As lockdown has left most of us longing to be somewhere — anywhere else than stuck at home, Tripadvisor has just the thing to help you escape, as its annual Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards for Beaches has been revealed.
Highlighting travelers’ favorite beaches across the globe, from the sweeping white sand and turquoise waters in tropical climates to dramatic cliffs and pounding surf in some of the most secluded spots on Earth, the awards are based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travelers for beaches, gathered over a 12-month period, according to a news release.
New for 2021, the Best of the Best Beaches also takes into account the volume of “saves” for beaches on Tripadvisor, reflecting the position that many travelers were in for much of 2020 — unable to travel, desperate to explore, lusting after the beaches they wished they could visit.
“Your last trip to the beach probably feels like a lifetime ago, but with vaccine programs rolling out worldwide, safely making that beach getaway a reality just might be in reach! In fact, a recent Tripadvisor survey revealed that 60% of travelers are very likely to take a beach trip in 2021¹,” said Christine Maguire, vice president, and general manager, global media business at Tripadvisor in the news release. “Whether your preferred kind of beach is preened and pristine or rugged and rough, this list of travelers’ favorites is just the inspiration you need to get planning your next beach break.”
In 2021, Australia’s Whitehaven Beach takes the top spot amongst global travelers. The remote Australian paradise, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is only accessible by boat, seaplane, or helicopter and is lauded by travelers for its gorgeous soft white sand and postcard-perfect turquoise water.
This year, Florida’s Saint Pete Beach takes not only the title of number one beach in the United States but is also rated fifth in the world. Of the 25 best beaches in the U.S., Florida, and Hawaii dominate the list, with over 30% of the winners located in the Sunshine State and almost 30% in the Aloha State.
“We take Tripadvisor’s awards very seriously in St. Pete/Clearwater. We have been home to the number one beach for four of the past six years, but after a devastating 2020 for travel, we’re especially honored to receive the Travelers’ Choice Award this year,” said Steve Hayes, president, and CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater in the news release. “Our communities, including Saint Pete Beach and Madeira Beach, have done an amazing job building these great destinations and keeping their beaches pristine for travelers from near and far.”
Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.
1. Saint Pete Beach – St. Pete Beach, Florida
Travelers say The most perfect place to watch the sunset over the ocean.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Shared 2 Hours Small-Group Sunset Cruise of St. Pete Beach
3. Moonstone Beach – Cambria, California
Travelers say Beautiful beach and great place to look for moonstones and jade.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Cruise down the scenic Moonstone Drive during sunset
5. Cannon Beach – Cannon Beach, Oregon
Travelers say: Haystack Rock at low tide is incredible with all the tide pools and sea creatures.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
6. Napili Beach – Lahaina, Hawaii
Travelers say: There’s a small natural reef about 30-50 yards in, and tons of marine life living on it.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Maui Whale Watch Cruise from Lahaina Harbor
7. Ogunquit Beach – Ogunquit, Maine
Travelers say: At high tide, you can walk out hundreds of feet and still be only waist-high.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Check out the scenic outlooks of Perkins Cove.
8. Wai’anapanapa State Park – Hana, Hawaii
Travelers say: This black sand beach (produced by volcanic activity on the island) is otherworldly along the beautiful coastline.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Full Day Road to Hana Adventure Tour with Pickup
10. Kailua Beach Park, Kailua, Hawaii
Travelers say: Kailua offers plenty of everything: sand, wide-open space, fewer crowds, and a good park to go with it.
Top-Rated Thing to Do Nearby: Full Day Kailua Beach Guided Tour To Mokulua Islands
Top 10 Beaches in the World
- Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Australia
- Santa Maria Beach – Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
- Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
- Grace Bay Beach – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
- Saint Pete Beach – Florida, United States
- Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, Australia
- Eagle Beach – Eagle Beach, Aruba
- Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Italy
- Ka’anapali Beach – Hawaii, United States
- Baía dos Golfinhos – Praia da Pipa, Brazil
The Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards for Beaches honor travelers’ favorite beaches worldwide based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travelers, as well as the volume of “saves,” gathered over a 12-month period (January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020).
- A Tripadvisor Consumer Sentiment Survey, based on data drawn from an online survey of 2,330 consumers, in partnership with Qualtrics, conducted between 12/28/20 through 01/10/21 across six countries – U.S., UK, Australia, Italy, Singapore, and Japan
* Source: SimilarWeb, unique users de-duplicated monthly, December 2020
** Source: Tripadvisor internal log file