exquisite. There are several hotels that are located directly on the beach, but the best resort for families would of course be Beaches Turks & Caicos. Their all-inclusive plan, 45,000 square-foot watermark and four incredible villages have been a favourite for traveling families for years now.
3. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
The Flamenco Beach is almost completely waveless and thanks to it’s crystal clear water, you’ll be able to spot fish that tend to swim up towards the water’s edge. The snorkeling is sublime, but fishing is prohibited. Culebra is an island in Puerto Rico that can be accessed by taking a small plane from San Juan. The closest family-friendly hotel to this beach is the SeaBreeze, offering family sized suites, many with their own private terraces.
4. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
Head to this beach early during the peak season as it tends to get busy very quickly! The trek to/from the beach fromthe road is around 15 minutes so make sure you have everything packed and ready to go before you head over from Lampedusa. Staying at the Hotel Sole is most convenient as you’re only 600 feet from the Cala Guitgia beach, 1 mile from Cala Croce and a short bus ride to Rabbit’s Bay. You essentially have the best of all three worlds while staying here!
5. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
This makes TripAdvisor’s top 5, but there tends to be a jellyfish issue at Whitehaven, so I personally wouldn’t recommend swimming in the ocean with kids. The beach is stunning though and definitely a must-see. There are no hotels located on this beach; the closest accommodations would be the national park campsite and camp. Both are located on the southern end of Whitehaven Beach.
All photos are courtesy of TripAdvisor