Cape Town - Canadian travel agency Flight Network announced their definitive list of The World's 50 Best Beaches, making for a handy 2018 bucket list if you can't get enough of sun, sand and sea.
The list is comprised of ratings given by the top travel journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies in the world, and their expert opinions help shaped this expansive list, which features our very own Boulders Beach in Cape Town, ranked at number 40.
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The penguin paradise, which sees 295 days of sunshine a year, holds a rating of 8/10 for Sheer, Untouched Beauty, 7/10 for Remoteness and 10/10 for Sand and Water Quality. The tuxedo-ed seabirds are cited as the main attraction.
“Where else can you see penguins on a beach? The penguin colony at South Africa’s Boulders Beach, along with the beautiful boulders themselves, make this the most unusual yet incredible beach experience of my life,“ according to US travel blogger Melanie Votaw who helped give the beaches a rating.
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The Caribbean islands dominated the list with their azure waters and pristine white (sometimes pink) beaches, with Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos making it to the number one spot.
Australia and USA had the most beaches on the list, with double entries from Mexico, Thailand, Bahamas, Cook Islands, Maldives and Seychelles.
Besides Seychelles and South Africa, the other African destinations included is our Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Madagascar, as well as Egypt's Agiba Beach and Kenya's Diani Beach.
Though only Boulders made it onto the list, South Africa has beaches that come in all shapes and sizes, enough to satisfy any Summer chaser. You can see the whole envious list here.
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Check out the Top 5 below:
1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
With 319 days of sunshine in a year, it is no wonder that this Caribbean haven made it to the top. It's also a popular diving spot with a 1,6km barrier reef just off the shore.
2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Claimed to have one of the whitest sand in the world, this beach is incredibly remote and untouched, and only accessible by helicopter or seaplane. It also forms parts of the renowned Great Barrier Reef.
3. Anse Lazio, Seychelles
Spoiled with vivid colours of golden sands and teal water, the 27°C ocean is a big attraction with warm sun-kissed weather, and is situated on Praslin Island in-between Zanzibar and Madagascar.
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4. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas
Not only white beaches made it onto the list. Famous for its pastel pink sunsets and sunrises, this island destination gets its hues from the red and pink shells of the microscopic forams animals.
Navagio Beach, Greece
On the coast of Zakynthos, white cliffs and the picturesque shipwreck of Panagiotis attracts visitors who don't mind making the trek to the remote beach, sometimes drawing big crowds.
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